If you think Hypnobabies is just another basic hypnobirthing class, think again. Hypnobabies is actually a complete childbirth course, as well as a complete hypnosis for childbirth course.
That means that when you take a Hypnobabies class, not only will you learn how to use medical-grade hypnosis for your birthing experience, but you will also learn everything that you need to know in regards to what to expect throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and even the postpartum period. It’s a one-stop-shop kind of class!
What does medical-grade hypnosis mean?
As stated directly on the Hypnobabies website:
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”.
Clinical hypnosis for medical purposes is used to slow pulse and respiration rates, lower blood pressure, and lessen or eliminate pain entirely. Doctors and dentists use this type of hypnotic conditioning with their patients to create “hypno-anesthesia” for their patients who are allergic to medical anesthesia. These doctors and dentists perform surgeries with no medical anesthesia, with no pain and no side-effects.
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis teaches the same medical-grade, somnambulistic hypnosis techniques to expectant students, allowing them to experience their contractions as “pressure sensations” or as ‘”tight squeezing sensations”, greatly minimizing or eliminating labor discomfort.
Another big difference between Hypnobabies and other hypnobirthing classes is that Hypnobabies utilizes eyes-open childbirth hypnosis.
Eyes-open childbirth hypnosis allows students to remain in hypnosis while also having their eyes open and moving around, eating, going to the bathroom, or doing anything else that they may need to do between pressure waves. This is a very effective method of allowing your mind and body to remain in hypnosis and reap the benefits of it, while also allowing you to still be active.
A past Hypnobabies student had this to say in regards to the eyes-open childbirth hypnosis:
“I used Eyes-Open-Childbirth Hypnosis almost exclusively during my Birthing Time. I enjoyed relaxing in ‘off’ during a few scripts, but mostly used my ‘Center’ switch. I really like to sing, and found that I felt more comfortable during my pressure waves when I vocalized/moaned… as the pressure in my belly increased with pressure waves, I imagined all the tightness dissipating as I hummed. I sat on a birth ball and rocked, relaxed in the tub, and cuddled with my husband, using my center switch the entire time, able to use all of my hypnosis techniques while remaining active and upright. I had my Birthing Affirmations playing in the background, and my support people using verbal Birth Prompts and “relax” help, and I actively used my “Peace” cue, especially while pushing. I loved my birth – every minute of it!” ~ Kristin, OR