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Labour + birth

28th Mar 2024

Everything you need to know about hypnobirthing

Aisling Keenan

You’ve probably heard of hypnobirthing, and if you’re pregnant for the first time, you might be wondering if it’s for you.

You’ve probably heard of hypnobirthing, and if you’re pregnant for the first time, you might be wondering if it’s for you

Here’s everything you need to know

Serenity and childbirth aren’t normally words you’d find in the same sentence. But with hypnobirthing, serenity is the goal. Its practice promises a calmer childbirth, and uses an approach that channels the power of the mind and body to help you have a more tranquil birthing experience. 

What is it?

Hypnobirthing is a methodology grounded in the principles of relaxation, visualisation, and the profound connection between mental and physical well-being. At its core, it empowers expectant parents to navigate the birthing process with a sense of tranquillity and control over their experience. 

It equips you with the tools to approach childbirth with confidence and assertiveness. It attempts to eliminate the fear around delivering a baby, a common feeling among expectant parents. The method encourages the embrace of confidence through relaxation techniques and positive affirmations.


If you’re good at things like mood boards and manifesting, this might be right up your street. It teaches you to visualise the ideal birthing scenario, to try to shape your perceptions and, in turn, influence the unfolding reality of the birthing experience.

Create your space

In hypnobirthing, it’s recommended that you settle into your space, and make it as comfy as possible and to your liking. Your space can be carefully curated with subdued lighting, calming aromas, and a touch of personalisation where possible. 

Have a companion

Whether partner, doula, or medical professional, a hypnobirthing companion plays a vital role in providing support and understanding throughout the birthing process by knowing your preferences so you can stay in the zone, and advocating for you based on those preferences around potential interventions etc.

Beyond birth

Hypnobirthing extends beyond the delivery day. It helps with things like bonding, successful breastfeeding, and a positive initiation into parenthood.

Apps you can try

Hypnobirthing Hub

This app offers a variety of resources, including guided sessions, affirmations, and relaxation techniques. It provides a structured program to help expectant parents prepare for a positive birthing experience. 

Hypnobirthing by The Positive Birth Company

Developed by the renowned Positive Birth Company, this app delivers a range of hypnobirthing tools, including relaxation tracks, affirmations, and educational content. It serves as a practical companion for those following the Positive Birth Company’s hypnobirthing program. 


While not exclusively focused on hypnobirthing, Calm offers guided meditation sessions tailored to various stages of life. It can be a valuable resource for integrating mindfulness and relaxation into a hypnobirthing practice.