Post Natal Mental Health Training for Professionals

The journey to becoming a parent can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster. When we enter this phase in our lives, the only thing that is absolutely certain is that having a baby changes everything, and life will never be the same again. We talk about the birth of a mother and the birth of a father. Whilst being a parent is the real you, it is a part of you that never existed before. It is a new role requiring new skills and a completely new set of rules.

It is important that women and men have the right support available to enable a smooth transition to parenthood so that they can enjoy the experience with their partner, any older children and their new baby.

This course is designed to equip you as a hypnotherapist/hypno-psychotherapist to assist your clients to:

  • Adjust to their new lives as a mum and dad
  • Empower them to recognise and overcome unhelpful thoughts
  • Gain a sense of control in their lives.
  • Enable you to help them reassess their identity as an individual and as a couple, their life’s goals and what their priorities are.
  • Become ‘good enough’ parents, rather than striving for perfection.
  • Relax into their new role as a parent, whilst also keeping the juggling balls in the air of their individual needs, their needs as a couple as well as the needs of their new baby. 

Becoming a parent can be fulfilling and enjoyable. However for some women and men it can a daunting and overwhelming experience. The reality is that, throughout the world, postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety (PPA) disorders affect a full fifteen to twenty percent of new mothers; and 1 in 4 men can also show symptoms. However these illnesses have, until recently, received little attention from the medical profession, and limited accurate media exposure and social awareness. PPD and PPA can impact on individuals at one of the most pivotal times of life, it is vital that we as therapists empower our clients to recognise and overcome them with appropriate support.

This course will also cover:

  • Postpartum depression/Postpartum anxiety
  • Postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Pregnancy/Antenatal mental health

The benefits of using hypnosis in childbirth are renowned. It is a key area of our profession wherein there is a wealth of experimental evidence to proclaim the benefits. As a consequence, the increasing demand for women wishing to use hypnosis as part of their birth and in the post natal period in is not just sweeping Britain, but internationally.

  • easibirthing® is a UK based model which was developed in conjunction with midwives and therefore complements UK birthing practices. It is designed as a flexible approach to adapt to each individual client; and to empower them to manage whatever course their birth experience, and that of being a parent, takes.
  • easibirthing® receives nhs funding in many parts of the country due to the evidence-base of this tried and tested model. Read the clinical evidence for the use of hypnosis in childbirth.
  • easibirthing® is a registered trademark (the only one in the UK hypnosis for birthing world!) and therefore any practitioner using this trademark has been fully trained and qualified-a reassurance for the general public.
  • The Certified Post Natal Practitioner (CPNP) qualification is the only hypnosis for post natal mental health qualification in the UK which is independently accredited (ie. by the nchp). The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (nchp) has been offering respected, evidenced based and independently accredited Hypnotherapy Training, Hypnosis Training and Psychotherapy Training since 1977. This makes the National College one of the longest established and most respected hypnotherapy/hypno-psychotherapy training institutes in the world. Their training is UKCP and European-accredited. Visit them at

Facilitator:                                                                                                                                                                       Sharon Mustard has been training women and their partners for over 19 years in using Hypnosis for Fertility, Childbirth & in the post natal period . In addition to her private group courses, since 2006 she has a large contract with Salisbury District Hospital nhs Trust maternity services whereby she is funded to teach women, partners, and teenage mums-to-be; but also midwives and health care support workers to support individuals using these methods. As well as being a specialist in hypno-psychotherapy for supporting individuals and couples on their journey to becoming a parent, she is a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Life Coach and with a full-time practice in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Visit her practice at Prior to this time, she gained extensive experience in the field of mental health: working within Social Services, National Health Service & voluntary sector.

You will receive:                                                                                                                                                               A complete course manual including scripts and strategies for your use with this client group. This resource will equip you to provide clients with a knowledgeable and professional service. You will receive a specialist qualification certification from the nchp as a testament to your achievement upon successful completion of your assessment following the course. Once qualified, you will become a 'Certified Post Natal Practitioner' and be permitted to use the designated letters CPNP. You will also be entitled to an entry on our online Practitioners’ Directory.

Entry requirements:

Applicants for this course would be required to be a practising Hypnotherapist or Hypno-Psychotherapist OR be in training to be a Hypnotherapist or Hypno--psychotherapist.

**If you are a trainee you will be expected to have attained a Hypnotherapy or Hypno-psychotherapy qualification prior to your easibirthing® certification being finalised but can attend the course in the meantime. 

Qualifying as a easibirthing® CPNP practitioner:

Assessment on this course is by completion of a short essay (to be undertaken following attendance of the two day course). 

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Next Post Natal Mental Health Practitioners courses

FROM 17th April 2020, FULL AVAILABLE ONLINE TO WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE (14 hours CPD to complete)

Cost: £310 (can be paid in instalments by arrangement)                                                                     **Special launch price of £50 refund for first 30 places booked

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