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What Is a doula?

As you know we are BIG advocates of doulas over here at The Calm Birth School, although, we talk about it at length during our course, one of the most common question we receive is, what is a doula? Alongside why do doulas have such a positive impact on the way a woman experiences labour?…

Twitter Party and Masterclass

It feels like it’s been a while, but as always we have been busying ourselves behind the scenes to bring you some very special gatherings.  Virtual , because you know that’s our bag! Our next masterclass is going be held this Friday, with the wonderful Dr Joanna Heckle from Zest 4 Life UK.   Joanna runs…

Hypnobirth Music: The Top 10 Songs on Our Playlist

When it comes to setting the scene the type of hypnobirth music you play is super important.  And getting used to listening to it whilst relaxing during your pregnancy is a key element to creating the type of association or anchor, which is going to be most useful during your birth.  The reason why we…

3 Easy Ways to Deal With Negative Thinking During Pregnancy

It’s really common and normal for negative thinking to arise during your pregnancy. Please don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re a human being, sometimes, you’ll get stressed, anxious or worried, it’s part of living life. But what if you feel that you are constantly on that worry loop, and your negative emotions are far…

When Positive Thinking just isn’t enough….

Today’s blog post is all about the negative aspects of thinking positively about your birth. Yes, you read that correctly. There ARE negative aspects to thinking positively about your birth. We get it a lot with clients that are in their second or third pregnancy. Perhaps, they’ve dabbled a little bit with hypnobirthing in the…

Are You Using Your Brain??!

Sometimes, when we are faced with people in authority telling us what to do, we revert back to teacher – child, or parent – child mode and find ourselves agreeing to things that we don’t really understand.  Or feel may not be quite right for us, just because the consultant or the midiwife told us…

She emerged with such speed

This week’s birth story comes from the lovely Anna Demetriou one of our very own Instructors!! She can be found at This Mother Can and she is based in Philadelphia, USA. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with is! Despite all of my preparation, I was the fool who believed the hearsay that second…

Baby’s head was right there, so yes, it was time to push

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Pregnancy Course with Jennifer Scholes of Empowered Bumps covering Merseyside, North Cheshire, and South Lancashire Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with is! “So, I had my first contraction at quarter to nine on the Saturday night, I had another…

Does hypnobirthing REALLY work?

Does hypnobirthing really work? If I had a penny for every-time I have been asked this question over the last 9 years, I’d be rich beyond my wildest dreams! It comes up time and time again…But the truth is, the only reason why the question arises is because people don’t really understand what hypnobirthing is…and…

It was a boy! Shock, excitement! 

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Pregnancy Relaxation Course with Leanne Lawrence of Brighter Birthing across Hertfordshire Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with is! “Armed prepared for a c-section followed by an appendectomy I awoke at 5.45 am on a Tuesday morning. I was 38…

6 ways to make important decisions during pregnancy

One of the most difficult things to deal with during pregnancy is when you are told that your once straight forward, easy pregnancy has all of a sudden become ‘high risk’ or that your circumstances have changed, meaning that your birth plan needs to adapt. Suddenly you are in danger of not making it to…

I look back and feel SO PROUD of myself

This week’s birth story comes from a lovely couple Jayde & Jase who attended a TCBS Hypnobirthing Course with Karis Johnson of Open Hand Birthing – covering Cham – Switzerland Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with is!   “When I say I was in labour for almost 48 hrs, with strong contractions and…

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