HypnoBirthing Classes Papamoa, Tauranga

Classes with Sophie...

See below for class dates currently confirmed.  I alternate classes between Thursdays and Sundays to accommodate for most schedules and have just started an online option also; please email me for more information on classes later in the year (I start a new class every 6-7 weeks): 

Course 1: Tuesday evenings - Completed

Perfect for couples due late February/March/April

  • Tuesday 18th, 25th January, 8th, 15th, 22nd February (6.15pm - 8.45pm)

Course 2:  Sunday Afternoons (now ONLINE) - Completed

Perfect for couples due late April/May/June

Online using Zoom Conferencing

  • Sunday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March and 3rd April, (3.00pm - 5.30pm)

Course 3:  Thursday Evenings (in person) - FULL - In Session

Perfect for couples due late June/July/August

Venue: Papamoa Coast Kindergarten, Dickson Road, Papamoa

  • Thursday 21st April, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th May (6.15 - 8.45pm)

Course 4:  Sunday Afternoons (in person) - TAKING BOOKINGS

Perfect for couples due late July/August/September

Venue: Papamoa Coast Kindergarten, Dickson Road, Papamoa

  • 19th, 26th June, 3rd, 10th, 17th July (3.00 - 5.30pm)

Online:  Wednesday Mornings ONLINE (Live) - TAKING BOOKINGS

Perfect for couples due August/September/October

Live Via Zoom Online from where ever you are to my home in Papamoa. 

  • 20th, 27th July, 10th, 17th, 24 August (10am - 12.30pm Wednesdays) 

Course 5:  Thursday Evenings (in person) - TAKING BOOKINGS

Perfect for couples due September/October/November

Venue: Papamoa Coast Kindergarten, Dickson Road, Papamoa

  • 11th, 18th, 25th August, 1st, 8th September (6.15 - 8.45pm)

Course 6:  Thursday Evenings (in person) - TAKING BOOKINGS

Perfect for couples due November/December/January

Venue: Papamoa Coast Kindergarten, Dickson Road, Papamoa

  • 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th, 20th October (6.15 - 8.45pm)

Course 7:  Thursday Evenings (in person) - TAKING BOOKINGS

Perfect for couples due Late December/January/February/March

Venue: Papamoa Coast Kindergarten, Dickson Road, Papamoa

  • 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st, 8th December (6.15 - 8.45pm)

If you would like to book in for any of these courses or for one starting later in 2022 please email your interest to me at sophie@loveyourbirth.co.nz

All HypnoBirthing® Classes are taught in a format of five, 2 1/2-hour classes. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 7 couples, so book early to ensure your place in the class.

I run classes from the Blue Cottage in Papamoa, seating is limited but I find most people are comfortable on floor cushions and pillows which I provide; do feel free to bring a bean bag or chair (e.g. camping chair) if you would be more comfortable on one.


It's best to start classes between 20 - 30 weeks pregnant to give yourself enough time to soak in the new knowledge and practice techniques; to allow for the 5 weekly sessions book as early possible.  Private classes are also available.  Feel free to call or email me with any questions or to discuss fees, dates and times etc.

With regards to Covid19, you are not required to provide a vaccine passport as my class sizes are small and we can socially distance at the venue. 

What you will learn in HypnoBirthing classes....


Unit 1 – Building A Positive Expectancy
  • Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy

  • The History of Women and Birthing

  • Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing

  • How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth

  • How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts

  • The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing.


Unit 2 – Falling in Love with Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body

  • The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques

  • Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques

  • Breathing techniques for labour and birthing

  • Hypnotic relaxation and visualization

  • Selecting the right care provider

  • The Birth companion’s role in birthing

  • Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning

  • Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos


Unit 3 – Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

  • Preparing Birth Preference Sheets

  • Preparing the Body for Birthing

  • Light Touch Labour Massage

  • Your body working for and with you

  • Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labour

  • Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts.


Unit 4 – An Overview of Birthing – A Labor of Love

  • Onset of Labor – Thinning and Opening Phase

  • Birth explained simply

  • Settling in at the hospital or birthing center

  • Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth

  • As labor moves along – passing time through labour

  • Hallmarks of labour

  • If labor rests or slows – Companion’s  prompts and activities

  • As labor advances – birthing with your baby

  • Protecting the natural birthing experience

  • Birth rehearsal imagery


Unit 5 – Birth, Breathing Love, Bringing Life

  • Moving into birthing

  • Positions for descent and birthing

  • Breathing baby down to birth

  • Baby moves to the breast

  • Family bonding with your baby


Note: If you are from out of town and can get together 3 or more couples there is a possibility I can arrange a condensed course over 2 - 3 Sundays. Call or message me to arrange details and register your interest.