• Calm Mum, Calm Baby, Calm Birth

    Learn to relax yourself, your body and your baby to achieve an calmer, easier and more comfortable birth.

    Pregnancy Yoga

    Yoga is a great way to prepare for your pregnancy and labour. It increases your strength, stamina and gives you the confidence to move through your pregnancy and labour.

  • Why Hypnobirthing?



      "Childbirth without fear is a beautiful thing. Birth is a sacred event. To make confident choices for you and your family throughout pregnancy and labor is a joy. To be in control of your body and your birthing experience is a right. To be wholly present at the moment your baby locks eyes with you for the first time is a sacred moment between mother and child and a true gift of nature. It is the birthright of every baby to be received into the world with calm, gentle hands and to be offered the gift of unconditional love undisturbed. It is my dream that every baby should know such a gift"  

      Brenda Harkin   


    Hypnobirthing is backed up by neuroscience and the concept is simple: Fear (and other negative emotions) release stress hormones into the bloodstream which cause the body to react with tension and resistance. Love on the other hand (and other positive emotions) cause the release of calm hormones and the body opens and relaxes. As mum and baby are intrinsically linked hormones cross the placenta and baby shares the same physical and emotional experiences as mum.     


    Hypnobirthing places strong emphasis on the psychological and emotional needs of parents. When our need for safety is not met we feel fear. Classes provide a safe and intimate space where fears, desires and expectations can be explored and released. Hypnobirthing is not just about achieving natural birth without medication and intervention (although this is the goal of many who use it). it is about being calm and present in your birthing experience so that you can make clear choices which are informed and NOT fear based. It can be just as useful to a woman who is planning an epidural or even a cesarean section as someone who wishes to have a home birth.  


    Over 12.5 hours of training you and your partner will learn to access the calm response and block stress. Drawing from hypnosis, mindfulness, meditation, sports psychology, NLP and quantum physics hypnobirthing teaches you techniques which calm your body and your baby protecting you from the harmful effects of stress. Research shows that preparation and education are key to achieving positive birth outcomes. During the hypnobirthing course I will walk you through the physiological processes and different pathways as labour unfolds and what to do when faced with sometimes difficult decisions. I will provide you with up to date best practice research. I will offer you support throughout your journey if you wish to seek extra advice or assistance. In the end I wish you a joyful and positive birth experience and I hope that you will share your journey with others so that they too may benefit from a calm birth.








    Hypnobirthing is thaught over 12.5 hours and uses cutting edge science and techniques drawn from a variety of disciplines including hypnosis, mindfulness, sports psychology and NLP. Workshops are run over 12.5 hours with evening and weekend options as demand arises.


    Course content


    how the mind works and how the body responds to it:


    Tapping into your body's natural hormones:

    How your baby develops and what he might experience:

    Physiology of the three stages of labour :

    Self hypnosis for relaxation:

    Visualizations and affirmations for labour: :

    Partners roll and how your partner can support you:

    Fear release:

    Understanding and negotiating your hospital system:

    Induction of labour-what is it, why does it happen and what measures help to avoid it?

    Natural means of induction:

    Breathing your baby down:

    Delayed cord clamping and why it matters:

    Birthing your placenta:

    The fourth trimester:


    Formulating your birth plan.


    Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal program and reimbursable by healthcare insurance when taught by a midwife. Check with provider. Non insurance rate available.


    Workshops are delivered each month by Brenda Harkin, registered midwife and registered Mongan Practitioner.


    You can read more about hypnobirthing here and more about Brenda here.




    Hypnobirthing can help you to maintain a healthy mind and body and so help to reduce the risk of complications in both pregnancy and birth. While there is no guarantee of a pain free birth, mothers do report higher levels of comfort in labour and less after-pains. Rates of epidural are reduced as are births by vacuum and cesarean section and labour is shorter (both first and second stages). Hypnobirthing mothers report feeling more confident, more in control and less fearful and anxious before and during the birth. They also report high rates of satisfaction with their birthing partner’s level of participation. feeling more energetic and calm both during and after giving birth and satisfaction with breastfeeding and bonding.



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  • Everyone is talking about hypnobirthing and its many benefits.

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  • After the hypnobirthing course I actually looked forward to the labor with a positive and energetic manner. I couldn’t wait to try out hypnobirthing for real. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it without any medical intervention. Hypnobirthing created a new sense of confidence and a totally different outlook on my ability to give birth in a calm and peaceful way". Niamh


    Read full testimonial here

    Knowing what was happening and visualizing where the baby was at different stages during birth was a huge advantage. We had a completely natural and pain and drug-free birth. Our baby fed within fifteen minutes having no side effects from drugs. Thanks to Brenda we brought a beautiful baby girl into the world without any pain relief and prepared for all eventualities. The Hypnobirthing techniques were absolutely invaluable. Anika


    Read full testimonial here.

