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Birth Dreaming
facilitator training

Increase your knowledge, keep up to date, and build your confidence. 

Meet the needs of your clients from pregnancy through the first year, meeting their key concerns.

If you are a health professional, children's centre worker, antenatal teacher, and/or doula, these courses are for you.

Or perhaps you would like to start your own business providing workshops and courses to parents and parents-to-be, just like several of my trainees have done. 

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Train to deliver pregnancy relaxation and visualisation classes, or enhance your existing pregnancy relaxation offer.


Birth Dreaming is an effective and popular antenatal course which I have taught on and off for almost 19 years. It is a four week pregnancy relaxation course, which can be extended to include aspects of birth preparation. 

Birth Dreaming is a great refresher course for second timers, or a practical additional course for first timers on top of NHS or other antenatal classes.


It is a skills based course, sharing tried and tested evidence based relaxation and visualisation exercises to promote relaxation, sleep, and wellbeing. Studies have shown guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxations can reduce antenatal anxiety and fear of birth, and promote positive mental health and connection to their baby. 


These techniques can also be used in labour for relaxation and to help feel in control, and to cope with the waves, whatever happens. Even just practising and listening to the relaxations and visualisations antenatally can prepare the body and mind for labour, subconsciously, while daydreaming.  

The optional birth prep activities provide more information and tools for parents-to-be to prepare for labour, including dealing with curve balls, to increase their confidence. Skills based antenatal courses that provide pain reducing techniques such as breathing and relaxation have been shown to improve birth outcomes. 1

"I would recommend this course to any pregnant friends."

"I have attended two concurrent courses of [Birth Dreaming] because I enjoyed it so much and found it extremely valuable. The structure of the course is well thought-out to build knowledge and confidence."

"Having just completed the second five week relaxation techniques for pregnancy and birth course I wanted to write and thank you for both an informative and enjoyable experience. Both I and my husband (who attended the second course) found the format to be extremely successful. We found that it was helpful to learn the theory of the various relaxation techniques prior to putting it into practice each week with the full body relaxation and visualisation. I only wish I had been able to attend such a course prior to the birth of my first daughter."

"My birth was nearly in a car on the way to hospital and yet I stayed calm the whole time due to the excellent skills Cathy had taught me. It was an amazing labour and birth, that I felt in control of the whole time. Thank you so much."

Is it for you?

  • Are you looking to run birth preparation or pregnancy relaxation classes?

  • Or are you an antenatal teacher, pregnancy yoga, or hypnobirthing teacher looking to enhance, refresh and expand your relaxation and visualisation offering?

  • Or perhaps you are a doula who would like to provide your clients with skills to relax in pregnancy and prepare for birth so you can work together during the birth?

  • Do you have an interest in supporting parents, and helping them through this stage?

  • Are you starting a new business or adding to existing services?​

The training will equip you to run Birth Dreaming courses, and one off sessions, online or in person, to groups or individuals, couples, or pregnant people only sessions.

What you get:

  • Knowledge and understanding of how relaxation and visualisation work on the body, and their impact in pregnancy and birth.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the birth process and A handbook containing all the activities, scripts and session plans, as well as background information and theory.

  • Session plans, and scripts, for a structured four week pregnancy relaxation course, plus additional material for a fifth week.

  • Additional resources to extend the sessions to include more birth prep activities.

  • Session plan for a one off pregnancy relaxation course.

  • Short relaxation exercises, a longer deep relaxation, and a visualisation for pregnancy for each session, plus extras.

  • Caesarean preparation visualisation.

  • How to share key aspects of knowledge about the birth process in an interactive and engaging way.

  • Scripts to use during other sessions.

  • Guidance for creating your own scripts.

  • Practise delivering the exercises in pairs or threes.

  • Recordings of the relaxations and visualisations.

  • Guidance for recording your own.

  • Resources and guidance for sharing key information about the birth process in an interactive way.

  • Birth Dreaming booklet for clients.

  • Chilled Mama handouts on various birth related topics including home birth, induction, caesarean, epidural. 

  • Great training with experienced facilitator.

  • Ongoing support.

  • Resources for marketing your classes.

  • Your own business. There is no franchise or annual payment.

  • Reduction on price of future training courses with Chilled Mama.

"I'm so glad Chilled Mama is running this training course to spread her skills to others. As my Doula she kept a visualisation going for me through 5 hours of intense contractions while I was being induced. This helped me avoid pain relief and stay engaged enough with midwives to avoid interventions I didn't want. I really wish well to everyone who signs up for this training course."

"Highly recommend Cathy for training, she's absolutely brilliant."

The training takes place over two days, a week apart. There is practical coursework to complete between the two sessions, a reading list, and a post training reflection. 

Course dates 2023

It is a two day course

Sunday 12th & 19th February


Sunday 21st & 28th May


Sunday 19th & 26th Nov

All training days are online.

Book here

Price £447

Early bird: £397,

if pay in full two months before first training day.


Further £75 discount to those who've already trained with me, or booked.

Pay deposit or full amount.

Payment in full required at least 3 weeks before the training day. 

Places are fully refundable 6 weeks before the training day. After that places can be transferred to another date, or another person. 

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How does birth dreaming differ from hypnobirthing?

​Birth Dreaming is similar to hypnobirthing in that relaxation and visualisation are a key component of hypnobirthing, because they work.

Birth Dreaming is different from hypnobirthing because it does not cover all the hypnobirthing tools.

Birth Dreaming is a good in between for people who find hypnobirthing too expensive, or are not comfortable with the self hypnosis element of hypnobirthing.

Birth Dreaming teaches one very simple breathing technique, that is easy to do and remember.

Birth Dreaming includes relaxation techniques for sitting, standing, and moving.

Birth Dreaming includes comfort measures for all stages of labour, and all positions.
Birth Dreaming covers relaxation exercises for partners, to help de-stress and remain relaxed.

Any questions? Ask me:

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