Giving parents-to-be the support, reassurrance, techniques and knowledge to assist a calm and confident birth, and a smooth transition into parenthood.

 Established by Rachel Akehurst, a fully qualified Hypnobirthing Teacher (Dip), former Midwife (BSc Hons) and former Health Visitor (MSc); Lionheart Hypnobirthing teaches the tools necessary to ensure the best start for you – and your baby. 

Expecting? This always strikes me as a strange word to associate with pregnancy. After all, the moment you find out you are pregnant, you are flooded with emotions. These can take so many different forms and encompass so much of our past experience, as well as our hopes and plans for the future.

Pregnancy might have been planned or unplanned, it might be your first pregnancy or one of several. Perhaps you have had a traumatic time of it before and feel racked with worry; maybe you are filled with excitement and positivity.

Whatever you are feeling, because let me be very clear from the outset – every situation and every emotion is valid, that blanket label of ‘expectation’ can be a tricky one to navigate.

You may also be feeling bombarded with choices and opinions. From the moment you get that positive test result, it might seem like you have a shopping list as long as your arm and you’ll hear contradictory advice about everything from what you can and can’t eat, to how much exercise you should or shouldn’t be doing. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on your pregnancy and your baby, and they are not afraid to share it.

Here at Lionheart Hypnobirthing we have developed our own hypnobirthing practice (and written our own book!…more on that in a sec…) based on our training and knowledge of what works, combined with hands-on experience as a former midwife and health visitor.

The Lionheart Hypnobirthing approach treats every pregnancy and parenthood set-up as we find it. 

We work from a place of compassion and kindness and our soul aim is to deliver a supportive and understanding environment in which you can educate and inform yourself on your body, your pregnancy, your birth and your baby. We remove expectation from the equation entirely because we know that very few things ever go precisely to plan. We also believe that there is something quite special in recognising and accepting this and preparing for the unexpected, nonetheless.

Using our comprehensive professional and personal experience, we have developed and honed a hypnobirthing practice that supports and educates you in equal measure.

By equipping you with the Lionheart Hypnobirthing practical tools and techniques, you’ll quickly discover why it can make such a positive and powerful difference to pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, and you’ll know and trust down to your core, that whatever birth throws at you – including the unexpected – you have everything within you to cope.

We liken this stage to helping parents-to-be step into their power and uncover their roar.

We also offer you the Beyond the Birth Course, and Weaning Workshop to gently guide you through those precious first moments and months with that same calm confidence that you took with you into the birth.

Ultimately, Lionheart Hypnobirthing operates with one fundamental purpose – we want you to feel strong, empowered and in control. We want you to start this wonderful journey into parenthood safe in the knowledge that you have the right to be seen and heard – you have the right to choice and understanding. 

You have the power to take on anything.

Keep reading to find out exactly what hypnobirthing is, or click below to find a course to suit you.

So what exactly is Hypnobirthing?

The worst thing about hypnobirthing is its name! It conjures up images of being put in a trance or something very bizarre and “hippy-ish”. This is not the reality.

It is based on the work of Obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read, whose work led him to the conclusion that 95 per cent of labour pain is caused by tension and fear.

Lionheart Hypnobirthing works by breaking this fear-tension-pain cycle through:

  • Deep relaxation and breathing techniques to stay calm and focused.
  • Understanding of the labour and birth process so you trust in it and feel “safe” and reassured when it’s happening for real.
  • Psychological tools to cope with each and every surge, and
  • Practical tools to minimise birth sensations and the need for birth interventions.



What we teach you will not find anywhere else. We felt dissatisfied with a lot of big brand hypnobirthing books, so we wrote our own. The totally bespoke Lionheart Hypnobirthing Manual and our pregnancy relaxation MP3s are clear, comprehensive and easy to use accompaniments for your hypnobirthing course. Our manual is jam packed with visuals to help you remember everything you have learnt with us and use on the “Big Day”. And our audios will help you relax, prepare and practice your hypnobirthing skills at home. At the end of a Lionheart course, and in labour, you’ll think “thank god we know all this!”

So…get yourself comfy and make your way through our website.  All the photos are of previous clients…shared with consent of course. 

We offer a broad range of courses to cater for all. Take a look below and get in touch at any time.

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