Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most common questions people have about HypnoBirthing. If you have any further questions please get in touch via my contact page.
Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for any pregnant woman. People attend classes for a variety of reasons; some couples want to prepare themselves for the unknown as first time parents, or are anxious because of a bad past experience, while others are simply looking for the tools to achieve a calm, easy, more natural birth. HypnoBirthing techniques are helpful no matter where or how you plan to give birth.
Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
No. It would be unrealistic to make this promise; achieving a calm, comfortable birth depends on a number of factors, the most important being the amount of practice that you put in outside of the classes. In addition to this, there are special circumstances that affect a very small number of pregnancies, which cannot be controlled. As a general guide, HypnoBirthing UK 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 ended up with a caesarean.”
I’m scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is HypnoBirthing safe?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. In fact, it’s a state we can slip into several times each day without even realising. Virtually every person has the natural capacity for response to hypnosis. It feels so natural that it’s not uncommon for someone to come out of hypnosis not realising that they’ve been hypnotised.
Will I be in a trance?
Not at all. There are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy (and stage hypnosis has a lot to answer for). With HypnoBirthing you are simply in a very deep state of relaxation. You are aware of what is going on around you, but you may choose to block out unwanted distractions. You can bring yourself to full awareness at any time you like. Many HypnoBirthing mums look like they are sleeping.
What if I plan to use drugs or have a Caesarian, will HypnoBirthing still be helpful?
Absolutely! The relaxation, fear-release and affirmations taught in HypnoBirthing are excellent tools for achieving a happy and healthy pregnancy. I teach you how to remain calm and take an active role in decision which makes for a more enjoyable birth whichever direction – expected or unexpected – it takes.
What if we can’t attend all five classes?
Get in touch, we have options! You may be able to attend the class you miss at a later session, or take that class privately. With small group sizes we also have flexibility to reschedule where necessary if it suits the other couples.
Do you need a birth partner?
Birth partners play an important role in HypnoBirthing and ideally they will be available to attend all classes. This may be the baby’s father, a close friend or family member or any person you would like to have support you. If you choose not to have a birth partner you are more than welcome to attend the classes on your own. Many women do go on to have great births after taking the classes on their own.
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