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Anyone Trying Hypnobirthing?

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Seabird Thu 24-Feb-05 21:28:51

I've seen from a few threads that various people have done hypnobirthing courses and I thought it might be nice to start a thread to compare our experiences.

My midwife suggested hypnobirthing for me for my 2nd (due in April). I did a weekend course at 29 weeks and am really excited about the birth. I'm aiming for a waterbirth at home. I wanted this last time too but my waters broke and I ended up being induced with syntocinon/epidural/forceps/stitches etc etc - really hoping things work at home this time, but hopefully the techniques will help me deal with whatever happens.

Meantime the rainbow relaxation CD sends me to sleep every time dd naps, which is handy!

Would be interesting to hear from anyone who's already given birth using hypnobirthing, too.

bonym Fri 25-Feb-05 17:15:34

Hi Seabird - I have been listenting to CD's by Natal Hypnotherapy. I'm now 36weeks and although I obviously don't know what effect they will have when I go into labour, I must say that I am feeling much more positive and relaxed about everything than I was prior to starting the course. I'm also planning a home water birth after having an epidural/ventouse/epsiotomy in hospital last time. I do honestly feel that I am much more prepared mentally than last time and that I have got some good techniques for coping with the pain. The only downside (or could be an upside!) is that every time I listen to the CD I also fall asleep and although I do wake up at the end, I always feel really dopey and find it hard to wake up properly so usually end up just lying there for up to an hour afterwards! I suppose at this stage though the rest must be doing me good! I'll post after I've given birth to let you know how it went (not sure when in April you're due but hopefully I'll give birth before you!) and would be interested to hear your experience too.

franch Fri 25-Feb-05 17:52:33

Very interested in this thread - please do update - I'm planning a home waterbirth in Sept after horrible traumatic syntocinon/epidural + endless other problems last year, and am looking to do everything differently this time! Good luck and let me know how you get on

morningpaper Fri 25-Feb-05 17:54:53

I did this and I still had an horrendous time in labour. However, I think that it possibly did help relax me at home (I was at home for the first 17 hours).

And more importantly, the techniques I learnt can be applied to all sorts of situations, not just giving birth. (Useful when stressed with a newborn!)

Seabird Fri 25-Feb-05 21:17:54

Sorry you still had a bad time Morningpaper but thanks for being a bit positive anyway! Was it your first? Did you do a course?

bonym, your experience with the CD sounds v similar to mine (albeit different CD). Like you, I just figure I must need the sleep. I'm due 8 April and DD was early so hopefully I won't be too long after you.

franch - will definitely keep you posted

alibubbles Sat 26-Feb-05 10:53:45

There is an article in today's Times by a lady who went on to have a third baby after two awful births and said it was a fantastic and worthwhile experience.

franch Sat 26-Feb-05 11:22:58

Thanks ali. Times article here.

Seabird Sat 26-Feb-05 11:52:40

That's really interesting, thanks ali & franch. I do think it's funny the way the medical establishment are obsessed with "it's not proved. More research is needed" etc etc. I like the emphasis in the editorial on "active" birth rather than "natural". I'm certainly no earth mother and don't want natural just for the sake of it, but I would like the opportunity to avoid the cascade of intervention that last time ended up with me ill for weeks after dd's birth.

franch Sat 26-Feb-05 11:55:19

Ditto, Seabird

acnebride Sat 26-Feb-05 12:51:00

Would love to hear more about this. Heard good things from item on Richard and Judy (didn't see it myself but a midwife I was talking to was v impressed) and almost booked my sister onto a course as a birthday present. Not quite intrusive enough to do this.

Would definitely give it a go if I have another, as even a v basic relaxation technique was some help during ds's birth.

morningpaper Sat 26-Feb-05 13:51:31

I saw a private hypnotherapist for one-to-one sessions. I had several sessions with her and practised the techniques daily. They were similar to previous meditation techniques I had learnt. She had used hypnotherapy at her own births.

I really DO think it's valuable stuff to learn as 'life experience' and when you are pregnant is a good time to do it, because it's good to be in a relaxed state of mind, whether or not it helps during labour and birth.

Seabird Fri 01-Jul-05 21:20:28

I keep meaning to update this thread and not getting round to it, but in case anyone finds it on the archive - hypnobirthing worked brilliantly for me. DS was born at home in water exactly as I'd hoped and while it wasn't pain free, I never felt like I couldn't manage it. The only thing I would say is to make sure you call the midwife/go into hospital in plenty of time - I was so relaxed I left it really late and the midwife arrived 10 mins before DS was born . Apparently midwives are warned in hospitals to take hypnobirthing mothers-to-be seriously when they call to say they are in labour as they are probably about to pop!

Anyway if anyone wants to hear any more about this feel free to CAT me

Becky2you Mon 21-Aug-06 12:06:59

Does anyone have the Rainbow Relaxation CD - I can't seem to get a copy anywhere?
Please let me know if you have one you don't need anymore

MKG Thu 14-Sep-06 13:43:55

Hypnobirthing is great and will vary from person to person. During labor I still felt pain, but I was able to manage it very well. In fact, my husband said that I fell asleep between pushes. When my son was born I said, "That was like 15 minutes right?", my husband informed me that two hours had passed. Hypnobirthing classes taught me how to work with my body and not to be afraid of giving birth. Let's face it, it's very scary for first-timers.

