This is the question I get asked most about what I do.
Some people have some weird ideas about what HypnoBithing® is. So I'm going to start by explaining what it isn't. It isn't me teaching your partner how to brain train you into clucking like a chicken throughout your labour. It isn't some weird hippie thing that will promises an orgasmic birthing experience (it's a thing - google it, but probably not at work). It is not solely for women who want a drug free natural birth.
It is a bunch of relaxation and breathing techniques that help you relieve some of the discomfort you may feel during labour.
Yep that is really all it is.
The techniques you learn help you go into a deep state of relaxation activating your subconscious. During your practice you imprint beautiful ideas and thoughts around your birthing experience. You then use the relaxation techniques during labour to bring forth all the positive beliefs you have around birth to help you receive your baby in the most positive and gentle way possible.
But can that really help with pain? Yes and no. We, HypnoBirthers, very rarely talk about pain during childbirth as it is both a cultural and relatively modern concept. In some cultures it is not considered to be painful at all. So in that respect it cannot help with 'pain' during childbirth. It does allow a woman to go deeply into her birthing body and work with the physiological aspects of labour to assist her to birth in the way her body is meant to birth.
OKay that last bit sounds a bit weird - you have probably heard that labour IS painful. VERY PAINFUL! For some women without the appropriate knowledge then it is going to be painful because they have an expectation it will be painful and no techniques to help deal with that pain and the end up in a Fear -> Tension -> Pain cycle.
As birth has become radically medicalised over the last eighty years this pain is the norm. This natural event has been taken behind closed doors and women are holding onto it like it is a dirty secret instead of embracing the experience, sharing it - rejoicing in it. Consequently many women are going into birth with nothing but bad birth stories or even worse - no idea at all. HypnoBirthing® is just about educating expecting Mama's and their birth partners on the physiological process of birth, how to get your ideal labour from care providers and some techniques for you to manage labour with as little discomfort as possible.
So how can it be for all women - it seems like I am advocating for a drug free vaginal birth? I kind of am - kind of. HypnoBirthing® works on the belief that without special circumstances all women are able to birth without drugs and naturally (I personally hate using that word as i feel it is judgmental but natural and vaginal births are considered the same). However there are sometimes special circumstances that will require medical intervention. If those are applicable to you then HypnoBirthing® helps with that to. As well as the techniques you learn for your birth we teach you and your partner to know what to ask care providers throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond to make fully informed decisions. We also have a special program just for Mama's to be who know they will be having a a Cesarean birth. Because above all we believe that being in charge of your care will give you a beautiful birth experience.
What to expect during the classes.
The first week of the HypnoBirthing program is all about 'dehypnotising'. We bust through the myths surrounding birth with education and explore some of the reasons that women might fear child birth. This session usually goes for two hours and it is an amazing start to an empowering birthing journey!
Our second class is one of the longest. It goes for about two and a half hours. We are talking about pre and post natal bonding.
This is also a look at choosing your care provider. Different models of care. And the questions you can ask to ensure you have someone with the same birthing philosophies as you. .
I'm so passionate about how choosing the right care provider effects your birth. The right care provider will have you feeling empowered and delighted with your birth and the wrong provider can cause lasting damage.
This week is all about preparing your mind and body for birthing. Another massive two and a half hour class. This one focuses on ultra deepening techniques to help you feel relaxed during surges and while breathing your baby down.
There is a lot of relaxation techniques in this class so you'll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed - if it's a night class I'll pop some prompts in for a beautiful nights sleep and for daytime lots of mental and physical energy.
Sorry Mama - it's not all about you... Week 4 we focus on birth partners. The focus is on what your birth partner can do to help keep you relaxed during birth and to advocate for you so you don't have to while labouring.
We also learn some techniques your birth partner can help with during labour. You'll really be stocking up your tool kit this week with acupressure, massage, rebozo techniques and birth positions.
While your birth partner is usually the person who got you pregnant we welcome all supporters for your birth in the class. So if a family member or friend is attending your birth please bring them along. If you have more than two I recommend a private session.
This is my favourite class. It can go for as little as hour or as long as two and half depending on the group. Content is birth positions, going over birth breathing and a confidence boosting hynosis session.
But the thing that makes this class the best is my Mamas are feeling confident, inspired and excited for birth.