Frequently Asked Questions
What will I learn in the course?
The Positive Birth Program course outline can be found here.
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing fosters a relaxed, positive and informed approach to childbirth, across all manners of delivery. We teach you about your pregnancy, your baby and your body, and arm you with an abundance of techniques that will help you to experience a positive birth without fear or anxiety.
How does hypnobirthing differ from other childbirth preparation methods?
Other childbirth methods tend to teach you how to ‘cope with and manage pain’, hypnobirthing is based on the premise that a healthy woman, with an uncomplicated healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, should be able to birth in a more comfortable manner and without unnecessary interventions. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones (created by fear), they learn to release fear and create endorphins instead. Endorphins are the ‘feel good hormones’ that we naturally produce when we are calm and happy. Hypnobirthing will teach you deep relaxation techniques that will help you to work through labour in a calm and effective manner.
When should I start classes?
The optimal time to start classes is between 20 and 30 weeks, however it is never too soon or too late! If you are further along in your pregnancy and worried that you might be leaving it too late please just reach out as we have options for you.
Should I still attend hospital antenatal classes?
That decision is entirely up to you, but we believe that knowledge is power so there really isn’t any reason not to if they are offered. In many cases the hospital antenatal class will also act as an induction and cover specific hospital policies, as well as provide an overview of what to expect during labour. You may find it beneficial to attend your Hypnobirthing class before your hospital class so that you can ask questions specific to your preferences.
Who do I bring to classes?
Bring yourself and your birth partner/companion. Your birth partner can be your partner, doula, sister, friend, mother etc. whoever you feel will best support you throughout your pregnancy and birth. Of course you are also welcome to come solo if you prefer.
How is the birth partner involved?
Your birth partner can be an integral part of the hypnobirthing experience. They will practice with you to prepare for deep relaxation. During labour your partner can guide you through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualisations, provide comfort measures, and join in welcoming the new baby.
Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?
Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. A Hypnobirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active and aware participant in the labour process. Hypnobirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment while they focus on birthing their baby.
Will hypnobirthing be useful to me if I don’t opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a caesarean birth?
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. In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled caesareans 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 someone who has special circumstances, VBAC or who must have a C-section?
Hypnobirthing is very beneficial to Mums who have special circumstances. Many obstetricians, midwives and doctors are now requesting that mothers take a hypnobirthing course or similar before VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). In fact, we even have special tracks and an alternative program designed for caesarean birth. We want you to experience a positive and empowering birth; regardless of how your precious baby comes into the world.
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. 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 have prepared for their birth differently.
What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with hypnobirthing?
More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of hypnobirthing. 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 Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals to your doctor or midwife.
My Partner thinks Hypnobirthing is a bit woo-woo. How can I convince him otherwise?
Using Hypnosis during pregnancy and labour isn't new. In fact, many mothers have been using hypnotic tools for decades but were either unaware or were taught under a different name. While the basis of our course includes hypnosis, there are many other tools you will learn to help you during labour including visualisation, massage and acupressure. Your birth partner will leave our course feeling inspired, empowered and ready to support you in labour.
Can I still contact you for advice after the course?
Absolutely! I will be available for support right up until the birth of your baby and would love to hear your birth story when you are ready.