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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have experience with this?  I'm due with #3 and would like to try it.  From what it sounds, it's best to wait until much further along to begin the classes.  Just curious to hear if it's worked for anyone here...

post #2 of 20

I did the tracks from the hypnobabies home study program to prep, but I didn't use the labor materials.  I did find that I was very calmed and relaxed during labor and credit using the tracks nightly to make that amount of relaxation possible.

 

From what I've read, I've heard that hypnosis for birth is not necessarily the same as hypnobabies, and that hypnobabies is *generally* considered to be more helpful.  But I honestly don't really have any stats to back that up, just what Ive read on a few different boards.

 

Good Luck and happy birthing!

post #3 of 20
I did hypnobabies during my last pregnancy and I was really planning for easy pressure waves like the instructor in the tracks described. I had a difficult and tricky delivery, somewhat out of the norm and what I felt was NOT pressure waves. I was in a bad place when I finally birthed and couldn't get in the hypnosis zone; I felt like I was being ripped apart (and I kind of was).

That said, I had another friend with a very normal, straightforward labor/delivery and it worked great for her. It also helped my sister who had a straightforward labor during her homebirth, but because of tricky presentation of baby transferred to a hospital where she ultimately had a c/s.

I ordered the extra tracks of hypnobabies that help with nausea also. I find now though that the tracks-all of them-are a trigger for nausea for me (even when I wasn't pregnant anymore!). So I definitely recommend against starting them if/while you're sick.

I know this is mixed advice, but what I'm saying is I've seen hypnobabies work, but it doesn't overcome all obstacles. It may help you just have a calm attitude about birthing (it did for me and my birth was crazy!) though no matter what, so that's worth something.
post #4 of 20

Hi!  I'm not due in August, but I am an ardent supporter!  I have responded previously to others with this question and my response seemed to have triggered a passionate dissent by someone else.  So, it is my sincerest hope that my comments will be received openly.

 

I have been a HypnoBirthing practitioner for several years and many of my birth center clients used this method vs traditional Lamaze.  I also taught "Lamaze" via ICEA and through ASPO for several years. And I just recently retired after 25 years as a nurse midwife.  

 

I am convinced that hypnosis is the only method that truly works. However, as with any method, it's success is directly related to how much you believe it will work, your learning style, and how much time and effort you put into it.  HypnoBirthing, also, is a registered trade name.  Uncapitallized, this method has been capitalized upon by many who do not offer the "real McCoy," but some derivation of it.

 

What I have observed is that women who have had successful "natural" births previously, do very well with Hypnobabies (which, by the way, was to some extent built from HypnoBirthing).  However, with no previous experience with natural birth or with hypnosis, I haven't seen tremendous success.  In fact, 2 of my daughters have used HypnoBabies.  The first one had already birthed beautifully with HypnoBirthing. She and her husband couldn't schedule in weekly classes with their 2nd baby, and also didn't want to repeat the investment.  She did very well with HypnoBabies.  My other daughter used HypnoBabies with her first, and it didn't go well.  Her experience was much like one of the other commenter's experience (Nacogdoches).

 

I believe that most of us learn best when we absorb from a live, warm, body that offers a 2-way conversation.  It allows for follow up and clarification.  It enables the practitioner to assist the couple in developing their language and their technique.  There is just so much more to the live classes than self-teaching through reading and listening to cds.  Yes, that is also part of the HypnoBirthing program, but it is not the entire program.  There is so much to be gained, not only from the practitioner, but from other couples in the group. 

 

I have also noted, since becoming a certified hypnotherapist, that many hypnotists offer hypnosis for childbirth.  Although this may be effective for some people, it is rarely a comprehensive program specific to childbirth.

 

So, I would recommend attending a HypnoBirthing class if one is available and accessible to you.  Otherwise, the home-study program is your next best option.

 

My most sincere and warmest wishes for a lovely August birthing.

post #5 of 20

I've used both Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies. I also became an Instructor in 2007 for Hypnobabies but couple years ago chose to take a break from teaching to raise my (now 3 almost 4!) kiddos. I can tell you this much, Hypnobabies is MUCH more detailed IMO than Hypnobirthing. I started out with Hypnobirthing with my first baby but by the last trimester was realizing that I was not prepared. I was trying to write my own scripts to fill in the holes I felt like I had. I learned nothing about childbirth education or nutrition. Nothing about prenatal exercise or what to expect after birth. I found Hypnobabies and learned more about hypnosis in the first week than I did in the entirety of the Hypnobirthing class - which btw was a live class. I'm not sure how they do it any more but at the time Hypnobirthing was kind of hit or miss with instructors. Hypnobabies - the instructors recertify every year to make sure they're A+. I know, I've done it. ;) 

In Hypnobabies they make sure you're covered in every topic. Prenatal health, nutrition, risk/benefits of your different options regarding every choice to make during labor/birth. They help prepare your birth partner to support you. You name it, they have you covered. It's a great class. 

When it comes to Hypnobabies you have two options. A homestudy course which you go through by yourself, and a live class which is 6 weeks. You NEED at LEAST 6 weeks, but I started at 16 weeks with my 2nd and 3rd kiddo and just repeated the mp3 script schedule over and over again until my birthing time.  I didn't have any instructors in my area and used the homestudy course. I loved it. I found the techniques incredibly useful and STILL use the techniques when I'm having any pain of some sort. It's still there in my subconscious that when I say "peace" or use the "finger drop" (which is a Hypnobabies only thing btw) that I will feel comfort. 

