1. HypnoBirthing is only for hippies
Have you heard this or even thought this yourself?
HypnoBirthing is for every pregnant woman/couple who want to be informed, educated and properly prepared for their birthing day. It is for those who want to learn what happens, physically and hormonally, in their body during labour; how special breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis/meditation can help them stay fear-free and calm; how to speak up for themselves and ask questions if care providers suggest medical intervention to them; AND SO MUCH MORE!!
2. Women who are HypnoBirthing are not allowed to make any noise.
In HypnoBirthing we discuss the role that hormones play in labour, and that women labour best when they feel safe, calm and unobserved. We teach techniques that enable the labouring woman to get into a deeply relaxed state and how to stay there throughout labour. To minimise distraction and to avoid interrupting this state, we recommended that there is minimal noise, and quiet voices, in the room. However, the woman can make whatever noise feels right for her - she may wish to talk, moan, groan, hum, swear, growl.
3. HypnoBirthing is only for water births.
In the past week alone I’ve had two people tell me that they thought HypnoBirthing was only for water births.
Whilst many women who attend HypnoBirthing classes choose to labour or give birth in the bath/birth pool, not all do. It certainly isn’t ‘mandatory’ that you use water immersion during labour.
HypnoBirthing educates and empowers couples to think about their birthing options, and to choose what is best for them and their baby. This might be birthing in water, or it might also be birthing on the bed.
As long as couples are informed about their options, and are free to make decisions without coercion, then I’m happy
4. HypnoBirthing International is an American program and not relevant in Australia.
Whilst it is true that the original HypnoBirthing program was conceived in the US by Marie Mongan, it is now taught by over 2500 practitioners in 75 countries! It has been rebranded as HypnoBirthing International to reflect this.
There is a rumour circulating in Australia that this course isn’t relevant to our birthing women; however this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The ‘head’ HypnoBirthing Practitioner in Australia, Anthea Thomas, has made the relevant changes to the program, and our course has been approved by the Australian College of Midwives.
This means that you can be reassured that the HypnoBirthing International course will provide you with relevant pregnancy and maternity care information, as well as teaching you specific techniques to use during labour.
For more information on HypnoBirthing classes please fill out my online contact form, call me on 0401 619 755 or visit the HypnoBirthing International Australian website on www.au.hypnobirthing.com