Seabird Thu 14-Sep-06 21:40:07

Becky - CAT me if you are still after the Rainbow CD

Monkeychopsmummy Thu 14-Sep-06 21:56:04

I was always worried about how I would cope with pain in labour as I always thought I had a low pain threshold. Spines freak me out so an epidural would never be an option I would choose!I couldn't even look at the diagram they showed us of an epidural in my NCT class! Hypnobirthing really helped me and I managed to get through my 16 hour labour with just gas and air. I didn't need the gas and air until I was 5cm dilated. It was painful but managable and I felt confident that my body could do what it had to do. The midwives kept saying to me "you are so calm".

I found the breathing techniques I learnt at the hypnobirthing classes much more helpful than the NCT ones. Next time I will have a refresher session with my hypnobirthing instructor and listen to the CD's throughout the entire pregnancy.

babydriver Tue 19-Sep-06 12:55:22

Pleased to see good reports of hypnobirthing here. I'm almost 21wks and using the natal hypnotherapy CDs. At the moment, very good for relaxing but I'm really hoping they will help me have a better 2nd labour.

I did have a session or two with a hypnotherapist last time round but that was more about overcoming fears about birth before it happened than any specific pain mgt techniques.

Look forward to hearing how things work out with others who are further along in pg than me.

Ayisha Wed 06-Dec-06 21:02:51

Hi i've just got the hypnobirthing book and i'm finding it really interesting so far. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and it's my first so anything that will help with the pain i've heard so much about will be great. Does anyone know where i can get the cd's for the hypnobirthing? i'm especially interested in the rainbow technique and any kind of cd that can be used for the actual birth. I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks

babydriver Thu 07-Dec-06 12:57:45

Ayisha, there seem to be different types of hypnobirthing methods, so not sure which CD wd go with your book. The CDs I've got are the ones they sell through the NCT - try nctsales.co.uk.

Cyee Thu 07-Dec-06 13:15:26

CDs are also available directly from Natal:
http://www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk/ Good luck!

Ayisha Thu 07-Dec-06 21:53:22

Thanks for the info, the web sites are very useful. I'm actually reading the marie mongan method. I guess the cd's are all pretty similar anyway so i could still use them even if they aren't by her. Thanks again.

Galmum Fri 08-Dec-06 14:03:51

Hello ladies - may I join this thread? I'm 33 weeks - planning on going to a birth centre.

I've been reading the Mongan method book and listening to the CD, as well as going to pregnancy yoga once a week. I'm hopeful that I'll be more relaxed and able to work with my body this time. I decided against the course - too tight!! I'd be interested to know how you all get along.

PS only just realised that relaxation CD ends up talking through the birth of the baby - have always been dribbling by then and missed out on final part!

londonlou Fri 08-Dec-06 14:22:01

Hi, I'm only 6 weeks so veeeeery early days yet! But wondered if there were recommendations on which course is better than another. Gowri Motha's gentle birth method run classes, but wondered if others were better or equally as good.


corrina28 Fri 08-Dec-06 15:22:54

have never had hyponbirthing, but i have had hypnotherapy for panic attacks. That was 13 years ago (i was only 15 at the time) and i havent suffered with a panic attack since.

TheBlonde Fri 08-Dec-06 17:25:53

londonlou - I have just done the Mongan Hypnobirthing classes. Not convinced it was worth the $$$ as we didn't learn that much in the classes. If you go for that version you need to look for 12.5 hrs minimum tuition time (we got short changed)

kittyschristmascrackers Fri 08-Dec-06 17:42:12

Galmum I did what you are doing with the book and cd. it all made perfect sense in the calm light of day. Once i was in full blown labour, which was almost as soon as contractions began, the whole thing went out the window. I did remember her book once though and that was in a moment of cursing and not believing a word she said . I think you really, really need a birth partner who can talk you through the whole relaxation thing during labour. It's nigh on impossible to do it on your own.

I'm 31 or so weeks with my second and potentially planning a VBAC (still wavering though).

I bought the VBAC cd from Natal Hypnotherapy and have to say the first disc which focusses on "letting go" made me absolutely furious. It made all sorts of shocking generalisations and assumptions about how someone attempting a VBAC might feel about their first birth (negative, guilty, angry). I actually made a complaint to the company.

I'm seeing a private hypnotherapist for the first time next week and hoping for a more personalised approach....

MKGnearlyimmaculateconception Sat 09-Dec-06 02:11:43

I did hypnobirthing with my first delivery and am planning on doing it with my second. When I first took the class I didn't think it was worth much. But when I was in labor it was so useful. I just remembered to stay calm and breathe, and let my body do it's job. I was able to focus and relax. I did feel pain, but I was able to manage it.

I guess the main difference between hypnobirthing and other techniques is people that I know that leave lamaze classes come out saying the will get an epidural. People that come out of hypnobirthing come out saying, and I quote my instructor, "They don't call it labor because it's easy, it's hard work, but you can do it".

