How is Hypnobabies different from other Childbirth Hypnosis programs?
We are asked many times what the difference between Hypnobabies and other natural childbirth or
|birth hypnosis programs is, and here we answer that question by telling you what we do well without |
disparaging any other particular group. Other natural childbirth courses have excellent programs and
benefits that have helped many women have better, more relaxed births. We recognize that and
celebrate them and what they do every day for birthing women!
In Hypnobabies, our objectives are to help our pregnant couples bond with their baby in utero, teach
you how to stay healthy and low-risk and be an excellent consumer, trust in your body, mind and baby,
as well as become self-reliant and confident about birthing your own way; unmedicated, safely and in
comfort. We overcome negative belief systems and programming, get you in touch with your own
beautiful pregnant body, support you through your own excellent birth experience and give you skills
that you will use for the rest of your life. Birth Partners are brought into the preparation process and
have their own hypnotic relaxation cues, as well as a special role to play as they await the birth of the
precious newborn with our Hypno-mom. Since we use real medical hypnosis techniques, addressing the
mind, body, and spirit of both Mother and Baby, our success rate is wonderful and very gratifying!
Unique to Hypnobabies: We are not a regular birth hypnosis class. Hypnobabies is very detailed,
comprehensive and successful, uses medical hypnotic anesthesia techniques, from Gerald Kein's
powerful Painless Childbirth program, as opposed to simple visualization and imagery, and contains the
same kinds of powerful somnambulistic hypnosis scripts used by people who undergo surgery
successfully using hypnosis as their only anesthetic.
Unique to Hypnobabies: Long before they ever step foot in their first Hypnobabies class, our Hypno-
moms receive their first hypnosis CD with 2 tracks: Your Special Place, which allows them to learn and
become proficient in deep physical relaxation, and Easy, Comfortable Childbirth, enabling them to
easily master deep hypnosis and positive birth training. Each Hypno-Mom is able to learn deep
relaxation and hypnosis skills for several weeks (or months!) before Hypnobabies Class even starts. This
makes it much easier to learn her Hypnobabies Hypno-anesthesia Techniques in each class, bringing the
Birth Partner into the preparation, (if they have one) and also how to use hypnosis for many other
issues: nausea elimination, back and hip pain, insomnia, pre-term labor, pre-term bleeding, perineal
massage, internal exams, turning a breech, etc.
Unique to Hypnobabies: 11 powerful, deep hypnosis audio tracks for use by our Hypno-Mothers as
they learn, practice and use their Hypnobabies program, and 1 hypnosis track for our Birth Partners.
Unique to Hypnobabies: 2 separate hypnosis cues for entering hypnosis quickly and deeply, and 7
hypnotic deepening techniques.
Unique to Hypnobabies: 6 somnambulistic hypnosis scripts in booklet form, for use by our Hypno-
Couples to work with as a team. Our Hypnobabies students participate in one new hypnosis script each
week in class and their scripts booklet provides them with that same script to work with for
reinforcement during the next week. This makes a huge difference when training the inner mind for
success of any kind. It is called "compounding" in the world of hypnosis and is necessary for hypnotic
suggestions to be retained by the woman's subconscious. Working on progressively more powerful scripts
several times week together also allows our moms to become “hypno-trained” to the touch and voice of
their birth partner and therefore respond much more easily and quickly to birthing cues during labor.
Unique to Hypnobabies: We provide detailed, comprehensive training for our Birth Partners by
providing them their own Birth Partner’s hypnosis CD for a calm and confident attitude towards
pregnancy and childbirth, and their own 15 page detailed Birth Partner's Guide booklet for labor, which
allows them to fully grasp their role in the preparation for baby’s birth as well as easily supporting the
Hypno-Mom during birthing. This includes 4 pages of verbal birthing cues which keep the Hypno-Mom
in hypnosis during first stage, transition, beginning to push, the pushing phase as well as tools for
remaining calm, relaxed, confident and comfortable in between contractions.
