Frequently Asked Questions about HypnoBirthing:
Q: What is Hypnosis?
A: Let’s start with what hypnosis is NOT. It is NOT a trance, or a swinging pendulum, or anyone making you “baaak” like a chicken, or you ever being out of control. Hypnosis is simply a deep relaxation of your body and different muscle groups, and a focus on turning off the daily worries of the mind, and not thinking about things like your to do list. You are always in control. It is much like a meditation, where you sit or lay down quietly and still and just relax. When you are relaxing you are releasing many different beneficial hormones and those are what help with any discomfort during labor.
Q: When do you recommend starting the classes?
A: The sooner the better. The techniques you will learn in the HypnoBirthing classes are techniques you MUST practice. You only get out of HypnoBirthing what you put into it. The sooner you take the class, the more time you have to practice the techniques, and the more effective they will be for you during labor. That being said, it is NEVER too late to start the classes. I have had many mom’s take them with less than five weeks left in their pregnancy (in which case I teach a private, expedited class) and because they put extra time to practice in those days leading up to their labor they still were able to have beautiful, calm, and educated births.
Q: Is HypnoBirthing only for natural births?
A: NO!!!!!!! It is a very common misconception that you should only take HypnoBirthing is your goal is an un-medicated birth. HypnoBirthing is beneficial for any type of birth. Even if you plan to go in and get an epidural they will not admit you or give you an epidural until you are in active labor and you will need something to help you with labor sensations until you get to that point. HypnoBirthing is also great to educate you in what to expect and will take away the fear of the unknown so you feel more comfortable and in control even if your goal is not necessarily a natural birth.
Q: Can HypnoBirthing be beneficial if I’m attempting a VBAC?
A: Absolutely. Many women who’ve had a previous caesarean and are desiring a vaginal birth find the HypnoBirthing course very empowering and helpful in increasing their confidence levels. It’s also pleasing to hear that most of them do succeed in a natural delivery.
Q: Do you accept insurance or Health Savings Accounts?
A: Yes! I do accept HSA or FSA accounts, and many insurance providers are now covering childbirth classes. Call your provider to find out. I will provide you with the necessary paperwork to send to your insurance if they will reimburse you for classes.
Q: Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing?
A: HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, although many mums do report having a relatively pain-free birth, or one they were able to manage easily. When fear and tension constrict the birthing muscles higher pain levels are felt. Therefore, mothers who are calm, relaxed and free of fear usually accomplish their birthing in a shorter period of time and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants. HypnoBirthing mums may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure, but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, therefore avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by other women.
I speak from having had personal experience with HypnoBirthing, with two births of my own using the techniques. Yes, I felt pressure, tightening and strong intense sensations. Yes at times it was hard work. But it was also exhilarating and wonderfully satisfying. I was calm, focused and working with my body. I did not try to hold my body back, I let my body and my baby do the job they’re designed to do. I believe every woman deserves the opportunity to enjoy a positive birth experience.
Q: Will my Birth Partner be involved?
A: Yes. The role of the birth companion (whether that’s your significant other, mom, sister, friend, doula, etc.) is very important. They will attend the class with you, which is included in the fee, and we will discuss their role thoroughly. We will talk about how they can support you physically and emotionally, as well as, how they will take the role of advocate and communicator between you and the care provider or hospital staff. The relaxation techniques we learn and the message of positivity is also something the birth companion can benefit from and use in other aspects in life, especially parenting!
Q: Will HypnoBirthing be useful to me if I decide not to have a natural childbirth or I require medical intervention?
A: Most definitely. The tools and techniques you will learn in your HypnoBirthing course will be of use to you and your baby regardless of your birth experience. If medical intervention is required you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Moms who have needed caesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure and feel their recovery was very quick.
Q: How do I sign up for class?
A: Look at the schedule on the right side of the website, and decide which “HypnoBirthing 5 Week Class Starts” you would like to attend. Then click the “Sign Up Now” button on the home page. You can then either pay only the group class deposit of $100 to reserve your spot and the remaining balance will be due by the first class, or pay the group class full amount for a group class of $299. You will then be prompted to fill out your information and in a note to me on that page you can simply write in which class date you wanted to join.