Many people have heard of Hypnobirthing and wonder if Hypnobabies is the same thing. Hypnobabies is a specific method of Hypnotic Childbirth, which teaches real medical hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, a calm confident Birth Partner, and an easier, much more comfortable birthing for our Hypno-Mom. How is this possible?
Hypnobabies was adapted with permission from Master Hypnotherapist Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques. Rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery, Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia. Our classes also teach Hypnobabies Birth Partners how to fully support the Hypno-Moms, and our “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis” allows our Hypno-Moms to enjoy easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; and being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth.
In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The birthing women are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honored. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude. As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors; without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth.
In our culture, it is very much the opposite. For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby will be untold hours of painfully agonizing work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience discomfort in childbirth, in part because it is our preconceived expectation!
In Hypnobabies classes, you are taught to surround yourself with positive people and messages during your pregnancy, to create a positive view of childbirth and the expectation that your birthing will be a beautiful, peaceful experience. When expectant mothers feel supported and nurtured during their birth preparation, their satisfaction with childbirth is greatly enhanced.
It is well worth the time to look into Hypnobabies as a wonderful birthing option, both for yourself and for your baby. Childbirth without intense discomfort has many benefits to mom and baby, and Hypnobabies has even helped many a nervous birth partner to enjoy pregnancy and childbirth, since they experience hypnosis in Hypnobabies class as well!
Sarah Hutchinson is a certified Hypnobabies Instructor and offers group series, private classes and home-study advantage classes. Check out her website for further information www.hypnobabieskingston.ca
Note: the content of this article was used with permission from Hypnobabies LLC.