Pregnant Yoga


Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education. Hypnobirthing is intended to help you have the most natural childbirth possible, using easily-learned self hypnosis and breathing techniques.

Whatever kind of birth you’re planning – homebirth, hospital, birthing centre  – Hypnobirthing can help.

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that can be used during labour and birth. Hypnobirthing teaches relaxation, visualisation and self-hypnosis skills. This preparation gives the pregnant women a positive view of birth and the belief that childbirth does not have to be painful. The aim is a shorter, more comfortable, easier labour, with less need for intervention or pain relief. Hypno-birthing also allows the birth partner to have an active involvement in the birthing process, by teaching techniques to support the mother with the birth. 


The idea is that rather than seeing childbirth as a means to an end (a painful experience which results in child); it is seen as beautiful and spiritual experience of bringing a new life into the world. This has also proven to improve the bonding experience of parents and their babies.

Does hypnobirthing work?

For now, there is limited research into hypnobirthing. A randomised study of 680 women funded by the NHS in 2013 didn’t conclusively show that it was effective. This means it will work for some women and not others.

Here are some of the reasons that you might choose to try hypnobirthing:

  • Hypnobirthing can help you manage stress hormones, such as adrenalin, and reduce anxiety, which should lead to a calmer birth. During labour, your body produces a chemical called oxytocin, which helps progress your labour. Stress hormones affect the production of oxytocin, and make your labour longer.

  • Managing stress may also help to reduce some of the fear and pain experienced during labour.

  • In some cases, hypnobirthing has been shown to make labour shorter.

  • Practising hypnobirthing – whether it’s at a class, with a book or CD – may help you to feel more prepared and in control when labour starts.

  • It may help you cope with anxieties if you had a previous traumatic birth experience.

  • Hypnobirthing may reduce the need for drugs and medical intervention. However, you can have additional pain relief as well if you want to.

  • It can be added to any birth plan and the techniques can be used wherever you give birth – in a hospital or birth centre, or at home.

  • Hypnobirthing may benefit you after birth too, with some evidence showing that it can lower the chance of postnatal depression.

  • Hypnobirthing can help your birth partner play a more active role during labour.

Who is our Hypnobirthing practitioner?

Sarah is a psychotherapist, specialising in hypnosis and life coaching.

Sarah has had a varied career in mental health; working Barnardos, mental health charities and within the NHS. Her career has included working with children with emotional and behavioural problems, as a mental health support worker and within the criminal justice system.


She has also engaged with volunteer positions in Samaritans, Crisis, Psycare and Circles.

"I have had a varied mental health career and have experienced working with a large range of clients including people with complex mental health difficulties, trauma, emotional behavioural problems and learning difficulties. I continue to work in the NHS as a forensic mental health practitioner, assessing and coaching clients to flourish. In addition I have built up my private practice as a hypnotherapist and life coach.

When I work with my clients I initially look at three areas. Where are you now? Where would you like to be? What's stopping making the required changes? Using this model I am able to effectively deal with a vast array of conditions and often work on coaching clients in many different aspects of their lives. I have a holistic approach with an emphasis on using trance assisted processes and utilizing the sub-conscious to support clients to achieve their full potential”

Therapists that provide this service:

Sarah Mayston

Find out more about each therapist at Meet the Team