Galmum Sat 09-Dec-06 16:59:45

Kittychristmascracker - what a name & MKG! - I'm in two minds about the whole thing, but this is my second baby so I do know what I'm in for!!! Was it your first, as I do think the book and CD underplays the pain too much?

I gave birth to ds on syntocin but no epidural - the end of the first stage of labour was absolute mind bending agony - pushing out bit seemed small fry (although I was too exhausted and traumatised by that stage) and the so called ring of fire when you push the baby out - yes it was painful but only for a few seconds - was fine. Ended up giving birth in stirrups just as they were about to ventouse him with dh, mw, 2 doctors and a paedatrician present! Not a calm experience.

I'm hopeful the hpynotherapy approach will help -I've got nothing to lose by giving it my best shot. Its helping me feel positive about this labour and not too sh*t scared! It worked for you MKG and it sounds like the experience I'm looking for.

Are you in the USA MKG if you are taking about Lamaze classes?? I'm fasinated by the different systems - what sort of birth did you have - saying that I'm getting a lot of my info from Rachel giving birth in Friends!! Do they take babies away and put them in a nursery after birth?? Let me know if you can be bothered!

MKGnearlyimmaculateconception Sat 09-Dec-06 17:27:58

I did do hypnobirthing with my first.

I was induced with a pitocin drip, but also opted for no epidural (here it's epidural or nothing)

The birth was fine, both the midwife and the nurse were very pro hypnobirthing and let me push when I wanted, and left me alone to labor. We kept the mood very light when I felt like talking. I was surprised the birth was so positive because inductions are usually filled with intervention, but mine wasn't.

The books and Cd do underplay the pain of labor and birth, but I think that's positive. Our teacher always told us that it is real pain it isn't easy, but it is natural pain, and that to focus on the pain wouldn't help us be calm enough to focus on what we needed to do.

I am in the USA. I too am fascinated by the different systems. If you are following Rachel from friends you are being misled. Most hopitals have private labor, delivery, and postpartum rooms, meaning you stay in the whole room for the entire process (unless there's a C-section). And the chairs convert to beds so my dh could be their 24 hours a day. They can take the baby away after the delivery, but it depends on the parents choice. I chose to have my baby with me in the day and in the nursery at night. Even though the babies have monitors on their ankles so they can't be taken off the ward, I didn't feel safe falling asleep with the baby where anyone could walk into the room.

kittyschristmascrackers Sat 09-Dec-06 19:01:59

Galmum, it was my 5th and it was a very fast and so very painful labour. I think because the contractions started full on with no nice slow build up I didn't have time to get into that relaxed state. I have over my bierths learnt to breathe though, which is a great help in staying on the rails. I hate the pain though and have never been able to think of it in a positive way.

Galmum Sat 09-Dec-06 21:50:19

I am humbled - your 5th!! You are an expert!
Will get dh to read book and get up to speed. He was like a rabbit in headlights last time, but we have spent a lot of time in the last 2 years in and out of hospital with our son, so I think the whole environment is so much more familiar to us both and he will be much better able to handle it all.

Are you planning to try labour again???!!!!

Galmum Sat 09-Dec-06 21:58:31


Sounds wonderful to be able to have your partner stay in the same room. Some birth centres do have that facility here, but it is very unusual. Normally you're on the ward with your baby at all times and partners are kicked out at 8pm. I don't think nurseries exist anywhere in the UK anymore.

I was lucky to be in the same room last time from arriving at the hospital, delivery and for 8 hours afterwards (ward was too full!) - again very unusual. It was a new building of a National Health hospital that specialises in maternity - we had an ensuite and nice furniture - but a lot of our facilities here are a bit rough round the edges. Saying that I had a really grumpy midwife and no ensuite, nice furniture etc could make up for her attitude. I'm really hoping for a supportive positive midwife this time and not too bothered about the environment.

MKGnearlyimmaculateconception Sat 09-Dec-06 22:08:01

I don't know how women can have babies, which is the most important thing in the family, and than the father's get kicked out. My dh was the first to change ds' diapers. Fought me to hold ds all day long.

The more I read about UK hospitals the more I understand why so many peole on MN look into homebirths. Our rooms have telephones, tvs, mini refigerators, and bathrooms, not to mention an awesome menu (maternity doesn't get the normal hospital crap, and you order what you want off the menu).

I'm interested in how this birth will be different for me. My health insurance isn't taken by the midwife practice anymore, so I'm seeing an OB (here midwives aren't very popular, and OBs do both high risk, and normal pregnancies) I really like her, but it will be interesting to see how she is different during the delivery.

kittyschristmascrackers Sat 09-Dec-06 23:32:25

Galmum, I'm planning another home birth for March. This time i'm hoping to hire a pool, they are supposed to be very relaxing !

Galmum Sun 10-Dec-06 14:32:07

Let me know how both births go - too scared for home birth. Need to know we have full medical back up in case anything goes wrong which is why I'm planning on birth centre in a maternity unit.

A lot of people find being left solo on the first night in hospital a bit traumatic, especially after a c-section. I actually found it ok, but I had had my son at 4am in the morning so things had settled down by then. To be honest most stays are only for 24 hours and people are desperate to get home - no wonder why! I may even be able to stay for less time with baby no 2, if everything is ok.

