What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a method of childbirth that focuses on preparing parents for a more positive and calm birth. It is as much a philosophy of birthing as it is techniques. When a mother and her birth companion are able to approach their birth without fear and with knowledge, good support, and tools for the birth – then their birthing can be a positive and empowering experience.

The ‘hypno’ part of ‘hypnobirthing’ refers to the hypnotherapy that we use during the program to release fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins at times during our birth. With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience; one where you are in the drivers seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing.

And, Hypnobirthing is not ‘just’ hypnosis for childbirth (although, that’s a very important part)! The Hypnobirthing Australia program uses a combination of different techniques and philosophies that have existed for many, many years. Ancient wisdom is combined with modern theory – giving you the advantage in your acquisition of knowledge as you prepare for your birth.

Techniques that you learn through the course will help you achieve a deep state of relaxation, enabling your body to open up without resistance. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, will replace the stress hormones (which can cause your uterus to constrict and create tension and pain). You will also have tools to bring yourself back into a calm state, if your birthing takes a different turn to expected or if you have difficulties with the intensity experienced. Your birth partner will learn ways to help you throughout pregnancy and birth. This is very useful for the mother and very empowering for the birth partner. When you have your baby with hypnobirthing, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. You will actually be in a heightened state of awareness – awake, but deeply relaxed. You may look like you are asleep at times; however you will be aware of what is going on around you when you need to be. You will be calmly in tune with your body and your baby and this will assist the birth to progress. When it feels right, you will move around and may even speak and vocalise. You will help direct the course of your own birth.

See the full class outline, below.

Why Hypnobirthing Australia™?

Hypnobirthing Australia™ provides a uniquely Australian childbirth education course which draws upon the teachings of many natural birthing advocates from throughout history and the world and has been developed by Melissa Spilsted. The Hypnobirthing Australia course is the most up-to-date, Australian hypnobirth program available and we know that you are going to love it!

The Hypnobirthing Australia techniques are down-to-earth, straightforward and easily learned.

Hypnobirthing classes are structured in such a way that the birth partner is encouraged to attend. The partner’s love and support throughout pregnancy and during birth, provide valuable reassurance and bonding in preparation for the birth of your baby and pending parenthood. Having said this, sometimes there are reasons why the birthing mother needs to attend the course solo – and this is also completely fine.

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Group & Private Classes

Upcoming Group dates:

Hypnobirthing Australia Childbirth Education Classes

Note: I will be having a break from May 2017 for the birth of my twins. Please contact me to register your interest, or to have me help you find a suitable alternative.

Further 2017 DATES to be finalised soon – join the wait-list by completing form via the ‘Book Now’ button.

Private Classes Available, if group classes don’t suit.


Class Outline

Unit 1: Creating & maintaining a positive mindset

Introduction to the positive mindset of hypnobirthing
How our brain is wired to birth
The role of our caregivers
Mind/body connection
What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?
Our hormones are our friends
My amazing uterus – understanding the physiology behind birthing
Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome
Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour
Re-programming the Subconscious
The language for empowered birthing
The power of affirmations
Birthing environment

Unit 2: Our toolkit for birth

Self-hypnosis tracks
Birth music
Conditioning with scent
Hypnotic anchors and triggers
Releasing endorphins through massage and touch
Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding
Visualisations for pregnancy, labour & birthing
The importance of facial relaxation
Relaxation Breathing – a skill for life
Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!
Techniques to help make your surges more comfortable
The ‘urge’ to push/bear down – Breathing/Bearing down

Unit 3: Preparation & choices for empowered birthing

Bonding with baby
Choices in maternity care
Birth Preferences – having open communication with your caregivers
Knowledge is power – researching common interventions and procedures
Questions to ask, to assist in making informed decisions
Birth partner as advocate
‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy
Inductions – things you’re not always told
Achieving a natural start to labour
Maintaining a healthy diet
Preparing the body – staying active
Optimising baby’s position
Breech or Posterior – options & positions
Instant relaxation techniques
Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques & scripts

Unit 4: Birth – bringing it all together

What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth
Signs that labour is starting
What to expect through labour (membranes releasing etc)
When to call the midwife/go to the hospital
Accidental home/car birth – what to do!
Birth partner’s role
Common procedures
Using water during labour and birth
Upright positioning, movement and birth positions
Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)
Fear release
Vocalisation
Cord clamping & placenta delivery
Undisturbed bonding & breastfeeding time – skin to skin
What to expect afterwards
Self-hypnosis – Rehearsal for Birth
A practice routine – preparation for birth!

Investment

Flexible Payment Options are available – please contact me to discuss.
All prices include GST.

Full Private Course

$795
  • Ideal time to undertake course is when you’re between 20 & 30 weeks
  • Best suited to those who can’t make the group course due to time clashes
  • 12 Hours of Face-to-Face tuition (private setting)
  • Folio of Resources
  • Practice mp3s & Bonus eBook
  • Ongoing support
  • Complimentary bonus session (for breech turn, etc – if required)

Other Options

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  • If for some reason, the other options don’t meet your needs…
  • Perhaps you’re close to your estimated due date.
  • Perhaps your partner is fly-in fly-out and can’t make a group course.
  • Maybe there are other special circumstances?
  • It’s not too late! There are always options.
  • Contact me and we can discuss the possibility of alternate arrangements.

Full Private Course

$795
  • Ideal time to undertake course is when you’re between 20 & 30 weeks
  • Best suited to those who can’t make the group course due to time clashes
  • 12 Hours of Face-to-Face tuition (private setting)
  • Folio of Resources
  • Practice mp3s & Bonus eBook
  • Ongoing support
  • Complimentary bonus session (for breech turn, etc – if required)

Other Options

POA
  • If for some reason, the other options don’t meet your needs…
  • Perhaps you’re close to your estimated due date.
  • Perhaps your partner is fly-in fly-out and can’t make a group course.
  • Maybe there are other special circumstances?
  • It’s not too late! There are always options.
  • Contact me and we can discuss the possibility of alternate arrangements.