Calm Mum, Calm Baby, Calm Birth
Learn to relax yourself, your body and your baby to achieve an calmer, easier and more comfortable birth.
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.
"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 taught over 12.5 hours and uses cutting edge science and techniques drawn from a variety of disciplines including hypnosis, mindfulness, sports psychology and NLP.
Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal program and reimbursable by healthcare insurance when taught by a midwife. Check with your provider. Non insurance rate available. Workshops are delivered each month by Brenda Harkin, registered midwife and registered Mongan Practitioner.
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. Read more.
“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
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
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
"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
Courses and Other Services
Brenda offers a number of services for the expectant or new mothers at Sadhana Yoga Studio The Folly, wexford https://sadhanayoga.ie and Park Road Ferrycarrig
Self-hypnosis relaxation, breathing, visualizations , affirmations for a clam simpler 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,
Movement for Gentle movements to promote strength, flexibility and stamina: yoga nidra to nourish and relax your body and mind. to , breath-work and relaxation techniques
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antenatal classes and workshops
Private, one to one or group classes on demand
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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
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.
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
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
Registered Nurse and Midwife, Hypnotist (Hypnosis Academy) Hypnobirthing Practitioner (Mongan UK) Baby Massage instructor (IAIM), Pregnany Yoga Teacher (RYSP) Post Natal Yoga Teacher (RYSP)
I am a dedicated and experienced midwife and I am passionate about women and children's health. I have been practicing in clinical areas of pregnancy and childbirth for almost 30 years.
I have a broad range of work experience including a community development project in Africa, a home-birth
service in the UK, an army hospital in Saudi Arabia, a private clinic in France.
Education and access to information and resources are key elements in quality health care. Having identified a need for perinatal services in Wexford I set up Hypnobirthing Leinster in 2014 and began teaching antenatal classes. In 2017 I began offering pregnancy yoga.
It is my great pleasure in life to be a midwife, to attend women during this deeply intimate and spiritual time and to witness the miracle of birth on a regular basis. My work has brought me to a deep respect for nature and for the power of the female body. I teach Hypnobirthing to women and their partners because I believe that every woman has a right to have access to information and techniques which can help improve her experience of birth and achieve the best possible outcome for herself and her baby.
In 2018 I expanded the services I offer to include post natal yoga (mum and baby) and baby massage. Time and again research shows that women do not have enough support and care after the birth of her baby. I offer classes which help to support post natal women in key areas including: perineal health, stress and mental health, infant development, bonding and attachment and breastfeeding.
To all the wonderful mums out there whom it has been my pleasure to meet and work with - thank you!
And to mums everywhere - You do a great job
“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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