It sounds much more civilised and lovely over there but then we all benefit here from health care for all. I can't knock our health system here, as we had the best care for my ds - all on the National Health. The only thing I can't get my head round in the USA is having your baby taken away at night!! No way - I'd want my bundle next to me ....saying that it used to happen here and my Mum loved it when she stayed in hospital!!!

chitchat07 Thu 18-Jan-07 09:37:05

I know this is an old thread, but I just thought I would bump it.

I am due to have my first baby in March, and a friend of mine who is a retired midwife used to run hypnosis for birth classes when she was working. She has offered and I gladly accepted some personal classes. I have had one, and I must say I felt very relaxed afterwards.

She basically told me that using this method would hopefully enable me to get some sleep during the earlier part of the birth, which would help keep the strength up for the later, more difficult part. Also, by remaining relaxed, any drugs you do take (I'm leaving gas as an option) will be more effective.

Interestingly enough, she has recently been asked to give a couple of lectures on it at some hospitals to the obstetrics units, so there may well be more of this coming into the London hospitals over the next few years.

justJAM Thu 18-Jan-07 09:47:22

chitchat - although I didn't have hypnobirthing I have had hypnotherapy before and did use self hypnosis during labour. I had my first baby (DD now 4 months) in september. I was a home till fully dialted waiting for DH to get home from work and DD was born in just over an hour after getting to hospital. I only had gas and air whilst pushing as at home while contracting I used my breathing and self hypnosis imagery - I would highly recommend as If you want a natural birth

KezzaG Mon 02-Apr-07 15:33:08

Im just bumping this as I have just been on the phone to a hypnobirthing practitioner and was wondering if there are more testimonials to its success. Or indeed, if anyone on this thread has had their babies now using it.

I am being encouraged to go for a VBAC this time round (2nd one) and just know that unless I do something different my fear of the whole process will mean I end up back in the theatre.

I know money isnt everything but I would feel bad for dh if I raved on about this, shelled out £400 and still ended up with a section, so any thoughts appreciated.

chocolateface Mon 02-Apr-07 15:49:10

Used Hypnobirthing (Mongon method) with DS2 and DD - had a horrible tim with DS1. My hynotherapist aslo gave me a "fear release" session, which I think was invaluable. I'm not sure if everyone gets this. The more midwives who come across Hypnobirthing the better, as I was laghed at with DS2. I can't reccomend Hypnobirthidng enough. DD was born at home with no pain. Yes, You're all going to hate me! But I did go through hell with DS1. It is very expensive, but totally worth it.

KezzaG Mon 02-Apr-07 16:40:43

Thanks chocolate. The one I found does a free session of emotional freedome therapy if she thinks you need it so I guess it will be worth it.

tokentotty Tue 03-Apr-07 10:44:30

Hi KezzaG, just seen this thread and have been really interested in trying hypnobirthing with this one, my first. Have popped on to your profile and see you live in posh Essex and wondered if you were local to me (South Woodford) and who you'd been contacting for classes/tuition ??

KezzaG Tue 03-Apr-07 10:54:30

Hi Token

yes my idea of posh essex is Epping so we are quite close. I have spoken to 2 in my area, and the one I liked and the one my MW has seen used and recommends is the Mulberry Clinic which is in South Woodford spookily enough.

the woman who does it has emailed me all her details and info so I can forward it all on if you like. I will CAT you and then give me your email and I will send it over.

I must say I am sold and the MW and practitioner where both very impressed with the results that could be obtained.

tokentotty Tue 03-Apr-07 11:25:32

Oh thanks Kezza that would be really kind of you to send me any stuff you have. How handy to have one just down the road as well? How far into your pg are you ?

KezzaG Tue 03-Apr-07 11:31:08

Only 14 weeks but I just feel that I need to get my head around what I am going to do so I dont stress about it. and apprently the more time you practice the techniques the better they work so I figure 6 months of pratice am I should be like Paul McKenna

I look on your profile, you look further on than me.

tokentotty Tue 03-Apr-07 12:05:40

Yes, am about 21+4 but dates have moved around a bit. Got my 20 week scan this afternoon at The Fetal Medicine Centre in Harley Street which we've found absolutely fantastic in comparison to the NHS ones. Very nervous about it so will be nibbling on fingernails until I can actually walk out of there smiling!
We've got someone coming into my office on 20th April to talk about hypnobirthing so was going to see what was said there and where classes were before looking elsewhere, but now I've seen your thread and message about the place local to me I'm very interested in reading anything you have from them and possibly just getting started as soon as.
How are you feeling ?

KezzaG Tue 03-Apr-07 13:09:16

Oh how exciting, good luck with the scan.

Did you get my email yet? If not you can email me at kj_nutley @ hotmail.com (without gaps obviously) and I will send it on.

tokentotty Tue 03-Apr-07 13:41:32

Oh that's odd - not received anything yet from either you or MN saying you've cat me. Will check again...

KezzaG Tue 03-Apr-07 13:58:05

hotmail me if you want. If you just want to give her a call the womans name is Jackie and these are the clinic details. Im sure she wont mind a bit of free publicity on here

Mulberry Clinic

Tel: 01992 561 236

Mob: 07950 441 041




she has sent me testimonials, info sheets, price list etc.

tokentotty Tue 03-Apr-07 14:04:22

Will probably mail you tomorrow love - dashing off to scan now !!!!