    Brenda was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I instantly felt as ease in her company. Brenda was so passionate about hypnobirthing it was impossible not to feel excited and positive about my body's strength and ability to birth my baby. With the tools Brenda had taught me, I was able to concentrate on the now and take each surge one by one. My third child was brought into a calm and peaceful environment and to this day has a placid and content personality. Gillian


    Read full testimonial here.

    "Lucky to have found hypnobirthing. My partner and I went to the classes together and learned so much about the magic of birth as well as relaxation techniques and positive affirmations. Brenda gave us the confidence and calm we needed to achieve our goal of a natural birth". Melissa


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  • Courses and Other Services

    Brenda offers a number of services for the expectant or new mother.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Workshops


    Deep Relaxation, mind-body awareness for a meditative birth

    A complete childbirth education program hypnobirthing will help you to tap in to your body's natural ability to give birth. Techniques are easy to learn, The techniques are invaluable whether it's your first, or fifth baby and even if your birth is a planned cesarean section,

    Read more about courses here.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Pregnancy Yoga

    Movement, mind-body awareness for birth

    Gentle movements help increase circulation, tone your body, build strength and stamina and create space for your growing baby, Helps to nourish you and baby and relieve minor complications of pregnancy.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster One to One Hypnotherapy

    One to one Hypnosis

    From Fear to Freedom

    The birth of your baby should be your greatest achievement and not your greatest fear. Anxiety, fear and phobias hold us back in life and this is no less true in pregnancy. Hypnotherapy can help you with fear and anxiety, previous birth trauma, needle phobias and much more. It can also help with complications of pregnancy (such as high blood pressure, Pelvic Girdle Pain and back pain) and can be effective for breech turn and labour induction.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Baby Massage

    A fun way to communicate and bond with baby while promoting brain development

    Infant massage is a wonderful experience shared between you and your baby. It has positive effects for caregivers and infants and has an important impact on your baby's development. It is a great way to start nurturing your baby.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Mum and Baby Yoga

    New! A fun and interactive workout for you and baby from 6 weeks to one year old


    Whether you want to get back in shape, have a gentle work out, meet like-minded mums, relax or generally let off steam, this class is for you and your baby.


    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Antenatal classes and workshops

    Private, one to one or group classes on demand

    We are here to help you in

    whatever way we can.Packages

    and appointments tailored according to your individual needs. Contact for details

    Hypnobirthing Leinster TENS machine

    TENS machine rental

    Natural, non invasive and efficient pain relieving tool

    A TENS machine is a pain relieving device which delivers tiny electrical impulses to the nerve ending in the skin. TENS works to increase your bodies natural endorphins. It can be and invaluable asset in your toolbox. Rent them here for your birth 30 euros

  • Up to 100% of the cost is covered by health insurance when you are trained in hypnobirthing by a registered midwife.

  • Confident Mothers

    When a woman is relaxed, when she is aware of her body and trusts in her nature she is free to access her true power-the innate instincts that drive the divine feminine-and free to birth as nature intended with confidence, calm and splendor.

    Mongan Method

    The Mongan method is the original HypnoBirthing method and has the longest global experience of training parents and professionals in the HypnoBirthing method. The methods are natural, gentle and effective, The programme is considered the gold standard for Hypnobirthing and is used by many hospitals. Brenda Harkin is a licensed Mongan Method Practitioner

    Calm Birth

    Experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

  • "It is my experience that the issues which affect pregnancy and childbirth are the same the world over and that the presence or absence of fear is the single-most important determinant of birthing outcomes. I am thrilled to have discovered this program and to have the opportunity to help so many expectant mothers. I would love to help you." Brenda

    Hypnobirthing Leinster - Brenda Harkin

    Brenda Harkin

    Registered Nurse and Midwife, Hypnotist, and Hypnobirthing Practitioner

     I am a dedicated and experienced midwife. I am passionate about women and children's health and have been practicing in clinical and educational areas of pregnancy and childbirth for over 27 years. I am a hypnotist, NLP practitioner and Hypnobirthing Practioner (Mongan Method) and I have been teaching hypnobirthing to families in Wexford for the last four years. I am also a baby message instructor (Irish Association of Infant Massage),and I teach pregnancy and mum and baby yoga (Yoga alliance Ireland). 

    I believe that birth is not something that is done for us but rather it is a deep physical, emotional and spiritual process which happens from deep within. I help women to access the power of their feminine self, to take control of their mind and their bodies so that they can make the right choices for themselves and their families not just in pregnancy and birth but also through that precious first year of motherhood.




    “A calm birth is the right of every baby and perhaps the best gift a mother can give to her baby”, Marie Mongan



  • FAQ and Information

    Find out why so many woman are turning to Hypnobirthing for them and their family. More information here.

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  • Contact Brenda

    Get in touch and find out how hypnobirthing can help you. Leave a message for Brenda by completing the form below. Or contact her by phone at 085 122 4132 or by email at hypnobirthingleinster@gmail.com.

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