Your Questions Answered: Is Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Program Right for You?

With the Hypnobabies method, waiting until the last minute and trying to find your happy place during labor won't help. To achieve success through self-hypnosis, you must practice for 5 to 6 weeks before you go into labor. Image by Decoded Pregnancy

With the Hypnobabies method, waiting until the last minute and trying to find your happy place during labor won’t help. To achieve success through self-hypnosis, you must practice for 5 to 6 weeks before you go into labor. Image by Decoded Pregnancy

Since 2003, Hypnobabies has been helping expecting moms have a gentle childbirth experience that helps them really enjoy the birth of their baby without the use of drugs and aesthetics. This hypno-birthing program moves beyond other programs that are “listen-only” and helps mom to have a deeper more relaxed experience void of not only pain, but fear.  This program not only helps mom enjoy a completely relaxed state, but it also is an entire birth-education course that will help mom and her partner have a comprehensive preparation for birth.

A Whole New Way to Look at Childbirth

Decoded Pregnancy interviewed Carole Thorpe, a Hypnobabies representative to help debunk misconceptions and myths that many people have when understanding the Hypnobabies method.
How long has Hypnobabies been aiding woman in accomplishing natural Childbirth?

Hypnobabies was created by Kerry Tuschhoff, an experienced childbirth educator and hypnotherapist, in 2001. She was the sole instructor of the method in Orange County, California until 2003, when she held the first Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis instructor training. Today, there are instructors all over the U.S., and Canada and coming soon to Germany! Additionally, the Hypnobabies Home Study Course is used by many thousands of women every year in countries all over the world. 

What would you consider is the most common misconception about the Hypnobabies method?

The most common misconception is that Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis is the same as other hypno-birthing programs which are “listen-only”. Because of this misconception, women think that they can borrow a friend’s Hypnobabies CD tracks, and simply listen to the tracks during labor to enjoy a comfortable birth like their friend experienced. Hypnobabies is not a listen-only hypnosis program and cannot be used effectively without following the course materials to learn and practice the self-hypnosis techniques first. Other programs offer expectant mothers one or two guided imagery, relaxation-inducing tracks to listen to during labor. These tracks induce a relaxed state so long as the mother is lying still and listening, which doesn’t necessarily create a physically comfortable experience, merely a calmer one.


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Hypnobabies is not designed to be as a listen-only program, since the audio tracks for childbirth contain post-hypnotic suggestions which deepen and enhance the birthing mother’s previously learned self-hypnosis tools. In order for these self-hypnosis tools to be optimally effective during childbirth, they must be practiced repetitively during 5-6 weeks of course work because repetition compounds their effects. The self-hypnosis tools a Hypnobabies mother learns include how to create medical hypno-anesthesia for physical comfort. These are the same hypno-anesthesia techniques that doctors and dentists use with their patients who must undergo surgical procedures, and who cannot tolerate drugs or medical anesthesia. 

Unlike other hypno-birth programs, Hypnobabies also teaches expectant mothers “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis” which means that a Hypnobabies mother is able to move around during birthing, to communicate with her support team and remain in a deep state of hypnosis, while creating hypno-anesthesia and a more comfortable experience.When a Hypnobabies mother is deeply in hypnosis and creating hypno-anesthesia for physical comfort, it results in the side-effect of deep physical relaxation. It’s the hypno-anesthesia, and eyes-open childbirth hypnosis (for mobility) that create comfortable births for our Hypnobabies mothers, not guided imagery and relaxation. 

Hypnobabies is also unique among hypno-birth programs in that it teaches a complete preparation for birth course. Topics covered include, staying healthy and low-risk through nutrition and exercise, the pregnant woman’s rights and choices regarding her prenatal care and care during childbirth, the anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy and birth, and they also learn about the mother’s care during the postpartum period and an overview of newborn care and breastfeeding basics.

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