What is HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing® is instinctive birthing. It teaches pregnant moms and their birthing companions simple self-hypnosis techniques that enable them to experience the art and joy of experiencing childbirth in a more comfortable manner. HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming and beliefs about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and tension in labor and birth. There is no magic to achieving a gentle, more relaxed birth with self-hypnosis. Almost anyone who who chooses to can reach deep relaxation and redirected focus during labor and birth.
About the Classes
Each HypnoBirthing® class is one day per week for 5 sessions and lasts two-and-a-half to three hours. While we’re in the midst of COVID-19, classes take place in a virtual format, on Zoom. Please plan on the classes lasting up to three hours. Your chosen birth companion(s) are welcome to join the classes with us (your spouse, fiancé, partner, mother, friend, and/or doula). Please register early if you’re interested in taking the classes.
When to Take HypnoBirthing® Classes
The classes are appropriate for any stage in pregnancy. Sooner is better. You can certainly wait until later in your pregnancy, but much can be gained by taking the childbirth classes early so that proper nutrition, daily relaxation and self-hypnosis practice during pregnancy, and preparation of your body for birth can be developed over a period of time during your pregnancy. What does that mean in terms of timing? Around 22 weeks of pregnancy is a great time to plan to enroll in the classes.
Cost of the Classes
The cost of the class series is $375 and includes the cost of materials (the HypnoBirthing® book, four self-hypnosis recordings for your daily practice, and self-hypnosis scripts and handouts) and instruction for you and your birth companion(s). Clients of the Santa Rosa Birth Center receive a $50 discount. Also included is an optional complementary hypnotherapy session. Preregistration along with a $75 deposit holds your place in the class.
Alicia is one of the most experienced HypnoBirthing® natural childbirth educator in Northern California — teaching parents from Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties since January of 2001 and attending many of their births as a doula until 2011. She also experienced the incredible HypnoBirth® of her own daughter in May of 2013. She maintains her annual certification through the HypnoBirthing® Institute.