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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 Monday evenings with Onie at KnotStressed Therapies, 40-42 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5DL:

  • 6-9pm, weekly from Tuesday 19th Feb to 12th March 2019 (full now, sorry!)

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 22nd April, 6th, 13th and 20th May (no session on 29th April)

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 3rd, 10th and 17th June, and 1st July (no session on 24th June)

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 22nd July, 5th, 12th and 19th August (no session on 29th July)

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd September

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 7th and 21st October, 4th and 11th November (no sessions on 14th or 28th October)

  • 6-9pm, four classes on 18th November, 2nd, 9th and 16th December (no session on 25th November)

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

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

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, four classes 15th, 22nd, 29th June and 13th July (no session on 6th July)

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 3rd August to 24th August

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 28th September to 19th October

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm, weekly from Saturday 23rd November to 14th December


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