What is Hypnobabies?
Hypnobabies is a very successful 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery like other hypno-birthing programs. This allows our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is well-known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be.
Expectant mothers use our Hypnobabies Workbook, CDs and hypnosis scripts to train their inner mind that contractions in labor will be felt only as pressure, tightening, pushing, pulling and normal baby movement sensations. Women are fully in tune with their babies during the birthing process, and as aware of everything around them as they’d like to be, easily able to communicate with their support team, and completely in charge of their own birth experience.
Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia. Our classes also teach Hypnobabies Birth Partners how to fully support the Hypno-Moms, and Hypnobabies is also used very successfully by single mothers. A willing Birth Partner is a bonus!
Including a very comprehensive childbirth education curriculum also ensures that our Hypno-moms remain deeply committed to their Hypnobabies training, since they need not go anywhere else for childbirth education. Other natural childbirth classes are wonderful, but many teach “pain-coping”, and “pain-management”, which is directly in opposition to our Hypnobabies suggestions that encourage an easier, more comfortable, joyful childbirth. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Although not every woman will have a completely pain-free, unmedicated birthing experience, many of our Hypno-Moms do, and the rate of “completely comfortable births” reported is about 70%, far above any other childbirth method, which is very gratifying to all of us at Hypnobabies!
Statistics: The following are statistics for Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis only:
(based on our very successful 6 week course, and 18 total hours of instruction)
1) Very Comfortable births - 70-75%. Women who report that they felt mostly pressure, tightening or mild cramping sensations.
2) Comfortable until transition – 15%. Pressure only, until the 10-60 minute transitional period, with mild to intense degrees of sensation thereafter. “Very manageable.”
3) Comfortable until active labor – 10%, with mild to intense degrees of sensation thereafter This group can have any number of things that affect their birth experiences; prodromal labor, posterior or asynclitic presentations that do not resolve, other labor complications, emotional issues, lack of support, or they simply did not do their homework! (45 minutes a day) Hypnosis for childbirth won’t help a mother or a couple that is not willing to do the work involved in preparing for their baby’s birth.
All women reported that the Relaxation and Fear Clearing in the Hypnobabies program were invaluable to them during their labors.
We currently offer Hypnobabies Group Classes on the Main Line and in Philadelphia
Please note: I am taking some time off to complete additional training and will not be offering a group class until April 2015. I can still support Home Study students by offering a Home Study Advantage.
Upcoming Class Schedule
Sunday, April 12, 2015-Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Cloth in South Philadelphia from 5:15-8:45PM
Sunday, May 31, 2015-Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Cloth in South Philadelphia from 5:15-8:45PM
Additional classes may be added on the Main Line or in Philadelphia, depending on interest.
Those of you with Guess Dates occurring before late May, can order the Home Study (click here) and set up a Home Study Advantage with us.
Please contact us if you would like a Hypnobabies Group Class in your area starting April 2015 or beyond.
Hypnobabies Class Outline
Class1: Introduction to Hypnobabies
Class 2: Staying Healthy and Low Risk
Class 3: Your Options in Birthing
Class 4: The Onset of Your Birthing Time
Class 5: Birth Partners, Transformation and Birth
Class 6: Birthing Your Baby and Beyond