KezzaG Tue 03-Apr-07 14:05:21

good luck!

just found this thread and am wondering if there are any others out there who have had a hypno-birth. I have found out information about my local centre and am very seriously considering doing a course (this will be my second child - my first birth was epidural/ventouse/epi-thingy).

It does seem very good and would love to see through the labour with as little intervention as possible this time.


jakabean Thu 06-Dec-07 14:52:11

does anyone know how to get hold of the rainbow relaxation CD they all recommend?

Pitchounette Thu 06-Dec-07 15:39:33

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mumofk Sat 15-Dec-07 09:38:44

Hi, hadn't seen this thread. We (big gulp) shelled out for the course (Mongon method) and already feel its worthwhile- only 21 wks. DH has learned a technique that helps with his anger management and 'fixed' his back pain! Our intructor was lovely, had used it twice herself, and said its was fabulous if you could relax enough not to remember listening to the scripts. I had to read the rainbow relaxation as I didn't get past the first colour. It was the most pleasant, relaxing course I have EVER been on, and seeing as I quite resented NCT classes for making me think about birth when I wasn't ready, and making me miss my nap last time around, huge step forward!
I found it essential for me and DH to go to a class, as we wouldn't have been able to do the practices just from reading a book. Compared to the cost of one-on-one hypnotherapy (which I hadn't got DH to go for) the course is a bargain, but I reckon just like anything you need a good teacher. I know I haven't got a birth story yet, but the relaxation and self-evaluation (another way to fix things!) really are life skills that hopefully will help us with other challenges in our lives, not just birth. I just wish we hadn't needed a new back door when I was pregnant last time around, coz at that point I was thinking about it and think it might have helped (though last time wasn't a horror story at all). I did need a blood transfusion afterwards, and the teacher, though not medical, could give some suggestions as why that might be (more than drs and midwives can and I work in ANC), and one of the birth affirmations is about blood vessels closing appropriately. I've read about operations done under hypnosis, and how blood flow can be diverted so I think it'd be really cool if it did help! Fingers crossed...
Oh, the other thing is I know DH was a great support last time around, so worth investing in a technique that relies on him. Can't imagine doing it without him at all. The rainbow CD we have is in an (sorry to all americans, I don't find every accent annoying!) annoying american accent that really jars, so we've got it re-recorded in proper Yorkshire! Guess where we are?!
mumof k smile

stockings Thu 27-Dec-07 14:57:08

I used this and think it's fantastic - I just don't know why more women aren't aware of it. I never understood the application of hypnosis until I used it for childbirth purely by chance. In fact I think that it is so great that I left a highly paid job in the civil service and retrained as a hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing practitioner. Sadly I hear lots of women who can't find a HypnoBirthing (Mongan) practitioner and give up on it, but some hypnotherapists are also trained in hypnosis for childbirth so shop around, find someone you like and give it a go....

PanT Thu 10-Jan-08 11:39:12

I am a hypnobirthing Mum and can definately recommend it. My baby is 9 weeks old and I had a truly positive birthing experience. My husband and I choose to do a hypnobirthing course as we wanted a natural and drug free birth for our baby - which is what we got. We also had a homebirth and our midwives completely respected our decision to use hypnobirthing. Hypnobirthing enabled my husband to play a vital role in the build upto and the birth itself as hypnobirthing relies on the birth partner being an integral part of the birth. Hypnobirthing allows you to get in a positive frame of mind and also teaches you about how your body works in the birthing process and how to work with your body during labour and gives you confidence in yourself. The relaxation techniques really do work and the support of an informed birth partner is invaluable to get you through your labour. I can't be more positive about hypnobirthing and would recommend it to every pregnant woman looking for a natual birth for her and her baby.

hypnosis Tue 15-Jan-08 13:27:41

Hi all you wonderful pregnant ladies! I am a qualified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and if i can help at all with any of your questions please feel free to ask. Look forward to hearing from you.

hypnosis Tue 15-Jan-08 13:30:43

Hi PanT,
What wonderful words you said about HypnoBirthing. You summed it up already, i'm so pleased you got the birth you wanted.

Yankunian Mon 28-Jan-08 13:15:35

Hi all, I am 25 weeks and just last weekend did a 2-day course with Natal Hypnotherapy (they do courses around the UK) and I would really reccommend it to anyone.

I was feeling v anxious before as a first time mum to be and I feel now that I have all the skills and tools I need to stay relaxed and cope with the birthing process. The wonderful women leading the course really boosted my confidence in my own body's ability to give birth naturally - and I am now planning to have a home birth, something I had been wavering about.

