Who can use HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing can be used by first-time mums as well as mums who’ve had children before. It’s ideal for women who’re feeling scared of birth, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time or who just want a calmer, easier and more natural birth experience.
Does using hypnosis in HypnoBirthing® mean I will not be in control?
The truth is, it is not possible to make anyone under hypnosis do anything or believe anything that they don’t actually want to. Hypnosis simply evokes a natural trance like state, similar to when driving a car in ‘auto-pilot’ or when you are daydreaming. This is because in clinical hypnotherapy, and HypnoBirthing, you are always fully aware and in control, just profoundly relaxed. Hypnosis is simply a feeling of relaxed concentration, just like when you’re absorbed in a good book.
You are aware of what’s happening around you- you are just able to tune out of any distractions around you and you have the choice to zone in or go further into your body on your birthing day. Every single one of us go in and out of hypnotic states naturally, on a daily basis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and you are always in control.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
There are many, many misconceptions around hypnosis – largely fuelled by those old Hammer Horror films with the swinging watches and, more recently, TV stage hypnosis (and Little Britain!). The truth is that stage hypnosis is not a true representation of therapeutic hypnotherapy. Anyone of at least reasonable intelligence can be hypnotised and all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. Another person can only facilitate and help deepen what is already a natural process. The key is practice.
I’m not sure I believe in hypnosis – and my partner definitely doesn’t!
This is something we hear all the time and something I experienced with my own husband, who thought I’d joined a strange cult when I first tried to sell HypnoBirthing to him. However, there is not a sceptic I have met who hasn’t believed after experiencing Hypnobirthing and my husband is now evangelical about it (see his birth report on my blog). HypnoBirthing makes sense. It is based on Science, developed from the work of Dr Grantley Dick-Read and Dr Jonathan Dye and endorsed by The Royal College of Midwives.
Does my partner have to attend classes, too?
Wherever possible, yes, as during classes your chosen birth companion will become your advocate, your masseur, your rock. This deeply personal experience can enrich your relationship and bring you closer together. HypnoBirthing prepares partners for birth as well as Mums, giving them a specific role to play, which can be reassuring for partners who are worried about being a spare part or feeling helpless. We understand though, having experienced this personally, that in some cases your partner cannot attend all the classes or be with you during birth and we can cater for this and support you where necessary. Please get in touch to discuss your individual needs.
When should I start attending the classes?
Anytime after 20 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much you practise. But, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it’s still going to help you have a better birth.
What’s the difference between HypnoBirthing® and other hypnosis for childbirth courses?
HypnoBirthing is NOT a generic term for hypnosis for childbirth. The philosophy of HypnoBirthing is such that the classes concentrate on helping to eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle through the teaching and demonstration of relaxation, self-hypnosis, massage techniques, discussion, lots of videos of birthing and full inclusion of and distinct roles for the birth companion. The time-proven success of HypnoBirthing is based on this – not on the teaching of methods for controlling pain as is often the case in other classes. HypnoBirthing® is a trademark registered for HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method. Hypno-birthing, hypno birth, etc. is not the same thing so “Demand the Original; Expect the best”. A list of practitioners trained and accredited by the HypnoBirthing® Institute can be found here
What will I learn?
Some of what you will learn includes:
- The philosophy and the beginnings of HypnoBirthing®
- How the uterus works in birthing
- What’s wrong with labour?
- The origin of fear and pain in labour
- How fear affects labour
- The “laws” of the mind
- Prenatal bonding
- Preparing the mind for birth
- Hypnosis visualisation and deepening
- Preparing the body for birthing
- Massage techniques
- Building a relationship with care providers
- Turning breech-presented babies
- Looking at the “due date”
- Avoiding artificial induction
- Preparing the birth plan
- How the body prepares for birth
- Preparing medical care providers
- Achieving a natural start to labour
- The onset of labour
- Releasing fear
- The birthing environment
- The stages of birthing
- Breathing – for relaxation and labour
- Breathing for birth
- Positions for relaxation, labour and birth
- Optimal positioning of baby
- Bonding with your baby
What if I have an induction or caesarean?
HypnoBirthing® is not just about intervention-free, drug-less, wholly natural births. The techniques learned are beneficial to any experience. The preparation for birth itself and parenting is wonderful. As is greater relaxation, enhanced bonding with the baby and the ability to be calm (and thus ensure a good supply of oxygen to your baby) in whatever choices you make or whichever turn your birth experience may take.