They in no way guarantee an "easy, comfortable birth" however... they're statistics show that moms who DO use this technique, more often then not, DO have easy, comfortable births. However, every birth is different and having a good, caring practitioner DOES make a huge difference. So does having a supportive birth partner. It all matters. 

 

Hypnobabies is also "medical hypnosis" as compared to a general guided imagery. There is a difference between the two. 

 

I've used Hypnobabies 3 times successfully. The last being a very long induction. I have a couple of youtube videos too I could share. ;) 

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thank you to all that replied- this has been very helpful!  I guess I didn't even realize there was much difference between hypnobirthing and hypnobabies.  I don't know which one I'll do, but I do plan to do one. 

 

When is a good time to start hypnobabies?  I think I would benefit from some meditation of some sort since I struggle with anxiety and need a healthy way to deal with stress... 

post #7 of 20

Thanks for all the info! thumb.gif  I am thinking about trying the Hypnobabies home study course this time.
 

post #8 of 20

Any time in the 2nd trimester I think is fine. But if you start earlier rather than later then you'd better be sure to KEEP practicing. If you take a break, then definitely start back up by 32 weeks at the latest. 

 

Oh also, they have a pregnancy affirmations script which is awesome. Also a bubble of peace to help keep negativity out. ;)

post #9 of 20

Mrs. Robertson's description of HypnoBabies sounds very much like my experience with HypnoBirthing.  Many later programs have tried to build a newer, better product based on Marie Mongan's work at HypnoBirthing, including the author of HypnoBabies. When I read the HypnoBabies course book, I was disappointed that I was unable to find some important topics.  Again, HypnoBirthing is a registered trade name.  Many persons teach hypnobirthing (notice a subtle difference?) and many consumers are not aware that their hypnobirthing instructor is not teaching the authentic program. HypnoBirthing requires annual recertification which includes the requirement for continuing education. For those who are interested in learning more about HypnoBirthing, please log on to www.HypnoBirthingInstitute.com.  It is always best to research the websites of the sponsoring organizations.  That is where you'll find the most accurate information about the programs, and where you'll be able to determine which courses are authentic. And where you'll be better able to decide which program appeals most to your learning style.

 

Oh, yes.  One more thing:  there's also a self-study program in HypnoBirthing for those who live in areas where there are no HypnoBirthing practitioners. 

post #10 of 20

Since you mentioned meditation, I found some of the meditation audio tracks on this website to be helpful for relaxation with my first:

 

http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/thumbnails.php?album=65&page=1

 

I know you're not *technically* supposed to meditate laying down, but I found it a nice way to fall asleep.

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by NotYourBuddyGuy View Post

I know you're not *technically* supposed to meditate laying down, but I found it a nice way to fall asleep.

You're not? Whoops. I always lie down and often fall asleep. Maybe that's why I wasn't a success with hypnobabies. :-/
post #12 of 20
I did Hypnobabies with my last pregnancy. My instructor actually suggested listening to the tracks while falling asleep if that was the only time to get it in. She said your subconscious is listening so it still absorbs the info. Anyway, I loved the course and felt it helped a lot. While labor ing at home it was such a great help. I lost it while at the hospital though after some comments my midwife made freaked me out and after that I was never able to redirect myself back to the zone. Overall I found it helpful though and am looking forward to staring it again this time around smile.gif
post #13 of 20

Perhaps you can clarify what you meant, but the author of Hypnobabies most certainly did not base their program off of Marie Mongan's work. Maybe I'm misreading what you said. :) Their program 

was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein's "Painless Childbirth Program" techniques. To suggest otherwise would be false or misleading information. 

 

Originally Posted by cchypnotist View Post

Many later programs have tried to build a newer, better product based on Marie Mongan's work at HypnoBirthing, including the author of HypnoBabies. When I read the HypnoBabies course book, I was disappointed that I was unable to find some important topics.  Again, HypnoBirthing is a registered trade name.  Many persons teach hypnobirthing (notice a subtle difference?) and many consumers are not aware that their hypnobirthing instructor is not teaching the authentic program. HypnoBirthing requires annual recertification which includes the requirement for continuing education. For those who are interested in learning more about HypnoBirthing, please log on to www.HypnoBirthingInstitute.com.  It is always best to research the websites of the sponsoring organizations.  That is where you'll find the most accurate information about the programs, and where you'll be able to determine which courses are authentic. And where you'll be better able to decide which program appeals most to your learning style.

 

Oh, yes.  One more thing:  there's also a self-study program in HypnoBirthing for those who live in areas where there are no HypnoBirthing practitioners. 

post #14 of 20

Same here actually. In fact with every single one of my pregnancies I chose to go to sleep with the tracks on instead of finding the time between crazy kids. lol I found this method worked very well for me. I've already started listening to my deepening and pregnancy affirmations this time around just to battle the first trimester insomnia. 

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Originally Posted by BKGreen View Post

I did Hypnobabies with my last pregnancy. My instructor actually suggested listening to the tracks while falling asleep if that was the only time to get it in. She said your subconscious is listening so it still absorbs the info. Anyway, I loved the course and felt it helped a lot. While labor ing at home it was such a great help. I lost it while at the hospital though after some comments my midwife made freaked me out and after that I was never able to redirect myself back to the zone. Overall I found it helpful though and am looking forward to staring it again this time around smile.gif
post #15 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
 
post #16 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
 
post #17 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
 
post #18 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
 
post #19 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
 
post #20 of 20
I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.

The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.

HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.

HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.

HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.

HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.

HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.

One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.

Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.

HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes

overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
 
you can see this info on childbirthing.org
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