Hypnobirthing courses with Molly O’Brien

Hypnobirthing at treat-Norwich

As a clinical midwife for over 20 years I have attended the birth of over 1500 babies. Throughout my career I have witnessed a real difference between the birth experiences and outcomes of labour for women who are calm and confident and for those overwhelmed by doubt, uncertainty and fear. Hypnobirthing is an established technique to help women remain relaxed, confident and calm through labour enabling a more comfortable and enjoyable birth experience.

As a midwife, my whole career has been dedicated to helping women have a straightforward labour. The discovery that there were techniques available to help all women dismiss the "horror narrative" surrounding birth, and develop skills that allow them to control the panic and fear that underlies much of the “pain of birth" was a revelation and I trained as a hypnobirthing teacher at the first opportunity.

These classes will give you and your birth partner the tools and strategies to help you stay and remain relaxed, confident and calm throughout labour, no matter where or how you give birth.

You will be taught how "the mind" and fear affects your body in relation to the birthing process and the hormones of birth and motherhood. You will learn techniques to transform fear into confidence using visualisation, relaxation and breathing techniques along with learning self hypnosis. These techniques have been shown to be useful not only for the birth but as new parents you can be more relaxed and able to enjoy this special time with your newborn baby.

Molly also teaches a "Moving for and Easier Birth" class that teaches positions and movements to help that can help ease discomfort during pregnancy and make labour shorter and less painful. 

Next Hypnobirth courses: 

Courses usually run over the weekend 10 am to 3-30 pm - any exceptions will be included with course dates

7th & 8th September 2019

All Weekend classes are five and a half hours - including a half hour lunch break, evening classes are two and a half hours. 

If there are not enough people for one of the date cycles we may ask you to move to a later course (and don't worry if you are close to term, we will make sure you get your classes) - so please- book in plenty of time - we recommend booking at around 24 weeks - this gives you time to practice and learn the techniques. 

Cost: £220 per couple

Call Reception on 01603 514195 to book your class

Low Income Places

If there are spare places available on a course Molly is happy to discuss an affordable price for women on low incomes. We only know places are spare a week before the course is due. If you are interested in Hypnobirthing but would struggle to pay the full price, let us know, and we will contact you when places are available. These places are available on a "pay what you can afford" basis.

Molly O’Brien RM. BSc (Hons) AHBM. RCM

Midwife, antenatal educator and hypnobirthing practitioner, Molly has practised as a midwife for 20 years in both hospital and community settings, attending hundreds of women in labour. She is also been an associate lecturer at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her area of expertise is physiological birth, hypnobirth and waterbirth, but she also has a wealth of experience in complex birth. She recently retired from full time clinical midwifery in an NHS midwife-led birth unit to focus on running courses for both colleagues and for women. She is an expert in normal, straightforward birth, and how to keep it that way. 

Molly chose to switch from nursing to midwifery after giving birth to her own children ignited a passion for the powerful and unforgettable experience of becoming a mother. In twenty years of clinical practice little has delighted her more than witnessing the calm, confident births of women who trust in their bodies and birth instinctively. A key element of such births has been a lack of fear. Molly understands through her work how fear interferes with normal physiology,  and how various factors, increased medicalisation, media sensationalism, and a less closely socially connected world have all helped bring fear into the birthing room.

Molly is an advocate of hypnobirthing, she trained as a hypnobirth practitioner on a course specifically for midwives because: “it’s an excellent tool, transforming fear into the calm confidence that gives women the best possible chance of a normal birth.”

In her practice she always took a "salutogenic" view of birth and throughout her career has studied and trained in techniques to help "keep birth normal". The techniques she learned and developed worked so well she started teaching them to students and staff in her hospital - this has evolved into a one day "Biomechanics for Birth training day for midwives and other birth workers that she regularly takes to Spain and has gone as far afield as Chile as well as venues across the UK. 

She also teaches "Moving for and Easier Birth" for women - demonstrating a series of "tricks of the trade" that can help get labour moving and keep labouring women more comfortable in pregnancy as well as whist giving birth and has just added one to one debriefing sessions for women who are struggling to come to terms with their birth experiences

 Molly Offers
Duration Cost
Hypnobirthing Course 10 x hours


Moving for an easier birth class

2.00 hours

Birth Stories Matter

1.00 hour


To book an appointment with Molly, please call: 01603 514195

To find out more about molly's work visit her website