CityBirths
Childbirth Education Services

This is a two part, two class series.  Each session will be three hours in length.  This class is intended to be taken before or after your Intensive Childbirth Prep Class, not to replace it.  This is a great option for people who want to spend more time learning about non-medical coping options for labor and birth. Hypnosis is also beneficial outside of labor and delivery and can be used anytime you need to relax.


Hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association and defined by the US Department of Labor as, “the bypass of the critical faculty of the conscious mind, followed by the enhanced ability to accept suggestion.”

Mention Labor and Delivery to an expectant mom in her last trimester, and chances are, that her heart will begin to race, her mind floods with concern and in some cases, panic. She knows that the day is coming when a force much bigger than her self will take over and her body will govern itself completely. For some women this is a very fearful event, but for a mom who knows Hypnosis, it is an anticipated challenge.This wise woman use hypnosis to eliminate pain and fear from the birthing experience.

Many people are curious about hypnosis, but unsure if it will really work for them or if they should try itbecauseofmisconceptions. Read on, to learn, not only what it is, but also how it can work for you.

What is Hypnosis ... what is Hypnosis for Childbirth?
In the past, the word “hypnosis” conjured up images of stage hypnotists re-creating Elvis, or mesmerizing others into embarrassing situations.

Clinical hypnosis for medical purposes is used to slow pulse and respiration rates, lower blood pressure, and lessen or eliminate pain entirely. Hypnosis for Childbirth teaches the same techniques to expectant mothers, allowing them to experience their contractions as pressure sensations or as squeezing sensations, greatly minimizing or eliminating labor discomfort.

Childbirth Hypnosis is easy to learn, practice and use during childbirth.

Benefits of using Hypnosis for Childbirth

most moms use fewer drugs or no drugs, due to elimination of the Fear/Tension/Pain Syndrome, and using post-hypnotic suggestions.

most mothers have shorter labors since there is less resistance of the birthing muscles when pain and fear are minimized or eliminated.

moms generally have much more energy throughout first and second stage, due to total relaxation throughout the birthing process.

the birthing environment is much more calm and peaceful when you, the natural childbirth mother are comfortable, relaxed and confident.

breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis.

blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature can be lowered and nausea, back and hip pain eliminated with hypnosis during pregnancy and labor .

FAQ

Will I do something against my will?

When you are hypnotized, you are aware of all suggestions given to you and you will not do anything against your moral or ethical principles — despite what you may have seen in stage shows of hypnosis.

Will I Remember Everything That Happens in Hypnosis?

Yes, you will remember everything that happens in hypnosis if that is your desire. Occasionally a person might choose to selectively forget certain facts for a time and then bring them up later when they are more ready.

How can my Partner Help?

Your Birth Partner can have a very integral role in the preparation process: listening and guiding you into deep relaxation with hypnosis scripts and positive affirmations. They are also an invaluable part of the labor and birth process as they help you to focus and concentrate, as well as supporting you physically.


Fear and Expectation

In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The birthing women are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honored. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude. As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors; without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth. In our culture, it is very much the opposite. For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby will be untold hours of painfully agonizing work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience pain in childbirth, in part because we very much expect to!

In Hypnosis Classes, you are taught to surround yourself with only positive people and messages, to create a positive view of childbirth and the expectation that your birthing with be a beautiful, peaceful experience.

Fear Clearing Session is integral to this process, as they allow you to address fears, work through possible solutions and then release them. Fear in labor can create tension, which creates pain, then more fear, and the cycle continues. Freedom from fear can make a significant difference in the birthing experience.

By learning and practicing hypnosis, you are able to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create your own natural anesthesia whenever and wherever you need it. Using Hypnosis you are in control over your body and emotions, and are an active participant in your birth process. You are always aware of everything around you, and as labor progresses, you’ll go deeper inside yourself, trusting in your body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort. Your mind is trained and programmed to give you exactly what you need as you give birth to your baby.