So you're having a baby and considering what type of childbirth education class to take. There are so many options! They can be categorized primarily into two groups: Hospital classes and out-of-hospital classes. Hospital classes tend to emphasize what to expect as a patient, what medication options are available, perhaps a little about breathing techniques and the stages of labor, and usually include a tour of the hospital. If the hospital has a high epidural and cesarean rate, the focus will likely be on what to expect around the type of birth that hospital does most often. Little may be taught about normal, unmedicated birth and all the techniques out there to support a family striving for this type of experience.
Hypnobabies is both a comprehensive out-of-hospital childbirth education class and a course about using hypnosis techniques to have an easier and more comfortable birthing. One of the reasons I wanted to become a Hypnobabies instructor was due to the comprehensive nature of the course. We meet for more than 20 hours over the course of six weeks. We spend 30 minutes each week doing hypnosis, and the rest of the time is childbirth education. We cover nutrition, exercises, the stages of labor, how to get a baby in an optimal position, avoiding toxic substances during pregnancy, positions for laboring and pushing, becoming an informed consumer, the birth partner's role, the benefits, risks and alternatives of common medical interventions, and so much more! The founder, Kerry Tuschoff, was a Bradley instructor for many years before founding Hypnobabies, and she did a fabulous job combining the broad childbirth education the Bradley Method is known for with deep and powerful hypnosis techniques. (You can read more about Kerry's journey here.)
Here are what some of our students said when asked to comment about this topic!
"While I found the hypnosis tools to be powerful, I was most impressed with how comprehensive the materials and classes were. As somebody who went into the class feeling extremely knowledgeable about birth, I always left each session learning something new." -Kate
"Not only do you practice affirmations that pregnancy is natural, normal, healthy, and safe, you learn how your body works to make this so. This was really important for me and my "science-mind!" Also, I compared HypnoBirthing to Hypnobabies, and childbirth education was the deciding factor between the two for me." -Allison
"I learned things in my Hypnobabies study materials that I didn't learn in nursing school or the hospital offered childbirth prep class." -Amie
"I loved the fact that Hypnobabies not only taught a way of thinking and relaxation through hypnosis, but it was educational as well. We learned about nutrition, position of baby, breastfeeding, stages of the birthing time, and so much more. My husband especially was very enlightened and loved that part of class." -Abbey
"We had our baby in the hospital and the nurses all commented how we didn’t act like first time parents and that we were very laid back. I contribute that to the wealth of information that we received during our Hypnobabies classes. I felt confident that my baby was an individual, he was smart and that I would know if something was not normal. I contribute that confidence to what I learned in Hypnobabies class…. And probably some daily affirmations." -Loretta