Unique to Hypnobabies: Hypnobabies can also be very successfully used by Single Mothers or those
whose partners will not be participating in their birth preparation process since we have specific CD sets
as well as personal help and support for single Hypno-Moms, to make their Hypnobabies journey easier
and more fulfilling. All of our hypno-anesthesia techniques can be easily learned, practiced and used
alone, or with a Birth Partner or doula.
Unique to Hypnobabies: Hypnobabies classes also provide excellent and Complete Childbirth
Education, and we are the only birth hypnosis program that does so. Providing our *Complete
Childbirth Education* ensures that our Hypnobabies students will not need to take other childbirth
education classes where techniques and philosophies are learned which can negate childbirth hypnosis
instruction. "Pain management and coping skills" are actually opposite of what is learned in
Hypnobabies; we teach Pain Elimination by using real hypno-anesthesia, and attempting to embrace
opposing belief systems can be detrimental to success with hypnotic childbirth. Including Complete
Childbirth Education is essential for any birth hypnosis program.
Hypnobabies’ Complete Childbirth Education includes the following:
|Staying healthy and low risk |
|Comfort in Pregnancy |
|Detailed Birthing Choices |
|Creating Informed Consent |
|An in-depth Nutrition and Exercise program |
|Avoidance of Toxic Substances |
|Optimum Fetal Positioning |
| Turning a Posterior Baby |
|Stages of Labor |
|Anatomy and Physiology of Birth |
| Prenatal Parenting |
|Avoiding Back Labor with the Abdominal Lift and Tuck |
| Baby Kick Counting |
|Belly Mapping |
| The Risks, Benefits and Alternatives to Common Labor Interventions |
|Birth Empowerment Skills |
|Birth Plans & Baby Plans |
|Touring the Birth Facility |
|Doula and Midwifery information |
|Avoiding Induction and Cesarean Section |
|Delayed Cord Clamping and other Baby Kindness information |
|Using hypnosis for 3rd stage |
| Comprehensive and detailed birth preparation and labor support training for Birth Partners |
|A 28 page Quick Reference booklet for labor |
|Birthing Rehearsals using Hypnobabies techniques in class |
|Information on New Baby Care, Breastfeeding and Postpartum care for our moms.|
Unique to Hypnobabies: Hypnobabies’ "Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis", which allows each Hypno-
|mom to walk and talk and move around freely yet remain very relaxed, fully present, aware and in |
touch with her body and baby and *comfortable while doing so*. Other programs rely on immobility for
focus and concentration, which can severely impede the progress of labor and the descent and
positioning of the baby.
Unique to Hypnobabies: We conduct full Birthing Rehearsals in class # 6 so that our Hypno-moms can
experience using their actual Hypnobabies techniques and many different labor positions *while in
hypnosis in class* which is invaluable, and also shows the Birth Partner hands-on exactly how to use
his/her cues and assistance. What a confidence builder, and has made a huge difference in success rates
here at Hypnobabies!
Unique to Hypnobabies: Our very successful Hypnobabies Birth Visualization, in which you can
mentally and emotionally practice entering labor, experience your comfortable birthing techniques and
give birth easily and in a very detailed and personal way. This “mental birthing rehearsal” is very
important to the process of easy and comfortable birthing and is done many times until your Hypno-
baby is born, helping program the subconscious mind to produce exactly the kind of birthing you want.
Athletes and public speakers of all kinds do this to prepare with great success, and so do our Hypno-
Unique to Hypnobabies: Our wonderful 2-track Birth Guide CD which keeps our Hypno-mom deeply
in hypnosis with constant hypnotic relaxation and anesthesia suggestions for both the first stage of labor
and the pushing phase (no “Ring of Fire”) as well as “positive birth team” hypnosis throughout. Birth
Professionals are fascinated at how completely relaxed and physically comfortable our Hypno-moms are,
how easily they are able to move around and communicate and still be deeply hypnotized, and how “in
control” they are of their bodies, minds and emotions. Our Hypnobabies students tell us that our Birth
Guide CD is "Pure Gold!"
