About Relax and Breathe Birthing

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Supporting women during pregnancy and childbirth is a real privilege.

Relax and Breathe Birthing was developed by Jenny Patterson, an Independent Midwife with over 10 years experience and mother to four boys, and Onie Tibbitt, a hypnobirthing and birth educator, doula, pregnancy massage trainer and mother to two girls with over 10 years teaching experience.

Relax and Breathe Birthing is a hypnobirthing and birth preparation course that instils confidence and empowers women to harness their own inner strength to birth their baby with calm confidence. Our belief is that a positive birth experience is defined by the state of mind of a birthing woman and her birth partners, even when the journey may deviate from desired birth preferences.

We believe in working with women as individuals. Our hypnobirthing approach is flexible and can be completely tailored to the needs of a pregnant woman and her birth partner. Through a combination of breathing, visualisation, guided relaxation, movement, music, voice and massage, and comprehensive birth preparation, it is possible to build strength and positivity in the lead up to birth.

Our Instructor Training Programme is fully tailored to your learning needs and includes everything we wish we had been taught when we first started on our birth education journey. Once qualified, you will feel confident adapting Relax & Breathe Birthing to suit the flexible requirements of your clients – perhaps teaching the fully comprehensive 4-week hypnobirthing and birth education course, running day workshops, offering weekly relaxation sessions, or simply including elements of Relax & Breathe Birthing in your other business activities. We offer friendly, informal and informative Instructor Training in small groups at our beautiful city centre clinic in Edinburgh.

“Relax and breathe… feel the ground beneath your feet … and do nothing extra” Ancient Tai Chi quote.

We believe in the power of women and nature’s way of birthing. Whilst is not always possible to achieve a natural birth, by practicing relaxation in pregnancy, it is possible for a birthing woman to stay calm, feel in control of decisions made during childbirth and to look back with positivity and pride at the birthing journey.

As a Relax & Breathe Birthing Instructor your work can be positively transformative for women and families. Relax & Breathe Birthing Instructors are passionate, kind and calm individuals with a desire to support birthing women. Our Instructor Training is fully comprehensive and no prior experience is necessary. Anyone who shares an affinity for this beautiful work is welcome to join us.

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Course content

Through our courses and workshops, we guide you through using gentle breathing, massage, imagery and visualisations, as a way of staying relaxed and calm during your birth experience.

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Find an Antenatal Course

Are you expecting a baby and looking for ways to help ensure a calm and positive birth experience? Find a Relax and Breathe Birthing course or workshop near you.

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Become an Instructor

Could you be the one to bring Relax and Breathe Birthing to your area? Find out when our next Instructor Training Courses are running.

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Check out our shop

In our shop you can download our relaxation scripts, order CDs, oils and more.