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Benefits of HypnoBirthing™

Who can benefit?

The course is for all mums and ideally their birth companion, as having a supportive birth companion is of great value, but when not possible, mums can also attend alone, or I can recommend a doula with HypnoBirthing experience that would be able to assist you.

HypnoBirthing Babies

HypnoBirthing™ Babies

  • HypnoBirthing™ babies are reported to be more content, feed better, sleep better and are generally a lot calmer
  • A relaxed happy mother has high levels of endorphins that pass through to baby, as opposed to stress hormones
  • HypnoBirthing™ babies generally have healthy birth weights and sleep better
  • Scientific research shows that HypnoBirthing babies usually have higher APGAR scores.
HypnoBirthing Mother

HypnoBirthing™ Mothers

  • Considerably shorter labours
  • Greatly reduced incidences of postnatal depression
  • By eliminating fear and tension of childbirth, you will relax and enjoy your pregnancy and anticipate a wonderful experience
  • Gain confidence and belief in your body and the babies
  • Do not have doubt about your naturally ability to birth babies
  • Wonderfully elating starting point to begin motherhood
  • Reduces risk of needing episiotomy
HypnoBirthing Father

HypnoBirthing™ Fathers

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  • Gives a role for fathers to play, and not feel powerless and stressed out
  • Empowering them to actively assist in easing the birth and supporting the mother
  • The range of techniques taught enables positive support and empowerment for the father
  • The wealth of information positively anticipate the birth, fear of unknown is eliminated
  • Opportunity to bond, as fathers can sometimes feel left out and not included
  • Fathers become relaxed and also confident about the pregnancy and birth

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is HypnoBirthing™?
A. HypnoBirthing is self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to be used for pain relief during labour and childbirth. Please see What Is HypnoBirthing? for more details.
Q. Who is HypnoBirthing™ suitable for?
A. HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who've had kids before. We help women who are scared of birth because they've never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience. If you're pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, "gimme all the drugs" mindset, then HypnoBirthing is for you.
Q. Will I be 'out of it' if I use HypnoBirthing™?
A. No, absolutely not. With HypnoBirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just 'tune out' the distractions.
Q. Is HypnoBirthing™ safe?
A. Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can't) do.
Q. Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
A. No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. However, as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of HypnoBirthing mums don't need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums 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, the HypnoBirthing mums still tell us that HypnoBirthing really helped - even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean. Remember - the aim of HypnoBirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect 'natural' birth (although that is possible). It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth- where you are in control - and in a way that most mirrors Nature.
Q. Is there a HypnoBirthing™ home-study course, or CDs, tapes and/or videos I could buy?
A. No. There are no authorised HypnoBirthing™ home-study courses. Although the book and CD are available separately from Amazon.com and The HypnoBirthing Institute, they are designed to be used as part of an practitioner-led course. HypnoBirthing is only taught through a series of classes as described on this site.
Q. When should I start the classes?
A. Somewhere between 25-30 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it's still going to help.
Q. Does my partner/husband have to attend the classes?
A. Yes - birthing companions are a very important part of HypnoBirthing™ success. However, if your partner/husband cannot attend all the classes and/or help you practice or attend the birth, your mother, sister or friend can also be your birthing companion. Whoever you choose (and we strongly recommend it's the father if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with the child), they must attend all the classes and the birth.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for the coffee mornings and newsletters. The newsletters are really inspiring to receive and your coffee mornings are such a wonderful way of hearing, wonderful real life birth stories. I can't wait to introduce you to our little hypnobaby and share our birth story.
Moira in Reigate, Surrey
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