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What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing uses antenatal education, self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to help release any fear or tension you may have around birthing your baby.

Discover how the mind and body can work together to help you gain control over your own labour. These methods can be used to help you to achieve a calm, natural and often drug free birth.

Hypnobirthing can be used to achieve a positive birth experience in any setting; on labour ward, the birth centre or at a homebirth.


What does the course involve?

There are 2 choices of course which are run by Midwives in the Abbey Birth Centre at St Peter’s Hospital on either a Saturday 9am-3.30pm, or 3 consecutive Thursday evenings 7pm-9.30pm. Both courses cover the same content. There will be a maximum of 7 couples in a session, and the course will cover a range of relaxation exercises, massage and practical skills for labour and birth. We also offer a one-off long day on a Saturday for the whole course.

We recommend joining the course from 28-34 weeks of pregnancy so please book early as the courses are very popular. This allows plenty to time to practice and get to grips with the breathing and relaxation techniques before your labour beings. The course costs £100 per couple, and payment can be made over the phone to our cashiers office, further details will be given at the time of booking.

To book onto the course or for further information please contact St Peter’s Maternity Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that the bookings diary is managed by Midwives working in a clinical setting so it can take up to a week to get a response.


Maternity Numbers

Surrey Heartlands Pregnancy Advice Line
0300 123 5473

Ante-natal Clinic
01932 722389

Maternity Appointments
01932 722366

Joan Booker Ward
01932 722291

Neonatal Ward
01932 722667

Ultrasound Queries
01932 722665

Visiting Times

Joan Booker Ward (Antenatal and Postnatal)

08.00hrs - 22.00hrs for partners only

13.00hrs - 20.00hrs for all other visitors. No more than 3 visitors at a time.

Children under 16 cannot visit at any time unless they are the brother/sister of the new baby


Labour Ward Visiting Hours

Partner allowed anytime

In labour a maximum of two birthing partners.

For all other visitors - visiting times are 2-4pm, 6-8pm. Only two visitors at a time during this period.

Children under the age of 16 are not able to visit unless they are siblings.

This is to improve patient safety, reduce infection risks, maintain a lean environment and to allow families quiet time to bond with their baby.