Class Outline

Below we have listed everything you can expect to learn about during our Hypnobirthing classes.

  1. How fear affects women in labour;
  2. Breathing techniques for labour & birth;
  3. Self-hypnosis techniques for labour & birth;
  4. Relaxation and visualization techniques for labour & birth;
  5. How to prepare your birth preferences;
  6. How your birth partner can support you during labour & birth;
  7. A simple explanation of what happens during labour & birth;
  8. How you can breathe to minimise tearing during delivery;
  9. How to use hypnosis and relaxation to create positive birth outcomes;
  10. Strategies to avoid an induction of labour;
  11. Identifying and eliminating your fears and negative belief systems;
  12. After completing a Hypnobirthing course you will be fully prepared, educated and confident in how you can achieve a positive, calm birth;
  13. We will educate and empower couples on how they can reduce pain in labour and reduce the need for drugs or medical intervention while still achieving a positive calm birth;
  14. Hypnobirthing private classes are tailored for your own circumstances and experience or if you are unable to attend the four weeks;

 

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Here is a more comprehensive course outline:

Unit 1: Creating & maintaining a positive mindset

  • Introduction to the positive mindset of hypnobirthing
  • How our brain is wired to birth
  • The role of our caregivers
  • Mind/body connection
  • What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?
  • Our hormones are our friends
  • My amazing uterus – understanding the physiology behind birthing
  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome
  • Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour
  • Re-programming the Subconscious
  • The language for empowered birthing
  • The power of affirmations
  • Birthing environment

Unit 2: Our toolkit for birth

  • Self-hypnosis tracks
  • Birth music
  • Conditioning with scent
  • Hypnotic anchors and triggers
  • Releasing endorphins through massage and touch
  • Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding
  • Visualisations for pregnancy, labour & birthing
  • The importance of facial relaxation
  • Relaxation Breathing – a skill for life
  • Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!
  • Techniques to help make your surges more comfortable
  • The urge to push/bear down – Breathing/Bearing down

Unit 3: Preparation & choices for empowered birthing

  • Bonding with baby
  • Choices in maternity care
  • Birth Preferences – having open communication with your caregivers
  • Knowledge is power – researching common interventions and procedures
  • Questions to ask, to assist in making informed decisions
  • Birth partner as advocate
  • ‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy
  • Inductions – things you’re not always told
  • Achieving a natural start to labour
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Preparing the body – staying active
  • Optimising baby’s position
  • Breech or Posterior – options & positions
  • Instant relaxation techniques
  • Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques & scripts

Unit 4: Birth – bringing it all together

  • What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth
  • Signs that labour is starting
  • What to expect through labour (membranes releasing and more)
  • When to call the midwife / go to the hospital
  • Accidental home / car birth – what to do!
  • Birth partners’ role
  • Common procedures
  • Using water during labour and birth
  • Upright positioning, movement and birth positions
  • Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)
  • Fear release
  • Vocalisation
  • Cord clamping & placenta delivery
  • Undisturbed bonding & breastfeeding time – skin to skin
  • What to expect afterwards
  • Self-hypnosis- Rehearsal for Birth
  • A practice routine – preparation for birth!

Hypnobirthing Australia, Vicki Hobbs, pregnancy, childbirth classes

For more details or to enrol in one of my classes please email me vicki@vickihobbs.comĀ