There are many questions that crop up time and time again about HypnoBirthing. This page is designed to answer some of the most common ones.
- Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?
- Will I be ‘out of it’ if I use HypnoBirthing?
- I’m scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is HypnoBirthing safe?
- Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
- What are the main advantages in using HypnoBirthing?
- When should I start the classes?
- Does my partner/husband have to attend the classes?
- I have a question not answered above or elsewhere on the site
Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mums and mums who have had children before.
The programme is designed to help 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 every drug available” mindset, then HypnoBirthing is for you.
Will I be ‘out of it’ if I use HypnoBirthing?
I’m scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is HypnoBirthing safe?
Hypnosis is absolutely safe and 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.
Because this is such a common problem, we’ve got a page dedicated to dispelling the myths about hypnosis.
Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
No. 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, according to the HypnoBirthing Institute, 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 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 are the main advantages in using HypnoBirthing?
- Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and, thus, pain
- Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
- Shortens the first phase of labour
- Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
- Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
- Reduces the need for an episiotomy
- Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labour
- Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
- Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
- Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
- Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing.
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.
In fact, there have been cases of women giving birth half-way through the course and it still helped!
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 (it is strongly recommended 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.