Expert Led, Evidence based Hypnobirth Coaching with Nicole From Your Birth Story

Hypnobirthing is an evidence-based approach to childbirth that aims to empower women with knowledge, practical tools, and emotional support.

This approach recognizes the physiological and psychological interplay that occurs during birth, and seeks to provide women with the tools they need to feel in control and achieve a positive birth experience, regardless of the type of birth they choose.

Hypnobirthing teaches women about the physiology of birth, including how the body works on a muscular and hormonal level, and how to help facilitate the birthing process.

Women learn about the stages of labor, different birthing positions, and the role of pain relief. They also learn about interventions that may be offered during birth, such as induction or a caesarean section, and how to make informed decisions about their birth.

Hypnobirthing also focuses on the psychological aspects of birth. It teaches women how to achieve a calm and relaxed state of mind, which is beneficial for both mother and baby. Women learn breathing techniques, visualization exercises, and other tools to help them stay calm and focused during labor.

"Please don't buy me a baby grow this Christmas"..... Say pregnant people in 2023

Do you want to show you really care for your loved one who is pregnant this Christmas? and do you want to support local business?


I am lucky in my career to speak to hundreds of pregnant women and these last few weeks I've been asking them the important question of: " What would be the best Christmas present for you?"


There was one simple pattern.., it's all about showing support, care, and making their journey to motherhood a little more comfortable and enjoyable.


Here is a round up of top 5, unconventional pregnancy gifts that have been suggested to me,. For an added bonus, buy local.

Gift 1 #1 - Pampering Spa Treats

Pregnancy can be physically taxing, so why not treat them to a spa day?

Opt for a gift certificate for a prenatal massage or a spa treatment specifically designed for expecting mothers.

It's a fantastic way for them to relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays.


Thames Lido offer pregnancy massages for £80 and feel totally luxurious, trust me, I had then during both of my pregnancies

Gift #2 - Hypnobirthing or Antenatal classes

It really is possible to give the gift of a positive birth experience.

Treat your loved one to a taster, workshop or full course of birth preparation.

Knowing that you support their choices and are invested in them having a truly transformative experience is what they really want this Christmas

"Mothers who used Hypnobirthing techniques during labour had shorter labours, less perceived pain and less unplanned intervention than mothers who did not use the techniques"

Your Birth Story, based in West Berkshire offers a range of programmes and gift vouchers, so choose your budget and let them choose the programme that is right for them

Gift #3 - Book a cleaner

Support your local cleaners and support a new mum by paying for a cleaner for the first week, month or year......

Honestly this would have been the most appreciate gift for me and was one of the most suggested options by the mums I spoke to.

Find your local cleaners through your local Facebook groups or take a recommendation from a friend

Gift #4 - Book a maternity photo shoot

Help them capture the precious moments and emotions of their pregnancy journey with a beautiful maternity photoshoot. L

et them celebrate their growing, evolving body.

This allows them to freeze this incredible time in their life.

Tina Cleary photography based in Berkshire offer beautiful maternity shoots to capture these small moments in time

Tip #5 - Prenatal Exercise Classes

Consider purchasing a gift certificate for prenatal yoga or fitness classes.

Staying active during pregnancy is essential, and these classes offer a safe and enjoyable way for them to stay fit while connecting with other expectant mothers.

There are loads to choose from that offer a range of sessions.

Sam from Naturally yoga offers beautiful pregnancy classes just outside of Reading

Don't follow the crowd, follow the voice of the pregnant person

Remember, the most important aspect of gift-giving is the thought and care behind it.

Whatever you choose, make sure it comes from the heart, showing your support and excitement for this new chapter in their life.

After all, your love and encouragement are the greatest gifts you can give this holiday season!

Now, I don't want to put myself out of a job here but I was curious what a robot might answer.

I sometimes find it hard to articulate in a succinct way because I want to bust all the hippy myths at the same time as explaining the science and evidence behind this Antenatal birth preparation technique, which mostly results in me stumbling over my words.

And I have to be honest, Chatbot did a reasonably good job of explaining it to a degree.

So let's take a look at what he/she/them/they said,

Chatbot started where I may not have personally but I'm rolling with it. Self Hypnosis.

Now let me clarify, all types of Hypnosis are self hypnosis and we ALL go into these states every single day.

That period just before you fall asleep or just as you're waking, is self hypnosis.

When you are driving in the car and can’t remember the last 10 miles, that's self hypnosis.

So my answer to this is Yes, and No.

Yes the techniques that Hypnobirthing teaches you will help you anchor a deep state of relaxation, but no, just because I don’t like to use the term self hypnosis personally as it conjures up a skewed view of what Hypnobirthing is.

Breathing Techniques: Yes Hypnobirthing does teach 1-3 breathing techniques. Learning to breathe deeply and calmly activates our parasympathetic nervous system. When we activate this “Rest and Digest” system through breathing, it slows our heart, lowers blood pressure and promotes digestion. Our body enters a state of relaxation, and this relaxation breeds recovery. Thus making a far easier journey for you and your baby in birth

Muhammad Ali using Visualisation to realise his goals
  • Visualisations. By this point I'm noticing that Chatbot maybe understands some of the techniques used in Hypnobirthing but it has yet to identify what it is.

But I'm still rolling with it.

Yes, Hypnobirthing teaches the power of visualisations.

But it's not new nor exclusive to Hypnobirthing. Buddha is quoted as saying "What you think, you become.

What you feel, you attract.

