What is Hypnobirthing?
- Hypnobirthing is a method of childbirth that focuses on preparing parents for a gentle and positive birth. Read more and see the syllabus on the Hypnobirthing page.
When is the best time to attend Hypnobirthing classes?
- The ideal time to attend a Hypnobirthing class is between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy. This gives you the best amount of time to practice the techniques leading up to the birth. Having said that, it’s never too late! If you’re further along, please make contact so that I can make alternative arrangements for you.
Will I feel pain?
- As a Hypnobirthing Practitioner I have heard various answers to this question. Every woman’s experience of birth and pain is different. Most hypnobirthing women don’t describe the sensation as ‘pain’, more as a tightening or pressure (your uterus is made up of working muscles, after all…). Speaking as a Hypnobirthing mother, I can say that my birth wasn’t sensation free, and it was hard work (!), but I wouldn’t describe the experience as painful.
Will I remember my birth?
- Of course! The hypnobirthing woman remains completely aware of her surroundings and is an active participant in the birth process. She is also deeply relaxed, and may move around and participate in conversation, depending on how she is feeling throughout her birth. Some Hypnobirthing mothers (me included) experience time distortion.
What if I am required to have a Caesarean Birth, can Hypnobirthing still help?
- Definitely. The great thing about the Hypnobirthing Australia Childbirth Education course is that it prepares you for the birth of your baby, no matter what course your birth takes. It teaches you to approach your birth calmly and prepares you for a positive birth experience.
What is a Doula?
- A doula (birth attendant/birth support person) is a trained person who provides continual support to the birthing woman prior, during, and immediately after the birth.
Why have a Doula?
- Evidence suggests that women who employ a doula are statistically more likely to have better birth outcomes including a decreased risk of an unplanned Caesarean, an increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth, and a decrease in the use of pain relieving medications. A great article outlining the evidence for having a doula can be found at Evidence Based Birth.