For English-speaking couples and partners (Engelstalig)

English Hypnobirthing course

Do you want to attend an English Hypnobirthing class in the Netherlands? Here in this country with a long tradition of home birthing? Since the hypnobirthing method I am using is from Great Britain, all the antenatal course material offered by Natural Waves Hypnobirthing is available in English. With a background in Human Geography, I have international work experience and partially speak English at home. Therefore, I feel confident to offer this course to international couples and mothers. Because there is a large expat community and many world citizens living in the Holland, a group course is among the possibilities. I also offer a private course at (your) home and a virtual course.

You can contact me any time to discuss your situation and the current English hypnobirthing pregnancy courses, by chat, e-mail or phone.

Below some personal pictures from my work and travel abroad in Romania, China and Ghana.

For you, your partner and your baby

A calm birth in the Netherlands

If there was one thing I was always sure about in life, it was that my feminine body was made to give birth. When I finally birthed my baby (using hypnobirting techniques), it was an important milestone of matrescence to me. Also your body is designed for this special event. Giving birth is the ultimate female and maybe even a magical experience. However, tensions, thoughts about birth and a busy mind can get in the way of this natural process, making birth more painful and difficult. Hypnobirthing helps you support the natural birthing process by lowering fears and tensions and allowing you to rely on your own body, mind and intuition. A very useful technique when you're giving birth in a foreign environment.

Childbirth tools and information

Training peace and confidence

In this complete, profound and friendly pregnancy course, I am giving you all the tools and information you need for the best possible natural childbirth for you, your partner and your baby. I am adding energetic bodywork and personal meditation experience to the official 12-hour training programme. By attending the course and doing the exercises at home, you will increase the chances of a serene, comfortable bearing. As the hypnobirthing training progresses, your confidence grows and you will experience more peace and tranquility. You will learn all about the 5 c’s of hypnobirthing:

  • Choice
  • Control
  • Confidence
  • Calm
  • Comfortable
Course material
  • 12 hours Hypnobirthing class & birth preparation with teacher + extra Covid-19 support
  • The Hypnobirthing Book by British bestselling author Katharine Graves. Intro by Michel Odent
  • The KG Hypnobirthing relaxation MP3s
  • A Natural Waves course folder for parents, full of information and scripts

indian woman holding baby after english hypnobirthing course

Course content
  • Breathing and visualisation techniques
  • Positive birth affirmations and scripts
  • Light touch and massage techniques
  • The use of positive anchors
  • Information about the birth process, so you know what to expect
  • The role of your birth partner, so he or she can fully support you

african woman carrying baby

Birth information in the Netherlands
  • Your pregnant body and for what it is specially designed for
  • Dutch birth care and possible interventions
  • Benefits and risks of interventions so you can make an informed choice

english speaking woman confident and calm for birth with hypnobirthing

Birth story of a father..

Hypnobirthing experience

What are the advantages of hypnobirthing for mother and baby?
  • Contributes to a calmer, more comfortable birthing experience, sometimes pain-free
  • Your baby comes into the world in a serene and relaxed environment, alert and ready to attach, just as nature intended.
  • KG Hypnobirthing births are often shorter
  • Usually less medication & interventions such as a caesarean section or vacuum pump, which allows your baby to develop naturally and easily after birth.
  • Mothers often recover faster after childbirth because the physical impact of the birth is lower
  • Your birth partner learns to support you and take an active role at birth. A valuable experience that you share together.
What are the postnatal advantages of hypnobirthing?

The advantages of the hypnobirthing techniques support you not only during the birth process, but also afterwards. As new parents you can continue to use the learned techniques for general relaxation and rest. A positive birth experience also contributes to better bonding between parents and child, more energy and vitality after birth and the start of breastfeeding.

What is the best moment to start a hypnobirthing course?

You can start your English hypnobirthing course at any time during pregnancy.

With what kind of births can I use hypnobirthing?

Home births such as water births and births in a maternity clinic or hospital (or the back seat of the taxi). With hypnobirthing you prepare yourself for every situation and environment, whatever happens. Good to know the Netherlands is a country with a long history of home birthing. Giving birth in Holland usually starts at home. This hypnobirthing course will provide you with in-depth information about the Dutch birth care & health care system in general.

Why are you always teaching the hypnobirthing course in several sessions (2 long or 4 shorter ones)?

Training your body-mind connection corresponds to training a muscle. If you’re only reading theory, you haven’t trained your body-mind muscle yet. That’s why the Hypnobirthing course at Natural Waves consists of the full 12 hours of the KG Hypnobirthing method and practice at home. With a teacher who offers support after practicing.

Is the English hypnobirthing course reimbursable by the health insurance?

English hypnobirthing pregnancy courses at Natural Waves are in many cases (partially) reimbursed by the health insurance. If you are additionally insured for pregnancy and birth care, there are options at CZ, Achmea, Zilveren Kruis, Avéro, FBTO & De Friesland insurances. If you have any other insurance and/or doubts, please contact us. Marise is with an accredited KG Hypnobirthing Teacher and therefore a qualified provider of birth care.

Can I also do a home course or single course hypnobirthing?

Yes, you can. Please contact us for the possibilities.

What is the difference between Hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga?

With hypnobirthing you get exercises for your body as well as breathing and visualisation techniques. But the toolbox of KG Hypnobirthing contains even more, namely positive birth confirmations and scripts, touch and massage techniques, the use of positive anchors, information about the birth process, so you know what to expect and interpretation of the role of your birth partner, so that he or she can fully support you. In addition, you will learn more about your pregnant body and what it is specially designed for, birth care and possible interventions, and the benefits and risks of interventions so that you can make informed choices. It is a complete training programme for body and mind to prepare you for the best possible birth for you and your baby.

Pregnancy yoga prepares you physically for delivery. You learn breathing techniques and postures to prepare for birth.

What are the possibilities for natural support in case of pregnancy complaints?

Many pregnant women experience pregnancy ailments such as edema (fluid retention), nausea, insomnia, tension retention & respiratory problems. For natural support of these pregnancy problems you can contact Natural Waves Body Mind Center. Holistic forms of work such as foot reflexology, moxibustion (moxa) & breathing therapy will alleviate your symptoms. Also in breech position the baby can be stimulated to turn around with moxa. There’s also therapeutic pregnancy massage available. Did you know in India a woman receives an oil massage every day all 30 days after giving birth?

What is the difference between the different hypnobirthing methods?

The British hypnotherapist Katharine Graves has developed her own extensive method which is taught worldwide. The course is continuously developing to stay up-to-date, nourished by an international community of birth workers with knowledge and skills. There is also extra support for different types of pregnancies, such as breech presentation, twins, etc. In Great Britain, KG Hypnobirthing is the only method recognised by the British professional association of midwives. It is called the Royal College of Midwives. Read more and video >>