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Hypnobirthing Australia classes

Hypnobirthing Australia classes

Attending a Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth classes will not only revolutionise the birthing process but also fosters an array of advantages that span the entire journey of motherhood.

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About Hypnobirthing

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a positive childbirth education program uniquely designed for Australian mothers and their birth companions and is enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques for a calm and gentle birth experience. Recent studies show that women who have calm births with minimal interventions experience quicker recovery and higher breastfeeding success rates, as their babies are more alert at birth, sleep better and cry less. As a Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner I have found that many of my clients experience minimal intervention, inductions and caesarean sections, and are able to use the skills they learnt to reduce - and sometimes eliminate - pain during childbirth. 

​The concept of hypnobirthing is not new, but rather a combination of different techniques and philosophies that have existed for many, many years. Classes prepare you with the knowledge, confidence and tools you need to birth calmly. Birth can, and should be, a positive experience - one that you will always want to remember. When a mother and her birth companion are able to approach birth with a positive mindset, knowledge, good support, and tools - then birth can be a beautiful and empowering experience.

​The 'hypno' part of 'hypnobirthing' refers to the hypnotherapy that we use to let go of fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins during our birth. With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience, one where you are in the drivers seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing.

​Of course, natural birth is not a new concept! Our ancient mothers and sisters birthed naturally without the use of anesthesia for or many of the interventions that are common today. However, we also recognize that medical science can sometimes saves lived. If you do require interventions, or a caesarean birth - the use of self hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques leading up to, during and after your birth can be of great advantage to both yourself and baby. 

​​You deserve special care as you make this exciting and unique journey with joyous anticipation and confidence.

Why should I do a Hypnobirthing Australia course?

When I speak to women about hypnobirthing some of them say they bought a book or listened to MP3s/podcasts online, but they didn't quite get out of it what they wanted. Having a book and doing your own self paced online learning is great and may suit some people, but it doesn't beat face to face classes, "bringing the chapters to life" so to speak and providing you with more information and "ah ha" light bulb moments,

​Face-to-face classes with a trained Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner is able to share they're knowledge and demonstrate with you are your partner what hypnobirthing is all about. They can provide feedback as you practice the skills and techniques, and also provide you with alternatives if required. Not only that, the practitioner is your motivator and extra support person. They also provide ongoing support and encouragement and are there as a "shoulder to cry on" or to ask questions and advice is required.

 A face-to-face learning environment is a great place to share feelings and emotions, share stories, watch videos, interact, debrief and talk things through with other like minded people, in turn providing value and support to one another

What knowledge does Hypnobirthing provide?

The classes are not just about hypnosis and how to get into that calm, relaxed space for birthing. Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a really comprehensive childbirth education program covering all aspects from pregnancy to birth. 

​The 5 basic Hypnobirthing Australia™ techniques we teach you are:

  • Self-hypnosis
  • Breathing
  • Visualisations
  • Affirmations
  • Relaxation

We also discuss many other aspects of pregnancy and birth including:

  • Birthing muscles and how they work
  • Stages of Labour
  • Your birthing options and care providers
  • Language
  • Positive affirmations
  • Birthing positions
  • Medical assistance
  • Releasing fears
  • Birth Preferences
  • Induction methods
  • Bonding
  • Nutrition and Exercise during pregnancy

... and so much more!

​There are so many positive reasons to take out Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes, but one of the most valuable and important reasons is that your birth partners are included in the training as they are your most important advocates, someone to support you and be there for you during your journey. Gone are the days where dads are found sat in the corner twiddling their thumbs - we put them to good work and you go through the process of birthing together. 

Is Hypnobirthing safe for mum and baby?

Yes absolutely, Hypnobirthing is considered safe for both mothers and babies. It does not involve medication or medical interventions. Instead, it empowers women to work with their bodies during childbirth and can be used in conjunction with other pain relief methods if desired.

When should I attend Hypnobirthing classes?

