2021 Courses Update

Hello 2021! Hello pregnancy bump!

I hope you are feeling well. This is an uncertain time- BUT I want to offer you some confidence, empowerment and excitement for your upcoming birth.

As a midwife, and parent I know the importance of feeling heard and nurtured as your bump grows.

I want to be your additional support person, I can teach you and your birthing partner the in’s and out’s of the science and physiology of pregnancy, birth and your baby moon! We work through all the content you need to have a calm birth- whatever form that takes! BUT I also ensure you know how to move your body and prepare your body and baby for birth. So labour stalls, slow progress, caesarean births, episiotomies, lying on your back….all the things you hear about in the media, become less likely, as you and your baby start to work and move better together.

You can secure your space in my next upcoming course below.

You will get small groups, tonnes of interaction, all your questions answered and so much ongoing learning to do at your own pace.

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    “CALMNESS – the course gave us tips and techniques. We learnt about each stage and ways to keep me calm. The breathing techniques were amazing to relax me and I used them throughout” Vicky

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    “The female body is awesome but undoubtedly your mind plays a big role. So get bonding with your birth partner, work together, calmly breathe your way through and remember that you are safe”. Holly
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  • How will my body work in labour?

    Birth physiology is basically how your body will respond to being in labour. Find out what hormones are at play? How you can maximise the hormones you do want, and have less of the hormones your don’t? How do these and your baby’s position play a part in the length and strength of your surges and labour? How can your partner or midwife use tools such as massage and rebozo to shorten and make you more comfortable during your birth?

  • Fear and the birthing room

    It is very normal to feel fear when you think about birth. That is what society has conditioned us to do. BUT it is not helpful in allowing us to release our baby’s calmly into this world. Where do these fears come from and how can we reduce our exposure to ‘the bad birth stories’ whilst pregnant? How does fear impact your mind and body’s reponse to labour? You can feel excited about birth! You may even experience euphoria during your baby’s birth!

  • What is hypnosis?

    Will I be hypnotised? Well yes but no….you will be learning how to self hypnotise. This means you take yourself to a calming place, where you feel safe, comfortable and at ease. This deep relaxation reduces the birth sensations you may be feeling to make them more comfortable for you. Everyone experiences labour differently but you will be experiencing labour the very best for you with hypnobirthing.

  • How can I make a hospital birth calming?

    Did you know that a hospital delivery suite or labour ward (obstetric led unit) can be as calming and peaceful an environment as a birth centre? On The Northern Birthing School class you will learn how to create that beautiful environment wherever you and your baby need to be.

  • My birthing partner won't know what to do

    After one of our hypnobirthing courses, your birthing partner will know exactly how to be your very best advocate, calming supporter and cheerleader. They won’t be sat in the corner reading, actually they won’t be sat at all. Instead they will leave our class with a long list of practical tools to keep you feeling centered, focussed and in control.

  • I am worried I won't have any options in my birth

    I have experienced as a midwife women feeling trapped by certain decisions in birth. However I want to arm you with clear communication tools to ensure you can approach any conversation and decision with a midwife or doctor confidently. Know what your options are before you need to make a decision in labour, as we will explore common challenges you may face, and how to deal with them. If your ‘birth plan’ feels like its going off course, you will know how to remain in control so that you can look back on your birth positively, no matter how it happens.

  • I don't know what to write in my birth plan? Should I even have one?

    Writing a birth plan can feel daunting so with a midwife guiding you, not in a rushed appointment, but over the weeks of your pregnancy, you can piece together your birth plan so that it is informed and using the very best evidence. Alice will be on hand for questions, and to sign post you to the best additional materials for writing your own personalised birth plan.

  • I am worried about breastfeeding and if I will even be able to do it

    Breastfeeding is hard, as is being a new parent, especially for the first time. Or maybe you are anxious about how having a new baby might change your family dynamic. A Northern Birthing School hypnobirthing course teaches not just about birth, but we also spend time ensuring you feel confident about the early days and weeks after birth. You will be guided to write your own postnatal plan and put in place the support you need for when your baby is here. Alice is on hand after birth should you have any questions or need additional support.

  • How might coronavirus affect my pregnancy and birth?

    This is a challenging time and especially so if you are pregnant. As a midwife Alice is well placed to be able to provide up-to-date information on guidelines, hospital practices and safety for you and your baby.

  • I am having an elective caesarean birth, hypnobirthing isn't for those

    Did you know there are anaesthetists in the North West who are trained especially in hypnosis for birth because they care for women with tocophobia (fear of giving birth) daily. As birth professionals we know hypnobirthing works! You can have a calming positive caesarean birth, and our course goes through all the tools you need to achieve that and feel well as you recover.

  • Are you feeling anxious about your birth?

    Trust me, I’m a midwife, we’re in this together

    When you book a course with me, you get my support and guidance right through from booking to after your baby is born. I’ve got you, and you’ve got this. You can start to feel more excited about your pregnancy and birth again.

    My course will take you from feeling….to…
  • Are you worried about your birthing partner being 'on board'

    Actually our couples who have taken courses have fed back how learning about hypnobirthing has made them both feel better about birth. It gives your birth partner things to focus on during labour, and makes them feel so much more confident in making choices together.

    My course will take you from feeling….to…
  • Out of control?

    A Northern Birthing School course will take you from feeling out of control to calm and excited. Experienced midwife, Alice du Preez, empowers women to take ownership of their pregnancy and birthing experiences by giving them the tools to cope with whatever lies ahead. Offering hypnobirthing, pregnancy yoga and pregnancy massage – with a side of northern soul.

    My course will take you from feeling….to…
  • Can you feel THIS excited about your upcoming birth?

    “We really enjoyed this weekend, we learnt loads and feel really positive and excited about the arrival of little one. The group we were apart of was great and I hope we all stay in touch.
    Thank you for creating such a fantastic course, and providing the continued friendly support”
  • What do you need to know about birth?

    “We definitely feel more confident and dare I say looking forward to the birth. Learning about the labour process made us realise we actually didn’t know much about it – apart from people’s horror stories and tv/films. Thanks again- have been recommending the course and hypnobirthing to everyone!”
  • Am I hypnobirthing if I have a caesarean birth?

    “First of all, I want to thank (you) Alice, our amazing Hypnobirthing tutor and Midwife for helping us to see that birth can be so beautiful and filled with so much peace and calmness and showing us that no matter how your birth went, whether you had a caesarean birth or a Vaginal Birth the way you feel about your own experience is what matters most, positivity is within ourselves” Dimi

  • Give your birth partner the very best confidence to be by your side

    “During labour, particularly the time at home, Rob was the best painkiller and I needed him near me at all times. He had learnt how important his support would be and responded to my every need. ” Vicky

Trust me, I’m a midwife – I’ve got you and you’ve got this!

Hello, I’m Alice du Preez and I’m right here – at the end of the phone or email – ready and waiting to help you make the most of your pregnancy and ensure a calm and confident birth. 

Alice du Preez