HypnoBirthing

What is HypnoBirthing?

The HypnoBirthing Childbirth method is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. HypnoBirthing teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner.

You will learn to call upon your body's own natural anesthesia and thus lessen discomfort and need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when her mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all other creatures.

HypnoBirthing teaches you to release negative beliefs about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself from harmful emotions that lead to tension and pain.

You will learn:
  • How the mind and emotions affect the body
  • Why labour is associated with unmanageable pain and why it doesn't have to be that way
  • How to release fear, the enemy of labour
  • How to prepare your mind and body for birthing
  • To understand the stages of labour
  • To develop ultimate-depth relaxation
  • How to breathe your baby down for birth


Click here to hear Brigitte talk about HypnoBirthing on CBC Up North!


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Class Schedule & Registration:

I recommend that mothers and their birthing companions complete the course no later than one month before their due date. If you are due sooner than this, you can inquire about private sessions.

Class size is limited to allow for group interaction and collective learning, so please register early in order to guarantee a spot for you and your birthing companion. Take note of space availability next to each session below (1 space refers to 1 expecting mother and her birthing companion).

Upcoming Classes:

North Bay: June 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:30pm (1 space left)

Cost

$225.00 for 1 day workshop (6.5 hours)
$275.00 for private 1 day workshop (6.5 hours)

Fee includes textbook, digital downloads of 3 hypnosis tracks (guided meditations), and handouts. Email  or call (705) 845-1458 if you have any questions before registering. To register please fill and return this form.

If you are choosing to do the private classes because of schedule conflicts, or because you are due sooner than the next group classes, please advise Brigitte whether or not you are open to having other couples join you and your birth companion. If couples with the same schedule needs can be paired together, a group class rate will apply.

Please let Brigitte know if you have financial barriers preventing you from taking the classes. A sliding scale or payment program can be arranged upon request.

Doulas welcome! If you are a doula with a client already taking the class, you are welcome to join at no charge (must be pre-arranged). If you are simply interested in learning more, you are welcome to join a pre-scheduled session for $90.

My HypnoBirthing Story...


During my first pregnancy, I had many fears about my upcoming labour. Every time I thought about it, I would get butterflies and anxiety. I shelved my fears throughout the nine months until I had no choice but to face them on the day of my labour. I feared excruciating pain, losing control, pushing my baby out, and the overall intensity of labour itself.

Sure enough, I found my labour to be too intense, and needed assistance to deliver the baby via vacuum delivery. However, I am proud to say that I was able to deliver without medication, despite the fact that my tension and fear produced unnecessary excessive pain. Of course all of that went away the moment I met my baby's eyes for the first time. But what I didn't know then, is that by using the HypnoBirthing method, childbirth does not need to be accompanied by unbearable and unmanageable pain - to the opposite, it can be an empowering, peaceful, and enjoyable experience!

While I was pregnant with our second daughter, I stumbled upon an article in Mothering Magazine that mentioned HypnoBirthing. My curiosity was ignited and I started to read everything I could about it. I noticed that no one offered it anywhere in Northern Ontario and realized that I would need to travel great distances over a few weeks if I wanted to learn it for my upcoming birth. I was so determined to learn HypnoBirthing that I decided to go train for it myself, so that I could bring it to North Bay and surrounding communities. Four months pregnant, I headed for Montreal and trained to become a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner. I thought it was brilliant, because I could be a guinea pig, and if all went well, I would become a genuine advocate for the HypnoBirthing method.



To my delight, it worked! I experienced a calm and peaceful birth and never for a moment found the surges too difficult to manage. When I was in transition, my midwife thought that my contractions may have stopped because of how quiet, calm and consistently relaxed I remained during and in between surges. The HypnoBirthing method gave me all of the tools I needed to walk into my birth experience with positive expectations, and with full confidence in my body's natural ability to bring a baby into the world.

I have become so passionate about HypnoBirthing that I am ecstatic about being able to teach it to expecting mothers and their birthing companions. I guarantee you that it is one of the best investments that you will make as expecting parents - whether or not it's your first baby!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth. In HypnoBirthing classes, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.

How does HypnoBirthing differ from other childbirth preparation methods?

Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be extremely painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins-the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labour and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing. Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical "prepared childbirth" programs, HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the labouring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labour for herself and baby.

How is the Birth Companion involved?

The Birth Companion of the mother's choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing experience. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labour, the Birth Companion guides the mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as he or she emerges.

Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?

Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. The HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labour process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. HypnoBirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.

Will HypnoBirthing be useful to me if I don't opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?

Absolutely. The things you will learn in your HypnoBirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience. In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled cesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure. Many report that they needed little or no medication following the birth, and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.

Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily. When the cause of pain--fear that constricts the birthing muscles-is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother's body will produce more endorphins, nature's own relaxants. HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.

What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with HypnoBirthing?

More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of HypnoBirthing. Many hospitals offer HypnoBirthing as an option in their childbirth education programs, and HypnoBirthing is now taught in some schools of medicine to student doctors. If your caregiver is not knowledgeable about HypnoBirthing, take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire. In class, you will learn how to create a plan of Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your doctor or midwife.