A frequently asked question about Hypnobabies is whether or not a birth partner is permitted to attend. Not only are birth partners allowed, but they are encouraged to accompany our hypno-moms to Hypnobabies class! Birth partners are a wonderful asset and an important part of the Hypnobabies experience. Birth partners, whether they're the father, grandma, or friend, have a very important role in the hypno-mom's Hypnobabies journey. Through the classes and home-play (a word we use because our homework is fun!) birth partners will learn the tools they need to assist the hypno-mom the best that they can.
When expectant mothers have supportive partners that want to be involved in the preparation for their baby’s birth, Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis classes provide the tools for them to do so with confidence! It’s not unusual for Birth Partners to be skeptical at first about childbirth hypnosis, or concerned that the expectant mother will simply listen to hypnosis tracks, leaving him/her without a significant role during the babies birth. Hypnobabies Birth Partners soon learn that their concerns are unfounded when they discover in Class One that hypnosis is a normal state of mind that people experience every day, and that they have a very hands-on role in the process of preparing the mother for an easier, more comfortable birth. The first Hypnobabies lesson dispels the misconceptions that many have about hypnosis. Birth Partners experience hypnosis along with the expectant mother during Class One’s “Learning Self-Hypnosis” script. They are surprised to learn that hypnosis is actually quite pleasant, very relaxing, and even fun. “That’s it?”, and “All I felt was very relaxed.”, and “I enjoyed it a lot…it wasn’t weird at all!” are the excited comments our instructors hear from our Birth Partners at the end of that first script. What Will the Birth Partner Learn in Hypnobabies Classes? Hypnobabies Birth Partners will learn:
Through explanation and demonstrations, what Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis is and how the techniques work.
How he can help mom stay healthy and low-risk by supporting good nutrition choices.
About the importance of the mother doing prenatal exercises during pregnancy to prepare her body for birth.
How to determine what position their baby is in based on baby’s kicks and wiggles!
That reading hypnosis scripts to the mother will compound the effect of childbirth hypnosis through repetition.
That reading hypnosis scripts to mom creates pleasant-feeling brain chemicals like endorphins, oxytocin and dopamines in mom’s body that the baby responds to by ‘playing’ inside her tummy.
That babies hear the Birth Partner’s voice during script-reading sessions and learn to associate the Dad’s/Birth Partner’s voice with that happy ‘play’ time (prenatal bonding!).
Information about common procedures during birth, and what the risks, benefits and alternatives are to each routine procedure. This information is necessary for planning a “Birth Preferences” list and a “Baby Care Plan”.
Specific questions to ask prenatal care-providers in order to gather the information necessary to make educated decisions during pregnancy, birth, during the immediate postpartum period and for baby’s care.
Word cues and touch relaxation cues that can instantly deepen the mother’s hypnosis and comfort level during childbirth.
How to time pressure waves (contractions) and how to assess the mother’s progress in birthing.
How to use non-hypnosis techniques during birth to help facilitate optimal positioning and the descent of the baby.
How to support the progress of their baby’s birth by encouraging physical movement, through demonstrations of positions that help.
During a hands-on Birth Rehearsal, how to use the hypnosis prompts from the Birth Partner’s Guide, to keep mom relaxed, focused and more comfortable, also what to do if she briefly loses focus.
About normal newborn characteristics, and new baby care, breastfeeding and postpartum care for mom.
Birth Partners that attend Hypnobabies Classes are also provided with resources:
“Birth Partner Relax and Feel Confident” audio track – this is a Hypnobabies hypnosis session created with the Birth Partner’s specific needs in mind. It boosts the Birth Partner’s confidence in his role, and his trust in the mother’s body and her ability to give birth.
Birth Partner’s Guide – this is a valuable handbook created just for the Hypnobabies Birth Partner. It includes all of the Hypnobabies tips and tools and reminders in one easy-to-use guide so that Birth Partners can access information quickly during the birth process.
Birthing Log – this form provides Birth Partner’s with a list of important things to keep track of during birth like pressure waves, mom’s hydration, position changes, and signs of progress.
What are Birth Partners saying about Hypnobabies? Hypno-Dad, Daryl weighs in about his wife’s much easier second birth, and his own participation in their baby’s birth with Hypnobabies: Our doula friend suggested that we try Hypnobabies, self-hypnosis for childbirth. My wife and I attended a six week hands-on course that taught my wife how to produce anesthesia from her thoughts. No, seriously! Through a series of hypnotic scripts, affirmations, and relaxation music my wife actually learned how to create mental anesthesia during birth. And I learned how to help her do it. During the entire six weeks I felt like we were preparing for this upcoming momentous and spiritual event together. We were truly a team this go-around, ready to welcome our second child in a calm, peaceful way. No drugs. No screaming. No anxiety.
Hypno-Dad, Brad adds to his wife’s Hypnobabies birth story: Even though I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it through the pregnancy, it was GREAT for April when she was in labor. It is because of Hypnobabies that I will from this point on call the contractions, birthing or pressure waves. Once she started listening to the CD she was able to focus on her breathing and relax her body and mind. Where she was a moment ago crushing my hand with her vice grip, she was now peaceful and serene. She got to the point where I seriously couldn’t tell when she was having a pressure wave at all.
*This article found at https://www.hypnobabies.com/hypnobabies-for-birth-partners/