As I wrote about in one of my other post I have decided to try a natural birth. There are so many different birthing classes ( lamaze, the bradley method, etc. ) to choose from. After doing some research I have decided on hypnobabies. It uses tactics that I already believe work. Like relaxing the mind and body. As well as using positive thinking to navigate situations.
So what in the world is Hypnobabies?
It’s a childbirth preparation course designed based on the philosophy
that childbirth is a normal, natural event. It does NOT have to be
agonizing. Rather, we associate pain with childbirth because we’re
surrounded by a culture that insists childbirth is a scary, painful time
that requires being rescued by epidurals and modern medicine just to
It doesn’t have to be that way! Pregnant moms shouldn’t be afraid of
their baby’s birth. This course helps de-program the mother from
all those negative connotations associated with birthing. It teaches the
mother how to allow herself to deeply relax, both physically and
It also gives the mother specific tools in hypnotic anesthesia for
childbearing. It’s the same sorta technique that hypnotherapists use for
clients who are allergic or who otherwise cannot tolerate pain
medications, but require a surgical procedure. For instance, there’s this guy who used hypnosis during his wisdom tooth extraction.
Now, the method used in that dental procedure is not quite the same as what I will learn in Hypnobabies. Since childbirth is a natural event (and getting a tooth yanked out
isn’t), the body is already making preparations for birth to happen.
The course was developed by a woman who was a Bradley Method
instructor for a decade, and then also an instructor in the
HypnoBirthing method (different from Hypnobabies!). She saw that the two
methods were somewhat lacking, and set out to create a course that gave
moms more tools for birthing. You might recall that I did Bradley with
my preparation for Jonathan, so it’ll be interesting to do a little
comparison later on.
Hypnosis for childbirth
As explained in the HB course materials, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
You don’t do anything against your will. You are in complete control of
what happens, and whether you accept or reject suggestions given to you
while under hypnosis.
Visit the hypnosis for childbirth page on the Hypnobabies site for a lot more details.
As mentioned on that page, the HB course will teach you how the body
works to get the baby out, and how the muscles involved work more
efficiently when the body (and mind!) is in a relaxed state.
From the site: “Comfort in childbirth depends on much more than deep
relaxation, so you are also taught the most in-depth hypnotic anesthesia
techniques that exist.” This point is key.
Some other childbirth classes do emphasize relaxation, but I think some fall short in giving moms tools on how to
effectively relax and stay there — and regain your relaxation if you
start to lose it. Or, they are effective at the relaxation part, but
they don’t give you additional tools (like hypnotic anesthesia). Hypnobabies doesn’t just tell you to relax — it teaches you how to relax.
The course emphasizes “eyes-open childbirth” which I think is really
cool. You don’t have to be laying completely still in a bed, or have
your eyes closed to still benefit from your hypnosis. Instead, you can
be mobile, talking, and moving about and still use your hypnosis during
About the home study
You can opt to take an in-person Hypnobabies course, which is six weeks
long. Or, you can do a five-week home study (plus maintenance!). Due to
scheduling and personal preference, I’m doing the home study.
The course kit for about $125 shipped.With a 20% discount for signing up for their newsletter.
- Hypnobabies workbook (195 pages)
- Quick Reference and Birth Partner’s Guide booklet (39 pages)
- CDs containing 12 Hypnobabies scripts
- Big stack of misc. handouts
Visit this link for more information on the pack, plus descriptions of what’s on the CDs. Also on that page is an outline of the course contents for each week.
If you’d like more info, of course you can visit the main Hypnobabies page, but you can also download two tracks for free. One is an intro to Hypnobabies, and the other is called “Relax Me,” which is simply a track to help you, ya know, relax!
I have already been listening to the "relax me" track. I suggest it for anyone who needs to distress. I absolutely feel more relaxed and energized when I am finished.
There are tons of you tube videos on hypnobabies. This one is my favorite: hypnobabies birth of Grace. Obviously she is still having pain, but the way she peacefully manages it and how relaxed she seems is pretty amazing to me.
I guess in a couple of months we will see how well it works. I have read alot of birth stories where it has worked and a few where it didn't work well enough to not get pain meds. I will post updates on how the home study course is working when I start it.