What’s it like to attend a Hypnobabies birthing class?

Before you invest the $450 class fee to secure your space, I bet you’d like to know what it’s like to attend a Hypnobabies birthing class, right? You can read some testimonials from folks who have attended my classes here, or you can read this class overview.

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People who take my classes are drawn to them for various reasons. Some have heard of Hypnobabies from friends; others have never heard of it or may have heard of HypnoBirthing. Many of my students strongly believe in the mind-body connection and some want to find out if they can avoid medications for their labor. Others have a less specific notion of how to prepare for birth but may desire a different experience than what some of their friends have had or different than they had with their first labor. All of these (and more) are common and valid reasons for enrolling! If any of these ring true for you, let’s explore more about what to expect during the class.

Class 1

  • In the first class, we’ll be introducing ourselves and I’ll invite everyone to share how it was for them listening to their first two downloads they received when they registered. (The downloads are a way to introduce you to type of relaxation Hypnobabies sessions you’ll be experiencing throughout your pregnancy and labor.)
  • We will also learn a lot about what hypnosis is through a series of guided exercises. You will learn that it’s a very natural experience that we all have quite involuntarily on a daily basis, rather than some elusive or foreign state of being. You will learn how you are always in control of your own mind, and just how powerful your mind actually is!
  • We will also discuss fears and cultural attitudes surrounding childbirth and learn a quick and easy tool for dealing with negativity. We will talk about how powerful birth language is, and we will tweak a few of the common terms to better suit our needs.
  • After a quick introduction to the physiology of the pregnant body and a 10-minute communication exercise between you and your birthing partner, designed to open up your heart and mind to the experience of pregnancy and birth in a new way, I’ll be guiding you through your first hypnosis session: Learning Self-Hypnosis. You’ll first get super comfortable on one of the couches with lots of pillows etc. and during the 30 minutes you’ll learn the cornerstone tool of Hypnobabies, upon which you’ll build everything else you’ll be learning and practicing.
  • Your take-home will be having your partner read this same script to you 3 additional times during the week, as well as practicing your cornerstone tool alone for about 10-15 minutes daily, and reading your class 1 workbook pages that we didn’t cover. On the other days/nights, you will listen to a really powerful reinforcing track called Deepening Your Hypnosis.

Class 2

  • In our second class we’ll check in with everyone to see how their first week of practice went and answer any questions. We learned a lot about conditioning the mind for birth in our first class, and this week we’ll talk about ways to condition the body for birth through optimal nutrition and prenatal exercise. It will be up to you to decide how to evaluate this information, talk with your care provider about any specific needs, and decide what makes the most sense for you.
  • During our in-class hypnosis session, Creating Anesthesia, we will guide you by teaching a very important concept: your ability to create hypno-anesthesia, or quite simply, comforting sensations in your body, by finding a method that works best for you: visualization, sensing, imagining, or a combination of these.
  • Your take-home will be having your partner read this same script to you 3 additional times during the week, as well as practicing your cornerstone tool alone for about 10-15 minutes daily, with the added element of how to continue moving whenever you would like to while listening to a script (or giving birth), and reading your class 2 workbook pages that we didn’t cover. On the other days/nights, you will listen to Deepening Your Hypnosis.

Class 3

  • Class 3 covers your choices in pregnancy and childbirth. I fully admit I have a particular point of view when it comes to teaching this class, which is that birth is generally a normal, healthy process for most pregnant people that may not require anything special in terms of medical tools. Many procedures which are commonly used in obstetrics are in some cases totally unnecessary. So we learn some reasons why these procedures may be done and how they can sometimes be helpful, but also understanding the fact that there are never any “have-tos” in childbirth, that birthing is a very intuitive process, and that you always have the right to evaluate whether a procedure makes sense for you and your baby before agreeing to it. This information will allow you to create Birth Preferences for yourself and share copies with your providers and nurses.
  • Our in-class hypnosis session is Hypnotic Childbirth #1, which is the first of two scripts designed to condition your mind for the sensations of birthing. Over the next two weeks you will be expanding your “toolbox” to include additional powerful techniques.
  • Your take-home will be having your partner read this same script to you 3 additional times during the week, as well as practicing your cornerstone tool alone for about 10-15 minutes daily with the added element of directing your anesthesia to different parts of your body, and reading your class 3 workbook pages that we didn’t cover. On the other days/nights, you will listen to Deepening Your Hypnosis.

Class 4

  • In our fourth class together we will learn so much more about the physiology of birth and the stages of birthing so that you’ll know exactly what to expect. We will also do a fun “belly mapping” exercise that will teach you how to become more attune to your baby’s movements and positioning, so that you can work together to encourage positioning which may help to make the birthing process a little easier and in some cases, less lengthy.
  • In Hypnotic Childbirth #2, we will be completing your hypno-toolbox with another technique. This is our last new script until we get to your final maintenance program. We are now into the specifics of birth language and imagery, which is such a wonderful way to prepare for an easier and more enjoyable birth.
  • Your take-home will be having your partner read this same script to you 3 additional times during the week, as well as practicing your cornerstone tool alone for about 10-15 minutes daily with the added element of directing your anesthesia to different parts of your body, and reading your class 4 workbook pages that we didn’t cover. On the other days/nights, you will listen to Deepening Your Hypnosis.

Class 5

  • Class 5 is a time to begin reviewing all the techniques you’ve been learning and ask questions about their application. We will cover the Birth Partner’s Guide which helps your partner gain even more confidence in the ability to support you during your birth. We reassure him and give him suggestions for enhancing the effects of doing what he/she already knows how to do, which is love and support you! Basically we teach him/her how to be a rock star birthing partner in a very easy, no-pressure kind of way. It works!
  • Rather than participating in another new hypnosis session, our practice time today includes a live refresher of all of your tools and your partner begins to envision how to be your hypno-guide with some hands-on participation.
  • Your take-home will be having your partner read either Hypnotic Childbirth #1 or #2 to you 3 additional times during the week, as well as practicing your cornerstone tool alone for about 10-15 minutes daily with the added element of directing your anesthesia to different parts of your body, and reading your class 5 workbook pages that we didn’t cover. On the other days/nights, you will listen to Deepening Your Hypnosis.

Class 6

  • Our final class together is the most fun of all, because we conduct an entire birthing rehearsal where you envision exactly what your incredible birthing time will be like using all of the options and tools you have learned. Your partner will again take an active role in helping you, and you will practice moving around into different positions as you use your hypno-tools and “birth your baby.” This begins the process of visualizing your birth happening exactly as you would like it to. So powerful!
  • We will also cover creating a postpartum care plan and a baby care plan, normal newborn behavior, appearance and getting a good start with breastfeeding, plus a discussion about some various parenting choices and what to seek out in terms of resources.
  • Your take-home will be your maintenance schedule so that you will know exactly what to continue working on every day until your baby arrives! Hypno-baby pictures and birth stories are mandatory for completion of the course! 🙂

If you have any additional questions about the classes, please feel free to reach out. I would be glad to help! Ready to sign up for a Hypnobabies birthing class?

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