Hypnobirthing – What’s It Really Like?

I’ve heard so much about hypnobirthing recently that I wanted to find out what it was all about. So I asked around my friends and found the lovely Rebecca who runs a local company called Beau Baby. She has kindly agreed to answer my questions on Hypnobirthing. If you are pregnant and wandering whether hypnobirthing is for you then hopefully this post will help. So without further ado I will hand over to Rebecca…

My name is Rebecca Rowley and my company is Beau Baby– based in Lancashire. Beau Baby is a bespoke service for pregnancy, birth and postnatally- specialising in pregnancy relaxation, hypnobirthing and postnatal support.
The birth of Beau Baby came after the birth of my son. As a paediatric nurse, I was initially very fearful and anxious for birth- someone recommended hypnobirthing and the rest they say ‘is history’..!! To experience first hand how fears and anxieties can be eradicated m- to say I was blown away is an understatement. If my views and beliefs can change so much I knew I had to do something about it to support, educate and empower others. I love what I do and get to work with some amazing women and their birthing partners.

1. What is Hypnobirthing and what are the benefits?

Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education programme, that teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a positive, calm, birth experience.
Being scared, fearful or anxious about giving birth can have a negative impact on your body during pregnancy and labour preventing the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.
Hypnobirthing helps you reprogramme your subconscious mind and gives you the tools so that your body can give birth efficiently and comfortably in the way it is designed to.
Ultimately hypnobirthing is an easy, affordable way to learn effective relaxation and breathing techniques that help you:-Overcome fear, Reduce pain, Feel more confident, Feel more prepared & Learn life long stress management skills

2. Are there any downsides to HB?

There are no downsides or side effects to hypnobirthing – unlike many medicines. Entering into hypnosis via a deep relaxation technique can only be brought about by yourself and is brought about in a safe and controlled way. The worst that will happen is that you actually fall asleep and wake up when you are ready!
Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do.
Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of.

3. Who is HB suitable for?

This is the beauty- hypnobirthing is suitable for anyone and everyone! Hypnobirthing can 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.

4. Can you guarantee a pain-free labour and delivery?

Hypnobirthing is not about guaranteeing a pain free labour 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.
Hypnobirthing teaches you natural ways to work with your body to reduce the level of pain experienced during labour.
Hypnobirthing works with whatever a women wants in labour- whether that be pain relief or not. It empowers her to make those choices- but statistics show women who choose hypnobirthing are reported to have less, or for some, no pain relief through labour and birth.

5. Will I lose control if I practice HB?

Absolutely not! If anything you will gain control. Taking yourself into hypnosis, into deep relaxation, can only be done by yourself and no-one else. You are not unconscious but simply in a dreamy, relaxed state in which you can hear everything that is being said and you are aware of your surroundings.
With hypnobirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions.
Hypnobirthing teaches you how to put yourself back in control of your birth – rather than blindly handing your birthing experience over to your doctor or midwife.

6. Do I need to attend classes or can I teach myself?

The benefits of attending a hypnobirthing course either as part of a group or privately are huge. There are many additional aspects gained from the course including support from your practitioner right up to your birth.
You can,if you choose, teach yourself and there are lots of self taught programs on the internet. One couple who were debating whether or not to attend a course or self teach summed their course experience up perfectly “the difference between attending a live performance of your favourite band compared to downloading their album”.

7. What happens if I feel I need an epidural/medicated pain relief or c-section? Will it all be for nothing?

Birth is a natural normal occurrence but unfortunately there are times when birth might need support. The beauty about Hypnobirthing is all the tools and techniques learnt can be applied to any birth.
By breathing and relaxing through birth, you and your baby will be able to cope with all situations more effectively. But obviously this is a skill- this is where the practice from the hypnobirthing comes into its own.
Women who have used hypnobirthing and have needed medical support (including inductions or caesarean sections) have said afterwards that being taught hypnobirthing was invaluable- with staff at the hospital often commenting they were the calmest person in the room!

8. When is the best time to start HB?

The sooner the better- ideally anytime after 20 weeks pregnant and up to 35 weeks pregnant. Like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. The more you practice the techniques and listen to the hypnobirthing downloads, the more effective the suggestions will be. Similar to running a marathon- you wouldn’t start your training the month before and hypnobirthing is just the same. Although saying that there are still some women who haven’t heard about hypnobirthing and stumble across it very late in pregnancy- even listening to a hypnobirthing download once will have a positive effect.

9. Do I need to have my partner present for the HB classes?

Birthing companions are a very important part of hypnobirthing success. On the hypnobirthing course run at Beau Baby there is a specific section for birth partners- the support they can give the woman is invaluable and can be the difference to how the birth unfolds. If your partner/husband cannot attend your mother, sister or friend can also be your birthing companion for the course and birth.
Woman of course do attend on their own and it’s not to say they won’t have a calm, empowered positive birth experience. It is often heard that the fathers are more sceptical so decide it is not for them. In fact those that are persuaded to attend the more sceptical they are to start with, the more evangelical they are when they discover the power of hypnobirthing!! The course empowers them as much as the mother.

