Originally Posted by tiggernorton04
So here are the questions that he asked me to post. Would I be alert during the birth? What happens if an emergency arises; is it easy to snap out of hypnosis? Thanks so much.
I haven't given birth yet and am just at the start of the hypnobabies home study course. But I have had a lot of hypnosis and also took a course in it, so that's why I'm answering.
There is a saying that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis," meaning that you are the one in charge of your experience and how you react to it.
I think it's common for people to think of hypnosis as being a state in which you are somehow "out of it" and not able to think clearly or make decisions (including the decision of whether to emerge from hypnosis.) But in my experience, hypnosis brings clarity and an increased ability to act in accordance with my own wishes.
I have never had a problem instantly emerging from hypnosis, or moving from a type where my whole body is relaxed to one in which I am engaged with my environment. The techniques used in the hypnobabies course are specifically designed to allow you to move around and talk if you want to even while you are benefiting from hypnosis.
Sometimes when people are in a really deep state of hypnosis, it feels so good that they don't want to emerge and may choose not to (for example, if you are in hypnosis and the dog asks to be let out, you may choose to let your husband handle that while you stay relaxed), but they are in control. On the other hand, if you love your dog and he is choking and needs your immediate help, you will jump up and help him even if you are in a state of deep hypnosis. I have experienced this kind of thing for myself and seen it in other people.
Also, as others have stated, all the hypnobabies scripts have a section to tell you that if, for some reason, you need to attend to an urgent situation outside of hypnosis, you will emerge immediately and be able to think clearly. Even if this section weren't included, though, I think people would still do this.