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. 

Lionheart Hypnobirthing offers a positive, supportive, empowering and no-nonsense approach to preparing for labour, birth and parenthood. It is our mission to prepare you for the arrival of your baby – mind, body and soul. We want to totally transform the way the way you view and approach birth. And, when this happens, the way you give birth transforms too.

Most people view birth in terms of “getting something quite big out of something quite small”. But birth has so many more dimensions than *just* the mechanics of it.

Birth is a physical, emotional, spiritual and mental process, and women and their birth partners need understanding of these different elements for birth to not only be safe, but as enjoyable and fulfilling as it can be.

We’re not saying it’s going to be easy. But we are saying that once you have completed a Lionheart Hypnobirthing course, you will know your options, how to remain calm, how to cope with each labour stage and each and every labour surge (contraction), and you will know….down to your core….that you will cope with whatever comes your way. And your birth partner will know exactly how to look after you in the very best way. That is the Lionheart way.

It means everything to us that our clients feel calm, confident and in control as they approach birth, give birth and then look back on it as a positive, safe and rewarding experience.  

Because we are so passionate about what we do and how we do it, we have even developed our own bespoke hypnobirthing practice, written our own book and recorded our own relaxation audios for you. Lionheart Hypnobirthing is not generic education that you can find on Amazon. It is totally bespoke, unique and IT WORKS. What we do is all based on our knowledge and experience of working with hundreds of women and their birth partners, combined with our hands-on experience as a former midwife and health visitor.

What we teach you will serve you way beyond childbirth. And if you need more support and reassurance from us, 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.

Keep scrolling to find out more about why Lionheart Hypnobirthing is the best labour and birth preparation you can get. 

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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