When should I start my HypnoBirthing® classes?
I recommend starting between your 5th and 7 month of pregnancy (24-28weeks), although before and after these months is ok too! If you start your classes in the second trimester, it gives you more time to practice the techniques learned in class before your baby’s birth. You will still find the classes beneficial to you as long as you complete them prior to going into labor. The childbirth education you will receive along with the techniques you will learn, will be valuable to you in the long term no matter what.
Does my birth companion need to attend?
By coming with you to the classes, your birth companion can understand the tools and techniques you are learning. Your birth companion plays a vital role in your birth experience; by attending the course they will learn techniques on keeping you calm and relaxed and informed during your birthing.
It is not necessary for the birth companion to participate in all of the relaxation exercises if they do not desire, as long as they are 100% supportive of you and your practice. although, it is recommended, as the skills you will learn can be applied to many different areas of your life!
Can HypnoBirthing be beneficial if I’m attempting a VBAC?
Most Definitely. As long as you have been cleared by your medical professional to attempt a VBAC you can absolutely use HypnoBirthing in this birth. Many women who’ve had a previous caesarean and are desiring a vaginal birth find the course very empowering and helpful in increasing their confidence levels, releasing fear and tension, and trusting their bodies.
How do I have a successful HypnoBirth?
Firstly, HypnoBirthing isn’t something you can “fail” at. But it is important to read your book, listen to the Rainbow Relaxation track and birth affirmation track and practice the techniques we learn in class. Having an open mind and being committed to practicing can help you achieve the birth experience you desire. It is important to attend all 5 classes (but I understand baby could decide to come) so you don’t miss anything important.
What should I bring?
Yourself, your birthing companion, a positive attitude and open mind, your HypnoBirthing® book (I will be giving that to you in our first session together), and if you are a note taker– feel free to bring along materials for that, but it’s definitely not required or expected. Please wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring light snacks and water/beverage if you’d like.