When we have prenatal visits with our clients we often are asked what birthing class we suggest. There are so many amazing classes out there it’s hard to choose just one.
Overall it really depends on what method speaks to you the most. Today we are going to highlight one of our favorites. It is one both Julie and I have also taken while preparing for our births.
If you have taken hypnobirthing we’d love to know what you thought. Comment below and tell us how you feel it helped you most.
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a childbirth method chosen by many women preparing for birth. The course prepares couples for the physical and mental portion of birth along with educating on the physics of the woman’s body during labor.
Hypnobirthing works heavily with coping mechanisms such as breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques.
I loved using hypnobirthing with my VBA2C.
“I was able to gain confidence during both pregnancy and labor while listening to the tracks by pulling my nervous thoughts into a positive direction. Hypnobirthing was wonderful and I am so grateful I was able to use it as a tool for me during transition.” – Meagan
Hypnobirthing is a great way to help women learn more about their body and trust the birth process. Birth is normal and beautiful but the unknown can also be scary.
Knowing and understanding things on a deeper level can help not only the birthing mom but also her birth partner(s) feel more confident during the birth process.
Typically the class is 5 weeks and averages 2 ½ hours each week. It is ideal to sign up for your class anywhere between 28-31 weeks of pregnancy.
How to find a Hypnobirthing class near you?
Hypnobirthing classes are offered all over the world. To find a class near you check out https://us.hypnobirthing.com/
A lot of hypnobirthing instructors are also doulas or know doulas that they could suggest that know all about hypnobirth to support you.
“Hypnobirthing is a great way to help you learn how to become grounded and focused despite the intensity of labor. It is not always quiet and calm; sometimes hypnobirthers are loud and roar and feel all of the things but, it does teach you how to be calm within that intensity and builds confidence that you are more powerful than what you are feeling.” – Julie Francom
Check out episode 36 of the podcast to hear Maria’s VBAC story and how she used hypnobirthing to guide her through.