By: 3 April 2013

Hypnobirthing expert and Associate Member of the Royal College of Midwives, Katharine Graves, has announced a new series of regional training courses.

Katharine has been running her hypnobirthing teacher training course in London for a number of years, but now, for the first time, she is offering courses in the Midlands, York and Edinburgh. Visit for more information.

Katharine has been practising hypnobirthing for some 10 years and founded the Hypnobirthing Association. She teaches more mothers than any other UK practitioner and also runs courses aimed at midwives, hypnotherapists and others interested in becoming hypnobirthing teachers.

The Hypnobirthing Centre’s ‘Certification in Teacher Training’ is a comprehensive six-day course that provides the skills to become a Hypnobirthing Practitioner, recognised by the Hypnobirthing Association. It will equip you to teach expectant mothers the techniques for a successful hypnobirth and the course is regularly updated to make sure it reflects the very latest thinking and understanding. The course covers:

  • The reasons why hypnobirthing is so effective
  • The difference between a natural and medical birth
  • The natural efficiency and comfort of the body in labour
  • The simplicity of a natural and calm birth and how to achieve it
  • The power of the mind
  • How to build confidence and let go of fears
  • How to apply hypnobirthing principles in labour
  • The importance of the father
  • The relationship between mother, father and baby
  • Nutrition in pregnancy

The first regional teachers’ course is due to take place in the Midlands in March. Birmingham-based hypnobirthing teacher and former NHS Practice Manager, Maggie Handy, has been teaching mums in the area since undertaking one of Katharine Graves’ London courses two years ago. She said:

“Hypnobirthing in the UK is becoming ever more popular and there is more and more demand from mums-to-be. Since attending one of Katharine’s courses and achieving my diploma, I have been helping local mums prepare for a calm and stress-free birth. It’s great to see that quality hypnobirthing training is now more accessible to people based outside the South East. I would thoroughly recommend teaching it as a career.”

Katharine has written a new book, The Hypnobirthing Book, which is a complete course in itself, and will be distributed at her training course. It is also available from Amazon and