Unique to Hypnobabies: We require that our Certified Hypnobabies Instructors have a fully trained
background in Childbirth and a minimum of 50 hours of Hypnosis training before becoming accepted
into our Hypnobabies Instructor Training Program. This ensures that as a Hypnobabies Instructor, all
childbirth questions and concerns from each Hypno-couple can be addressed, hypnotic depth can be
assessed, and problems such as resistance and abreaction can easily be dealt with. We also require 32
hours of Hypnobabies Instructor Training and have a demanding and rigorous Instructor Certification
Unique to Hypnobabies: Our Hypnobabies Instructors are always available for help before, during
and after your Hypno-baby is born, and we also have a free Hypnobabies Moms support group manned
by certified Hypnobabies Instructors for support and encouragement so that you can enjoy a
community where others are using Hypnosis for Childbirth as well.
Unique to Hypnobabies: Hypnobabies includes 18 hours of classroom instruction instead of 8 or 10,
and although other childbirth programs may contain some excellent hypno-tools for birthing, none
contain the amount of information, in depth hypno-anesthesia, training, practice and support of
Hypnobabies. All elements have been carefully designed to work together and the results are excellent.
Hypnobabies is an empowering choice for any woman wanting Hypnosis for Childbirth that works easily
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Hypnobabies® Course Specifics
What the mind believes the body achieves!
Hypnobabies® is a 6-week complete childbirth education course and a course in self-hypnosis for
childbirth, based on Gerald Kein's Painless Childbirth techniques. Classes are divided into one 3.5-hour
class per week, totaling 21 in-class hours of childbirth and self-hypnosis preparation for your beautiful
Hypnobabies® focuses on educating mothers on how to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy, the
physiology and process of birth, and teaches self-hypnosis techniques that will retrain the inner mind to
experience the sensations of labor and birth as only pressure and tightening.
One of the key components of Hypnobabies® is our use of hypno-anesthesia, the same hypnosis
techniques used by people who are allergic to or otherwise unable to use medical anesthesia.
Hypnobabies® has the most rigorous standards for instructors and takes pride in our ability to offer you
a successful and caring experience. All Certified Hypnobabies® Instructors have been training in both
Hypnosis and Childbirth Education and have a passion for working with expectant mothers and couples
who want to give their precious babies the best start in life with a gentle and easy birth.
Enjoy learning more about Hypnobabies® by listening to this introduction track:
The Hypnobabies Course Materials Include:
|Your Hypnobabies® workbook|
|7 CDs for the Hypno-Mom|
|1 CD for the Birth Partner|
|The Hypnobabies® Quick Reference Guide/The Birth Partner's Guide|
|A special handout based on "Back Labor No More," developed for Hypnobabies® students|
|6 Hypnobabies® scripts on paper|
|& Various Handouts|
You can also try out a Hypnobabies® relaxation session by clicking below.
Hypnobabies® Relax-Me! Hypnosis Session (MP3)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q) Should I take a Hypnobabies® class or do the home study course?
A) Our Hypnobabies® Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers is being used with great success by
|mothers all over the world right now, and it contains the same basic curriculum, hypnosis scripts and |
cues, but we suggest that anyone who is near a Hypnobabies® Instructor take our Hypnobabies® Class
with a Certified Hypnobabies® Instructor (HCHI certified). The benefits of attending a Hypnobabies®
- More detailed information on every subject
- Additional handouts
- 6 Hypnobabies® scripts in a booklet, including our very important Visualize Your Birth script
(which is not in the home study course)
- Hypnosis demonstrations of all Hypnobabies® techniques
- Depth assessment of each student’s hypnosis levels by the Hypnobabies® Instructor
- Phone and email consultations with your Hypnobabies® Instructor
- Prenatal exercise demonstration and practice
- Full hands-on training for the Birth Partner, including the Birth Partner’s Guide Booklet and the
Birth Partner’s hypnosis CD
- A specially designed handout developed from the book “Back Labor No More”, and in-depth
explanations, demonstrations and practice of the Belly Lift from this book (so important)!
