FAQ on HypnoBirthing® & hypnosis

HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Classes

How does HypnoBirthing differ from other childbirth methods?

Unlike 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, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins—the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of a painful labour and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing.

Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and using distraction techniques, HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the labouring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter, more comfortable labour for herself and baby.

When is the best time to start classes?

Anytime from 20 weeks on is ideal to attend classes, as this will ensure you have plenty of time to practice and benefit from the self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques that you will learn.

If you are further along in your pregnancy than 30 weeks, a weekend intensive (when available) or private session may be good to consider.

What is a Birth Companion, and how are they involved?

The Birth Companion of the mother’s choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing experience.

Typically the baby’s dad (but not always), the birth companion practices with the mother to reach states of deep relaxation.

During labour the Birth Companion guides the labouring mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods and visualizations, these help to provide comfort measures for mum.

The Birth Companion also joins in welcoming the new baby as he emerges into the world, and in the early bonding period.

Will hypnosis make me unconscious, or will I remember my birth experience?

Despite misconceptions about Hypnosis and what it feels like, you are fully conscious and aware during the birth. While a HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed she is also an active participant in the labour process, talking and moving as she feels to do..

Will I 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 causes of fear which constrict the birthing muscles is not present, 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, negating the need for other drugs.

HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.

What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with HypnoBirthing?

More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of HypnoBirthing.

HypnoBirthing promotes open communication with your care givers. If your care giver is not knowledgeable about HypnoBirthing, take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire.

In class you will learn how to create a plan for your Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your doctor/midwife.

Your HypnoBirthing instructor can also contact your provider with information on HypnoBirthing if you desire.

Will HypnoBirthing be useful to me if medical intervention is required?

Absolutely.  The things you will learn in your HypnoBirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience. The techniques learnt also help with relaxation during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, and as new parents.

In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control with HypnoBirthing.

Mothers who have needed scheduled cesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure. Many report that they needed little or no medication following the birth, and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.

Can HypnoBirthing be beneficial to a mum who requires or is planning a C-section?

Yes, mums who must have C-sections have used the HypnoBirthing® techniques throughout their pregnancies and found HypnoBirthing® helps in several different ways:

Prenatal Bonding – HypnoBirthing® encourages you to connect with your unborn child. HypnoBirthing® embraces the idea of prenatal bonding and this is helpful to ALL mothers.

Breathing Techniques – Why would I need to learn breathing techniques if having a C-section? The point of the breathing techniques is to help slow the body down. Nerves and stress can impact the mother’s ability to take anesthesia and impact her surgery, but can also impact her health and state of calm during the pregnancy.

Birth Preferences – You might think, “I am having a Cesarean Section so I have no Birth Preferences, right?” That is not true at all.

In HypnoBirthing® we go over all of the various areas that a vaginal birth preference incorporates. Many of these same principles can be used for a C-section birth (Pre-Admission, Admission, Prior to Surgery, Surgery, Recovery, and Baby Options).

Fear Release – In HypnoBirthing® we incorporate numerous fear release sessions to help parents leave their fears behind and feel empowered going into their births. Just because you are having a C-section does not mean you cannot be empowered.

Education – Through taking the HypnoBirthing® class parents are encouraged to investigate their choices in birthing. They are taught how to ask questions of the birthing team in a respectful manner while being clear that the birthing energy is their own. They are good parents before being “good patients”.

You don’t have to “go it alone” if you are facing a necessary C-section.  HypnoBirthing® techniques will assist you in many ways to ensure your baby’s journey into this world is as smooth as possible.

I’m a first time mum. Can I use HypnoBirthing?

Yes, HypnoBirthing® works wonderfully for first-time mothers. The great thing about the first time giving birth is that you don’t have certain expectations based on your previous birth experiences. You can adopt positive beliefs about birth more easily and can make good decisions to create a positive birth experience without having to go through a negative experience first.

Can I use HypnoBirthing after a traumatic birth?

Yes, HypnoBirthing® works well for women who have given birth before.

Through the self-hypnosis you will learn, HypnoBirthing® will help you release and resolve any fears, anxieties, and negative thoughts based on your previous experience. This in turn will assist you to relax deeply – a skill you probably didn’t have when giving birth before.

Your Practitioner can also provide private support for you, should that be required.  With your new HypnoBirthing® skills your future birth experiences will be profoundly different from past ones.

How much does a course cost?

Please check the HypnoBirthing Class Info page for current prices.

Can’t I just read the HypnoBirthing book?

Sure its cheaper to do that and you can read the book, but as many mums who have attended our courses after reading the book have found, there are many additonal things to learn and experience by taking a course.

The personal education and interaction you receive, the opportunity to hear recent Brisbane birth stories, and learning first hand from a mum who successfully used HypnoBirthing to achieve a totally drug free birth with a long labour are all key benefits that ensure the course is well worth your time.

You may also like to read our blog section to find out what a doulas observations were with her clients who did a full HypnoBirthing course versus just reading the HypnoBirthing book.