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Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnobabies Childbirth Classes

 

How does Hypnobabies work?

In Hypnobabies, you listen to our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of CD tracks and paper scripts. In doing so, you train your inner mind what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. It accepts that the normal birthing sensations that you will have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train it to accept cues and techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use them on your birthing day they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable birthing experience.
 

When in my pregnancy should I start Hypnobabies classes?

Anytime before 34 weeks.  If you take it early in the pregnancy you can benefit from hypnosis for the duration of your pregnancy.  Others take the class later in their pregnancy when they know they have the time to devote to it.

 

Can I bring my birth partner to class?

Yes! The Birth Partner will experience hypnosis along with our Hypno-Mom and will get their own CD. They will learn how to support and help our Hypno-moms during pregnancy the birthing itself and after the baby comes. They participate fully in each class, and with each hypnosis script.

Is a birth partner necessary for me to be successful with Hypnobabies?

Hypnobabies can also be very successfully used by Single Mothers or those whose partners will not be participating in their birth preparation process. All of our hypno-anesthesia techniques can be easily learned, practiced and used alone, or with a Birth Partner or doula.

Will I be awake and aware of my baby's birth? 

Absolutely! Being in Hypnobabies’ “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis” is not like being asleep or detached from the sensations of your baby’s birth. You are awake and aware of everything going on around you, and you experience baby’s every movement. You remain deeply in hypnosis, confident and calm, even while moving and changing positions. Your Hypnobabies hypno-anesthesia allows you to experience all the power of childbirth without the discomfort.

 

Should I take the class or do the home study course? What are the differences? The home study course is great! But taking classes offer the following advantages:    

-  More detailed information on every subject

-  Additional handouts

- “Visualize You Birth Script”, not included in Home Study (+4 more!)

-  Live demonstrations of every technique

-  Depth assessment of hypnosis level by instructor

-  Unlimited phone support from instructor

-  Prenatal exercise demonstrations

-  Full, hands-on training for Birth Partner

-  Demonstration of “Back Labor No More” technique

-  Optimal Fetal Positioning demonstrations

-  The Birthing Rehearsal in class six!!!

-  Plus the intangible benefit of the camaraderie and friendship created in the class-setting.

 

How do Hypnobabies and other hypnosis for birth methods differ?

There are some significant differences between the hypnosis for birthing methods.  This link provides a great article regarding the differences.