Is Hypnobabies right for you?

Here are some commone questions that I come across.

What is Hypnosis?
How does hypnosis for childbirth work?
Will it be painless?
I'm very analytical. Will Hypnobabies work for me?
When should I start Hypnobabies Classes?
Why Hypnobabies? What about other hypnosis for childbirth programs?
There are other programs that cost less?
What if I have a very busy life and this program requires a daily commitment?
Should I take a Hypnobabies class or do the home study course?
What is the difference between Hypnobabies and a regular hypno-birthing class?
Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies Class with me?
Will I be able to move around and be awake, and aware of my body and my baby during my labour, using hypnosis?
I'm a Christian. Is Hypnobabies against my religion?

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state. It's that deeply relaxed place between sleep and awake. We all experience hypnosis every time we go to sleep and every time we wake up. We experience hypnosis when we watch TV or a movie, drive a car, do repetitive tasks, or daydream. We are awake and aware of what's happening around us--we just tune it out because we're focused on something else.

When we're in a hypnotic state we are still in control of our mind and will. We cannot be forced to do anything we don't want to do. If someone suggested that we reveal confidential information or act in a way that goes against our personal moral standards we would come out of hypnosis.

We cannot get "stuck" in hypnosis because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis--we are always in complete control of our thoughts and actions. We cannot be hypnotized if we don't want to be. We aren't in a strange trance or "another realm". We are simply in that natural, deeply relaxed state that we all go through every day.

Because hypnosis is a natural state--one that we've all experienced every day of our lives--it's easy! Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be.

How does hypnosis for childbirth work?

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!

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!

Will it be painless?

Although the Hypnobabies success rate is the best that exists in the childbirth hypnosis field, I cannot promise you a completely pain-free birth experience. Around 70% of moms who use Hypnobabies report painless/very comfortable birthings with another 15 - 20% saying their births were not painless, but still quite manageable.

There are many things that will affect your success, especially your choices in childbirth and your commitment level. If you take your Hypnobabies training seriously, practice your hypnosis cues, and continue to do your maintenance work until the baby comes, you will be amazed and thrilled with your birthing and create fascination and happy surprise all around you as you use your Hypnobabies techniques! If you do the Hypnobabies program as outlined, you have a very good chance of giving birth without any pain. Hypnobabies works, so work the program! ?

I'm very analytical. Will Hypnobabies work for me?

Yes. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. If you want to reach a state of hypnosis, you will. If you believe Hypnobabies will work and you practice the techniques, it will work. Hypnobabies works for all types of thinkers, learners, and personality types. The smarter you are, the more effective hypnosis is.

When should I start Hypnobabies Classes?

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 pregnancies. Others start later, at 6 or 7 months, when they know they can devote 30-40 minutes daily to practicing.

Why Hypnobabies? What about other hypnosis for childbirth programs?

We are asked many times what is the difference between Hypnobabies and other natural childbirth or birth hypnosis programs, and here we answer that question...

There are other programs that cost less.

Yes, there are. But, Hypnobabies is a total of 18 hours of class time and is 2 programs rolled into one: an in-depth, extremely comprehensive childbirth education curriculum PLUS several very effective and powerful hypnosis tools. Not only this, the class materials included alone are worth hundreds of dollars.

What if I have a very busy life and this program requires a daily commitment?

Yes, it does. It requires that you commit to spending 30 gloriously relaxing minutes a day. 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.

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

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 labour 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 labour. 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.”

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

The difference between Hypnobabies and other hypno-birthing classes is discussed here.

Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies Class with me?

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.

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

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.

I'm a Christian. Is Hypnobabies against my religion?

No. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. No one will be exerting mind control over you to get you to do evil things. As a Christian myself, I believe that hypnosis is a wonderful tool given to us by God. That said, if you do not feel comfortable with the idea of hypnosis even after learning more about it, another childbirth education course would be a better fit for you. This brief statement may help you.