What will I learn in the Hypnobirthing Australia course?
Everything you need to know to achieve safer, easier and more comfortable birthing journey.
To explore the myth that pain is a necessary accompaniment to labour.
What’s wrong with labour as it exists with most other childbirth methods.
Techniques of deep relaxation to help you eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome.
How your body is naturally designed to conceive, nurture and birth your baby with ease and comfort.
To create your body’s own natural relaxant, the only safe labour enhancement.
Natural ways to bring your body into labour without artificial induction.
How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm, serene and joyful, rather than tense and stressful.
Gentle birthing techniques that allow you to breathe your baby into the world without the violence of hard physical pushing.
To use your natural birthing instincts to birth your baby in a way that most mirrors the way that nature intended.
How does Hypnobirthing differ from other childbirth preparation
Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to ‘cope with and manage pain’, Hypnobirthing is based on the premise that a healthy woman, with an uncomplicated and low risk healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, should be able to birth in a more comfortable manner and without unnecessary interventions.
We focus on the joy of birth and positively anticipate our birthing day.
When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins—the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labour and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing.
Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical “prepared childbirth” programs, Hypnobirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the labouring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby.
This allows mamas to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labour for herself and baby.
When Should I Start Classes?
You can begin Hypnobirthing any time, but we recommend that the optimal time to start your course is between 20 and 30 weeks.
This will give you time to practise the self-hypnosis, relaxation and other effective techniques for gentle, easy birthing but also ensures that the course is still fresh in your mind.
If you are outside of that range please don’t worry – you can definitely still attend the classes and achieve a beautiful, calm birth.
Should I Still Attend Ante-Natal Classes?
The choice is all yours.
The Hypnobirthing Course is a very comprehensive course in natural childbirth education. Hospital Ante-Natal courses cover a lot of information about interventions and medical procedures during birth.
In Hypnobirthing we learn all about the birth process, what to expect during pregnancy/the onset of labour/birthing, how to release any fears associated with birthing and we learn techniques (relaxation, breathing, visualisations and deepening) to use during labour. Having said that – Melissa is personally of the belief that ‘knowledge is power’ and the knowledge that you will gain through antenatal classes, along with your Hypnobirthing classes, can help you to make informed decisions.
Who Do I Bring to Classes?
Yourself + birthing support partner! Your birthing support partner can be your partner, doula, sister, friend, mother – whoever you feel will best support you throughout your pregnancy and birth.
However, you are also welcome to come solo if you prefer.
How is the Birth Support Partner involved?
The Birth Support Partner of the mother’s choice can be an integral part of the Hypnobirthing experience.
He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation.
During labour the Birth Support Partner guides the labouring mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as he/she emerges.
Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?
Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis.
The Hypnobirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labour process.
Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires.
Hypnobirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.
Will Hypnobirthing be useful to me if I don’t opt for a natural childbirth of circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?
Absolutely. The things you will learn in your Hypnobirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience.
In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled caesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure.
Many mamas report that they needed little or no medication following the birth, and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.
Can Hypnobirthing be beneficial to someone who has
special circumstances, VBAC or who must have a C-section?
Hypnobirthing is very beneficial to Mums who have special circumstances. Many obstetricians, midwives and doctors are now requesting that mothers take a Hypnobirthing Course or similar before VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean).
Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with Hypnobirthing? Hypnobirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many Hypnobirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily.
When the cause of pain–fear that constricts the birthing muscles—is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably.
A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants.
Hypnobirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing