• Calm Mum,

    Calm Baby,

    Calm Birth

    Learn to relax yourself, your body and your baby to achieve a calmer, easier and more comfortable birth.

    Pregnancy Yoga

    Yoga is a great way to prepare for your pregnancy and labour. It increases your strength, stamina and gives you the confidence to move through your pregnancy and labour.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    July 9, 2019 · Hypnobirthing,Pregnancy,Wexford,Midwife,Antenatal Care
    I am so pleased to be offering HypnoBirthing workshops at my new venue in The Lucina Studio, The Faythe Wexford. This is a small, intimate setting and it is my aim to provide a safe space where expectant mothers and their birth companions can explore all aspects of pregnancy and birth in a...
    June 1, 2019 · Hypnobirthing
    I, like many others, was aghast recently when Ryan Tubridy and the rest of the country watched the robot Lucina give birth. A lifelike mannequin was used to simulate a “normal” delivery in order to better teach students under life-like conditions how to facilitate birth. Lucina was hailed as the ...
    New Venue January has been an exciting month here at Hypnobirthing Leinster. As many of you may know the year got off to a great start with the move to Sadhana Yoga Studio The Folly Wexford (behind Tescos and beside Jenny's cupcakes). In this beautiful, quirky, intimate and warm oasis we aim to...
    Hypnobirthing FAQs Is HypnoBirthing suitable for every pregnant woman? Hypnobirthing is not just for women who wish to achieve natural childbirth without epidural. Whether you are planning a homebirth or a caesarean section, whether it’s your first or your fifth baby, hypnobirthing is for you....
    September 1, 2017 · Testimonials
    Melissa came to hypnobirthing on her first baby. I am delighted that she had a nice birth and am happy that she chose to share her story. Thank you Melissa! I am so grateful that I had heard of Hypnobirthing. Not everybody has, and until I did I just presumed that I would have an epidural, like...
    February 28, 2017 · Testimonials
    I am so grateful that I had heard of Hypnobirthing. Not everybody has, and until I did I just presumed that I would have an epidural, like my mother did. I didn't even consider that I might have a choice. I couldn't believe my luck when I found Brenda and in Wexford! I was worried that if...
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  • Why Hypnobirthing

    "Childbirth without fear is a beautiful thing. Birth is a sacred event. To make confident choices for you and your family throughout pregnancy and labor is a joy. To be in control of your body and your birthing experience is a right. To be wholly present at the moment your baby locks eyes with you for the first time is a sacred moment between mother and child and a true gift of nature. It is the birthright of every baby to be received into the world with calm, gentle hands and to be offered the gift of unconditional love undisturbed. It is my dream that every baby should know such a gift." Brenda Harkin

    About your Hypnobirthing Course

    Over 12.5 hours of training you and your partner will learn to access the calm response and block stress. Drawing from hypnosis, mindfulness, meditation, sports psychology, NLP and quantum physics hypnobirthing teaches you techniques which calm your body and your baby protecting you from the harmful effects of stress. Research shows that preparation and education are key to achieving positive birth outcomes. During the hypnobirthing course I will walk you through the physiological processes and different pathways as labour unfolds and what to do when faced with sometimes difficult decisions. I will provide you with up to date best practice research. I will offer you support throughout your journey if you wish to seek extra advice or assistance. In the end I wish you a joyful and positive birth experience and I hope that you will share your journey with others so that they too may benefit from a calm birth.


    Course content:

    • How the mind works and how the body responds to it
    • Tapping into your body's natural hormones
    • How your baby develops and what he might experience
    • Physiology of the three stages of labour
    • Self hypnosis for relaxation
    • Breath-work for birth
    • Visualizations and affirmations for labour
    • Partners role and how your partner can support you
    • Fear release
    • Understanding and negotiating the hospital system
    • Natural means of induction
    • Induction of labour-what is it, why does it happen  and how can we work with the process
    • Breathing your baby down
    • Delayed cord clamping and why it matters
    • Birthing your placenta
    • The fourth trimester
    • Breastfeeding
    • Formulating your birth plan

    Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal program and reimbursable by healthcare insurance when taught by a midwife. Check with your provider. Non insurance rate available. Workshops are delivered each month by Brenda Harkin, registered midwife and registered Mongan Practitioner.


    Weekend workshops are delivered on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month and evening courses are Tuesday evenings 7-9.30 pm for 5 weeks.

    each month by Brenda Harkin, registered midwife and registered Mangan Practitioner.

