- Who can attend the classes with me?
- Will I lose control when I am in hypnosis?
- I am not sure my partner will want to be hypnotised?
- How can Hypnosis help you to prepare for the birth?
- What if things donâ€™t go to plan?
- Can you guarantee a pain-free labour and birth?
- How does HypnoBirthingÂ® differ from other hypnosis for birth programmes?
- Does it help the baby too?
- What about other hypnosis for childbirth courses?
- What do I get for my money?
Q. Who can attend the classes with me?
Unlike other antenatal classes, the HypnoBirthing® course is particularly special because it creates an integral role for the father or birth companion. Instead of your birth companion feeling like a helpless onlooker, this course will allow them to feel involved and informed and therefore in a better position to support you throughout pregnancy and birth. So it is ideal that you attend the classes with your birth companion, even if it is a family member or friend.
However, women wishing to attend alone can of course do so and still benefit entirely from the course.
Q. Will I lose control when I am in hypnosis?
A person will only go into hypnosis if they give themselves permission to do so. Being in hypnosis does not allow another to control a person’s mind. In fact, a birthing Mum in hypnosis is in total control of her birth and body.She will be completely aware of her surroundings but it will not affect her ability to stay relaxed and in control.
In the classes partners will also be invited to relax and experience hypnosis but this can only be done if the partner is willing. Similarly any person in hypnosis can bring him/herself out whenever he/she chooses.
Q. I am not sure my partner will want to be hypnotised?
As an experienced practitioner I am sensitive to the fact that some people may not feel comfortable being in hypnosis. However, once people understand hypnosis they are usually willing to try.
Even if your partner does not want to be hypnotised, he/she can still learn how to support you during birth by attending the classes and just observing the hypnosis – remember he/she cannot be made to go into hypnosis if unwilling.
Q. How can Hypnosis help you to prepare for the birth?
In your normal awake state you use a part of your mind which evaluates all things around you and is rational, critical and analytical. That is the conscious part of the mind.
However when you are in a day dream like state (hypnosis) another part of your mind becomes more active. That is the subconscious and is the part of you that is responsible for all the things we do automatically, such as the beating of your heart, hormone production, elimination system and giving birth. In addition it is the part which stores all your memories, emotions, fears and anxiety.
Using hypnosis, you can access the subconscious easily to deal with, and overcome fear and anxiety associated with pregnancy and labour, and to increase self confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to give birth.
By practising hypnosis (being deeply relaxed and listening to positive suggestions and imagery) daily before the birth, you are effectively “rehearsing” or "experiencing" in your mind a calm, instinctive birth over and over again. As the mind does not know the difference between things you have imagined and reality, when the actual birth begins, your mind and body are familiar and comfortable with the rehearsed responses and so reacts accordingly. In addition, the hypnosis is conditioning your body to be relaxed and calm no matter what is going on around you.
Therefore, the hypnosis suggestions create a pre programmed response for the birth which is to be relaxed, involved and in control, being conversant when necessary and aware of the experience. Being so relaxed leaves no room for the fear and tension, which are the main cause of pain. This calm state increases your body’s own natural relaxants (endorphins), increases the flow of oxygen to your baby and to your muscles, so making contractions more effective, which in turn reduces the need for intervention.
Q. What if things donâ€™t go to plan?
Even if you experience complications - perhaps needing to be induced, or if you need a caesarean - you can still benefit greatly from the techniques. By feeling in control of your birth and being informed enough to be a part of the decision-making process.
We can’t promise you a ‘perfect’ birth - no one can - but we can promise you a much, much more comfortable and relaxed birth than you would have had otherwise.
These simple techniques do require practice - but the end result is worth it, don't you think?
Q. Can you guarantee a pain-free labour and birth?
Many mums report pain-free labour and birth-reporting the physical sensations to be little more than pressure, tightening or weightiness. However, it is important to recognise that the goal of HypnoBirthing® is not "pain-free" birth, but "more comfortable" birth. There are many factors that can affect a birth, and the success of the techniques is directly related to the amount of practice you put in.
However as a guide:
Around 65-70% of HypnoBirthing® mothers don't need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mothers in this category simply don't experience any pain - just pressure.
Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas and air.
The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call 'special circumstances' where medical intervention is required. However, many mothers still tell us that HypnoBirthing® really helped - even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.
Q. How does HypnoBirthingÂ® differ from other hypnosis for birth programmes?
HypnoBirthing® is one of the oldest hypnosis for birth programs, and is considered the "gold standard" of birthing with hypnosis. Developed in the US around 20 years ago by award-winning hypnotherapist Marie Mongan, it became a local then a national phenomenon, before taking the world by storm.
Classes can now be found in almost every country in the developed world, including Australia, South Africa, all of Europe and much of Asia.
It is constantly developing, using the expertise of a collaborative group of hypnotherapists, obstetricians, midwives, doulas and other professionals to stay safe, relevant and up-to-date.
Q. Does it help the baby too?
Yes. We find that babies born using HypnoBirthing® tend to be calmer, feed better, sleep better and experience less trauma.
Q. What about other hypnosis for childbirth courses?
Yes, there are other courses offering various kinds of ‘positive birth’ sessions, but HypnoBirthing® is much more than that. HypnoBirthing® is a complete birth education programme.
Some courses are completed over one weekend. Because of the nature of the subconscious mind, at HypnoBirthing® we understand that having time between classes is vitally important for the processing and filtering of information received in class. The practice time at home between classes ensures gradual positive conditioning of the mind and body.
Most other "hypnosis for childbirth" programmes are about teaching you how to ’mask’ the pain. HypnoBirthing® teaches you how, and why, if you’re relaxed, that there doesn’t need to be severe pain in the first place.
Q. What do I get for my money?
You'll get a structured but informal class format that teaches about the physical and emotional aspects of birth. You’ll learn why your body does what it does, as well as how. Think of it this way...
You’ll learn the techniques once for this birth, but then you can then use them again and again, no matter how many children you have
You can use HypnoBirthing® in conjunction with any other plans you have - homebirth or hospital. It’s your choice what kind of birth to have - HypnoBirthing® helps them all.
You can use the techniques to help calm and relax yourself any time you feel stressed out.(I’ve had many of my couples tell me this alone has been invaluable).