Hypnobirthing FAQs

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1. What is Hypnobirthing? Hypnobirthing is an antenatal practice which allows expectant birthers to feel positive, empowered and confident about their upcoming birth experiences. Hypnobirthing with The Mindful Birthing Company explores how to work with our subconscious mind to release our fears about birth, looking into the physiology of birth and what to expect to happen at the different stages of birth, with a focus on relaxation and breathing techniques for birth, birth choices in terms of location, pain relief and much more. As well as all of this, Hypnobirthing is learning about how to be best prepared for your birth, both practically, physically and mentally, we look at what happens for the third stage of labour (your placenta) and what to expect in those first hours and days after birth. More than anything, Hypnobirthing is about a change of mindset, seeing birth as a beautiful, powerful experience to embrace, rather than a scary, medicalised experience to fear and wish away. Back to Qs

2. Does Hypnobirthing actually work? Absolutely! Hypnobirthing drastically improves birth experiences and outcomes including; shorter labours, less need for pain relief, less requirement for medical intervention, more likely to have natural vaginal birth, closer birth partner involvement, less likely to tear, reduced risk of post-natal depression, faster recovery times, increased feelings of empowerment and positivity about birth. The majority of birthers find themselves feeling more confident, relaxed, supported, less fearful, more focused, and more in control. Our birth stories and testimonials also provide real life examples to demonstrate the important role of Hypnobirthing for each of these unique birth experiences.  Back to Qs

3. Do I need a birth partner to practice hypnobirthing? No. If you have a birth partner we strongly recommend they join you on the course, as birth partners can play a very important supporting role, however the hypnobirthing relaxation techniques are not dependant on your birth partner and your education of the birth process will be the same. The most helpful way to prepare for birth individually is to train your mind to let go and relax (releasing your fears with it), this is done through relaxation techniques taught in the course. It’s also about adopting a new mindset about birth. Discovering positive birth stories (or videos) and using positive forward thinking; encouraging yourself to believe that your birth will be positive and empowering too. Back to Qs

​4. When should I start practicing Hypnobirthing? You can attend the course anytime during your pregnancy. The more Hypnobirthing practice that you have, the better. Most people think about attending an antenatal class during the beginning of their third trimester or from 30 weeks onward. I find that once most clients hit their third trimester they actually start to think about birth and meeting their baby for real. This gives birthers enough time to embed the practice but not so long that much is forgotten! Back to Qs

5. Is it too late to start practicing Hypnobirthing? I have had clients start the course early and not finish (due to baby making a surprise appearance!) and equally had clients start very close to their due date and still get the whole course in. Baby’s have a funny way of coming when they will come. My advice would be, get the Hypnobirthing training in, however you can, no matter how close to the estimated due date it is. Most first time babys arrive past their due date , so you may have more time than you think! (I would be happy to provide a proportionate-refund to a client who hadn’t managed to finish the course!) Back to Qs

6. Will hypnobirthing help if I am planning an induction? The simple answer - definitely! During the course we cover a lot about how to feel in control of our births even when they take a direction that we wouldn’t necessarily choose. There are plenty of tips to share about how to use Hypnobirthing in induction, but my top three would be: A) learn about the stages of induction and what to expect for each stage. B) know your rights and learn how to make informed and empowering choices about your birth (just because its induction does not mean you don’t have any say!). C) remember your hormones and relaxation techniques (all the more important here to gain a sense of control). Back to Qs

7. Will hypnobirthing help if I am having a planned caesarean? This is covered in the course too! Many of the Hypnobirthing techniques that we learn for a vaginal birth are still perfectly applicable to caesarean births. The most important one being your birth options. Again, people often think that with a caesarean birth that you just have to do what you are told; however you absolutely have choices and can still make your birth very personal, calm experience. Research Gentle Caesarean! Back to Qs

 

