What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a positive childbirth education program uniquely designed for Australian mothers and their birth companions and is enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques for a calm and gentle birth experience. Recent studies show that women who have calm births with minimal interventions experience quicker recovery and higher breastfeeding success rates, as their babies are more alert at birth, sleep better and cry less. As a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner I have found that many of my clients experience minimal intervention, inductions and caesarean sections, and are able to use the skills they learnt to reduce - and sometimes eliminate - pain during childbirth.
The concept of hypnobirthing is not new, but rather a combination of different techniques and philosophies that have existed for many, many years. Classes prepare you with the knowledge, confidence and tools you need to birth calmly. Birth can, and should be, a positive experience - one that you will always want to remember. When a mother and her birth companion are able to approach birth with a positive mindset, knowledge, good support, and tools - then birth can be a beautiful and empowering experience.
The 'hypno' part of 'hypnobirthing' refers to the hypnotherapy that we use to let go of fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins during our birth. With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience, one where you are in the drivers seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing.
Of course, natural birth is not a new concept! Our ancient mothers and sisters birthed naturally without the use of anesthesia for or many of the interventions that are common today. However, we also recognize that medical science can sometimes saves lived. If you do require interventions, or a caesarean birth - the use of self hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques leading up to, during and after your birth can be of great advantage to both yourself and baby.
You deserve special care as you make this exciting and unique journey with joyous anticipation and confidence.
Why do a Hypnobirthing Australia course?
When I speak to women about hypnobirthing some of them say they bought a book or listened to MP3s/podcasts online, but they didn't quite get out of it what they wanted. Having a book and doing your own self paced online learning is great and may suit some people, but it doesn't beat face to face classes, "bringing the chapters to life" so to speak and providing you with more information and "ah ha" light bulb moments,
Face-to-face classes with a trained Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner is able to share they're knowledge and demonstrate with you are your partner what hypnobirthing is all about. They can provide feedback as you practice the skills and techniques, and also provide you with alternatives if required. Not only that, the practitioner is your motivator and extra support person. They also provide ongoing support and encouragement and are there as a "shoulder to cry on" or to ask questions and advise is required.
A face-to-face learning environment is a great place to share feelings and emotions, share stories, watch videos, interact, debrief and talk things through with other like minded people, in turn providing value and support to one another
What knowledge does Hypnobirthing provide?
The classes are not just about hypnosis and how to get into that calm, relaxed space for birthing. Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a really comprehensive childbirth education program covering all aspects from pregnancy to birth.
The 5 basic Hypnobirthing Australia™ techniques we teach you are:
We also discuss many other aspects of pregnancy and birth including:
- Birthing muscles and how they work
- Stages of Labour
- Your birthing options and care providers
- Positive affirmations
- Birthing positions
- Medical assistance
- Releasing fears
- Birth Preferences
- Induction methods
- Nutrition and Exercise during pregnancy
... and so much more!
There are so many positive reasons to take out Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes, but one of the most valuable and important reasons is that your birth partners are included in the training as they are your most important advocates, someone to support you and be there for you during your journey. Gone are the days where dads are found sat in the corner twiddling their thumbs - we put them to good work and you go through the process of birthing together.