10. What would you say to a woman who was dubious it could work for her due to a previous bad labour/delivery?

Do it! Any previous bad labour/birth can often leave a lasting effect on the mother. The amazing process with hypnobirthing-no matter what a woman’s fears/concerns/anxieties are, stemming from her previous experience, the tools and techniques to support her this time round will enable her to put those fears/anxieties/concerns at bay.
It is important to talk through her previous birth experience so all options can be explored for her impending birth. Birth holds no guarantees but hypnobirthing can most definitely help create a different mindset as labour/birth approaches for the second or subsequent time.

If you would like to talk to Rebecca about the services that Beau Baby offer then you can find her here:

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A massive thank you to Rebecca for taking the time to answer my questions!

 

Have you tried hypnobirthing? Are you thinking about trying it? I’d love to hear what you think of it all so leave me a comment in the box below

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47 Comments

  1. Julia
    July 13, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Interesting interview, never heard of this before

    • July 15, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      I really want to try hypno birthing as I’ve heard such good stuff on it from friends. I wasn’t sure whether to just download an app or pay a class but didn’t feel like I knew enough about it to make a decision so I’ve been putting it off. This interview was really useful for me so thank you!

  2. July 13, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    This is a fantastic piece – I know a few mums who swear by the techniques of hypnobirthing, particularly after a previous traumatic birth. #tribe

  3. July 13, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing this – if/when we decide to have another baby I really want to try hypnobirthing so this was really interesting and informative. I like the idea of feeling calmer and more in control. #BloggerClubUK

  4. July 13, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    How interesting. I didn’t try hypno birthday myself, but believe strongly in the power of positivity and am very open to the idea of hypnotherapy. Maybe it would have been for me #thebabyformula
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  5. July 13, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    I have heard of this before but knew with my first we’d have a c-sec. if I were to go through a vbac id def give it a go. thanks for sharing 🙂 really insightful x #BloggerClubUK
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  6. July 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Brilliant interview, i think there is a lot to be said about the power of positive thinking and the like. Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday
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  7. July 13, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    We used a hypnobirthing CD and book for baby number 2 . I had him at home, no complications and no pain relief. I was a bit sceptical about the cost of classes and so I thought I’d try it on my own. I do recommend it, especially if you have a good midwife and/or are planning a home birth.

  8. July 13, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    I did hypnobirthing with Little Miss and loved it! I can’t recommend it enough to everyone! My labour was so amazing and empowering and it helped me stay calm and poised through a very fast, pain-free labour, the ambulance trip to the hospital (because fast birth), and the flurry of activity once we arrived (she was born less than five minutes after the ambulance arrived at the hospital…). I read the book on my own before deciding to take the class. The book was good, but I would highly recommend the class if possible. You get a lot of hands-on experience on how to go about things that you don’t necessarily get from the book alone!

  9. July 14, 2016 / 10:55 am

    At 37 weeks, I’ve left it a little late to start a course but it is interesting to read that listening to even one download can make a difference. Going to have a look in to it. #coolmumclub

  10. July 14, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I heard about this when I was pregnant but never pursued it. If I do ever have another baby it’s definitely something I’ll be looking into. I have heard so many good things about it and it does make total sense really. #coolmumclub

  11. July 14, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    This is brilliant – my sister swore by hypnobirthing and had the podcasts downloaded to listen to before bed each night. I wanted to, but never got round to it and always wonder how it might have been different with a calming influence throughout the pregnancy. This will be super useful for pregnant women 🙂 #thebabyformula
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  12. July 14, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I never really liked the idea of hypno-birthing, I am one of those awful cynical people who just downright believe that it will not work on me (and I have been told that that usually means it won’t because your brain is fighting it…or something like that.) However, having said that I do know women that have used the techniques and think that it was brilliant. I couldn’t even use a bath to soothe the pain, and instead opted for swearing at the doctors! Haha! Lucy xx #triballove
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  13. July 15, 2016 / 7:01 am

    So interesting. I really wanted to try it this time around but never seem to find the time to sit and look into it! x

    • July 15, 2016 / 10:09 am

      I was the same but I wish I had done it now because my second labour was not a good experience x

  14. July 16, 2016 / 8:11 am

    I wish I invested more time in hypnobirthing especially with my first birth. I was extremely anxious that things wouldn’t work out and doing IVF added another layer of anxiety. I couldn’t believe I would actually have a baby. It’s good to remember that you don’t have to go to sessions with your partner. As long as you’re focused on it you can still benefit heaps from this kind of support. It’s also about learning about you can support yoursel during labour and after you’ve had the baby X #fortheloveofblog
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  15. July 16, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Aww wish I’d read this before the birth of my first child – would have been the path I would have taken – so horrible to have scary experiences so this would have helped hugely. A lovely post, Fi, which I am sure many will benefit from! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  16. July 16, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Very interesting. I had both of mine by csection so I never got to give hypnobirthing a try but have always heard great things about it x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  17. July 16, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Love that I’m reading so much about hypnobirthing – I was fearful after my first birth and since practicing HB this time, I feel so much better that I’m even planning a home birth! #fortheloveofblog