8. Will I learn about the physiology of birth through Hypnobirthing? Yes, understanding the physiology of birth is a key component of hypnobirthing and something that most of my clients find the most interesting. We look at the muscles in the uterus and how they are working in labour, how the baby aids the birth process, the role of hormones in our bodies and how we can aid them to work to our advantage, positions of birther and baby that are the most beneficial for birth, how the baby’s body prepares for life on the outside world, delayed cord clamping, breastfeeding and birthing the placenta. Back to Qs

9. What are Hypnobirthing techniques? The main technique of Hypnobirthing is trusting your body and the process of natural birth. This is easier said than done. We work toward releasing all fears about birth and replacing them with feelings of empowerment and confidence. This is developed through understanding the birth process fully (usually it is the unknown that we are afraid of) and ways in which we can make it a more personal and comfortable experience. I teach relaxation techniques through the use of scripts, visualisations, anchors, breathing techniques (for relaxation and for labour/birth) which can be practiced at home with your birth partner for maximum effect on the day. A very useful tool is also knowing your birth rights and how to make informed decisions, rather than becoming a ‘patient’. You are in control of your body, your baby, your birth – own it. Back to Qs

10. Will I have a pain free birth? During our Hypnobirthing course we look at how fear is very closely linked to pain in birth and therefore how if we reduce or remove the fear that we feel it is proven that you can have a much more comfortable labour. Hypnobirthing cannot guarantee a pain free birth, but it will certainly teach you tools to relax and allow the discomfort to pass over you without taking control of your birth. We look at breathing techniques, pain relief options from back massages right up to epidurals. Hypnobirthing helps expectant parents feel in control no matter what path their birth takes, whilst improving the chances of a less painful, more comfortable, more relaxed and positive birth. Back to Qs

11. Is Hypnobirthing the same as hypnosis? No, Hypnobirthing is about education of birth and training your mind to relax rather than just putting you into a state of hypnosis. Some of the Hypnobirthing practice explores relaxation scripts which helps us to learn how to relax so that we are more able to in birth. We use positive language and reinforce the same message repeatedly that birth is not something to fear, but something to feel confident about. But this is not hypnosis specifically, just a gradual change of mindset. We are, however, undoing a previously learned fear which is the same aim of hypnosis. Many Hypnobirthing birthers will say that during their labours they felt so relaxed that they were in a ‘bubble’ or even a primal state where they are separated from the world around them. But this is not hypnosis, simply a birther deeply connected to the process they are in. This is what we are trying to achieve. Back to Qs

12. Do I need to take other birth preparation classes? Hypnobirthing is a full and comprehensive antenatal course. Some people find other classes compliment their hypnobirthing for example pregnancy yoga, aqua natal, a breastfeeding class. This is personal preference, but in terms of birth preparation, you do not need to take another class. Back to Qs

13. What if my midwife is not familiar with Hypnobirthing? Hypnobirthing is a very popular and growing antenatal education across the UK, and the world (because it works!).  So you don't need to worry that your Hypnobirthing training or knowledge won't be respected in your birth place. But you may want to help your Midwife by sharing your birth plan and also taking it to your birth location to refer to. This gives your midwife or doctor a clear and well thought out plan of what you would like for your birth journey. Whilst all Midwives and Obstetricians may not be trained in Hypnobirthing, they are trained in the hormones essential for labour and birth. Hypnobirthing is all about working with our bodies and encouraging the most effective hormones to thrive for a productive and more comfortable labour. Back to Qs

14. NCT or Hypnobirthing? Both Hypnobirthing and NCT provide great antenatal course options for expectant parents. The main difference is that Hypnobirthing provides more detail on the labour and birth experience, especially in terms of what to expect, how to control your fear, relax through the surges, your birth choices, what to expect at each stage and how the birth partner can help. Hypnobirthing also covers post birth, the placenta, and some tips for self-care during those first days and weeks of The Fourth Trimester (with your baby). However, NCT focuses more on Baby Care and Parenting Tips for example infant dressing, changing, bathing, breast feeding, expressing etc. Hopefully whichever class you choose you will get the chance to meet a group of parents that also can form a support network (if this is something you are interested in doing!). Back to Qs