Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course teaching simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to be used for pain relief during labour and childbirth.
Who is hypnobirthing suitable for?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who've had children before.
We help women who are scared of birth because they've never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience
Will I be 'out of it' if I use hypnobirthing?
No, absolutely not. With hypnobirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just 'tune out' the distractions.
I'm scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is hypnobirthing safe?
Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can't) do.
Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. However, as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of hypnobirthing mums don't need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don't experience any pain - just pressure. Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas and air. The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call 'special circumstances', where medical intervention is required. However, the hypnobirthing mums still tell us that hypnobirthing really helped - even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean. Remember - the aim of hypnobirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect 'natural' birth (although that is possible).
It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth - where you are in control - and in a way that most mirrors Nature.
When should I start the classes?
From about 26 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it's still going to help.
Does my partner/husband have to attend the classes?
Yes - birthing companions are a very important part of hypnobirthing success.
However, if your partner/husband cannot attend all the classes and/or help you practice or attend the birth, your mother, sister or friend can also be your birthing companion.
Whoever you choose (and we strongly recommend it's the father if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with the child), they must attend all the classes and the birth.
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