Unit 1: Building A Positive Expectancy

Newborn baby held by parents

  • Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy
  • The history of women and birthing
  • The source of the myth that pain must accompany normal birthing
  • Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing
  • How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies for pregnancy and childbirth
  • How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
  • The vocabulary for a calm and gentle birth
  • Calm breathing techniques, which help you deeply relax during labor, making birth shorter and more comfortable for you and for your baby
  • Watch videos of babies being born gently so that you can design your own beautiful birth

 

Unit 2: Falling in Love with Your Baby — Preparing Your Mind & Body

  • The remarkable mind of your newborn baby — prenatal bonding techniques
  • Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques
  • Breathing techniques for labor and birthing
  • Hypnotic relaxation and visualization methods
  • Selecting the right care provider
  • The Birth Companion’s role

 

Unit 3: Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

  • Light Touch Massage for relaxation
  • Nutrition for pregnancy: healthy moms birth healthy babies
  • Preparing your body — exercises and stretches
  • Preparing your birth preferences sheets
  • Your body working for and with you
  • Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
  • Group hypnosis exercise: releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts

 

Unit 4: An Overview of Birthing – A Labor of Love

  • Onset of labor – thinning and opening phase
  • Birth explained simply
  • Settling in at the hospital or birthing center
  • Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth

 

Unit 5: Birth – Breathing Love – Bringing Life

  • As labor moves along – passing time through labor
  • Hallmarks of labor
  • If labor rests or slows – companion’s prompts and activities
  • As labor advances – bonding with your baby
  • Protecting the natural birthing experience
  • Group hypnosis exercise: birth rehearsal imagery
  • Positions for descent and birth
  • Breathing baby down to birth
  • Baby moves to the breast and starts breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding tips and techniques
  • The fourth trimester — family bonding with your baby