Teaching women how to experience a calm and relaxed birth

What is Hypnobirthing?

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Hypnobirthing is a method of birth preparation using a few simple techniques to help
facilitate a calm and relaxed labour and birth for mother and baby.

This is nothing new or fashionable about this, it is simple, logical and practical with a strong
evidence base to support it. Many women approach their labour and birth with fear because of the
negativity that surrounds them and the assumption that it has to be painful.

Fear during labour has a physiological effect on the bodies natural ability to function
effectively, causing pain, a slowing down of labour as well as blocking the release of the helpful hormones.

Hypnobirthing teaches woman to relax deeply, to trust their  bodies ability to birth
naturally and to enable their mind and body to work in harmony. When all this happens the
woman is calm and relaxed and she feels more in control. In addition her body is able to
release all the supportive natural birth hormones that help make everything easier for
both her and the baby. These hormones are better designed than any
synthetic pharmaceutical drugs for a labouring woman giving birth naturally.


Women using these techniques are regularly reported to use less pain relief,
enjoy shorter labours and their babies are born calm and alert with high Apgar scores.
(The first test on a newborns physical condition after birth)

There is less medical intervention needed with Hypnobirthing women and when it is necessary the
women deals better with it afterwards because she has been more in control and
involved in the decision making regarding her care plan.

Having a positive birth experience without intervention results in calmer babies
that eat and sleep better. It also makes for strong confident mothers who trust themselves
and their natural instincts to make good choices for their families.

About Joan Mills (R.G.N., M.A.R. & Affiliated with the Hypnobirthing Institute)

Following many years of general nursing practice, I trained as a complementary therapist,
specialising in womens health, fertility and birth. After many years of this work, I heard
about Hypnobirthing from several clients, did some research and decided to carry out the training.

It has been the most exciting journey of discovery, I’ve trained in the original Mongan method, the
Katharine Graves method, and most recently the revolutionary new British-based Wise Hippo method.

Drawing on all my training and experience, having hypnobirthed over 200 couples and
attended many births, I offer a comprehensive course which fully equips
couples for whatever path their baby’s birth takes.

As a birth Doula, I often attend births and for me this is what it is all about.
Women enjoying a comfortable baby’s birth day, while dads play a
key role in the whole process. Seeing really is believing.

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Based in Harpenden and St Albans, other treatments that I offer include:

– Reflexology and Visualisation

– Reiki

– Indian Head Massage

– Holistic Body Massage

– Bach Flower Remedies

– Doula

Course Information

The Hypnobirthing classes take place in Harpenden at my home-based clinic
on Wednesday evenings and in St Albans, at the Verulam Clinic (only 2 mins walk
from the main train station) on a Saturday. The course is taught in small groups (no more than five couples)
and one-to-one classes are available in your own home, with both courses
taught over 4 sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours.

The best time to start the course is from approximately 20 weeks onwards. The reason for
this is that you will need to spend some time practicing the relaxation and breathing
techniques that you learn, so the more time you have the better! Although don’t worry
if you’re getting close to your child’s birth – Get in touch with me and we can discuss a
modified or private one-to-one course to suit your specific needs. It may also
be beneficial to look at the other treatments I offer.


course details and times

Group classes take place between 19:00 – 21:30 on Wednesday evenings in Harpenden
and Saturday during the day in St Albans between 10:30 – 16:30.

If these times or days do not suit you, there is the possibility to make up classes at the alternate venue.

For private classes, dates and times, evenings or weekends can be arranged to fit your schedule.

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Stumbled across Hypnobirthing late in your pregnancy?
It’s never too late, there is still time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your options.


The Harpenden course is taught from my home-based clinic on Coleswood Road, AL5.

The St Albans course is based at the Verulam Clinic on 118-120 Victoria Street,
St Albans AL1 (a short walk from the main train station).


Group classes: £275
Private one-to-one classes: £495 (4 sessions)

A £50 deposit is payable on booking to secure your place, and
the remaining balance at the start of the course.

The fee includes four sessions, plus all course material, including a manual,
five downloadable relaxation MP3s, refreshments and ongoing telephone
and email support. All groups will also have access to a full library of
birth-related books and AIMS publications.

For all the information about future course dates and upcoming
FREE INFORMATION sessions, check my 2015 diary below:

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Harpenden – Wednesday courses – 19:00 – 21:30

– Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th (1 Space available)

– March 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd (Spaces available)

– April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th (Spaces available)

– May 2nd (Monday), 4th (Wednesday), 18th & 25th (Spaces available)

– June 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd (Spaces available)

– July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th (Spaces available)

– August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th (Spaces available)


St Albans – Saturday courses – 10:30 – 16:30

– Feb 6th & 13th (1 spaces available)

– March 5th & 12th  (Spaces available)

– April 9th & 16th  (Spaces available)

– May 21st & 28th  (Spaces available)

– June 11th & 25th  (Spaces available)

– July 9th & 16th  (Spaces available)

– August 6th & 13th  (Spaces available)


FREE information sessions

4.30pm – 5.30pm @ the St Albans Clinic on all days after the course being held that day has finished

Contact Me

To find out more about how hypnobirthing can help you or to book a place on one of the FREE information evenings please fill out the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible:

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