ABC's For Birth:Mind & Body Preparation Programme

ABC's For Birth:Mind & Body Preparation Programme

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Royal Surrey County Hospital

Egerton Road



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A- Acupressure and Massage B- Biomechanics C- Companion Training

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ABC’s For Birth: Mind & Body Preparation Programme

A- Acupressure and Massage

B- Biomechanics

C- Companion TrainingOur Practical Preparation for birth package combines understanding of Biomechanics (for pregnancy and birth), hormone regulation and psychology to help you prepare your mind, body, and birth partner for birth.

The Four week Movement and Mindfulness course (pregnant mums/people only) is facilitated in the Parentcraft Room, Antenatal Clinic, The Royal Surrey Hospital* over four consecutive Tuesday evenings (19:00-20:00) commencing on Tuesday the 6th of September 2022. The in person Couples Workshop takes place on Sunday the 25th of September (09:00-13:00) at Merrist Wood College, Guildford.

Over a four-week Movement & Mindfulness course (pregnant person only) and a half day hands on Couple’s Workshop you will be taught:• How small changes in your day-to-day life can have a big impact on the comfort and function of your pregnant and birthing body.

• A series of simple daily stretches and postures designed to create balance and space within your pregnant body- this may help elevate some of the discomforts of pregnancy, provide space for your baby to find their optimal position for birth and prepare your body to birth optimally • The importance of the mind and body connection. You will be guided through breathing techniques and provided with a guided relaxation** designed to support your physical and mental relaxation in pregnancy, birth and beyond

• How your baby and body work together in pregnancy, labour and birth and things that you and your birth partner can do to support this incredible dynamic

• Biomechanical techniques to use in labour in the event of a stalled labour, sub optimal position and to aid coping• Positions for labour & birth that support your natural physiology.• Accupressure points, aromatherapy*** and massage for pregnancy and birth You will also receive a comprehensive handout to enhance your understanding of your incredible physiology, support your ongoing practice and to use as a reference source in labour.

We don’t guarantee type of birth or level of comfort, but by understanding how your labouring body functions you can work with and support those processes to optimise your birthing experience.

Participants will be expected to supply their own birthing ball for the hands-on partner workshop. All other equipment and resources will be provided for the taught sessions but you may wish to purchase some of your own equipment for use outside of class. Our midwife facilitators will provide guidance on this.

This practical preparation course is a great add on for clients attending our Birth and Beyond Complete and Birth & Beyond Hypnobirthing packages.

*Please note that the Royal Surrey charges for onsite parking which is not included in the course costs

**The guided relaxation is written by our in house cognitive hypnotherapist and may not be suitable for clients with certain neurological or mental health diagnosis where visualisation is contraindicated. Please consult your health care provider prior to booking ***Please note that the aromatherapy element are specifically focused on labour and birth and therefore no aromatherapy oils will be used in class. Instead, you will be provided with information on five helpful oils, including guidance on their purchase and storage, and their application for labour and birth.

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