Will I be asleep or unconscious? What if I don’t remember my experience?
Despite some misconceptions, you will not be unconscious and will remain fully aware of your experience. While most HypnoBirthing mothers look deeply relaxed, they remain an active participant in the entire birthing process. Many HypnoBirthing mothers do experience “time distortion” – where time appears to move far more quickly – and are able to effectively tune out people and other distractions as they go deeply within and connect with their baby. You will remain lucid throughout the entire experience, just very calm and relaxed.
When should I take the classes?
The recommended time to start taking classes is around 28 weeks, but you may begin earlier or later. The course is a 5-week series, so try to leave time to not only finish the classes, but to also practice the techniques. The earlier you want to begin the better, as it leaves much more time to practice.
If you are later in your pregnancy and have concerns about not finishing on time, please contact me to inquire about private classes.
Can my husband or partner come?
Yes! HypnoBirthing is a “family” experience and strongly encourages the birth companion to fully participate. The class format is designed to be taught to couples. Your birth companion can be your husband, partner, a relative or a friend. Even if you come alone, however, HypnoBirthing is still very effective.
What if I still want an epidural or need an induction or c-section?
One of the most common misconceptions I’ve seen is that HypnoBirthing is “natural, drug-free childbirth.” While many HypnoBirthing mothers indeed have an unmedicated birth experience, HypnoBirthing techniques are extremely helpful regardless of the way you choose (or need) to birth. You’ll learn breathing and relaxation skills that will be beneficial – as well as prepare to make the best choices for your body and your baby – regardless of the circumstances. HypnoBirthing is beneficial to all moms, even those require a cesarean section.
What if my OB/GYN or Midwife is not familiar with HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is gaining in popularity and many healthcare providers are now at least familiar with the term. If your provider is not familiar with HypnoBirthing, take the opportunity to facilitate a discussion early on about your birth preferences. The HypnoBirthing course will teach you how to set your birth preferences and to prepare a birth plan, as well as guide you in communicating your goals to your provider.
Will I experience a pain-free birth if I use HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing does not promise “pain free” birthing, although many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively painless birth or one that they were able to manage easily. In fact, 65-70% of HypnoBirthing mothers do not use any type of pain management. HypnoBirthing mothers work with their body through sensations described as “tightening” or “pressure,” thus avoiding the “pain” that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of childbirth preparation.