  18. July 16, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I tried hypnobirthing, but I ended up hyper stimulating and begged for the epidural in the end! #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. July 16, 2016 / 9:05 am

    I have read so much about hypnobirthing lately. I am 26 weeks pregnant and am going to see what info downloads I can find online, it sounds a great technique for keeping calm during labour. I had a really relaxed water birth with my first but there were times I thought I was dying and lost control, this sounds like a great way of staying in control and keeping calm xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  20. July 16, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Sounds amazing . I did a bit of yoga before my first and the midwife at delivery said you could really tell as it was helping my breathing. I will – hopefully – not be having any more babies but this does sound a great option ! #fortheloveofblog

  21. The Tale of Mummyhood
    July 16, 2016 / 11:23 am

    As a qualified Hypnotherapist I practiced hypnobirthing with both off my girls. I know its not for everyone, but if its an interest to you I can highly recommend it!

    #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. July 16, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Both of my babies were born with the power of Hypnobirthing! Even though my waters broke at 35 weeks with both and I ended up being induced I was able to remain calm and in control and even did it with no pain relief!! It’s ability to allow me to remain in control of my body was exactly what I wanted. I could not recommend it enough. #fortheloveofBLOG

  23. July 16, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Hmm. I did read up about this before I had NG (interestingly enough, I believe a certain Duchess did it with both hers(!!) I couldn’t actually bring myself to sit through classes when it came to it though, but I have no doubt it’s really helpful if you can do it properly. #fortheloveofblog

  24. July 16, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I was very relaxed about my labour anyway, but I have heard some people really swear by these kind of techniques. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  25. July 16, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    A really good interview and it shows you should keep an open mind for all methods that could help you #fortheloveofBLOG Lou at http://www.peppermintcove.com

  26. July 16, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    This was really interesting because I didn’t have any classes, but the midwife said to me after I gave birth that I was in some sort of trance for the whole labour. I will definitely have some proper classes if I have another child, as whatever I did and whatever world I put my brain in to to get through the pain, it definitely worked #fortheloveofBLOG
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  27. July 16, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I found this really interesting. I haven’t read much about hypnobirthing before. I think it would have been useful to learn when I had my daughter last year. I was very anxious about childbirth, not knowing what to expect. Thanks for sharing. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  28. July 16, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I know so many people who were anxious about giving birth, some so bad that they had elected c-sections! For me, a c-section would have been my worse nightmare! This is something that I wouldn’t have considered for myself but would definitely recommend to others. I have to admit, I thought it was all a bit ‘natural earth mother’ but actually I can now see how it would benefit xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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  29. July 16, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    The hospital where I gave birth was about to start offering free hypnobirthing classes just after I had my daughter, so I never got to experience the benefits. I’m a really anxious person and I found labour fairly stressful, so if I have another child, I’d definitely consider hypnobirthing to help me relax and less like I’m about to die (which is how I felt the last time – it was fairly awful). #fortheloveofBLOG
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  30. July 16, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I didn’t know much about Hypnobirthing but know quite a few bloggers opting for it. It definitely sounds like a good approach #fortheloveofblog
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  31. July 16, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I did a hypnobirthing course, and was positive about it at the time. Unfortunately when it came to the actual birth, I just couldn’t put it into practice. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but it made me feel like even more of a failure that I couldn’t get it right. Everyone else I know who has done it had positive things to say though. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  32. July 16, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this when I was pregnant – very interesting and hugely informative. I had hypnosis this week for a fear of flying. It is a very relaxing process and I recommend it. Alison x #FortheloveofBLOG
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  33. July 16, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Whilst I was pregnant I had heard of people doing hypobirthing courses and was very sceptical about it so dismissed it as something I wanted to include in my birth preparation. Following quite a negative birth experience, I am determined to look into hypnobirthing the next time (not pregnant, just planning!) as a means of control and creating a more positive birthing experience. This was such an interesting read and I feel encouraged to follow this route when the time comes. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  34. July 18, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I really tried to “meditate” through the birth of my son and actually it made for a quick and easier labor. It wasn’t pain free by any means, but as mentioned in your post I felt like I was in control and was much more relaxed because of it. Good post! #brillblogposts
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  35. July 20, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    This is really interesting, I did think about it but didn’t ever get round to looking at it properly. Maybe next time!!

    Thanks for sharing on #TheBabyFormula x
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  36. July 22, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I did hypno birthing – or at least a version of it and I think it really helped me. I had a waterbirth with only gas and air. Great interview! #fortheloveofblog

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  37. Thanks for sharing this.. I’ve only helped one of my clients with hypnobirthing and we got some great results working together. I’m excited to work with more hypnobirthing clients. Thanks for spreading the word about this because not a lot of people are even aware of hypnobirthing’s existence! Have a good day.

  38. October 26, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Such a interesting and informative post.I like it very much. I am the mother of two child. Hypno birthing technique helps me a alot when i was pregnant. Hypno birthing help me as well as other mother’s also. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  39. December 17, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Great Article, I’m from Brazil, even more so I always follow your articles! Thank you!

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