It is recommended to start Hypnobirthing classes around the second trimester of pregnancy, ideally between weeks 20 and 30. This allows expectant parents ample time to practice and integrate the techniques into their birthing plan.

Do I need any prior experience with hypnosis?

No prior experience with hypnosis is required. Hypnobirthing techniques are taught during classes, and they are specifically designed for expectant mothers and their birthing partners to learn and apply easily.

Can I use hypnobirthing for any type of birth?

Yes, Hypnobirthing can be used for various types of births, including natural, medicated, or cesarean section (C-section) births. It equips expectant parents with valuable relaxation and coping techniques that can be adapted to different birth scenarios.

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Why should I consider Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing has been used for over 100 years, with its main purpose to help women deeply relax, reduce fears, let go and prepare for labour.

Preparing for a hypnobirth provides endless benefits for the mother, father and the baby – a family unit as a whole. This preparation provides the woman with a stronger emotional and spiritual connection with her body, far deeper than any other antenatal education session. These elements may surprise her, as it may bring to her awareness aspects of birth she hadn’t yet thought of. By being mentally and emotionally strong, she will be in more control of her choices and birth. 

The Hypnobirthing Australia™ program is uniquely designed for Australian mothers and their birth companions. 

Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes prepare you with knowledge and confidence and teach you the tools and techniques required to have a positive and empowered birthing experience.

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Benefits in Pregnancy

By preparing for a birth using hypnotherapy and practicing daily, you are also preparing to become more relaxed, a better sleeper, physically comfortable and be able to become more in-tune with your body. Women have also reported insomnia and heartburn disappearing as they take time to listen to their hypnosis tracks. Hypnobirthing is one of few non-invasive treatments, allowing troublesome thoughts in your conscious mind to drift while you let go, allowing your subconscious mind to fill with positive messages. Hypnobirthing provides you with comfort, the feeling of safety, while also providing awareness of surroundings and connections with your baby as he / she grows and develops. The more you become conditioned to these feelings, the easier is will be to manage any worrying or troublesome thoughts, and the easier it will be to adapt them to your birth.

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Benefits for Baby

Hypnobirthing benefits the baby as much as it benefits the mother. The benefits for baby occur much before birth, in the final weeks of pregnancy as the brain is growing. Research suggests stress can affect the baby in the womb by impacting long term development. What baby hears in the womb can also trigger reactions following the birth. Your baby feels you react to your emotions – if you’re asleep, baby is relaxed. If you’re jumping around to your favourite song, baby is dancing and energised too. If you’re relaxed, baby is relaxed. These emotions are also felt during labour, and during the weeks leading up to labour. By remaining calm, focused and in control of your birth, just like you've practiced, you are sending positive, comforting messages to your baby. Research has shown that baby’s born in relaxed conditions, such as hypnosis, are calmer, easier to settle, and don’t cry as much following birth. They also feed better and sleep better as they are gently breathed into the world at their own pace. When mum is relaxed and in a good state of mind, it shows in her baby. If mum is anxious, baby is anxious, leading to a drop in the baby’s oxygen and a rise in the baby’s heartbeat, a reaction to the increase in stress hormones. By using hypnosis, you will be able to establish a connection with your baby and body during birth, allowing a more instinctive experience.

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Benefits for Dad

Many fathers feel left out during their partners pregnancy, as they feel it is all about the baby and the mum, and that they are not included. Your partner may be preparing for the practical stages, such as having the birth bag ready, preparing the nursery, or installing the baby seat, but what goes unnoticed is the emotional preparation aswell. He may have just as many fears and anxieties as you have. The benefits of hypnobirthing is the connection between the three of you, giving your partners the feeling of connection and engagement with your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. By learning the techniques together, and sharing the experiences of practicing, he will feel more involved in your pregnancy, and understand how important it is to allow you space to let go and relax. It will also give him insight into what his role as a birthing partner is and how he can best support you in the lead up and during the birth. Your partner will also become your birth advocate, and by sharing the journey together he will know what needs to be done to create an ideal environment for you to birth your baby calmly and instinctively.

