HypnoBirthing® is a tried and proven method that guides and prepares the birthing family towards a calm and extraordinarily beautiful birth. It is a program that considers the psychological, as well as the physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the new-born, independent of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, a hospital, or a birth centre.

The tools and techniques you will learn on the course will be hugely beneficial for you, your birth partner and your baby, and not only for pregnancy and birth but to life in general as well.

  • Teaches you deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and pain;
  • Gives dad / partner or birth companion an integral role in the birthing;
  • Teaches you and your birthing partner how to work alongside your birthing team to achieve the birth you desire;
  • Shortens the first phase of labour by several hours;
  • Leaves you feeling alert, fresh and awake with energy during your labour
  • Reduces the need for an episiotomy;
  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby whatever turn their birthing takes;
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting; and
  • Allows you and your partner to approach birth and parenting informed and empowered


Hypnosis in childbirth is not anything like stage hypnosis, it is simply a method of bypassing your critical mind and accessing your subconscious through a deeper level of relaxation. It allows you to explore and release any limiting beliefs and fears and replace them with positive ones. You will be completely aware and in control the entire time.  Thus there will be no animal sounds or doing anything that you are uncomfortable with. Although, that being said, I have heard of women describing themselves as roaring like a lioness or bellowing like a cow as they birthed their babies into the world! So maybe some instinctive animal sounds, but again, all totally up to you and in your control.

The self-hypnosis that HypnoBirthing® teaches is in fact a deep sense of relaxation that you in fact pass through at least once during the course of your day – perhaps whilst you are daydreaming, watching a movie, reading a book or perhaps on a car drive – have you ever arrived at your destination but not quite remembered the journey? These are all examples of when you are in a deepened sense of relaxation and through the various techniques that are taught in HypnoBirthing® you will be able to reach this state quickly and easily.

Take a moment to imagine what your birth would look like if you were super relaxed, in control and trusting in yourself, your body, your baby, your partner and your birth team? Pretty amazing, right?!?

Absolutely! Birth partners; whether it be your spouse, partner, mother, sister or Doula, are not only more than welcome to join but I encourage them to do so, as they will be play a vital role in the birth process. I believe that having someone to support you during pregnancy and birth is essential, a birthing mother deserves unconditional love and support during this miraculous event, hence why I became a Doula! Your birth partner will be equipped during the course with all the tools needed to support you during your pregnancy and labour.

The majority of moms still choose to birth in a hospital rather than birthing at home (around 30% choose homebirth). It is actually even more important to have tools, and to be more educated as to your choices about birth if you choose to have a hospital birth, where you are statistically more likely to face intervention in an environment less suited to a calm and relaxed birthing atmosphere.

Unfortunately, not. 95% of women are able to achieve a comfortable birth, 60% of women that use HypnoBirthing® use no pain relief at all, a further 20-25% use mild relief such as gas and air. There are occasionally ‘special circumstances’ where a mother will need assistance, but using HypnoBirthing® will allow her to make informed choices about the options she has.

One of the crucial points of HypnoBirthing® is educating ourselves on why we would hold fears of childbirth and what could go “wrong” in child birth –Armed with the knowledge of how our body responds to fear, how fear is counterintuitive to birthing and how we can change the script, we can work towards releasing those fears, returning you to a state of confidence and prepare for a calm and beautiful birth, free from fear and tension. Once we know better, we do better.

The preparation you will do during HypnoBirthing® allows parents to remain calm, relaxed, focused and in control no matter which direction their birthing journey takes. If due to a genuine special circumstance, your birth takes an unexpected turn – you will have everything you need to enable you to discuss your options and make informed decisions.

Mothers who have required scheduled caesareans for medical reasons report being completely relaxed before, during and after the procedure. Many report that they needed little or no medication after the birth, and that they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.

An important philosophy of mine and that of HypnoBirthing® is that you will become prepared for whatever turn your birthing may take. You will learn techniques, tools and skills to remain calm and positive and not feel like an observer in your own birth. You will learn all your options and choices and how to ensure you are included in all decision making. The knowledge you will learn will allow you to feel safe and empowered throughout your journey, regardless of what that looks like.

By simply choosing to learn about HypnoBirthing®, you are taking a vital step in being a proactive and loving parent, wanting the best for your baby. You cannot fail at birth, no matter what!

This is something I have looked into quite extensively and have also looked into my heart, for me personally, I do not believe that HypnoBirthing® conflicts with Christianity.

As I have previously mentioned, HypnoBirthing® teaches self-hypnosis, the emphasis here is on self – it is to teach yourself and allow yourself to go into a state of relaxation, you are not in a trance nor is your mind being controlled by someone else. If at any time, you feel uncomfortable, you can get up and walk away – it is that simple.

There is also the option to include Scripture as your affirmations and develop Scripts that are in accordance with the promises that God has given us.

Fear can be overcome by faith.
Dr. Grantly Dick-Read – Childbirth Without Fear

You have many choices that lay ahead of you for your birthing experience, and I remember all too well that sometimes it can feel rather overwhelming. The HypnoBirthing® classes offer you an opportunity to make these decisions in a relaxing and enjoyable manner, that will leave you feeling empowered and excited for the journey you are on. I know you will be happy choosing HypnoBirthing® classes as your childbirth education classes.


I would encourage you then to explore your own feelings, do some research and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you accordingly.

HypnoBirthing® Classes

The 12.5 -hour HypnoBirthing® course is designed to be a fully comprehensive childbirth education course, presented in a group setting, and is delivered over 5 consecutive weeks, each class being 21/2 hours each.

The group classes will be limited to a maximum of five couples so as to ensure comfort, privacy and connection. An advantage to group classes is that you will have the opportunity to meet other parents-to-be and there is always a really positive atmosphere.

Private classes are available and can be delivered in the comfort of your own home and at a time of your choosing (subject to availability).

The classes are currently offered in Amanzimtoti, Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa.

When should I start my HypnoBirthing® course?

The choice is yours – you can begin at any time. The normal recommendation is any time from 20 weeks into your pregnancy but most families attend around the 28-week mark. Naturally, the benefits of starting earlier are that you are able to practice the techniques that will be taught sooner. It is, however, never too late either, if you have only just discovered HypnoBirthing®, connect with me so we can arrange to fully prepare you before your birthing day!


The cost per couple for the group course is R1950.00 and this includes the official HypnoBirthing® book, the Rainbow Relaxation CD, all course materials and ongoing support, available on phone or email, right up to the birth of your baby. Light refreshments will also be provided during the course.

Payment terms for all courses can be arranged.

I also offer packages that include Doula Services and HypnoBirthing® classes, when booking for both there will be a discount available to you.

Interested in booking the HypnoBirthing® course or perhaps you have some questions you would like answered? Then please do not hesitate to contact me.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18

Upcoming Classes

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Brigette Verhoef
W.O.M.B.S Doula & H.B.C.E