What is hypnobirthing?
In the words of Melissa Spilsted, Founder of Hypnobirthing Australia, "Hypnobirthing is a just a fancy name for positive birth". Hypnobirthing helps you to reframe or positively condition your mind about birth so you can approach your birthing day with calm, confidence.
Anyone can do it, with practise, even busy-bee analytical types like me. And, it's a great life skill that will definitely come in handy for parenting!
I don't think I can be hypnotised, is hypnobirthing for me?
Noone can be hypnotised! Stage mesmerism is just that. Stage craft.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotic state is just a deeply relaxed, almost trance like state, where we can switch off the conscious mind, let go of limiting beliefs and make a positive reorganisation happen within the mind. We're not asleep, under a spell or out of control at all. Quite the opposite.
In hypnobirthing we give you the tools to go away and practise so you can get really good at it. It's true that some people are more 'suggestive' or able to let go into a deeply relaxed, hypnotic state more quickly. But, really anyone can do it with enough practise. The more you do it the easier it becomes.
Is hypnobirthing just for people planning a natural, drug-free birth?
No. A natural birth definitely has short- and long-term benefits for you and your baby, which we discuss in the course. However, the information and tools we give you will help you to have a positive birth experience, no matter how it unfolds. There's even a change of circumstances / positive caesarean Hypnobirthing Australia course for people having a planned caesarean birth.
Milli Hill, Positive Birth Movement founder and author of The Postive Birth Book, said:
"A postive birth means a birth in which a woman feels she has freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and that she is in control, powerful and respected. A birth she approaches, perhaps with some trepidation, but withour fear or dread, and that she then goes on to enjoy, and later remembers with warmth and pride.
We also cover all the different types of medical intervention or assistance that is available - how, when, why it can be helpful and the risks associated.
I can't see myself lying down or being still in labour. What about active birthing and other techniques?
The name hypnobirthing makes some people think it's all about being quiet and still in labour. Some women do give birth that way, but lots don't!
movement - spiralling the hips, positions for labour, active birthing
specific breathing techniques for each stage of labour
creating a conducive birth environment
using water, heat, TENS, rebozo
birth preferences and communictaing with caregivers
diet and nutrition
staying active in pregnancy
optimising baby's position.
What is the Hypnobirthing Australia course curriculum?
Creating & maintaining a positive mindset
Our toolkit for birth
Preparation & choices for empowered birthing
Birth - bringing it all together.
When is the best time to do the course?
Anytime from 22-36 weeks. The more time you have to practise the better really.
Do I have to attend with my partner?
If you don't have a partner or your partner is unable to attend you may like to consider bringing along a friend or family member who might be able to support you in labour.
If your partner is the person who is going to be supporting you in labour, it is highly recommened that they do the course with you. A big component of the course is showing them how they can be a really great support, keeping you feeling safe, loved and comfortable throughout labour and birth.
I can teach you privately at your home or mine if the group course dates don't suit you. There's also the online course, with the option for a follow-up 90-minute session with me.