Courses Available

Private Course

The full Private Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is designed for women and their partners who prefer to attend a one-on-one experience.

Classes run over 12 hours, split into 4 x 3 hour sessions and will be scheduled at your convenience.

The best time to attend the course is between 20 and 30 weeks gestation, to allow plenty of time to practice. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided

Group Course

The full Group Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is designed for women and their partners who prefer to attend a group experience with a maximum of 3 couples.

Classes run over 12 hours, split into 4 x 3 hour sessions which will generally be scheduled on consecutive weekends.

The best time to attend the course is between 20 and 30 weeks gestation, to allow plenty of time to practice. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided.

Online Course

Our course is tried and tested by thousands of Australian and overseas parents, is the closest you will get to attending a class in person, contains high quality resources (eBook, downloads, mp3 tracks for pregnancy and birth) AND importantly, over 6 hours of professional video tuition by Australia's leading expert in hypnobirthing, Melissa Spilsted.

You are basically attending hypnobirthing classes from the comfort of your home and have access to everything 24/7.

Private & Group Course Outline:

What you can expect to learn during the classes

 1. How fear affects women in labour

2. Breathing techniques for labour and birth

3. Preparation of customised birth preferences

4. Strategies to avoid a medical induction of labour

5. An explanation of what happens during labour

6. How to breath to minimise tearing during birth

7. How to use hypnosis and relaxation to create positive birth outcome

8. Self-hypnosis techniques for labour and birth

9. Relaxation and Visualisations for labour and birth

10. Identifying and eliminating cars and negative beliefs

11. How your birth partner can support you during labour and birth

After completing the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course, you will be fully prepared, educated and confident in how you achieve a positive birth. You will also be educated and empowered to use the techniques to reduce pain in labour an reduce the need for pain relief and medical intervention

UNIT 1: Creating and Maintaining a Positive Mindset

  • Introduction to positive mindset of hypnobirthing
  • How our brain is wired to birth
  • The role of our caregivers
  • Mind / body connection
  • What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for?
  • Our hormones are our friends
  • My amazing uterus - understanding the physiology behind birthing
  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome
  • Causes of fear (including history) and how it affects our labour
  • Re-programming the Subconscious
  • Our supportive team
  • Birthing environment
  • The language for empowered birthing

UNIT 2: Our Toolkit for Birth

  • Self-hypnosis tracks
  • Birth music
  • Conditioning with scent
  • Hypnotic anchors and triggers
  • Releasing endorphins through massage and touch
  • Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding
  • Visualisations for pregnancy, labour and birthing
  • The importance of facial relaxation
  • Relaxation Breathing - a skill for life
  • Surge breathing - the best tool ever!
  • Techniques to help make our surges more comfortable
  • The 'urge' to push/bear down - Breathing / Bearing down
  • Instant relaxation techniques

UNIT 3: Preparation and choices for Empowered Birthing

  • Bonding with baby
  • Birth Preferences - having open communication with your caregivers
  • Knowledge is power - researching common interventions and procedures
  • Question to ask, to assist in making informed decisions
  • Birth partner as advocate
  • 'Guess date' - a normal range of pregnancy
  • Inductions - things you're not always told
  • Achieving a natural start to labour
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Preparing the body - staying active
  • Optimising baby's position
  • Breech or Posterior - options and positions
  • Instant relaxation techniques
  • Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques and scripts

UNIT 4: Birth - Bringing it all Together

  • What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth
  • Signs that labour is starting
  • What to expect through labour (membranes releasing etc.)
  • When to call the midwife / go to hospital
  • Accidental home / car birth - what to do!​
  • Birth partners role
  • Common procedures
  • Using water during labour and birth
  • Upright positioning, movement and birth positions
  • Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)
  • Fear release
  • Vocalisation
  • Cord clamping and placenta delivery
  • Undisturbed bonding and breastfeeding time - skin to skin
  • What to expect afterwards
  • Self-hypnosis - Rehearsal for birth
  • A practice routine - preparation for birth!

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