What you imagine, you create." In hypnobirthing we work on creating a mental blueprint of your ideal birth.

Just as Usain bolt does before a race “I just visualised and then executed my plan.” or Muhammad ali told himself every day “I am the greatest”.

It's a tried and tested technique to rewire our minds to believe what is possible.


Education: I quite like this one, yes it is indeed an education but not just in birth. Hypnobirthing is steeped in science so it is primarily an education of psychology and physiology.

How your mind and body are connected and it focuses heavily on hormones, how they are promoted or hindered. Yes, an education, but far deeper than you might expect.

Supportive environment: I wasn’t expecting Chat Bot to come up with this one so i’m actually pleasantly surprised. Hormones are affected by our surroundings. Think about shopping on Oxford street, at Christmas. It's busy, it's loud, it's an attack on all of our senses and for most of us we would be feeling quite stressed. That's our hormones reacting to our environment. Now think about having an uninterrupted bath, low lighting, candles, your favourite music and some nice bubble bath. Feels nice right? That's your hormones, sending messages to your brain about your environment and signalling it to release the appropriate hormones. In hypnobirthing, we know which hormones we need to produce and which we need to avoid so we manage our environment to facilitate that.

Top 3 tips for Hypnobirthing


Practice makes perfect

Get the birth partner involved

Know your rights and feel empowered

12 celebrities who talk about their journey with Hypnobirthing to have a positive birth experience.

Bizarrely, when women talk about a positive birth experience they are almost shunned to the corner and shamed for talking about birth in a positive light.

I have felt this personally in baby groups when everyone is sharing their own personal journey which is normally rife with drama and trauma, when I spoke up and talked of a calm, empowering, comfortable birth I could feel the daggers.

So it was no surprise to me that the most recent celebrity to talk about “breathing her baby out” was widely and publicly criticised.

These Celebrities don't think so.........

1. Ferne McCann

Ferne McCann, known for her reality TV stints and vibrant personality, turned to hypnobirthing when she was expecting her daughter, Sunday. She talked openly on “This Morning” about being a vessel for her baby and how she breathed her baby out. Sadly she was trolled for sharing her positive experience, but I applaud her, the narrative about birth needs to change and we need to more widely accept that birth can be a pleasurable experience too. She emphasizes the need for relaxation during childbirth, an essential aspect of hypnobirthing techniques.

2. Jessica Alba

Actress and mother of three, Jessica Alba, is a vocal advocate of hypnobirthing. She appreciates the meditative aspects of this approach, which her husband played a significant role in during labor.

The calming effect of hypnobirthing techniques was pivotal for her birthing experience

“Basically, my husband takes me through sort of a meditation.

So he’s saying, ‘You’re relaxed and you’re floating on clouds,’ while you’re going through labour and your contractions.”

3. Deliciously Ella

Writer and food blogger Deliciously Ella recommended hypnobirthing after giving birth. She highlighted the importance of surrendering and trusting your body during the birthing process.


“I went totally into my own space, focusing on every sensation and visualising what was happening, thinking of each surge as a wave”

4. Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, reportedly explored hypnobirthing techniques during the births of her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Her choice illustrates that hypnobirthing can be embraced by people from various backgrounds, including royalty


5. Fearne Cotton

Founder of wellbeing brand, Happy Place, Ferne has a deeper understanding of the meaning of Hypnobirthing

Radio and TV presenter Fearne Cotton shared her natural, pain relief-free birth story. She used hypnobirthing for the birth of her second child, Honey.

Despite the intensity of the experience, she found it euphoric and a testament to the strength of women.


“Love my yes mum cards from @theyesmummum who brilliantly guided me through hypnobirthing before my big day. Having a natural, pain relief free birth was the most intense and euphoric experience ever.”

6. Angelina Jolie

Even Hollywood A-listers like Angelina Jolie have embraced hypnobirthing. Jolie, a mother of six, used these techniques during the caesarean births of her twins, Vivienne and Knox.

It demonstrates that hypnobirthing can be a valuable tool regardless of the type of birth you’re planning.

7. Billie Faiers and Sam Faiers

Former “The Only Way is Essex” star Billie Faiers turned to hypnobirthing, and her friend Ferne McCann mentioned Billie’s interest in hypnotherapy classes.

Her sister, Sam Faiers, also experienced hypnobirthing during her pregnancies, attesting to its calming influence during labor.

While it didn’t eliminate the pain entirely, it helped Sam remain composed and composed, facilitating her birthing journey

8. Catherine Tyldesley

Former “Coronation Street” star Catherine Tyldesley embarked on a journey that included hypnotherapy and meditation during her pregnancy.

She noted the calming effects of meditation and relaxation techniques, all of which can be part of a hypnobirthing experience.


‘I’m so excited about going into labour!’

Gisele Bündchen

Brazilian actress and businesswoman Gisele Bündchen, known for her work in modelling and acting, embraced hypnobirthing during the births of her two children, Vivian Lake Brady and Benjamin Brady.


“The labour was more like meditation,” she says. “I did yoga breathing. I was focused.”


Celebrities from various walks of life have shared their experiences with hypnobirthing, emphasising its positive impact on their birthing journeys.

Whether you’re a reality TV star, an A-list actress, or a just someone looking to find a way to enjoy a positive birth, hypnobirthing can be a valuable resource for creating a more relaxed and positive birthing experience.

The choice is yours, and it’s heartening to know that many have found comfort and empowerment through these techniques.

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