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Hypnobirthing - FAQ's

How hypnobirthing can help, who it's for and more...


This post explores some of the most frequestly asked questions about hypnobirthing, including who it's for, how it can benefit you, your birth partner and your baby and a lot more.

Part two expands on this to look at some specific circumstances..


Prefer to watch or listen? All 20 Q's are answered here:

What is hypnobirthing?

Answer: Hypnobirthing is a type of antenatal course that uses self-hypnosis, mindfulness, relaxation, and breathing techniques to help parents manage pain, stress and fear during labour and birth.


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How does hypnobirthing work?

Answer: Hypnobirthing works by teaching expectant mothers to enter a state of deep relaxation and focus during childbirth, which helps reduce stress and tension. This state of relaxation can facilitate a smoother birthing process and potentially decrease the need for medical interventions. It’s not a magic wand, it’s something that you need to practice.

You can explore using recordings to help access these deep states and affirmations as daily reminders of you capacity and capability to birth your way.

DID YOU KNOW? You can even listen to recodrings as you drift off to sleep! So it doesn't have to take a lot of extra time in your day (I know you're already super-busy parents)


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Can anyone practice hypnobirthing, or are there specific requirements?

Answer: You don’t need any experience, skills or background to practice hypnobirthing. It’s not religious and it’s totally different to stage hypnosis. You will gain tools to help you practice at home.

It's brilliant if you already have a mindfulness practice, or your partner's into Wim Hoff - you may have a bit oif a head start with the concepts. BUT, everyone is liekly starting anew here and these tools are simple and adaptable.


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Is hypnobirthing safe for both the mother and the baby?

Answer: Yes. Hypnobirthing has good outcomes when studies which would benefit both parents and babies (and yes, that could mean the supporting partner too).  

Many midwives, NHS trusts and the NCT recommend hypnobirthing as a safe tool for birthing.


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Does hypnobirthing guarantee a pain-free childbirth?

Answer: Hypnobirthing aims to reduce pain and fear during childbirth, but it does not guarantee a pain-free experience. I'd seriously question anyone selling that. Pain is subjective and unmeasurable, some people experience different levels of intensity to others. Some would call this pain and others wouldn’t.


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How effective is hypnobirthing in reducing the need for medical interventions during labor?

Answer: Hypnobirthing may reduce the need for medical interventions, but its effectiveness varies. It depends on factors like depth of practice, your specific birthing situation, and other factors to do with the individual and their birth.

Many people find that their ability to make decisions well, cope with plans changing and to take control oif their birth experience benefits from the antenatal education and good coping skills that come through taking a hypnobirthing course.

The women changed their perspective on birth and got to know their inherent resources. They acquired various coping strategies and techniques that enhanced their sense of control. The women gained ownership of their birth and found their active participation to be meaningful. They were informed of different options concerning their birth which made it possible to make informed decisions. The participation in hypnobirth classes, and personal experience from giving birth, made women wish for integration of mental birth preparation in the public health service, thus strengthening women’s trust in ther ability to give birth, which was pivotal to the participants’ birth satisfaction.


- Women’s experiences with hypnobirth – A qualitative study, 2003 (click to view)



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When should I start practicing hypnobirthing techniques during pregnancy?

Answer: It is recommended to start practicing hypnobirthing techniques around the second trimester or earlier to have sufficient time to learn and become comfortable with the methods. But it’s totally possible to start exploring these techniques later and still benefit.


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How long does it take to learn and master hypnobirthing techniques?

Answer: The time it takes to learn and master hypnobirthing techniques varies for each individual. It typically involves attending a series of classes or sessions, which can range from a few hours to several weeks, plus taking time to practice at home.

REMEMBER: not all of that time needs to be while you are fully awake - you can take a nap or listen as you're drifting off to sleep and still benefit.


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Can a partner or a support person be involved in the hypnobirthing process?

Answer: A big

YES! Birth partners can play a pivotal and active role in the hypnobirthing process, providing assistance and encouragement during labour as well as helping your nervous system to stay calm by using the techniques to calm themselves.

It's one of the things that I love most about facilitating hypnobirthing courses, that you can really lean into one another and explore options together. Both having skills to regulate your nervous sytem is a wonderful start (or addition) to your lives as parents.


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What resources are available for learning hypnobirthing techniques (e.g., classes, books, online


Answer: Hypnobirthing in-person classes, face-to-face courses, private sessions, books, online courses, and audio files are available as resources to learn hypnobirthing techniques. It may be that one of those, or a combination of 2 or more is ideal for you. I'd say that some audio recording are pretty much essential


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