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Relax & Breathe Birthing Course

Our Edinburgh Relax & Breathe Birthing (Hypnobirthing and Birth Preparation) Course is an informal, inspiring and empowering approach that enables pregnant women and their birth partners to feel excited about the birth of their baby. In four weekly sessions, we guide you through using gentle breathing, massage and visualisations as a way of staying relaxed and calm during your birth experience. By taking a detailed look at your birth rights, choices and advocacy we can help you have the confidence to liaise with your care providers to make informed choices that feel right for you and your baby.

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Who can benefit?

This course is a wonderful way to prepare for all types of birth experiences. We recommend attending from 24-35 weeks in pregnancy. The course is for all of you. Partners/birth partners are encouraged to attend.

This midwife-developed course is fully comprehensive and includes:

*taking a look at the mind-body physiology of birth and the power of deep relaxation

*breathing and visualisation exercises (hypnobirthing) to help relieve negative emotions and anxiety and calmly prepare for birth

*birth advocacy - taking a look at your birth rights and choices

*supportive movements, positions, massage and shiatsu points

*positive birth stories and dvds


Upcoming courses on Tuesday evenings with Onie at KnotStressed Therapies, 40-42 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5DL:

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 20th November to 18th December (please note there is no session on 27th November) (full now, sorry)

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 8th January to 29th January 2019 (full now, sorry)

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 19th Feb to 12th March 2019 

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 23rd April to 11th June 2019 

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 18th June to 9th July 2019

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 20th August to 10th September 2019 

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 17th September to 8th October 2019  

Upcoming Courses with Anne Young at Breath-Works, 7a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH on Saturday mornings: 

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm. weekly from Saturday 24th November to 15th December

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 26th January to 16th February

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 23rd March to 13th April

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 25th May to 15th June


The cost of the course is £190 and this includes 4 x 2.5-3 hour sessions, a comprehensive folder of handouts, a full set of our hypnobirthing scripts as MP3 downloads, a £10 discounted pregnancy massage, a set of Positive Birth Affirmation Cards and lots of tea, coffee and snacks!

This course completely transformed how I felt about the birth (from terrified beforehand to incredibly excited afterwards), and really brought my husband and I closer together over the pregnancy. Our teacher was incredibly encouraging and the techniques were invaluable. During birth, there were a lot of decisions that we were asked to make which without the course we wouldn’t have either known about or placed any importance on - decisions which we were given loads of impartial information on during the course. We also made good friends with the other couples in the class, whose support I’m not sure I could have coped without in the early days of our little boy’s life.
— Nicola Bailey