Dads and Birthing Partners - gaining the skills to be a real part of a birth
Tel: 0845 519 8284

Historically giving birth was the domain of the women in the family.  When we lived close to our extended families there were generally lots of women around, the grandmother, aunts, sisters and of course other women in the community who attended births in the way that our modern midwives do.  It was most definitely not the domain of men.  However, in our society today, the birthing partner is very often the Dad.  We believe that the role of the birthing partner is enormously important.



"When our first child was born, I found the whole thing very traumatic and stressful. It was a really long labour and Jane was in a lot of pain, I hated seeing her in pain and not being able to do anything about it. I felt really helpless and at times I just felt as if I was in the way, and when James was born, he was crying and exhausted. We all were!

A year or so later, Jane started talking about having another baby and as soon as she did, the memories of the trauma of James' birth came flooding back. I didn't say anything, but was secretly quite pleased when it seemed to be taking a long time for Jane to become pregnant. I was dreading the thought of the birth.

Jane came home one day and told me about Sandra and her natural birthing course. I was sceptical at first, but when we went along, one of the first things that we did was to release our fears. It was the first time I'd admitted out loud how I'd felt and it was surprising how many other fathers had felt the same.

The thing I loved most about Sandra's method was that I felt in control and useful. I was amazed at how serene Jane looked through the whole process. She stayed calm and relaxed, we used our favourite hypnobirthing techniques that we'd been practicing. It was so easy and when our beautiful daughter Susie was born, she was calm and relaxed too. 

It was a fantastic experience, so different from when James was born. I would recommend Sandra and her hypnobirthing programme to anyone."

David K. Tunbridge Wells


Well, the good news is that the Handford Natural Birthing method puts Dad firmly in control.  Whilst Mum is focussed on giving birth, Dad is there to protect her and her environment, to keep the space safe, calm and peaceful.  During the course, the birthing partners will be taught exactly how to do this, so they can do what they are designed to do, protect, encourage and support Mum.

To find out more, contact us and we’ll answer ALL your questions, Dads always have lots of questions!!

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