We know you’d probably much rather be watching the football on a Saturday than having to attend some hippy deep-breathing class with the Mrs. But you’ve put on your best supportive husband face (of course dear, whatever you think is best dear) and are now facing a day (or two) on a hypnobirthing (What’s that??) course in preparation for the arrival of your new baby.
So what’s next? Well you may be surprised to hear that your wife isn’t the only one who’ll be doing the work. You as a hypnobirthing dad have a key role to play in the birth of your child. You will be instrumental in ensuring your partner has the best possible care during labour, you are the ‘mouthpiece’ of the outfit if you like; you’ll be questioning the decisions presented to you and providing calm support by reading through a script or two, providing light-touch massage when required and generally helping her relax – have a couple of funny DVDs lined up: laughter really is the best medicine.
Hypnobirthing can also be a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for you too. You may leave after the day feeling less stressed, more refreshed and alert, thanks to the group relaxation exercises we will all do together. And many dads appreciate the opportunity to really bond with their unborn child.