Over the 18 month period ending Nov 2010, world-wide, more than 9000 mothers were trained to have hypnobirths. To determine the relative benefits/success of this childbirth education method the USA was taken as a case study and HypnoBirthing® moms’ birth reports and course evaluation data were compared with national birth statistics. The outcomes are discussed below:
HypnoBirthing® mothers reported a lower incidence of preterm births and low-birth weight infants
In 2009 the average birth weight of US babies was 3.3kg compared to 3.5kg for US HypnoBirthing® babies who had an average gestational age of 39.6 weeks. Compared to other babies, HypnoBirthing® babies were 1½ to 3 times less likely to be premature (arriving before 37 weeks)
Of all the mothers that attempted vaginal births – other mothers were twice as likely to experience surgical birth (Caesarean section) as HypnoBirthing® mothers were. Moreover, other mothers required more than double the amount of interventions during labour that HypnoBirthing® mothers did.
Specifically compared to HypnoBirthing® mothers, other mothers were:
- more than 2 x as likely to have a medical induction of labour
- almost 3 x as likely to have their membranes artificially ruptured
- more than 2 x as likely to receive synthetic oxytocin augmentation of labour (Pitocin/Syntocin)
- more than 3 x as likely to require pain medication
- more than 2 x as likely to be administered intramuscular/intravenous analgesia
- more than 3 x as likely to get epidural anaesthesia
- 2½ x as likely to undergo an episiotomy
- almost 2 x as likely to have perineal tears requiring stitching
- almost 3 x as likely to receive intravenous fluids
- almost 3 x as likely to have continuous foetal monitoring, restricting their movement
Furthermore HypnoBirthing® mothers had:
- fewer cases of pre-ecclampsia/dehydration
- shorter first and second-phase labour
- alert babies – able to nurse almost immediately
- no cases of post-partum depression reported
- infants with higher than average APGAR scores
After attending the course mothers accredited HypnoBirthing® as follows:
- Almost 10/10 mothers were more confident in their ability to birth
- 9/10 mothers felt sufficiently prepared for labour and birth
- 9/10 mothers said they had a better understanding of their birthing options and were prepared to make good decisions for birthing
- 9/10 mothers said they felt very confident about their ability to have a peaceful, gentle more comfortable birth after attending the course (as opposed to 2/10 before the course)
- 8/10 mothers said they were able to communicate better with their care providers
- 8/10 mothers said they had a more comfortable or more gentle birth
Of the HypnoBirthing® mothers:
- 9/10 mothers said they will recommend HypnoBirthing® to others.
- 8/10 mothers indicated that they were satisfied or highly satisfied with HypnoBirthing®
- 8/10 mothers said that they would definitely use HypnoBirthing® again, if they were to have another baby.
 Data does not differentiate between primary and repeat Caesareans.