Unfortunately, although (hospital-type or generic) prepared childbirth classes usually teach an excellent amount of the basics about “labor and delivery”, they also generally provide fewer comfort techniques than are needed for natural childbirth mothers. They can also focus on the benefits and ease of procurement of medical “labor pain-relief” such as drugs and epidurals, which can be very detrimental for a Hypnobabies mom and her Birth Partner to hear throughout the childbirth series. The videos shown can also provide messages and imagery that is in direct conflict with the goals of having an unmedicated, easier and more comfortable Hypnobabies birth. (See below for more information on visual programming.)
In addition, all natural childbirth classes show videos depicting unmedicated (non-hypnosis) moms journeying through labor in whatever way they can; moaning, crying, etc. due to the pain they are experiencing. For most Hypnobabies moms, this can be very frightening and the images shown remain visually imprinted as an example for an expectant mother’s inner mind of what childbirth is. These imprints can be brought forth into the conscious mind every time expectant mothers think of childbirth after that, as well as *programming the inner mind* for that same birthing scenario. The same is true of the “birth” shows on TLC’s Baby Story, etc.
Anytime we are watching a screen of any kind; TV, movies, computer screen etc., we are *in hypnosis* and these images become a part of our inner programming about that subject matter. In the case of these negative shows and videos about childbirth, the negative messages of painful labor and drugged, induced, C-sectioned women in childbirth that are becoming imprinted can have a serious effect on a birthing woman’s confidence level and belief system about having an easy and comfortable birthing, which is why she is using a hypnotic childbirth program in the first place. Which brings me to this:
2) The philosophies of other childbirth classes can be very much in opposition to Hypnobabies, which means that expectant hypno-mothers can have an extremely challenging time maintaining their positive belief systems about childbirth. Childbirth hypnosis success is all about belief systems, so when there is a conflict about what to believe, the older and more ingrained philosophies easily become dominant.
Belief system # 1 – Hypnobabies: Childbirth is a normal event and can actually be easy, comfortable and empowering by learning, practicing and using Hypnobabies self-hypnosis techniques.
Belief system # 2 – Other programs: Childbirth is inevitably and inherently painful, and ”pain-management” techniques are very necessary for the pain our students will undoubtedly have.
Because of the way our minds work, in belief system # 2, the actual “pain-coping” techniques and constant mention of the word, “pain” along with the videos shown can actually *program an expectant mother* that not only will there will be pain, there may be a great deal of it. In addition, she learns in class that she needs to “accept the pain”, “make pain her friend”, think of it as “positive pain”, “pain with a purpose”, and learn to cope with it. Some (non-Hypnobabies) childbirth educators make “accepting the inevitable pain of childbirth” quite a main focus of their classes. Although these childbirth education classes may have some excellent qualities, that cannot and does not make up for *training* women to experience pain and ”cope” with it as best they can.
Example: The Bradley Method; an excellent childbirth class – students will receive an invaluable education in natural childbirth, pregnancy nutrition, prenatal exercises, consumer issues, staying healthy and low risk, etc. There are also many “pain with a purpose” messages that need to be avoided by all expectant mothers that want a natural birth since the inner mind accepts this message as a “Catch-22”: In order to get your prize (your sweet baby), there needs to be and will be a fair amount pain! This is just not true for Hypnobabies mothers and they need to avoid that kind of programming.
The Bradley Method breathing and relaxation techniques are excellent for “avoiding unnecessary pain”. They are however, very limited compared to using our Hypnobabies repetitive, somnambulistic, deeply engrained hypnosis techniques which can actually eliminate discomfort and fear. It is Hypnobabies’ Hypno-anesthesia which creates comfortable birthing sensations and an automatic deep relaxation going light years beyond any other method, (when practiced daily and as directed).
Those who wonder if they will miss out on some of the deep relaxation techniques in the Bradley Method or other classes simply don’t yet understand that there is no deeper relaxation possible than the deep state of hypnosis that practiced often in Hypnobabies. Or that this hypnosis actually “re-trains” the inner mind and becomes a part of our Hypno-mothers’ inner programming and therefore an *automatic* response from the inside out, when it is needed most – during their baby’s birth. The added benefits of Hypnobabies’ very successful pregnancy and childbirth hypnosis techniques which eliminate discomfort, fear, nausea, backache, insomnia, pre-term bleeding, etc. make Hypnobabies such a wonderfully advanced choice.
Childbirth Education: There is no need to take any other kind of class or course for childbirth education since Hypnobabies is a 6 week complete childbirth education course. We cover Nutrition, Prenatal Exercise, Staying Healthy and Safe, Comfort in Pregnancy, Birth Plans, Consumer issues (3 classes on Birthing Choices), All Stages of Birthing, Optimum Baby Positioning, Abdominal Lifting, Positional Comfort Techniques, Breastfeeding, Mother and New Baby Care and much more.