This is a picture of me at the birthing center in the middle of a “birthing wave” (Hypnobabies word for contraction.)
Medical grade hypno-anesthesia was coursing through my body, and even though my belly was contracting, it only felt like a strong hug.
The only discomfort I felt was coming from my back, due to a condition I’ve mostly ignored my whole life. (Pro tip: listen to your body! See a specialist!)
So how did I manage to have such an experience? Where is the screaming? Where are the doctors? How am I so calm, with no epidural in sight?
Late in my pregnancy, after spending months dreading the end, I was fortunate enough to learn about hypnosis for childbirth. (Don’t even ask me how. Kate Middleton? Internet rabbit hole? My life-long fascination with hypnotherapy?)
Suddenly, there was hope! My desire for a drug-free natural birth didn’t have to mean a TV-drama style labor OR a numbing epidural.
There are a few hypnosis for childbirth programs out there, so I spent a week researching everything I could to make the best choice for me. Hypnobabies came out on top, hands-down!
Here are 7 reasons why I chose Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis and think you should too:
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1. I wanted to enjoy my pregnancy
One of my favorite things about Hypnobabies is the emphasis on helping pregnant couples bond with baby in the womb. After spending so much time feeling blah about my pregnancy, I was ready to shower our little one with love!
I read about the “special safe place” session where you get to spend time with your baby, and I thought that was so sweet.
Also, there’s a big focus on staying healthy and low-risk through nutrition and prenatal exercise. I really needed that guidance so that was another selling point for me.
But most importantly, after reading through the material on their website, I knew Hypnobabies was going to give me the kind of material I needed to feel empowered about my pregnancy and birth. Girl, did it deliver!
2. It’s a complete Childbirth Education course
Unlike other hypnosis programs, when you choose Hypnobabies, you don’t need any other childbirth education. That means no Lamaze, no hospital classes, no Youtube binging.
Why? Because Hypnobabies is comprehensive and includes all the anatomical descriptions, phases of labor, etc. that you would want to understand, while training your inner mind to expect a comfortable birth experience. It’s the most in-depth preparation you can get.
To quote the creator, Kerry Tuschhoff: “Hypnobabies teaches that pain is not necessarily inherent in childbirth; that birthing a baby can be much easier and much more comfortable and, even pain-free for many of the women who learn, practice and use Hypnobabies as outlined in the printed course materials.
Every word in our student manuals, handouts, and hypnosis scripts (and, therefore in every Hypnobabies audio track) contains language that trains, supports and reinforces the concept that birth can be easier and more comfortable, and literally re-creates the expectant mother’s belief system about childbirth.”
Toxic language, be-gone! Shock stories, bye! See ya, negativity! Y’all can’t penetrate my Bubble of Peace.
3. It uses medical-grade hypnosis
With Hypnobabies, the focus is on hypnosis. Relaxation and stress-relief are simply welcome side-effects of hypnosis, but it is the actual hypnotic induction and compounding that causes the elimination of discomfort. So, this isn’t some fancier version of “visualize your pain away,” it’s much more effective than that!
“Hypnobabies uses the same medical hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any drugs, which is called hypno-anesthesia.”
You didn’t know that some people have actual surgery using only hypnosis for comfort? Yeah, me either! I looked it up. It’s real. I even watched a video of a live procedure. (Don’t do that.)
Hypnobabies uses this same technique and a specific 6-week program to compound the hypnosis in your inner mind. So, I figured if someone can get cut open while under hypno-anesthesia and feel no pain, I can confidently birth my baby this way, too.
4. I wanted to move around
What sets them apart, and is perhaps the biggest attraction of Hypnobabies, is their proprietary Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis. This technique allows you to remain fully in hypnosis while moving around normally. This helps facilitate the descent of your baby, also shortening your labor.
Imagine being able to move around freely, change positions, eat, drink, communicate, shower, squat… completely relaxed, calm, confident and completely comfortable!
Sound like a pipe-dream? Well, the way I understand it: hypnosis is a lot like computer programming. Once you know how to code, you can write programs for just about anything. The creator of Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis programmed these suggestions into the scripts, in order to train the inner mind to be able to do these things. And, ask any Hypnobabies mom–it works!
As you see in the first picture, I spent a lot of time in the tub because the water felt so good. However, I was able to get up and out, walk, snack, drink, shower, talk… while in hypnosis.
5. There’s a home-study option
During my pregnancy, I became quite reclusive. Consider it nesting, but all I wanted to do was be home in cozy pajamas, not pretending to have the energy to smile back at people.
Although live instruction is always better, learning that Hypnobabies had a home-study course sealed the deal! Knowing that my husband and I could take the course from our laptop and practice on the couch was such a huge draw for me.
Interestingly enough, because of the positive re-programming, I started having the energy to people again. Alanis Morissette would call that “irony.”
To learn more about the home-study course and order, click here for 20% off!
6. It comes with a Facebook group
In my experience, courses that come with a dedicated Facebook group always kick my motivation up a few levels. Not only do you have the community of like-minded individuals to talk with, but you get fresh perspectives and a sense of solidarity. It’s like the course keeps going!
This one is very active and supportive. There are incredible women sharing their stories and words of support. The founder of Hypnobabies, whose voice you’ll be listening to daily, frequents the group, posting encouraging messages and responding to questions.
7. I wanted a cool story
I have to admit, there was something so mischievous about my desire for a hypnotic childbirth. What a conversation starter, to be able to say, “Nope, my baby’s birth didn’t hurt at all! I was hypnotized the entire time!”
Still, after going through the course, I gained so much more than that. My entire perspective on life has shifted for the better–no exaggeration.
There’s a saying that goes, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Let’s do something different.
Are you ready to love your pregnancy and feel excited for birth? Do you want to give a loved one the gift of comfort? To order Hypnobabies or learn more straight from the source, click here and receive 20% off!
Let’s talk: now that you know what you know, would you ever consider hypnosis for childbirth? Why or why not? Share this post on Facebook with your answer.
So, did it work? Did I get the birth I hoped for? Read my birth story here. Spoiler alert: I joined the team!