Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnobirthing (Click each heading to reveal the answer)

What is Hypnobirthing?

Please see the “About Hypnobirthing” page.

Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?

Hypnobirthing is suitable for both first time Mums and those who already have children. It helps Mums who are anxious because they have never experienced birth, those who are fearful due to a bad experience last time, those who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience or someone who is booked in for a c-section (click here for more information).

No, absolutely not. With Hypnobirthing and in fact with virtually all hypnosis, you are fully aware of everything around you but, as you are in a state of deep relaxation, you are able to tune out any distractions.

Is Hypnobirthing safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe and a very pleasant experience. It involves a state of deep relaxation similar to that of daydreaming. Unfortunately media and stage portrayals of hypnosis have left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is and what it can (and can’t) do.

Can Hypnobirthing guarantee a pain free labour and birth?

No. There are many factors that can affect birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, as with any childbirth preparation classes, 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, these 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.

What is the Hypnosis in Hypnobirthing?

It’s nothing weird. It’s simply deep relaxation of the mind and body. We all experience it on a daily basis: getting deeply involved in reading a good book or watching a great film, daydreaming or being almost hypnotised watching the waves of the sea roll in and out. It is like driving your car on a regular route on ‘autopilot’ or the feeling top athletes experience of being ‘in the zone’ as they reduce their stress levels and increase their focus on delivering a peak performance.

What will I feel like using Hypnobirthing during my labour?

You will be awake and alert but calm and in control. You will choose what to pay attention to, so during your surges (contractions), you will focus on breathing positively for your body and your baby. During the rest times you will quickly and easily relax deeply to conserve your energy supply for as long as your labour takes. This in turn means you are in control and makes your experience more satisfying and positive during and after the birth.
Hypnobirthing is the only dedicated birth and antenatal programme out there that teaches all of these skills and that is why more and more couples are choosing it.

When and where do Hypnobirthing classes run?

For up-to-date information please see the class details page.

Does Hypnobirthing run in groups or just individual couples?

I teach group classes with a maximum of four mums in a class. Each mum can choose who to bring along as her birthing partner. Classes are held of an evening so that both working mums and their birth partners can attend.

I can also provide private one to one sessions. If you work unusual hours or prefer a one to one setting this may be a better option for you. Please see my course details page for information regarding classes. Please contact me for availability regarding individual sessions.

How much do Hypnobirthing classes cost?

Please see my class details page.

When should I start the classes?

Somewhere between 25-30 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to the amount of practice you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it’s still going to help (in fact women have given birth half-way through the course and it still helped). It’s advisable to book in advance as classes are very popular.

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 (we strongly recommend it’s the father if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with the child), they should attend all the classes and be with you at the birth.

Are you present at the birth?

No. I teach you the techniques that you use for yourself, with the help of your birth companion, throughout your pregnancy and during labour, birth and beyond.

I have a question not answered above or elsewhere on the site.

If you would like to ask any other questions please go to my contacts page. I am happy to answer any queries you may have.

Harpenden Hypnobirthing / Birthwell

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