An Introduction to Hypnobirthing

Childbirth is the beautiful culmination of your pregnancy journey, but all too often it’s shrouded in mystery and fear. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Hypnobirthing can help to prepare you both emotionally and physically, ensuring that your memories of giving birth are positive.

The techniques used in hypnobirthing are effective for all types of births, helping to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

But what is hypnobirthing and what exactly does it involve? Read on to find out more.

What is Hypnobirthing?

Having a baby is a life-changing experience but it doesn’t have to be painful and scary. Hypnobirthing teaches women what will happen to their body, while also equipping them with the skills to help them stay relaxed and manage more easily.

The phrase hypnobirthing was first used in 1989 but it’s a concept that’s been around for centuries. The goal is to achieve a shorter and easier labour, with less need for pain relief or interventions. Hypnobirthing achieves this through a range of techniques which include self-hypnosis, visualisation and relaxation.

It’s often described as a state of altered consciousness which sounds much more intimidating than it is. Daydreaming is another example of a state of altered consciousness; it just means that your mental focus will be different than usual. Some of the techniques used to achieve this altered state of consciousness in hypnobirthing include:

  • Affirmations
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Visualisation
  • Mindfulness
  • Deep breathing
  • Self-hypnosis

With a body and mind which are both completely relaxed, you won’t be fighting against the natural process of giving birth. The end result is a labour that is shorter and less painful as you’ll be working with your body rather than battling anxiety and fear.

Will I Lose Control?

One of the most common fears about hypnobirthing is that you’ll be out of control or won’t have any idea what’s going on with your body. In fact, the reverse is true.

You won’t be in an unconscious hypnotic state but you will be hyper-aware of how you’re feeling, and able to focus your attention more easily.

Many women say that hypnobirthing allows them to fade out external noise and commotion, allowing them to use their relaxation techniques more effectively.

You will always be in complete control and fully aware of what is happening at all times.

The Advantages of Hypnobirthing

Whether you’re having a planned Caesarian, a vaginal birth or it’s an emergency procedure, hypnobirthing can help you to approach the experience with a quiet, calm mind.

Some of the benefits of hypnobirthing include:

  • Can shorten labour, especially the first stage when contractions are strong
  • May reduce the need for interventions
  • Manages pain naturally and effectively
  • Leaves you feeling in control at all times
  • Lessens any trauma-based fears
  • Allows you to focus without distraction
  • Uses your natural instincts to give birth

Hypnobirthing can be a very empowering experience, allowing you to dive into the techniques as much or as little as you feel you need. It can sit alongside other techniques you may have learnt, such as breathing exercises, and it’s something your partner can support you with.

To get the full benefits of hypnobirthing, you’ll need to practise in advance. By practising affirmations, visualisation and self-hypnosis regularly, you’ll be able to access them much more easily when the time comes, and they’ll be more effective.

You can find out more about New Zealand hypnobirthing here, or get in touch today for an informal chat.
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Capture those first couple of days of your babies life as in that haze of coming home you will also forget to take those lasting moments

Newborn photo session -
They change so quickly, before you know it they are asking for things on the top shelf

1-2 hour in home session.
This session is vital to happen within the first 10 days of your babies life to ensure we get those super sleep and cute images.
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
It’s about stepping into your private world and honouring the birthing goddess that you are.

Birthing photo sessions -
These photos will be the ones you treasure and hold dear to yourself forever

On call and ready for the birth of your baby 2 weeks before and after your due date.
Including the labour, birth and around 1hr postpartum.
90% of the images will be in black and white and 10% in colour
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
How often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us?

About maternity
photo sessions

OMG YOUR PREGNANT!!! People often ask me why would I want this time of my life photographed? My answer is almost always the same, because how often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us. What a huge accomplishment this is and I think too many people forget how great a gift that is!
My maternity sessions are always super relaxed it’s all about capturing where you are in your pregnancy and feeling great about it. Usually around 30-38 weeks is a great time as you have a beautiful round belly and start to feel super comfortable.



Depending on what style you like I generally like taking the photos on location, in an environment that means something to you.


If you are after the more personal potentially naked images then I have a studio location set up in my home for this as well.


A good phone conversation discussing exactly what you are after for your photoshoot. This will be followed up with an email to make clear what you are after.
In studio at my house or yours, or on location (within 40km from Ferntree Gully)
1-2 hr photoshoot. I am not really fixed with times, ill be happy when I have all the photos I want
I have no minimum or maximum amount of Hi-Res images that I provide, depending on the photoshoot and the amount of dress changes will depend on how many. Either way you will end up with more than enough amazing images that you can print, post or view in any way you want.)
A short video with all of the images taken set to your choice of music.
Contact details

020 4095 7663