    Read more about hypnobirthing here and more about Brenda here.


    Hypnobirthing can help you to maintain a healthy mind and body and so help to reduce the risk of complications in both pregnancy and birth. While there is no guarantee of a pain free birth, mothers do report higher levels of comfort in labour and less after-pains. Rates of epidural are reduced as are births by vacuum and cesarean section and labour is shorter (both first and second stages). Hypnobirthing mothers report feeling more confident, more in control and less fearful and anxious before and during the birth. They also report high rates of satisfaction with their birthing partner’s level of participation. feeling more energetic and calm both during and after giving birth and satisfaction with breastfeeding and bonding. Read more.  

  • Everyone is talking about hypnobirthing and its many benefits.

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  • After the hypnobirthing course I actually looked forward to the labor with a positive and energetic manner. I couldn’t wait to try out hypnobirthing for real. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it without any medical intervention. Hypnobirthing created a new sense of confidence and a totally different outlook on my ability to give birth in a calm and peaceful way". Niamh


    Read full testimonial here

    Knowing what was happening and visualizing where the baby was at different stages during birth was a huge advantage. We had a completely natural and pain and drug-free birth. Our baby fed within fifteen minutes having no side effects from drugs. Thanks to Brenda we brought a beautiful baby girl into the world without any pain relief and prepared for all eventualities. The Hypnobirthing techniques were absolutely invaluable. Anika


    Read full testimonial here.

    Brenda was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I instantly felt as ease in her company. Brenda was so passionate about hypnobirthing it was impossible not to feel excited and positive about my body's strength and ability to birth my baby. With the tools Brenda had taught me, I was able to concentrate on the now and take each surge one by one. My third child was brought into a calm and peaceful environment and to this day has a placid and content personality. Gillian


    Read full testimonial here.

    "Lucky to have found hypnobirthing. My partner and I went to the classes together and learned so much about the magic of birth as well as relaxation techniques and positive affirmations. Brenda gave us the confidence and calm we needed to achieve our goal of a natural birth". Melissa


    Read full testimonial here

  • Courses and Other Services

    Brenda offers a number of services for the expectant or new mothers at Sadhana Yoga Studio The Folly, wexford https://sadhanayoga.ie and Park Road Ferrycarrig

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Antenatal classes and workshops

    Private, one to one or group classes on demand

    We are here to help you in

    whatever way we can. Packages

    and appointments tailored according to your individual needs. Contact for details

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Workshops


    Complete antenatal program with tools and information for calmer, simpler more comfortable birth

    All the tools, information and resources you need to support yo in pregnancy and prepare you for birth. Deep relaxation, breath-work,mind-training. Tap into your bodies wisdom. Promote your natural birthing hormones. Know your choices and make them with confidence. Be in control of your birthing experience. Your body, your baby, your birth, your way.

    Read more about courses here.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Pregnancy Yoga

    Gentle movements, Breath-work, affirmations, visualizations, relaxations and Yoga Nidra.

    Gentle movement which support your changing body, alignment and posture, increasing blood volume and hormonal shifts, softening and opening, as well as supporting growth and , development of your growing baby. Assanas to help increase circulation, tone your body, build strength and stamina and create space for your growing baby, nourish you and baby and relieve minor complications of pregnancy. Positions for birth. Breathwork. Vizualisations and affirmations. Yoga Nidra for relaxation. Classes are 90 minutes and comprise of breathing and relaxation techniques,

    Hypnobirthing Leinster Baby Massage

    Baby Massage

    A fun way to communicate and bond with baby while helping your baby to thrive: enroll from birth to one year

    Infant massage is a beautiful tradition which is not only fun but also has amazing benefits. Loving touch promotes hormone production-

    enhancing your babies growth an brain development, helping to deepen the bond between you and your baby, and even providing relief from issues such as gas, constipation, colic and teething. Baby massage strengthens your baby's immune system and protects you against post natal depression.

    Mum and Baby Yoga

    A fun, social and interactive workout for you and baby from 6 weeks to one year old


    Whether you want to get back in shape, have a gentle work out, meet like-minded mums, relax or generally let off steam, this class is for you and your baby.


    Hypnobirthing Leinster One to One Hypnotherapy

    One to one Hypnosis

    From Fear to Freedom

    The birth of your baby should be your greatest achievement and not your greatest fear-release fear, anxiety and trauma. Embrace your birth with confidence.