My partner, who went on the course as well, feels he has a better understanding of how he can most effectively help and support me.

lilhel Thu 31-Jan-08 09:21:59


Im 32 weeks pregnant and finally found a hypnobirthing midwife who will run one to one classess with me (but can't start until next week. Will I be able to complete the course on time, and if not, will my money be wasted? hmm and will I have time to practice the techniques, particularly since I am still at work and I have a job interview coming up! Please could someone advise me, thanks loads grin

mumofk Fri 01-Feb-08 14:08:08

lilhel- Depends how your course is done! I did a weekend course (I think about 14 hrs) which was 2 days, and I've heard of it done over a number of evenings too. Your teacher should be able to say how long the course will take. I felt some benefits immediately, and I think someone else here said they ideally started people off around 30 weeks, so 32 doesn't sound too bad.
I guess it'll also depend on if you are motivated to keep going with the practice!
Doing it anytime I'm sure will help you- I reckon it'd still make a difference if you did it a week before bump lands!! But then, I am a new convert and dead impressed with it all wink
Good luck!

Lawrene8 Fri 01-Feb-08 14:20:14

Hi I did hypnobirthign and it was well worth paying the money for the course. I really felt positive about having ds and while it wasn't pain free - it was relaxed and calm. The only trouble is the MW did not believe I was in labour - she said if I was she'd 'be able to tell from my voice' this was on the phone btw. I ended up arriving in hospital at 9cm where they all panicked. I would have had a homebirth but had GBS so that was out.

turtle23 Sun 03-Feb-08 20:52:22

hypnosis...Am trying to do it at home with my husband as we really can't afford the course. Using Mongan method and making up scripts. Any advice?

hypnosis Mon 04-Feb-08 13:25:17

Hi turtle23,
I'm sure if you find a practitioner in your area and ask if she would do a reduction in price, you might be able to come up with something between you i.e weekly payments maybe?
It's very hard for me to give you any ideas for scripts etc, but if there is anyway you could get to a class you would benift from it.

hypnosis Mon 04-Feb-08 13:29:00

I have taught a couple as late as 36 weeks and they went on to have a beautiful homebirth, and even if baby comes early a little HypnoBirthing is better than NO HypnoBirthing. Good luck in your course and your birth, keep us posted (grin)

ordinarymum Sun 10-Feb-08 08:43:21

Turtle 23 If you are stuck for cash find a hypnotherapist who may be able to give you a couple of sessions to just focus on the basis, letting go of any fears that you have around the birth and to teach you some self-hypnosis with breathing - my hypnotherapist gave me cds as well. Find one who is trained in birth and ask lots of questions about her experience in this area.

The whole lot cost me £150 and was great, it was really personal - I went back to see her again when I was late and she did some work on induction with a relexologist and acupuncturist which worked like a dream.

BellaHarry Tue 24-Feb-09 16:49:56

Hyonosis I am trying to find an affordable hypnobirthing course in the SW London/Surrey area; can you help??

Naat Tue 10-Mar-09 16:35:47

Hi Bella, hope it's not late.
Have you tried the hypnobirthing website for the UK? http://www.hypnobirthing.co.uk/
There you will find a link to "find your nearest classes". Hope this helps smile

georgiemum Tue 10-Mar-09 16:41:24

I did the Mongan course and liked it so much I bought the company. No I didn't but I do now teach it!

Using Hypnosis is slightly different - there is a link here showing a c-section without anaesthetic, only hypnosis. Now, the chap doing the hypnosis seems to have watched too much Ali Bongo in his youth, but you get the idea!

Grendle Wed 11-Mar-09 22:56:14

I had a Hypnobirth with dd. The actual birth itself was pain free and totally exhilirating. The labour was a little uncomfy at times, but not painful. I also has trouble getting people to believe I was in labour, so ended up with my planned homebirth being an unassisted one. Twas still great though grin.

georgiemum Thu 12-Mar-09 13:47:34

That's what I mean! It is not painful - it may be a little uncomfortable in some parts -but far less so that a headache or toothache. I felt like I was bouncing over speed bumps at one point but never felt the need to any drugs. And I am a complete wuss when it comes to pain. I need gas at the dentist to get a jab.

Naat Thu 12-Mar-09 16:06:19

Oh, georgiemum, that is so good to know! smile

I'm pg with my first baby and I have an extremely low pain threshold, so Hypnobirthing is the way! grin

We've just had our first session but I found it great and the cd with the rainbow relaxation and the affirmations seems to be working...

It's great to hear from mums who have already tried it, thanks! grin

BellaHarry Wed 13-May-09 18:14:54

Hi guys, back again! decided to do a Natal Hypnotherapy class, completed it last weekned and I am so positive and excited about the birth!! It was brilliant and DH and I are so well prepared; I really hope we are able to use everything we learnt when our time comes this summer!??

blinder Fri 15-May-09 15:18:02

I'm watching this thread because I'm booked in for hypnobirthing in a couple of weeks. Due Sept.

After a previous traumatic birth I'm hoping for a completely different experience this time round.

Glad your course was so good BellaHarry! I'm booked in for the Marie Mongan method. Is that the same as the one you attended?

