Frequently Asked Questions regarding HypnoBirthing®

Where does HypnoBirthing® come from?

HypnoBirthing® is based on the techniques of an English physician, Dr Grantly Dick-Read. He was the pioneer in the field of natural childbirth, and his principles are the foundation of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). HypnoBirthing® was originally established in the United States by Marie Mongan. Her book "HypnoBirthing® - A Celebration of Life" was first published in 1989 and you can read lots more at the main UK site if you want to. Already well established in the US, and into its seventeenth year, the HypnoBirthing® methods are now being taught here in the UK.

How come I’ve never heard of HypnoBirthing®?

It is actually better known than you might think. One of the HypnoBirthing® couples was featured on Channel 4's "Richard and Judy" show, and it's also been on the Discovery Channel, BBC News, in Pregnancy & Birth (regularly), Time Magazine (March 2004), the Daily Mail, and many others. However, I'm one of only a relatively small number of practitioners in the UK currently qualified to teach HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method), which is why you may not have come across it before.

The Baby Show which takes place at Earls Court, London in May 2008 and the NEC, Birmingham in October 2008 will both have stands which explain the techniques together with a list of registered practitioners for each area of the country. Also, in October 2007 Practical Parenting Magazine published an article about the benefits of HypnoBirthing®.

What about other self-hypnosis courses?

Yes, there are other Hypnotherapists offering various kinds of ‘positive birth’ sessions, but HypnoBirthing® is much more than that. HypnoBirthing® is a complete birth education programme. Most other "hypnosis for childbirth" programmes are about teaching you how to 'mask' the pain. HypnoBirthing® teaches you how, and why, if you're relaxed, that there doesn't need to be pain in the first place.


What do I get?

You'll get a structured but informal class format that teaches about the physical and emotional aspects of birth. You’ll learn why your body does what it does, as well as how.
Here are just some of the things you'll learn that a regular antenatal class would not teach you.

Plus, as well as the classes themselves, you get a professionally produced 302-page manual (the very latest edition), all the scripts and handouts you need, plus the relaxation and affirmation CD, all included in the price.


What if things don’t go to plan?

Even if you experience complications - perhaps needing to be induced, or if you need a caesarean - you can still benefit greatly from the feeling in control of your birth. I can’t promise you a ‘perfect’ birth, in fact, no one can, but I can promise you a much, much more comfortable and relaxed birth than you would have had otherwise. These simple techniques do require practice - but the end result is worth it, don't you think?

There is a lot more to HypnoBirthing, here are just a few of the benefits:-


When and where are the classes held?

The HypnoBirthing® classes run as five sessions (totalling 12.5 hours), one per week on a Sunday afternoon starting at 1pm, and are designed to be taught to small groups of couples. They are held at ENSO complimentary therapy centre 190 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RB. You'll enjoy a relaxing and comfortable environment for your classes, with a maximum of six couples. Some HypnoBirthing® practitioners just do individual couples, but a great benefit that you get from doing it in a group is the support and encouragement of the other expectant mums and dads. Many of our couples become good friends and stay in touch long after the course has finished.

The big question - how much does it cost?

The normal price for the full twelve and a half hours of instruction, your 302-page manual, CD, handouts, and everything else you need, is just £200.

It may appear expensive in comparison to free NHS classes, maybe, but then this goes way beyond what you’ll be taught on the NHS, as I’ve mentioned previously.

Think of it this way...


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