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Frequently asked questions about Hypnobirthing

Who can use hypnobirthing?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for any Mum who is looking for a calm and more comfortable birth. All women can use hypnobirthing whether or not this your first baby or not, and regardless of previous obstetric history or planned birth method (it doesn't matter if you have had a caesarean section before, or are planned to have one this time).

Is HypnoBirthing safe?
People often confuse stage hypnotism with hypnosis. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can't) do.

Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of. Hypnosis is a conscious experience where the individual is always aware and in control. The conscious mind acts as a gatekeeper and will always protect the subconscious mind. A person CANNOT be made to do something he or she does not want to do.

Hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation and is actually a state that you experience naturally at least once a day. For example, when watching a film, reading, when watching a flickering flame on a candle, daydreaming or just before you fall asleep.

Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?
No. Unfortunately there are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control.

The aim of HypnoBirthing is not a completely pain-free and perfect 'natural' birth.

The aim of hypnobirthing is to empower parents to take control of their labour and birth, and to promote a positive birthing experience. Like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. So the more practise you do, the more chances you have of mastering the techniques.

As a guide, 65-70% of HypnoBirthing mums don't need any form of pain relief. Most of these mothers describe the sensation felt during labour as pressure rather than pain. Around 20-25% of women require something mild, like gas and air. Although the remaining 5-10% of hypnobirthing mums may have required additional intervention, they still report that Hypnobirthing helped to make them feel calm, relaxed and in control.

When should I start the course?
The best time to start the hypnoBirthing course in between 20 and 30 weeks as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do. If you are over 30 weeks and would like to undertake a course with us, please contact us and we can try to accommodate you in either a group class, or deliver private sessions in your own home.

How much does a HypnoBirthing course cost?
Group sessions cost £200 for a comprehensive 12 hour package. Group classes consist of approximately 6 couples. They are held in different venues across the Cheshire area. Please contact us for further information about class venues and dates.

Private sessions will be delivered in your own home and will costs £350 plus travel expenses. The course consists of a comprehensive 12 hour package. Please contact us for further information .

Will my birth be painless with hypnobirth?
Hypnobirth techniques take will power and commitment to be fully effective. Simply coming on the course will not guarantee that it works well for you, although you will find you are more relaxed. It requires practice at home between sessions before you go into labour. Most women report feeling the sensations of labour but because their bodies are relaxed, labour is quicker and much more comfortable, often requiring no other pain relief.

Is there any reason I would not be able to do the hypnobirthing course?
Because hypnosis is the therapeutic use of a person's own daydreaming state, it is very safe. The only people who should not use hypnosis are those with schizophrenia.

I'm having a planned Caesarean for medical reasons so there is no point doing hypnobirth?
It does not matter whether you are planning to have a caesarean section. Hypnobirthing techniques will help you sleep towards the end of pregnancy, keep you calm and relaxed before and during the surgery, and help you control the pain as you heal. It can also help with the early days establishing breastfeeding and has even been found to help prevent postnatal depression.

What if my birth partner can't be there on the day?
Don't worry. Anyone can read you the script on the day. We will teach you anchors that you can use yourself during labour if needed. You can also record your scripts and other affirmations that could be played during labour if needed.

Do hypnobirthing babies sleep better?
Yes they do. They tend to feed better as Mum's milk often "comes in" quicker and so they sleep better as a result.

What if it doesn't go to plan?
Babies come when they are ready, but sometimes it is necessary for interventions to occur to deliver the baby safely and healthily. You will learn to stay calm and in control, whatever happens

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