BellaHarry Fri 15-May-09 15:34:53

No it's not the same Blinder the method your course is based around originates in America. The one I did was developed (I believe) by someone called Maggie ? and stated in the U.K but they will be in essence the same. I hope you find it useful smile

Misha75 Thu 06-Aug-09 11:51:33


Can anyone recommend a hypnobirthing practitioner in North London? many thanks :-)

molly09 Wed 02-Sep-09 14:08:16

Hi, bit of a silly question but I wondered if you would do Hypnobirthing and the stanard NCT classes or just one of the 2?? I am just about to sign up for the NCT classes but then thought it might be a waste of money if I am going to do the Hypnobirthing classes.
Apologies if this is a really silly question, I am just not sure whats covered in the Hypnobirthing.

ohmeohmy Wed 02-Sep-09 14:43:32

Depends what you want to learn about. hypnobirthing will cover breathing and relaxation techniques, nutrition, exercise, selfhypnosis, role of the birth companion, negotiating the birth you want with your caregivers, positions for labour, fear release, building your confidence etc. You won't learn about medical pain relief methods which you will do in NCT. I will declare an interest as I teach HypnoBirthing. Last 3 couples had done both and took something from both classes but told me that our class really left them feeling ready for their births.

jallardyce Wed 15-Dec-10 16:07:50

I tried it with my last nd found a great instructor in london for hypnobirthing at st thomas'.

Was great - 2 sessions a week apart so could come back with plenty of questions!!

luBEEdooBEE Thu 16-Dec-10 18:27:40

this is my first time on here and am pleased i found this thread i see its an old one so hoping people are still around to answer my questions.

we have a hypnobirthing practioner near us but the snag is its over 200 pound for the course which we dont have, we cant use the hip grant as this is needed for baby things etc but i have bought the mongan method book with cd and listen to the cd most nights before i go to sleep, sometimes i fall asleep during then other times i am awake through it all. i started reading the book but found it a bit silly in places with all the different wordings, i dont think i would remember them all, but i am really keen on the idea of being more relaxed in labour. do you think there is a different cd or book that would be more useful?

nannyl Mon 03-Jan-11 09:29:28

another bump here

i really want a hypno birth (idealliy at home)
can you learn what you need to know from just the CDs of do you really need to pay for a course as well?

nannyl Mon 03-Jan-11 09:29:41


soandsosmum Tue 04-Jan-11 22:21:38

has anyone met someone who's found the course a waste of time and money? i'm 21 weeks and hoping to do a course later this year, but it is very expensive

Heyj Fri 14-Jan-11 21:57:20

I've just signed up for a one day course at St thomas' with a midwife there, it's much cheaper (£95) we couldn't afford the longer course but I'm hoping we'll get a few helpful tips.

2011jules Thu 20-Jan-11 08:34:19

Was a bit of a skeptic but decided as I was freaking out at the thought of all the medical stuff I would give it a go.
I used Natal Hypnotherapy relaxation cds from early in my pregnancy to calm my complete medical phobias and then the preparing for birth and relaxing birth music cds later on. They were incredible one time as the midwife listened to my babys heartbeat and sternly informed me it was fast because of my stress I used the visualization and breathing techniques and could hear the resulting calming of the heartbeat!shock
I wanted a homebirth but DS decided he wasn't coming out until 17 days over so hospital it was (with hysterics) During labour I was in pain until I put on the cd and then I promptly fell asleep for the whole first stage and most of the second - until they woke me up and demanded I push.
I would recommend the cds and poss the course if you can afford it ( I didn't) but it does help if your attending midwife has experience, my first was brill and trained in hypnobirthing but when she went of duty I feel I got "production lined".
These cds def kept me calm and helped me to deal with everything.

Affra Thu 03-Mar-11 23:11:38

Time Lady here. Journalist didn't get it all right. I did Mongan Method for my 2nd AND 3rd births. It made a HUGE difference. HOWEVER, there are a lot of people out there trying to do this and there is no registering body - so please go with a tried and tested method. Also I highly recommend learning from a practitioner whom is a midwife or doula, and someone whom you feel very comfortable with.

1st birth - 26 hrs, gas and air, meptid, sentosin (this REALLY hurts!!!), 2nd degree tear. Difficult bonding with baby and resentment for pain/suffering. Drugged daze. Very unhappy baby for months.

2nd - 5 hrs, Home birth w hypno and pool, drug free. Deep relaxation and 'pain' boarder line discomfort/pain. Instant bond with baby. Oxytocin flowing and love love love. 1st degree tear. Happy easy baby.

3rd - 3 hrs Home birth w hypno and pool, drug free. I wanted to crack jokes with the midwives between surges, but was afraid they might think I wasn't in labour and go home! Deep relaxation and 'pain' boarder line discomfort/pain even tho baby back to back. Instant bond with baby, siblings both attended the birth and LOVED seeing baby born. No tear! Oxytocin flowing and love love love. Really happy and easy baby.

I look back on my 2nd and 3rd births with joy. Wonderful experience. Women were built to birth, but media and bad birth/scare stories have deeply set fear into us. Fear triggers pain.

Hypno birthing - if you believe you can, or cannot, you are RIGHT!

PamSco Sun 01-May-11 10:55:39

I'm bumping this thread as I am signing up for a course locally. MW used hypnobirthing and said it was excellent.

This is my 1st and not overly petrified - maybe I should be!

Of the people who planned on using it if you are still in mn - how did it go?

CheshireDing Sun 01-May-11 12:58:45

I am hoping to try this for my first baby due in October, I would like a home water birth and mw didn't seem to have an issue with it when I mentioned it to her - DH however is a different matter smile

MrsTH Sun 15-May-11 04:04:36

I did hypnotherapy and loved it. It helped me stay calm before the birth - I was absolutely terrified. I use to listen to the CDs during nap time and my baths. I think the key is to practice the techniques often so they become 2nd nature.

