Even before I got pregnant I knew I wanted a natural birth. There was no question. I’ll save my reasons for another post ;)
I started looking into natural childbirth very early on and that’s when I stumbled upon the Hypnobabies program. I have to admit, at first I was skeptical. My initial response was the same as so many other’s. I thought it sounded like a bunch of hippy dippy bull but the more I looked into it the more I loved the idea of trying it and I did. Now I can’t stop singing it’s praises. In fact, I truly hope to become a Hypnobabies instructor one of these days. Have I sparked your interest yet?
What is Hypnobabies?
Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth course that uses powerful hypnosis tools to help moms achieve a more comfortable, beautiful birthing experience, without fear or anxiety. Typically Hypnobabies is used for natural, unmedicated births but many have used it successfully for medicated births as well. Hypnobabies DOES NOT promise a pain free birth, although many mamas experience just that. Instead the program provides tools and information to create a more peaceful, stress free and comfortable environment. Hypnobabies teaches women how to “retrain” their mind to release society’s negative views of birth and adapt new ways of thinking about the process. “What you dwell upon most will come to pass.”
Hypnobabies uses hypno anesthesia, the same powerful form of hypnosis used to perform surgery on patients with allergies to traditional anesthesia. True hypnosis is not what you see on a stage or at a carnival. Hypnosis is a normal, natural state that we all experience daily. If you have ever been tuned in to your favorite TV show or so lost in a good book that the time just flew, you’ve been in hypnosis. The mind is very suggestive in this state. Hypnobabies uses this fact to teach the mind how to view childbirth in a positive light. No hocus pocus involved. And because Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth program, you do not need to take any other courses. In fact, it is advised that you don’t as other classes may contradict your new way of thinking. Hypnobabies not only provides hypnosis tools but also includes information on pregnancy, diet and exercise, labor and delivery and so much more. The program is offered as a 6 week class or in the form of a home study course. I chose the latter.
I started the program a little earlier than suggested at 24 weeks pregnant. I practiced as reccomended, every single day til my son was born.
I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks most of my life. This is the main reason I chose this program over others. Within days of starting the program I felt more calm, much less anxious. My pregnancy from then on was amazing. I remained 100% confident and calm. I looked forward to my son’s birth without an ounce of fear. I also looked forward to listening to my Hypnobabies scripts every night. It was like a mini vacation everyday. Bliss.
Because of the program, I spent a lot of time in reflection and thinking positively. I got to know my body well and even felt closer to my unborn son.
When my water broke and contractions started, I began using my hypnosis tools immediately. Although my contractions were intense and close together immediately I remained comfortable and at peace, completely confident the whole time. I spent 5 hours at home then decided to go to the hospital. That was a mistake but a topic best saved for another day. Although I eventually did end up with an epidural, I do not blame Hypnobabies at all and it does not change my opinion of the program. My decision was induced by pushy, insensitive medical staff, unforseen complications and unpredictable circumstances. Hypnobabies did it’s job completely by helping me remain calm and confident. I know that under better circumstances, Hypnobabies would have given me the natural birth I desired and I cannot wait to use it for my next (hopefully birthing center) birth. In my opinion, the program is 100% worth it. I love Hypnobabies!
To find out more or to order a home study visit http://www.hypnobabies.com
Have questions for me? Just ask :)