Hypnobirthing – taking the fear out of childbirth

My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a certified Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator with Hypnobirthing Australia (www.hypnobirthingaustralia.com.au)

“Hypnobirthing” is just a fancy name for “hypnosis for birth” but please be aware that the hypnosis part of this course is only one small component of the program. It is a full childbirth education program that covers so much in only 12 hours of session time.

When I chat to women about hypnobirthing some of them have said that they have bought one of the many books on hypnobirthing, but they just didn’t quite get it so hypnobirthing didn’t work for them.

Yes, books are great and really worthwhile as a reference to gain more information and to have on hand as a resource, however attending the Hypnobirthing Australia classes will provide you and your partner with so many more benefits and then allow you to understand everything you need to know and practice.

Why?

Because you have someone who is professionally trained and passionate about hypnobirthing, who is then able to demonstrate with you and your partner or Birth Companion what hypnobirthing is all about.

As you are practising in class the hypnobirthing practitioner can provide feedback and suggestions to you. Not only that, the hypnobirthing practitioner is then also your motivator, your extra support person who encourages and inspires you to practice what you have learnt and to answer the questions you will inevitably have.

The more you practice, the more you will understand and believe in what you have learnt and then the more positive your hypnobirthing experience will be.

Hypnobirthing couple Amanda & Shane

As a couple you participate in hypnotherapy sessions during classes and during these sessions we provide the “anchoring” and “deepening” techniques to help you go into that deeply relaxed zone and to be able to get to that zone at any time you need particularly during labour.

You just can’t get that from a book!

The 5 Basic Hypnobirthing Australia techniques that we teach you are:

  • Relaxation
  • Visualisation
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Breathing
  • Affirmations

The Hypnobirthing Australia classes are not just about hypnosis and how to slide into that calm, relaxed space. It is a really comprehensive childbirth education program, which has been developed for pregnancy, birth and beyond but particularly relevant for the Australian model of care and childbirth practices.

I know this because I originally trained and certified in HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method in 2010 (which is the American based method) and have been running group and private classes for a number of years. However, I decided to train and become certified as a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner in 2013, as I loved that these classes were more modern, with up to date Australian based practices. All couples are provided with professional resources incorporating information from several well-known pregnancy and birth scholars and researchers. As new research and studies come to hand, then our program is quickly updated to include the new information.

During the classes we discuss some of the following:

  • What to expect and the reasons why;
  • Your birthing muscles and how they work with professionally created diagrams and visual aids;
  • Relaxation breathing techniques for in between surges (contractions);
  • Breathing techniques during surges;
  • Mother directed breathing or “bearing down” to ease your baby out;
  • Visualisation techniques;
  • Changing the way you think and speak about birth;
  • Positive affirmations;
  • Your care providers and your choices;
  • Natural induction methods;
  • Natural pain relief;
  • Labour and birthing positions;
  • A draft birth plan template that you can change to suit your own individual requirements;
  • Releasing fears, negative thoughts or emotions regarding childbirth and parenting;
  • Bonding with your baby during pregnancy and after birth;
  • Nutrition and preparing your body for healthy birthing.

Hypnobirthing couple Krystle & Mitch

The above points are just the tip of the iceberg of areas covered in classes. There are so many positive reasons for taking our Hypnobirthing Australia classes, but one of the most valuable and important reasons is that your partner or birth companion are included in this training. They are your greatest advocates, your pillar of support and protection, the one that you can turn to when you are not quite sure or you just need a bit of encouragement and a soft touch.

They are the ones who have such an integral role to play in helping you to bring your baby into a calm and peaceful environment. Long gone are the days where let’s say dad sat in the corner with the telly on watching sports or sitcoms and continuously checking the clock or trying to find something useful to do. The Birth Partner / Companion now has a very important part to play in this new adventure and it will prepare and empower them on the day, which will be so positive and reassuring for the birthing mum so she can stay connected within.

These classes are different to the antenatal classes that you may attend at your hospital.  They are designed to teach you about the mind and body and what is happening during those contractions (surges), what your muscles are doing, why oxygen is really important during labour (just like a marathon runner), what natural methods of pain relief you can use (in addition to information about the medical pain relief available) and preparing you for a positive birth experience – no matter how your baby is born.

We talk about special circumstances and definitely don’t set you up for any unrealistic expectations – we prepare you to be prepared for anything, to feel confident about asking questions and giving your partner the confidence to support you during your labour and birth and protecting your sacred birth space.

My belief is that no matter how you birth, whether it is naturally in a hospital, your home, birthing centre or by caesarean, the Hypnobirthing Australia program can help you feel calm, relaxed and prepared for the arrival of your most precious gift….your baby.

By practising hypnobirthing it will provide a beautiful birthing space for your baby to enter the world, one where your bonding can then also be a wondrous experience for you, your birthing companion and your baby.

Happy Hypnobirthing bub, Chester

For more information about hypnobirthing, please contact Vicki Hobbs at the Hypnobirthing Centre WA on 9303 9111 or email [email protected] or check our next class dates by clicking on this link – Hypnobirthing classes.

Happy Hypnobirthing everyone.

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