Class 1: Introduction to Hypnobabies®
Introduction to Hypnobabies’ Philosophies and Positive Mindset; Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing; Pregnancy Anatomy and Physiology; Belief Systems; The Power of Words and How They Affect Us; How Your Mind Works – The Conscious and Subconscious; The Mind/Body Connection; What Hypnosis is and is NOT; Demonstrations of Hypnosis; How Fear Affects Comfort and Length of Labor; Fear Clearing for Childbirth; The Importance of Daily Birthing Affirmations; The Gifts Your Body Gives You – Your Beautiful Uterus and How it Works; Creating Your “Mental Lightswitch”. Partner Communication Exercise and the “Contract of Trust”.
Hypnosis Script: “Learning Self-Hypnosis”. (Entering hypnosis on your own and controlling all sensations in your body.)
Class 2: Staying Healthy and Low Risk
Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing, Part 2; Importance of Diet in Pregnancy; Nutritional Guidelines; The High Protein Advantage; Eggs, Salt and Calcium in Pregnancy; Drinking Water for Two; Avoidance of Harmful Substances; Safe and Comfortable Prenatal Sleeping and Resting Positions; Natural Comfort Measures for Pregnancy; Introduction of the Stages of Labor including the “Baby-Kindness” Stage; New Baby Sensitivity Through Bonding; Using Hypnosis for Pregnancy Discomforts and Health; Prenatal Exercises for Birth; Birth Partner Assistance.
Hypnosis Script: “Creating Anesthesia”. (Modifying your hypnosis to include Hypno-anesthesia and “Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis”.)
Class 3: Your Options in Birthing
Birth Partner’s “Relax and Feel Confident” CD; Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing, Part 3; The Importance of Making Excellent Birthing Decisions; the “Big Secrets”. Detailed Childbirth Choices – Risks, Benefits and Alternatives for Common Procedures; Getting Informed Consent, Hospital Forms and Your Rights; Questions for Caregivers – Consumer Issues and Positive Communication; Creating the Birth Plan of your Dreams; “Big” Babies; Packing Your Birth Bag; Touring Your Place of Birth; Benefits of a Professional Labor Assistant; “Hypno-Doulas”; Introduction of the book “Back Labor NO More”.
Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 1 – Birth Hypnosis Tools”. (Learning cues for deepening hypnosis and anesthesia instantly.)
Class 4: The Onset of Birth
Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing, Part 4; Your “Guess Date” and Normal Length of Pregnancy; Preparing for your Birthing Day; Signs of Birthing Beginning; Amniotic Membranes Breaking – Your Safe Choices; True vs. “False” Labor; How to Time Your Birthing Waves (contractions); Your Birth Log; When to go to the Birth Place; Automatic Comfort and Relaxation on “The Drive” and Arrival at Your Place of Birth (if out of your home); Hypno-Guardians; Nurses – the Unsung Heroes; Using Hypnosis for Comfort During Internal Exams; Dilation, Effacement, Position and Station of Baby; The Beautiful Progress of Labor, Including Fast , Average and Slow or Stalled Labor; Artificial Induction and Natural Induction Techniques; Creating a Safe and Serene Birthing Environment; Nausea Elimination; Optimum Fetal Positioning.
Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 2 – Deepening Your Hypno-Anesthesia.” (Birth Partner Cues for instantly deepening hypnosis and moving anesthesia around to different areas of your body.)
Class 5: Birth Partners, Transformation and Birth
Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing, Part 5; Birth Partners Training: Your Role During Pregnancy and Birthing Reviewed; How a Labor Assistant Can Help the Hypno-Partner; 4 Pages of Verbal Birthing Cues; Physical Comfort Techniques; the Change of Plans Hypnosis Script.
Late First Stage Labor – Transition…or “Transformation”; Hypnosis Deepening techniques; Trusting in Your Body, Your Mind and your Baby; Protecting the Hypno-Mom!; Effective Positions for Birthing; Benefits and Use of the Birth Ball; Exhale Pushing and Avoiding the “Ring of Fire” with Hypnosis; Safe Birthing of the Placenta; Cord Traction, Pitocin, Post-Partum Choices. Review: Membranes Releasing, Hypnobabies Tools, Using Your Mental Lightswitch, Fear Clearing for Childbirth; Avoiding a Cesarean Section.
Hypnosis practice: Using Hypnobabies in The Moment! Full practice of our Hypnobabies Lightswitch techniques, Peace cue, Release cue, Birth Partner’s cues, and Moving Hypno-Anesthesia Around Your Body.
Class 6: Birthing Your Baby and Beyond
Hypnosis Script: “Visualize (Create!) Your Birth” (a mental practice of labor and birthing that creates your childbirth experience for you exactly as you desire it to be.)
In-depth Birthing Rehearsal using all Hypnobabies Techniques, Birth Balls, Walking, Positional Changes and Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis where our Hypno-Moms and Birth Partners practice their Hypnobabies cues and techniques together, in hypnosis, culminating with “giving birth” using Hypno-Anesthesia.
New Baby Care: Baby Kindness, Apgar Scores, Normal Newborn Appearance, and Choices for Baby’s Care including Hospital and Homebirth Newborn Procedures, Bathing..or Not?, Vaccinations, Circumcision and Rooming In. A Good Start with Breastfeeding, Latching, Non-Schedules, BF Resources, Attachment Parenting Information, Slings and Carriers, and much more!
What do the classes teach?
Complete childbirth education, plus hypnosis to keep you relaxed, comfortable and confident during your birth.
Your childbirth instruction includes how to stay as healthy and low-risk as possible, it offers detailed information on the most common medical interventions so you can be an informed consumer, tips for creating the perfect birth for you, an in-depth nutrition and exercise program, information on optimum fetal positioning, turning a posterior baby, bonding and communication exercises, and much more. Hypnobabies classes include wonderful information on commonly used natural birthing methods in addition to the deep hypnosis techniques that make Hypnobabies so unique and effective. So there’s no reason to spend time and money on other classes to “cover all your bases” – Hypnobabies is written to do that for you!
Your hypnosis instruction includes real Medical Hypnosis techniques; the same ones used for non-anesthetic medical and dental surgical procedures. You also learn “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis”, which means you are pre-programmed with deep hypnotic suggestions that you can walk and talk and move around easily during your birth, allowing for more effective descent and better positioning of your baby, while you remain completely relaxed and comfortable!
How many classes are there?
The Hypnobabies Course has 6 classes that are 3.5 hours apiece. Classes are held once per week.
What materials are included?
All Hypnobabies students receive a 175+ page workbook, 10 instructional hypnosis scripts as mp3s or on audio CDs, 6 scripts on paper, three scripts designed to be used during birth to enhance the relaxation and keep hypno-moms in hypnosis, a Birth Partner’s Guide (so he doesn’t have to remember everything – he has it all written out clearly for reference during the birth!), a Birth Partner’s Relax and Be Confident script, and several invaluable handouts, including one created with an expert on fetal positioning for more gentle birthing, and another written with the author of the book, Back Labor No More. The class also includes over 20 hours of instruction for mom and her birth partner, along with any other member of her birthing team who is interested in attending one or all the classes.