Class Contents

Class Contents

HypnoBirthing® Classes

Unit 1: Building A Positive Expectancy

  • Introduction to the HypnoBirthing® philosophy
  • The history of women and birthing
  • Physiology – How women’s bodies are perfectly designed for natural birth
    How the uterus & birthing muscles work
  • How to have an easier, more comfortable birth
    How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
  • The autonomic nervous system and fear-tension-pain syndrome
  • How the (conscious and unconscious) mind works, and how it affects/influences the body.
    • Laws of the mind and change.
    • Vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing.
  • Hypnosis explained and fun mind-body exercises
  • HypnoBirthing® films showing labouring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor

 Unit 2: Pregnancy – Preparing Mind & Body

  • The remarkable mind and awareness of a baby in the womb
  • Prenatal bonding: getting in-tune with your baby
  • Guidelines to selecting the right care-provider and birth facility/environment
  • Introduction to HypnoBirthing® tools & techniques
    Affirmations, Breathing, Visualisation, Relaxation, Deepening/Self-hypnosis
  • Demonstrations and practical exercises in:
    Affirmations, Breathing, Relaxation and Visualisation
  • Visualising gentle births by viewing beautiful HypnoBirthing® videos
  • Preparing your body for healthy birthing:
    Nutrition & Toning

Unit 3: Prelude to labour

  • Actual HypnoBirth videos
  • Massage techniques for toning and physical comfort
  • Deepening relaxation & self-hypnosis techniques: practical exercises
  • Guidelines for preparing your birth plan
  • Familiarisation with your birth facility (and completing pre-admission admin)
  • Pre-labour warm-ups & signs of impending labour
  • The “due date” misnomer
  • Breech presentation
  • Special circumstances that require the attention of a caregiver
  • Techniques to dispel negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts

Unit 4: Labour

  • Avoiding artificial induction and natural means to initiate labour
  • Real labour: the thinning & opening phase – Useful techniques:
    Breathing, Visualisation, Deepening relaxation/Self-hypnosis – practical exercises
  • Birth facility check-in procedures
  • Birth partner’s role
  • Birth physiology explained – how it works
  • Resting labour: avoiding intervention
  • Birthing process walk-through

Unit 5: Birth, Bonding, Breastfeeding & Beyond

  • Advanced labour, completion & baby’s descent;
  • Your body’s design for natural birth & working with it:
    Birthing instincts & physiological factors that aid birth
  • Birthing tools & techniques – practical exercises:
    Positions; Visualisation, Breathing, Deepening relaxation/Self-hypnosis
  • Baby’s 1st hour and Bonding
  • Breastfeeding and the 4th Trimester

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