It’s the age of the internet, and everything and anything is available to you at the click of a button. The popularity of distance learning, as a result, is ever on the rise, and now even hypnobirthing and antenatal education can be learnt from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s great that more and more parents now have easier access to such learning, I am still a firm believer in face-to-face courses and support. Here’s some of the benefits of a face-to-face course that you can’t get from a computer screen, or reading a book by yourself:
- You get me!
Who wouldn’t want that? But seriously (cockiness is hardly my forte), my years of training and experience in antenatal education and hypnobirthing, and my personal use of hypnobirthing during both of my labours, means you are getting everything straight from the horse’s mouth. I have also had the pleasure of working with hundreds of parents during pregnancy, which has provided me with so many valuable first-hand skills.
This kind of experience and training enables me to answer any questions you have, and tailor the course to suit your individual journey. It also allows me to ensure that the course stays current and relevant.
I believe in the importance of getting to know my clients and building a relationship with them. This is the most precious time in your life, so I owe it to you to take the time to find out about your hopes and fears. I hope for you to get to know me a little, too, so that you can feel relaxed and comfortable in my company, and unafraid to ask anything, no matter how silly you think it is! My support is ongoing. I’m like a ‘phone-a-friend’ option when you’re having a wobble, or just have a question.
- It’s personalised
To facilitate the individual needs of each group, each of my courses are naturally different. Each group I work with has their own area of interest and focus, and a course is your investment in your pregnancy, birth, and child, so it’s important you get what you need. As such, we will make time beforehand to ensure the course is right for you.
On a hypnobirthing course with me, the post-hypnotic suggestions (the magic behind hypnosis) are personalised to you, and unique to your own hopes, fears, and birth experience – even in a group setting, your hypnobirthing script will be personalised.
- Time set aside
You pay the fee, mark the days in your diary, and have therefore made a promise to yourself to set aside time to focus on the preparation of your birth.
Online or distance learning courses are all well and good, but it’s all too easy to get sidetracked when the thought of a take away and Netflix becomes more appealing, or you decide to come back to it later because you can’t resist the urge to go shopping for a pram or cute baby grows (trust me, I’ve been there).
This reminds me of a fantastic article about the importance of your birth by the lovely Suzy Ashworth.
Setting aside time to focus on your birth can be especially important for second and third time parents, and beyond. So often, couples I have worked with get to their refresher course post thirty weeks, and realise just how little time they have spent together discussing or considering what’s around the corner. They really appreciate this allocated time together to focus on their new arrival.
Another benefit is the relaxation it provides. Parents often comment that they come away from a session with a sense of calm, and are happy they have taken the time out of their busy lives to just relax.
Couples also comment that their relationships have seen benefits from attending the course, particularly the 1-2-1 courses, and their connection and understanding of one another has grown stronger as a result.
- Meet others
A face-to-face course means you will be in the company of other couples who are at a similar stage to you, something online and distance learning can’t offer. It’s a nice feeling, and a great relief, to know you’re not the only one who has concerns or worries, and you can share your learning experience with each other.
It’s lovely to watch as groups bond and friendships develop. You’ll also find that the support network you have will go beyond the course, too, and you’ll have a group of parents who you will be able to talk to at any time (even at 2am – you can guarantee someone will be awake feeding their baby and able to chat or Whatsapp!), and also people you will be able to meet up with, perhaps even attend your first baby group with. You’ll find yourself making long lasting friendships that will be invaluable.
Of course, there is the added expense of a face-to-face course that can make it difficult, which is why I offer various payment plans and options on my Relaxed Birthing hypnobirthing courses. If you’re thinking of taking one of my NCT Signature courses, the NCT offer payment plans and generous course discounts to parents in receipt of benefits, or on a lower income. My passion and belief in antenatal education for all parents is such that I am happy to try and address any financial concerns you have – I would hate to see you miss out.