I was so calm after my waters broke - my husband and mother could not believe it. I usually pass out when they draw my blood!! I had a 7 hour labour with only gas and air. I did ask for an epidural at one point but as it turns out, I was in transition and it was too late so I had to manage with my hypnobirthing techniques. The truth is, I just did. I wasn't even aware of it but the midwife told me how well I had done with it. When I asked how much longer, she told me about another hour. After a few more breaths my LO was born. It only seemed like 15 minutes to me but it was in fact just over an hour.

My husband was also a greet support. We went to the classes together so he knew how to help keep me calm. All in all, it was wonderful experience and I would whole-heartedly recommend it.

rebelwithoutababy Tue 31-May-11 17:22:57

Which CDs has everyone been using? I am really keen to give it a go...thanks!

kiteflying Fri 10-Jun-11 09:34:18

I used Natal Hypnotherapy CDs for my first baby, and did the course offered in London. The course was really useful - a full weekend with lots of practice for my partner. The CD's were great for alleviating fear before the birth and I used self hypnosis and breathing to get through all pre-labour and most of first and second stage. Highly recommended. Be careful of combining with gas and air, as you have to breathe entirely differently and it kind of messed with what I was doing to the extent that I lost the plot.

Alioco Thu 21-Jul-11 12:19:54

Heyj - did you have your course at Thomas's?
I'm thinking of going one in Sep so was wondering how you got on?

jomouse Fri 29-Jul-11 15:14:39

Does anyone know the difference between HypnoBirthing and Natal Hypnotherapy?
My reflexologist is proficient in Mongon method but I was planning on using Natal Hypnotherapy CD's
I don't know if the two compliment each other or if this would just confuse me...?
I am very excited about everything I have heard, can't wait to put it into practice

notcitrus Fri 29-Jul-11 15:51:40

I read the Mongan book a lot which certainly calmed me down a lot pre-birth and when the time came I can't remember consciously doing anything other than breathing through the contractions but was incredibly calm and chilled out (except for a bit when my SPD managed to get worse and I needed an epidural for that, not the labour - apparently this is incredibly rare).

The effect did wear off about 10 hours after birth though.
I think it helped me be calm which helped MrNC and my other partners be very calm as well, so that's another benefit.

Though I might have been calm in labour anyway, but it was nice to read about other people not panicking with pain etc.

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thedogwalker Sat 14-Jan-12 19:35:49

Hi all, I did the natal hypnotherapy with DS in August 2010 and I am planning to do it again in June this year when I give birth to DC2. I did live abroad and did a one day, one on one course with a threapist, who went through everything with DH and me. Dh was very sceptical didn't believe at all. I also bought the CDs to listen to and found them very relaxing. My labour lasted 8 hours from first twinge to finally pushing DS out. DS had his arm above his head causing me to tear quite badly and I had to have over 20 stitches, but I listened to the CD the whole way through, went to my 'happy place' and I didn't have any pain relief whatsoever, not even when they had to cut me in the end to get him out. I was fully aware of everything going on and I believe it kept my mind focused, so that I could make good and clear decisions when I needed to make them, plus I was fully awake etc. DH then believed that teh CDs worked, when he realised how much I tore and how much blood I lost and yet I didn't require pain relief. I'm not saying it will work for everyone, but I found it a great experience and I hope to repeat it (without the tearing) next time grin . I wish everyone luck and I hope you find it helpful xx

CheshireDing Thu 26-Jan-12 06:08:51

This thread is from 2005

gmvp73 Thu 23-Aug-12 07:20:52

I know this is an old thread but in case someone finds this helpful, i used hypnobirthing very successfully first time round, and will soon use it again for my second. Hypnobirthing is very effective, and classes really helpful. In Greenwich, Blackheath, south east London and Kent borders there's ZenBirth www.zenbirth.co.uk. Couples from all different backgrounds attend the classes with practical, logical approach to how labour and birth can be a manageable, comfortable and positive experience.

hypnobirthbespoke Tue 27-Nov-12 11:03:42

I used HypnoBirthing for my second child after a very traumatic first birth, and had a wonderful pain free labour and my daughter was 10lb 3oz..... didnt even end up with stitches as i used mother directed birth breathing!
i was so amazed i trained to be a practitioner and now teach in manchester www.hypnobirthbespoke.co.uk

tamc Sun 02-Dec-12 23:28:06

Just read your comments and i can say that as Chair of the UK HypnoBirthing Board (Mongan Method) the results i have seen over the past 6 years teaching it are incredible.I had a painfree birth with HypnoBirthing and i also work as a doula and have witnessed many women enjoying labour.If you choose HypnoBirthing you will prob see my DVD of UK births....It will be the best investment you have ever spent and yes i agree make sure your course is 12.5 hours as it should be.Tamara Cianfini xx

StripeyCircle Wed 06-Feb-13 14:43:53

Again, I know this is an old thread, but as another big fan of HypnoBirthing, I thought it would be helpful to post a link for anyone that's interested in this area, for the HypnoBirthing Association which has a directory of trained teachers and lots of information about it if you want to find out more.

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