Reasons to Enroll
+ What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a method to use during pregnancy and birth. In class you learn how to relax and let your body do the work. The goal of the class is let your mind and body go, so that it can do its instinctual , incredible work.
With breathing, imagery, relaxation techniques and practice this can transform your birthing experience from what women often expect at painful, overwhelming, and terrible to empowering, emotionally connected, calm, and at peace with the birthing process. All the while in tune completely with your body, baby, husband or other birth companion and anything you choose to focus on in birth.
+ How are you different from other child birth methods?
HypnoBirthing embraces the power of the woman's body. Letting go of anxieties and fears we have of birthing, so that our bodies can work optimally. We don't go into detail regarding medical complications because that only sets up women for more fear and worries.
If women have concerns about something specific I am happy to answer questions and guide you to specific resources to get the help you need if its not within my scope practice as a Regisered Nurse and HypnoBirthing Instructor. If you have questions that I can answer as a nurse with my experience I will happily do so.
+ Will I have pain?
HypnoBirthing doesn't guarantee pain-free though many women do NOT experience pain. Rather they experience sensations often described as tightening, or pressure.
+ What does your class offer that the books can't teach me?
The book was written as an addendum to the class. Some women can succeed using HypnoBirthing without taking the class, but to ensure your success, the class is strongly recommended. I can guide you through relaxation concepts and double check that your breathing techniques are efficient and understood.
We go over fears and releasing them, we talk in depth about your birth preferences so that you can get what you want out of your personal birth goals.
+ Will HypnoBirthing interfere with the hospital doctor or midwife's care?
It shouldn't. It should enhance your birth experience and give your provider less to actually do- making their job much simpler. HypnoBirthing strives to help you understand how your trust in your body.
The best provider for you is a very personal choice and should optimally understand your goals and be on board with your plans. If your provider doesn't approve of HypnoBirthing or your birth preferences , they may not be the best provider for you and that's okay.
+ Where should I have my baby? Should I use a midewife or doctor?
That's a very personal choice. I encourage each family to do their research and find what works for them. Here's a great resource to help: http://delivermybaby.org/ProviderMatchTool.php?thepagenum=0 I am also happy to discuss your options with you in private. We do discuss choices in the class, but if you need to work through some extra concerns just let me know.
+ Why is my birth experience important enough to take such an intense course? Why shouldn't I just trust all of this to my doctor?
Each woman and birth companion has their own goals. It's important to define goals for yourself in which you are comfortable with by educating yourself on all your different choices. A particular doctor or midwife may have a different view point about birth than you do. Birth affects us, our babies, and families.
It affects the way we parent, the way we view our children and spouse. Studies also show that our birth experience affects our emotional well being specifically when it comes to preventing “baby blues” or postpartum depression. As responsible parents, it is our job to be informed the best way we know how, so that we can give our children the best we have. Each family gets to decide what is best for their family.
What makes you qualified to teach?
+ What makes you qualified to teach?
I am certified with the HypnoBirthing Institute to teach this class. Marie Mongan, the founder of HypnoBirthing, graded my test by hand. As well, I am a Registered Nurse and birth assistant.
+ Should I use a doula?
Having a doula can fully enrich your experience. It's a very personal choice. If you are curious about what doulas do here's a great resource for what they can offer. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/havingadoula.html
+ Will the doula take away from what my birth companion will do?
+ What if my doctor or midwife says they don't like HypnoBirthing?
First, make sure they know what HypnoBirthing is, sometimes they just don't know. If they find out what it is and still don't like it that's their personal choice.
If you have a provider who does not like to work with HypnoBirthing and you are dedicated to using this method, then it might be best to find a provider more suited to your wishes. If they don't agree with you about a method, how are you going to see eye to eye during labor?
+ When are the classes?
The class schedule is posted online.
+ I don't see a class available on the day that I am free, what can I do to take a class?
I have my group classes posted on my website. If that doesn't fit into your schedule I am happy to create a private class. If you and a friend want to take a class on your own time and location we can even do a group class that way. Please call and we can try to work out something.
+ Where are the classes held?
Depends on the class. Group classes with their location are posted online. Private classes can be worked out to accommodate your needs.
+ Once I have signed up for the class what should I do?
You signed up by depositing, received your materials. Now you can start practicing your Rainbow CD, listening to it each day and reading your book. Reading to about page 80 before the class starts will help you be prepared for the first class.
+ When should I take the first class?
A great time to take the class is between 20 and 30 weeks. You can definitely take it sooner if you'd prefer, that simply means you have more practice. If you are after 30 weeks, you can take the class too, you just have to practice more in a day so that your body can be conditioned to relax and let go.
+ How do I signup for the classes?
You can either fill out the registration form on my website located here or give me a call at 913-674-9766.
+ What if I don't have time to read before the class?
That's okay. You will be able to follow my information no matter what. Just try to read it as soon as you can. Taking your time to understand the information and not rushing through it is the most important part.
+ What if I miss a class?
You can schedule a makeup class. You can either make it up by dropping into another class that is going on the same week (if there is one) or you can schedule a private makeup class for a fee.
+ What if I take the class and want more practice with you?
I am happy to practice more with you outside of class if you need. The class usually covers everything you need, but I don't start and end with the class. If anything comes up that you need some extra attention please call me anytime of day (even in the middle of the night) and I'll do what I can to help
+ Do you ever cancel classes?
Rarely. It is either because the weather creates dangerous driving conditions, I have a birth to attend as a doula or birth assistant, or some other very special circumstance. I will let you know by email, text, or phone if something comes up.
+ I took your class before, and am expecting baby two, three, four etc. I would like a refresher course. How does that work?
You can drop in to any group class for free if you already took my class in full previously, and there's room to fit you in. If you want a private refresher course an hour is usually enough and it is $75.
+ What if I live too far away to come back each week?
If you are nearer to your due time, and five weeks puts you too close to your expected arrival, we can always arrange to do private classes and teach you the material over a couple of visits if necessary. If you live far away we can schedule classes in a way that works for you.