Hypnobabies Classes – Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Should I take a Hypnobabies class or do the home study course?
Q)  What is the difference between Hypnobabies and a regular hypno-birthing class?
Q)  When should I start Hypnobabies Classes?
Q)  Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies Class with me?
Q)  Will I be able to move around and be awake, and aware of my body and my baby during my labor, using hypnosis?
Q)  How often do I have to practice?
Q)  How does hypnosis for childbirth work?

Q) Should I take a Hypnobabies class or do the home study course?

A) Our Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers is being used with great success by mothers all over the world right now, and it contains the same basic curriculum, hypnosis scripts and cues, but we suggest that anyone who is near a Hypnobabies Instructor take our Hypnobabies Class with a Certified Hypnobabies Instructor (HCHI certified). The benefits of attending a Hypnobabies Class include:

* More detailed information on every subject
* Additional handouts
* 6 Hypnobabies scripts in a booklet for use in Hypnobabies practice
* Hypnosis demonstrations of all Hypnobabies techniques
* Depth assessment of each student’s hypnosis levels by the Hypnobabies instructor
* Phone consultations with your Hypnobabies Instructor
* Prenatal exercise demonstration and practice
* Full hands-on training for the Birth Partner, including the Birth Partner’s Guide Booklet and the Birth Partner’s hypnosis CD
* In-depth explanations, demonstrations and practice of the Belly Lift to avoid back labor and turn a posterior baby.
* Optimal Fetal Positioning explanations and demonstrations to prevent posterior presentation
* Our Birthing Rehearsal in Class # 6, which is invaluable for helping each Hypno-Mom fully understand and experience their Hypnobabies techniques in a birthing scenario, complete with Birth Balls, changing positions, walking etc. It is also great practice for the Birth Partner to use his deepening cues and techniques that help the mom so wonderfully during labor. This helps build the confidence level of Mom and the Birth Partner tremendously.
* New Mother and Baby Workbook, including postpartum care, new baby care, breastfeeding, bonding and more.

And……from our VP Carole Thorpe:

“I would add FUN!!! A lot of kidding and just plain silliness happens in my Hypnobabies classes. Camaraderie is not to be underestimated. Generally, I have noticed that some of the birth partners show up to Class One and exhibit the body language/attitude of “OHMIGOSH!…what has my wife gotten me into now?!” The classroom setting with other couples helps them to see that they are not alone in this “different” way to help their wife have their baby. It is helpful to hypno-dads/birth partners to see that Hypnobabies can be beautiful and effective, and also enjoyable.”

Q) What is the difference between Hypnobabies and a regular hypno-birthing class?

A) Please see our Unique Benefits page for information on this very important question.

Q) When should I start Hypnobabies Classes?

A) Anytime! Some women take classes early in their pregnancy, and practicing Hypnobabies helps them to be relaxed, comfortable and confident for the rest of their pregnancy. Others start later, when they know they can devote 45 minutes daily to practicing. The “ideal” time to start is around 25-30 weeks which still gives you lots of time to complete the program AND practice your techniques. Call us to discuss which start date would be optimal for you!

Q) Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies Class with me?

A) Yes! We teach the Birth Partner right along with our Hypno-Moms – what hypnosis is, (they experience it in class and get their own Birth Partner’s hypnosis CD, to keep them calm and relaxed about pregnancy and childbirth!) and how to support and help our Hypno-moms during pregnancy the birthing itself and after the baby comes. They participate fully in each class, and with each hypnosis script.

Q) Will I be able to move around and be awake, and aware of my body and my baby during my labor, using hypnosis?

A) Absolutely! Being in Hypnobabies’ “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis” is not like being asleep or detached from the sensations of your baby’s birth. You are awake and aware of everything going on around you, and you experience baby’s every movement. You remain deeply in hypnosis, confident and calm, even while moving and changing positions. Your Hypnobabies hypno-anesthesia allows you to experience all the power of childbirth without the discomfort.

Q) How often do I have to practice?

A) There is a daily commitment.  Hypnobabies requires that you commit to spending 30-45 gloriously relaxing minutes a day; this is the reason Hypnobabies Moms enjoy such high success rates. 

During these wonderfully relaxing minutes, you get to enjoy taking some time for yourself in preparing for the birth that you deserve to have and can easily achieve (when you have the right tools and information at your fingertips).  If you are doing the program with your partner, it also gives you both a reason to take 30 minutes each day to spend time together. 

...when we think of all the time we spend daily on the internet, texting, watching tv, etc it hardly seems like a big 'sacrifice'...especially when we realize that we're doing this not just for ourselves, but for our babies; to ensure that they have a loving, gentle welcome into this world. 

Q) How does hypnosis for childbirth work?

A) Short version: Like computer data entry. If you want to create a document to use later, you open one, enter the text and save the contents in a “file”, then give the file a name. Later, when you want to edit that document, you find the file name and open it, add to the document text and save it again. When you are completely finished with your document, you find the file by its name, complete and ready, and print it out for your use.

In Hypnobabies, our “files” are our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of CD tracks and paper scripts, and all you have to do is *listen* to them. In doing so, you train your inner mind, just like entering text, what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training, just like the text in your document, and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. It accepts that the normal birthing sensations that you will have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train it to accept cues and techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use them on your birthing day, just like printing out your document, they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable birthing experience. Use it!

A) Long version: Download our “Introduction to Hypnobabies” CD, with a 20 minute explanation of what hypnosis and Hypnobabies are, and a special gift – our “Relax Me” hypnosis session, which allows you to actually experience deep relaxation and a hypnotic state, as well as learn a special cue that trains you to become calm and relaxed in any situation, which you can use for the rest of your life!