Frequently asked questions about HypnoBirthing:
What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a complete birth education programme, that teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth.
HypnoBirthing is much more than just self hypnosis or hypnotherapy for childbirth.
With HypnoBirthing, you'll discover that severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour
You'll learn how to release the fears and anxieties you may currently have about giving birth, and how to overcome previous traumatic births
HypnoBirthing lets you discover and experience the joy and magic of birth - rather than the horrific ordeal everyone else seems hell-bent on telling you about
Most importantly, you'll learn how to be more in control of your birth - rather than handing your birthing experience over to your doctor or midwife.
HypnoBirthing doesn't mean you'll be in a trance or a sleep. Rather, you'll be able to talk, and be and in good spirits - totally relaxed, but fully in control. You'll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you.
HypnoBirthing doesn't require any particular belief system, or prior experience. Some of our mums (and especially their partners!) have been very sceptical at first - until they experience it for themselves.
In fact, the more sceptical they are to start with, the more amazed they are when they discover the power of HypnoBirthing.
Just imagine welcoming each surge! Feeling peaceful... relaxing... and even smiling as your baby comes closer to you!
In short, HypnoBirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.
Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who've had babies before.
HypnoBirthing helps 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.
If you're pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, "give me an epidural straight away" mindset, then HypnoBirthing is for you.
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. Your focus shifts from distractions to your amazing birthing body!
Is HypnoBirthing safe?
Hypnosis is absolutely safe and there is 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.
The misconception and impression that many people hold is that hypnosis is something magical, mystical and often dangerous. Hypnosis has even been portrayed by some, as a scary form of mind control, where people are made to give up control of themselves. Hypnosis is in fact the complete opposite, as people visit hypnotherapists or utilize self-hypnosis because they want help to gain more control over their lives, not less.
The phenomenon of hypnosis is firstly, and most importantly, a natural state of mind, which means that virtually every person has the natural capacity for response to hypnosis. There is nothing unnatural or supernatural about it. Hypnosis is simply a natural state of physical, mental and emotional relaxation, along with a heightened state of awareness.
This change of consciousness is extremely comfortable and relaxing, just like those moments before you fall asleep and as you start wake up in the morning. You'll feel very relaxed, yet your mind will still be highly focused and aware. This in itself is very beneficial, particularly for those suffering with stress and anxiety issues, as it relaxes, refreshes and invigorates the mind and body.
Hypnosis is a means of moving into a perfectly natural state of mind, that people actually move in and out of several times a day. Everyone has experienced this trance like state, although they may not have called it hypnosis.
We all go in and out of different levels of consciousness all day. Daydreaming, reading, driving are all examples of every day tasks when we may enter an altered state of awareness.
Will I have a pain-free birth?
Maybe, but this can't be guaranteed. 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 had a caesarean birth.
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 & where do HypnoBirthing classes run?
There are many HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method practitioners in the UK.
Each practitioner will select days and times to suit their client, but the HypnoBirthing course is required to be run as five two-and-a-half hour classes.
The HypnoBirthing course is designed to be run as weekly classes to give you the chance to go away and practise the techniques, and then come back and get assistance and guidance from your practitioner at the next class.
For exact days, times, course availability, etc., please find your nearest classes.
NB: If you are offered a course that is less than 12.5 hours, your therapist may not be a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner, and you are not receiving the full HypnoBirthing syllabus.
Please inform The HypnoBirthing Institute about any therapist offering less than the full course.
Find your locala HypnoBirthing Practtitioner here:
How much do HypnoBirthing classes cost?
There's no single answer to this.
Courses run in a wide variety of locations on a 'one-to-one' basis and in groups. This combination of factors makes it impossible to set a single price.
Private courses, with an individual couple, are going to be more expensive than group sessions. As a guideline, a practitioner running large groups may charge as little as £200 per couple (which includes all your materials), whilst private sessions may cost up to £450.
As we do not have a list of prices for all practitioners, you'll need to contact your nearest HypnoBirthing practitioner for details of their charges.
When should I start the classes?
Somewhere between 25-30 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.
Many of our practitioners book well in advance, so don't leave it too late. As soon as you know you want to do HypnoBirthing, contact your practitioner and book the course!
Should my partner attend the classes as well?
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
I am a journalist/ researcher - who do I contact for more information?
Please submit any enquiries or requests for interviews, further information, media appearances, etc. through the Contact Us form.
Someone will get back to you as promptly as possible with a response, and discuss your request with you personally.
Do you have any home study materials?
No. There are no authorised HypnoBirthing home-study courses.
Although the book and CD/MP3 are available separately from the HypnoBirthing UK Distribution Centre or The HypnoBirthing Institute, they are designed to be used as part of an practitioner-led course.
HypnoBirthing is only taught through a series of classes as described on this site.
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