    Anxiety, fear and phobias hold us back in life and this is no less true in pregnancy. Everyone in today's world experiences some degree of stress. Pregnant moms are more susceptible to stress (particularly in the second trimester) as they are programmed to protect their unborn baby. Hypnotherapy is a fantastic way to promote general well and reduce stress. It relaxes mind and body, enhances natural feel good hormones including endorphines(relaxation and pain relief) and Oxycontin (love, bonding), melatonin (sleep) and serotonin (happiness). The effect is to reduce stress, tension and discomfort in the body, promote restful, restorative sleep, enhance mind body awareness, improve concentration levels and promote feeling of connection to self, loved ones and baby. Stress can be caused by, among other things the endless chatter of a busy mind which left unchecked can feed upon itself until doubts and fears cause anxieties and even terror. Research shows that anxiety in early pregnancy increases the risk of complications such as hypertension, preclampsia, diabetes and delayed fetal growth in the second trimester and so it is important to deal with signs of stress early in pregnancy. Hypnotherapy enables you to release fear and anxiety which are replaced with confidence, trust and calm. It is also highly effective in treating previous birth trauma, white coat syndrome, phobias (needle, hospital or any other phobia imaginable). Hypnotherapy can also help with complications of pregnancy (such as high blood pressure, Pelvic Girdle Pain, slow growth (IUGR) in baby and breech position. Hypnotherapy can also increase natural birthing hormones, bringing about labour and so can be useful to avoid induction and interventions.

    Hypnobirthing Leinster TENS machine

    TENS machine rental

    Natural, non invasive and efficient pain relieving tool

    A TENS machine is a pain relieving device which delivers tiny electrical impulses to the nerve ending in the skin. TENS works to increase your bodies natural endorphins. It can be and invaluable asset in your toolbox. Rent them here-30 euros for birth month

  • Up to 100% of the cost is covered by health insurance when you are trained in hypnobirthing by a registered midwife.

  • Confident Mothers

    When a woman is relaxed, when she is aware of her body and trusts in her nature she is free to access her true power-the innate instincts that drive the divine feminine-and free to birth as nature intended with confidence, calm and splendor.

    Mongan Method

    The Mongan method is the original HypnoBirthing method and has the longest global experience of training parents and professionals in the HypnoBirthing method. The methods are natural, gentle and effective, The programme is considered the gold standard for Hypnobirthing and is used by many hospitals. Brenda Harkin is a licensed Mongan Method Practitioner

    Calm Birth

    Experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

  • "It is my experience that the issues which affect pregnancy and childbirth are the same the world over and that the presence or absence of fear is the single-most important determinant of birthing outcomes. I am thrilled to have discovered this program and to have the opportunity to help so many expectant mothers. I would love to help you." Brenda

    Hypnobirthing Leinster - Brenda Harkin

    Brenda Harkin

    Registered Nurse and Midwife, Hypnotist (Hypnosis Academy) Hypnobirthing Practitioner (Mongan UK) Baby Massage instructor (IAIM), Pregnany Yoga Teacher (RYSP) Post Natal Yoga Teacher (RYSP)

    I am a dedicated and experienced midwife and I am passionate about women and children's health. I have been practicing in clinical areas of pregnancy and childbirth for almost 30 years.


    I have a broad range of work experience including a community development project in Africa, a home-birth

    service in the UK, an army hospital in Saudi Arabia, a private clinic in France.


    Education and access to information and resources are key elements in quality health care. Having identified a need for perinatal services in Wexford I set up Hypnobirthing Leinster in 2014 and began teaching antenatal classes. In 2017 I began offering pregnancy yoga.


    It is my great pleasure in life to be a midwife, to attend women during this deeply intimate and spiritual time and to witness the miracle of birth on a regular basis. My work has brought me to a deep respect for nature and for the power of the female body. I teach Hypnobirthing to women and their partners because I believe that every woman has a right to have access to information and techniques which can help improve her experience of birth and achieve the best possible outcome for herself and her baby.


    In 2018 I expanded the services I offer to include post natal yoga (mum and baby) and baby massage. Time and again research shows that women do not have enough support and care after the birth of her baby. I offer classes which help to support post natal women in key areas including: perineal health, stress and mental health, infant development, bonding and attachment and breastfeeding.


    To all the wonderful mums out there whom it has been my pleasure to meet and work with - thank you!


    And to mums everywhere - You do a great job



  • Contact Brenda

    Get in touch and find out how hypnobirthing can help you. Leave a message for Brenda by completing the form below. Or contact her by phone at 085 122 4132 or by email at brenda@simplybirthandbeyond.ie.

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