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 beginning of the second trimester. However, if you find yourself farther along in your pregnancy, be in touch about classes.......it's never too late to learn! Even a late introduction is highly beneficial. If you are too close to your due date to take a 5 week class, or if you live too far away from a HypnoBirthing practitioner, please inquire about our Accelerated Format classes
How long is the HypnoBirthing® series?
It is a 5 week series, each class lasting 2.5 hours.
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.
Do I need to take another childbirth preparation class?
HypnoBirthing® was designed to be a complete childbirth education program. You do not need to take any other classes. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is recommended that you take our Breastfeeding Bliss class.
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, 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 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?
The materials were not designed to be a home study program. The book and CD are an important part of the program, however they were created as an adjunct to the classes. The classes provide important information that goes beyond what is in the book. You will learn and practice breathing and relaxation techniques, participate in valuable discussions, see inspiring birthing videos and lay the foundation for important visualizations that you will then be working with at home.
What if my birth companion cannot attend all or some of the classes?
Sometimes moms must come to class alone or they choose to bring an alternative support person, mother, friend, sister etc. 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.
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. Click here to read.
I am interested in enrolling for HypnoBirthing classes, what are my next steps? Go to our Classes page for upcoming class dates and times. Contact us either by e-mail or phone to request an enrollment form. We ask for a $100 non-refundable deposit and enrollment form to be considered registered for the class. 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!!