You’ll find hypnobirthing helpful if you want to feel more relaxed or enjoy a more normal birth than you’ve previously experienced, or want to prepare to welcome your first baby into the world calmly and confidently. During the hypnotherapy training you will learn exactly how your body works, how to optimise the normal process of birth and how your birth partner can totally support you. I used to work as a midwife, so I’m here to answer your questions about labour or birth and help you feel relaxed and prepared as your due date approaches.
I’m feeling a bit anxious as my due date approaches, will hypnobirthing help?
If you have never had a baby before or felt unhappy about a previous birth it’s normal to feel apprehensive, or even frightened. Once you have had hypnobirthing training you will feel totally equipped to birth swiftly, confidently and calmly. In our culture we don’t witness birth first hand before our own experience of giving birth, so we don’t know how it’s done! To understand and train to profoundly relax is the key to a smooth birth and hypnobirthing can help you achieve that.
Can birth partners benefit from attending the hypnobirthing classes?
I highly recommend they join in! I so often hear from birth partners that they felt helpless, or even in the way during their partners’ first labour. With hypnobirthing, birth partners will feel totally at ease and informed as how to support their partner instead of feeling like a spare part!
How big are the hypnobirthing groups? Will I get lost in a crowd?
I keep my groups small, just four couples per session. This not only means that that the training is tailored to you, but you will also meet other couples at the same stage of pregnancy as you are, making it a hugely supportive experience all round.
Do you offer one on one sessions as well as group classes?
I am trained in the Wise Hippo programme which teaches parents to trust their natural instincts, both during birth and afterwards! I’ve been teaching hypnobirthing for over 12 years now! My courses are fun but informative course and I’m confident you’ll gain a lot of valuable tools and information from your course.
How long is the course?
The sessions take place every week, for four weeks. Each class is 2 hours long. You’ll receive a fantastic manual, five MP3’s of recordings to use at home, and I also record you a personalised hypnosis audio to help support your hypnobirthing practice at home. You’ll gain a lot from the classes, in addition to having plenty of resources to use at home.
When should I start hypnobirthing classes?
The ideal stage is at approximately 32 weeks, however I have successfully taught couples just a few days before their due date, so don’t worry if you are later in your pregnancy!
How much do the courses cost?
The group class is £250.00 per couple, which includes all four of the two hour classes in addition to your manual, relaxation audios and personalised hypnosis tape. Individual classes are priced at £400.00 per couple.
Please note: To secure your place on a hypnobirthing course, a deposit of £100 is required. The full balance is to be paid at the first class.
When does the next course start and how do I book?
The courses run on a Monday evening (Times can be arranged to suit you)
The next course starts on Monday, 10th July 2017. Please call the clinic on 01243 379693 to book your place.
If your child has flat head syndrome, you might be wondering what to do about it and how to help your little one. Let’s find out more about the condition and the various gentle, conservative treatment options available for your baby.
What is flat head syndrome?
Flat head syndrome is a name commonly used to refer to brachycephaly and plagiocephaly- both conditions can also be referred to as “positional skull deformity”. Plagiocephaly is where one side of the back of the head becomes flattened, which may result in the front of the head protruding on the opposite side, and the ears positioned asymmetrically. Brachycephaly is symmetric flattening of the back of the head, which can cause the ears to appear prominent and the head appear wide.
There has been a significant increase in the number of babies presenting with flat head syndrome possibly due to the introduction of the “Back to Sleep” (now known as “Safe to Sleep”) positioning recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Since the early 1990’s parents have been advised to let babies sleep on their backs, and whilst this has been successful in reducing the number of cot deaths, it has lead to an increase in the number of babies with deformational plagiocephaly and brachycephaly.
What causes flat head syndrome?
It can happen during your pregnancy with uterine constraint (when your baby doesn’t have enough room in the womb- especially common in the case of multiple births such as twins) or as a result of birth injury from forceps or vacuum assisted delivery. More commonly, it occurs after birth and is associated with congenital torticollis (or ‘wryneck’), abnormalities of the bones in the spine, neurological impairment (problems affecting the nervous system) or forced sleeping position.
The associated torticollis can occur due to strains of the sternocleidomastoid, a muscle in the
front of the neck, which can occur during difficult deliveries. This muscle trauma the baby’s head into an awkward position, thus exacerbating (or in fact causing) the skull deformity. Wryneck may also cause issues with breastfeeding, as the baby is unable to comfortably turn the head to latch properly- if your baby can’t latch to one side or can’t turn their head to one side, they may have torticollis.
Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing skull deformities as the cranial bones become harder and stronger during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. Premies may also spend longer periods of time in neonatal ICU on a respirator to help develop their lungs, as a result their heads are maintained in a fixed position.
More commonly, babies are born with a normal head shape which gradually becomes flattened or altered as a result of the position they lie in.
What we look for when diagnosing flat head syndrome
We don’t just look for flattening at the back of the head:
One ear may be placed slightly further forward than the other
One eye may appear larger than the other
One cheekbone may be more pronounced than the other
There may be a subtle (or not-so-subtle) head tilt
The child or baby may have reduced neck movement and are unable to rotate their neck themselves away from the flattened side of the occiput.
In older children, they may have delayed motor development or have failed to achieve certain developmental milestones
Why does it matter if my baby has a flat head?
