What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of focused relaxation that allows us to communicate positive suggestions to our subconscious mind. Hypnosis is an accepted and approved way to empower yourself to achieve the goals you desire. Among many things, self-hypnosis has been used to help people stop smoking, lose weight, overcome fears, and successfully manage pain.
Hypnosis is a gentle experience. Your body goes into a state of deep relaxation while your mind remains attentive and focused on the desired goal. During hypnosis the body remains in a deep state of relaxation while your intense mental focus helps you re-program any old attitudes or beliefs about your current behaviors.
At what point in my pregnancy should I start classes?
While HypnoBirthing® is a benefit at any stage of pregnancy, it is recommended that classes be taken around the middle of the second trimester. However, if you are too close to your birthing time to take a 5 week class, or if you live too far away from a HypnoBirthing® practitioner, please inquire about our Accelerated Format classes. It's never too late to learn! Even a late introduction is highly beneficial.
How long is the HypnoBirthing® series?
It is a 5 week series, with each class lasting 2 hours.
How does HypnoBirthing® differ from other childbirth preparation methods?
Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing® is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, which are created by fear, they learn instead to release fear, which creates endorphins - the feel good hormones. Mothers are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labor and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing. Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical “prepared childbirth” programs, HypnoBirthing® parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the laboring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labor for herself and baby.
Could I just buy the book and CD’s and learn this program as a home study?
I don’t recommend it. Having a personalized instruction means years of experience and support. You will learn and practice breathing and relaxation techniques, participate in valuable discussions, and see inspiring birthing videos in class.
Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing® does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing® mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily. When the cause of pain - fear that constricts the birthing muscles - is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants. HypnoBirthing® mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure, but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations.
What if my birth companion cannot attend all or some of the classes?
The primary birth companion should be supportive and willing to read the book and listen to you fill them in on what was missed in class if they are unable to attend. Sometimes moms must come to class alone or they choose to bring an alternative support person such as a mother, friend, sister, etc.
Can HypnoBirthing® be beneficial to someone who has special circumstances or who must have a C-section?
HypnoBirthing is beneficial to Moms who must have a C-section. The relaxation skills we practice are beneficial no matter how you intend to give birth, and you’ll find they come in handy to help handle the stresses of parenthood as well.
I am interested in enrolling for HypnoBirthing® classes, what are my next steps?
Go to our Registration page and sign up for the class that best fits your schedule. Once we receive payment, you'll get a welcome email with all the class information and some relaxation tracks to get you started. If you don’t see a class that works well with your birthing time please contact me as new classes are always forming. Do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions at all!