HypnoBirthing® Course

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HypnoBirthing® is a very empowering pre-natal preparation course, and is currently available in a private or group setting. The course consists of five sessions of 2.5 hours each, and includes the 300+ pages source material book, audio and various handouts. This course is a wonderful and effective tool to bring about relaxation during labour, and teaches breathing techniques and coping strategies for labour. It helps to eliminate fears and anxieties, as well as to build maternal confidence. See the following article from The Ottawa Citizen to find out more: Taking the pain out of labour.

As a certified HypnoBirthing® instructor, I’ve been teaching the course since 2005 to couples in the Ottawa region. For private sessions, I teach with a flexible schedule of days, evenings and some weekends to accommodate the needs of busy couples. Group sessions are offered out of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.


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HypnoBirthing® Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is HypnoBirthing®?

HypnoBirthing® is an empowering prenatal course that covers everything from labour stages to breastfeeding. The emphasis is on gaining a good understanding of labour, what the body does in labour, and how to cope. You’ll learn breathing and relaxation techniques, and your partner will learn many supporting tools.

What is included?

Included in the price of the course, you’ll get the official textbook, various audio recordings and new for 2020, a coil-bound workbook. The course is taught in five sessions, each being 2.5 hours in length.

When can I start the course?

You can start the HypnoBirthing® course at any time after the first trimester has passed. Please don’t wait too long to start the course, as you may be uncomfortable sitting through the classes once you’re heavily pregnant. You will also want to leave yourself plenty of time to practice the techniques you will learn.

Does my partner attend with me?

Your partner is strongly encouraged to take part, as he or she will learn many tools to support you, and get a good idea of what labour looks like.

I don’t have partner. Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! If you have a friend or family member that will be with you during your labour, please take the classes with her or him.

Where can I take the course?

I teach private sessions out of my home office in the west end, and group sessions out of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre on 2260 Walkley Road (the Canon building) in east Ottawa.

I know I want an epidural. Should I still consider taking the course?

Some women take the course so that they can cope with labour until they get an epidural. Over the years, many of the women I taught decided in labour that they didn’t need one after all :o)

I’ve had a difficult prior birth experience. Should I take the group session or the private sessions?

I would recommend that you take the private sessions, so that we can take the time to help you work through your past experience.

When does the group session start, and how do I sign up?

Here is the current group sessions schedule:

  • Course 2021-2 (Now booking!) March 17 to April 14, 2021, inclusive. This course runs weekly for five weeks on Wednesday evenings.

Wednesday March 17, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 24, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 31, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 7, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 14, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


  • Course 2021-3 (Coming Soon!) May 19 to June 16, 2021, inclusive. This course runs weekly for five weeks on Wednesday evenings.

Wednesday May 19, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday May 26, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 2, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 9, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 16, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Additional course dates for 2021 will be posted soon. If you have any questions or wish to reserve a space, please get in touch.

As COVID-19 measures remain in place, all courses are held via Zoom, and course material is dropped off curb-side.

Private sessions are available at any time. You can email me, or use the form below to inquire or to add yourself to the waiting list.

Spaces are limited and fill up quickly, so please sign up as early as possible.

How much does the course cost?

Private Sessions, individual or couple: $500 + tax

Group Sessions: $400 + tax

Please make a note in the form below if you’d like to pay by instalments.

HypnoBirthing Group Session Signup Form

 Heart In Heart Copyright 2013 Pia Anderson

HypnoBirthing– Taking the Birthing World by Calm

Heart In Heart Copyright 2013 Pia Anderson

Phone: (613) 828-0546  Email: ottawabirthdoula@gmail.com

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