- Optimal Fetal Positioning explanations and demonstrations to prevent posterior presentation
Our Birthing Rehearsal in Class #6, which is invaluable for helping each Hypno-Mom fully understand
and experience their Hypnobabies® techniques in a birthing scenario, complete with Birth Balls,
changing positions, walking etc. It is also great practice for the Birth Partner to use his deepening cues
and techniques that help the mom so wonderfully during labor. This helps build the confidence level of
Mom and the Birth Partner tremendously.
And……from our VP Carole Thorpe:
“I would add FUN!!! A lot of kidding and just plain silliness happens in my Hypnobabies® classes.
Camaraderie is not to be underestimated. Generally, I have noticed that some of the birth partners show
up to Class One and exhibit the body language/attitude of "OHMIGOSH!...what has my wife gotten me
into now?!" The classroom setting with other couples helps them to see that they are not alone in this
"different" way to help their wife have their baby. It is helpful to hypno-dads/birth partners to see that
Hypnobabies® can be beautiful and effective, and also enjoyable.”
If you find that you are not close enough to take one of my live classes, or that your schedule will not
allow you to take a course, the Home Study option might work well for you.
Q) What is the difference between Hypnobabies® and a regular hypno-birthing class?
A) Please see our Hypnobabies® Difference (on this page) for information on this very important
question. You can also click here for a first hand perspective on Hypnobabies vs. another hypnosis for
Q) When should I start Hypnobabies® Classes?
A) Anytime! Some women take classes early in their pregnancy, and practicing Hypnobabies® helps
them to be relaxed, comfortable and confident for the rest of their pregnancies. Others start later, at 6 or
7 months, when they know they can devote 30-40 minutes daily to practicing.
Q) Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies® Class with me?
A) Yes! We teach the Birth Partner right along with our Hypno-Moms - what hypnosis is, (they
experience it in class and get their own Birth Partner’s hypnosis CD, to keep them calm and relaxed
about pregnancy and childbirth!) and how to support and help our Hypno-moms during pregnancy the
birthing itself and after the baby comes. They participate fully in each class, and with each hypnosis
Q) Will I be able to move around and be awake, and aware of my body and my baby during my
labor, using hypnosis?
A) Absolutely! Being in Hypnobabies’ “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis" is not like being asleep or
detached from the sensations of your baby’s birth. You are awake and aware of everything going on
around you, and you experience baby’s every movement. You remain deeply in hypnosis, confident and
calm, even while moving and changing positions. Your Hypnobabies® hypno-anesthesia allows you to
experience all the power of childbirth without the discomfort.
Q) How does hypnosis for childbirth work?
A) Short version: Like computer data entry. If you want to create a document to use later, you open one,
enter the text and save the contents in a “file”, then give the file a name. Later, when you want to edit
that document, you find the file name and open it, add to the document text and save it again. When
you are completely finished with your document, you find the file by its name, complete and ready, and
print it out for your use.
In Hypnobabies® , our “files” are our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of CD tracks and
paper scripts, and all you have to do is *listen* to them. In doing so, you train your inner mind, just like
entering text, what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training, just like the text in your
document, and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. It accepts that the normal
birthing sensations that you will have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure
sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train it to accept cues and
techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use them on your birthing
day, just like printing out your document, they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very
powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable
birthing experience. Use it!
A) Long version: You can listen to the Introduction to Hypnobabies® track (link above), with a 20
minute explanation of what hypnosis and Hypnobabies® are, and a the wonderful “Relax Me” hypnosis
session (link above), which allows you to actually experience deep relaxation and a hypnotic state, as
well as learn a special cue that trains you to become calm and relaxed in any situation, which you can
use for the rest of your life!
More questions, call (903) 570-6060 or e-mail me.
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Hypnosis for Childbirth - What is it and How Does it Work?
What is "Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis"?
Unique Benefits of Taking a Hypnobabies® Class
Christianity and Hypnobabies®? Yes!
Hypno-Curious - Misconceptions About Hypnosis for Childbirth
Hypnobabies® Birth Stories (left hand column)
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