HypnoBirthing Niagara FAQ

HypnoBirthing® is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth.  In HypnoBirthing® classes, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing® encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families

Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing® is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed and supported. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins—the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labor and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing.  Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical “prepared childbirth” programs, HypnoBirthing® parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the laboring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labor for herself and baby.
Hypnobirthing is suitable for first time moms and moms who’ve had kids before.
We help women who are scared of birth because they’ve never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.
If you’re pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, “gimme all the drugs” mindset, then Hypnobirthing is for you

Attending the course between 20 to 35 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it’s still going to help. In fact, there have been families who have given birth half-way through the course and it still helped.

The ideal time to attend the HypnoBirthing Niagara course is between 20 to 35 weeks.

No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control.
Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in.
However, as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of Hypnobirthing moms don’t need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don’t experience any pain – just pressure.
Around a further 20-25% only require something mild and remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. However, the Hypnobirthing moms still tell us that Hypnobirthing really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.
Remember – the aim of Hypnobirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect ‘natural’ birth (although that is possible).
It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth- where you are in control – and in a way that most mirrors Nature.

More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of HypnoBirthing®. Many hospitals offer HypnoBirthing® as an option in their childbirth education programs, and HypnoBirthing® is now taught in some schools of medicine to student doctors.  If your care giver is not knowledgeable about HypnoBirthing®, take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire.  In class, you will learn how to create a list of Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your doctor or midwife.

Very definitely! Especially for those who had a caesarean because of “failure to progress” or “failed inductions”. HypnoBirthing® will help you to regain your confidence in natural birth and your own body and will help you to regain control of the birth process.

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