It’s not just about appearance. Most advice seems to be that once baby’s hair grows out, skull deformities will be “hardly noticeable.” There is a growing body of research which suggests that children with plagiocephaly or brachycephaly need to be monitored for developmental delays or deficits. One study states that “Infants with deformational plagiocephaly comprise a high-risk group for developmental difficulties presenting as subtle problems of cerebral dysfunction during the school-age years.” Another study found that children with plagiocephaly were more likely to require special education services in school than their non-affected siblings (34.9% vs. 6.6%, respectively). The services they required included speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Whilst it is important to note that these findings do not imply that developmental plagiocephaly causes developmental problems, it may instead serve as a marker for developmental risk.
In addition, skull deformities may contribute to headaches, migraines, painful teething, jaw and dental problems. It is therefore recommended that treatment takes place as early as possible, in order to restore normal head shape.
One of the most commonly reported concerns from parents of children with flat head syndrome is their physical appearance and the possibility that he or she will be teased, embarrassed or otherwise stigmatised because of their condition. Parents often first notice the condition through the appearance of uneven bald spots on the back of their little one’s head.
There are numerous treatment options available, and if you are looking for gentle, non-invasive options for your little one there are several to consider. Hands-on treatment and exercises will help to alleviate the strain to the sternocleidomastoid muscle causing the torticollis and encourage normal neck movement in addition to helping to correct the skull deformation. Monitoring for neurodevelopment problems helps to ensure your baby achieves all their developmental milestones.
There is evidence to support the use of chiropractic care in managing flat head syndrome, which states “there was both a statistically and clinically significant reduction in plagiocephaly measurement for this cohort of infants after a course of chiropractic care. As this was an observational study, this cannot be interpreted as cause and effect. However, these results encourage further research, particularly an RCT to investigate the effect of chiropractic care on plagiocephaly in infants.”
Products are available which can be helpful , including pillows for the cot (most are not recommended for use when baby is unsupervised) and car seat, beanie caps, slings and wraps to help reduce the amount of time baby spends on their back.
Cranial molding headbands or helmets are what is often recommended. Helmets can be expensive, uncomfortable (they need to be worn 23 out of 24 hours in the day) and can cause excessive sweating and skin problems due to pressure or friction spots. Fortunately the designs for these are being improved to help make them more comfortable for little one.
How can I help my baby at home?
Tummy time is of the utmost importance. This helps develop shoulder girdle strength which is important for motor milestones such as crawling and eventually walking. In addition, it reduces the time spent lying on their back.
Repositioning: This is best started as early as possible and is most effective with babies under four months of age. Alternating the position your baby lies in at night can also help. Babies tend to prefer to face outward into the room, and being creatures of habit we may be tempted to always place them the same end of the crib. As such, routinely changing this is important.
Place cot toys and mobiles on the opposite side to the ‘flat’ side to encourage your baby to spend time on the side that is not flattened.
Position your little on the opposite end of the changing table when changing nappies. This helps in the same way altering their position in bed does, by encouraging them to look to the opposite side whilst being changed.
Ask your practitioner to show you exercises to help baby at home, such as gentle neck stretches for the sternocleidomastoid for babies with torticollis.
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Are you interested in finding out more information on hypnobirthing, and how it can help you and your partner have the best birthing experience possible?
Diana Tibble, a former midwife and experienced hypnobirthing instructor will be offering a FREE information evening every Wednesday starting on Wednesday 18th January from 8pm. These weekly information evenings will help you find out more about hypnobirthing and how it can help you learn to trust your body during birth and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of negative emotions that lead to fear causing unnecessary pain and unyielding muscles.
Hear it from one of Diana’s clients below with her video testimonial.
Please note spaces at the free hypnobirthing information evenings are limited so booking is essential. Please reserve your place by calling Acorn Health on 01243 379693 or Diana on 07595 693230.
Are you having a baby? There’s often a lot of talk about how hard childbirth is for mums (FYI- you might find this helpful!) Whilst this is undeniable, it’s also a physically exhausting, strenuous task for baby too and we know that babies and children are just as likely to experience pain as adults.
Fortunately, children have an incredible capacity to recover from these stresses, and generally respond incredibly quickly with the correct care. So how can chiropractic help? Chiropractic care can promote the relaxation and release of restrictions and held patterns in body structures and is incredibly gentle (the amount of pressure used is no more than you would use to check if a tomato is
ripe!) This is mainly because a baby’s spine is already so supple that very little pressure is required to have an effect.
The care we provide to children at Acorn Health is incredibly gentle and incorporates elements of sacro-occipital technique, cranial work, developmental exercises and other techniques, depending on what is required for your child!
Why do people take their baby or child to a chiropractor?
– Breastfeeding problems
– Sleeping problems
– Feeding problems
– Strains that may have occured during birth
– Delayed development
What causes these problems?
These symptoms may be caused by stress on the child’s body systems caused by:
– Constraint or restriction whilst in the womb (common in multiple births)
– The birth process
– Falls and accidents
– Modern lifestyles (slouching, use of mobile phones and iPads, heavy schoolbags, lack of exercise…) For more on this, please visit this blog.
What can I do to help?
We want mum and dad to be involved too! It’s not just how we help your little one that will be beneficial, it’s the tools, tips and techniques you recieve during the examintaion that help too. From exercises to help with balance and coordination, to positioning techniques that can help you avoid “flat head” syndrome, we want to give you the tools you need to grow your tiny little
acorn into a strong, healthy oak!
To book a Little Acorn appointment, please ring us on 01243 379693 or book online here.