By: Mandy Schutt
Many times expecting moms begin researching their childbirth education options toward the beginning of their pregnancy expecting to enroll in a class that is close to their estimated due date (I like to call it a “guess date” since it’s a pretty general date. First time moms go an average of 8 days past their given due date!)
So, as a Hypnobabies instructor, I often receive calls and email from moms who are looking to enroll in a class that is in the almost distant future. This is a great plan for a lot of childbirth education courses but Hypnobabies is a little different.
Why? Well, there are several reasons why it might be best to take a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis class earlier in one’s pregnancy but I’m going to address two of them here.
1. The Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis class consists of six wonderfully dense classes that are simply jam-packed with childbirth education. To name a few: pregnancy nutrition, cord-clamping issues, care provider choice, medications used in childbirth, partner support, doulas, newborn appearances, breastfeeding, skin to skin contact, and many, many more. For a more extensive list of topics covered, click here.
With all of this new information available for new moms and dads to further research and study, some parents actually discover that their birthing plan begins to change a little (or a lot!) and taking the class early allows them to arrange these changes in a timely, non-stressful manner. For example, parents will learn in class about what a doula does and may be interested in hiring one for their birth. Taking the class early on would allow time to interview several doulas and choose the one that best fits their needs and personality. After learning about cord clamping parents may want to discuss this thoroughly with their care provider to see where she stands on the issues and then include their wishes on the birth plan. After learning about the importance of choosing a care provider that you feel comfortable with and who supports all your birthing wishes parents may choose a completely different care provider. Taking the class early and making changes early can eliminate a lot of hassle with medical institutions and insurance companies.
2. An important element of Hypnobabies that is not offered in many other childbirth education courses is that of hypnosis. When one begins to understand how hypnosis works and how well it works when practiced consistently, it’s easy to see why taking the class earlier in pregnancy can be extremely beneficial. Imagine knowing that you are going to run a marathon in six months. You wouldn’t wait until the very last minute to start training, you would start as early as possible to prepare for the big event knowing that the stronger your body is when you run the marathon, the easier it will be for you. This is similar to how hypnosis for birth works. The stronger the mind is, the easier it will be to use on your birthing day. Having time and dedication to practice hypnotic concepts after the six week Hypnobabies course has finishes is very beneficial indeed!