Hypnobirthing FAQs

Below you will find a list of hypnobirthing frequently asked questions:

Does my partner/husband have to attend the classes?

Yes - birthing companions are a very important part of HypnoBirthing success. However, if your partner/husband cannot attend all the classes and/or help you practice or attend the birth, your mother, sister or friend can also be your birthing companion. Whoever you choose (and we strongly recommend it's the father if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with t...

When should I start the classes?

Somewhere between 25-30 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do. However, provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it's still going to help.

Is there a HypnoBirthing home-study course, or CDs, tapes and/or videos I could buy?

No. There are no authorised HypnoBirthing home-study courses. Although the book and CD are available separately from Amazon.com and The HypnoBirthing Association, they are designed to be used as part of an practitioner-led course. HypnoBirthing is only taught through a series of classes either as a private session for you and your partner or group classes However, it should be re...

How much do HypnoBirthing classes cost?

A private course for you and your partner costs £260 for 4 sessions that run up to 2hrs, that’s equivalent to only £65 per session and includes Katherine Graves hypnobirthing book, a relaxation CD and a comprehensive folder of techniques and advice. We also offer  small group classes costing £130 per couple, that’s equivalent to £32.50 per class p...

When and where do HypnoBirthing classes run?

You can have private classes for you and your partner in your own home or attend one of our group classes The HypnoBirthing course is designed to be run over four classes to give you the chance to go away and practise the techniques, and then come back and get assistance and guidance from your practitioner at the next class. NB: If you are offered a course that is less than 12.5 hour...

Can you guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth?

No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. However, as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of HypnoBirthing mums don't need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don't experie...

I'm scared of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is HypnoBirthing safe?

Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can't) do. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation where you remain fully in control and are able to communicate and respond easily.

Will I be out of it if I use HypnoBirthing?

No, absolutely not. With HypnoBirthing you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just 'tune out' the distractions. 

Who is HypnoBirthing suitable for?

HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mums second time mums and more. We help women who are scared of birth because they've never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.

Who does Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing has become increasingly popular and mainstream. It is no longer considered ‘alternative’ or ‘hippy’ but is seen as a common sense solution for many mothers-to-be who want to give birth in a calm, relaxed and natural way, without the extensive use of drugs. As well as the thousands of mums across the country who have Hypnobirthed their babies, a numbe...

What if it’s not my first baby?

It makes no difference if it’s your first baby or your fifth. If you have previously had a baby and would like to feel more in control of your next labour, or for it to be a more positive experience than the last, then Hypnobirthing is definitely for you.

What if I need an induction or Caesarean?

There is no blue-print for the perfect birth and whatever direction a baby’s birth takes can still be an empowering and happy experience even if it is not the hoped for scenario. Hypnobirthing can still help you to feel relaxed and positive about an induction or Caesarean.

How can I be sure that Hypnobirthing will work for me?

Once you have started your lessons you just need to practise, practise, practise! It really is that simple. The more you practise, the more effective Hypnobirthing is likely to be for you. Even if you don’t manage to practise as much as you would have liked, everything you have learnt in your lessons will help in your labour to trust in your instincts, remain calm and confident, and be...

What is the father’s role in Hypnobirthing?

The father’s role in Hypnobirthing is to provide a solid support system for the mother. He should become as involved as they both would like him to be in it. This could involve reading his partner scripts daily, reminding her to do relaxations, practising the gentle touch massage that you will learn, and anything else that she finds helpful. In addition, he will learn how to ask the ri...

Should I do the lessons alone or with my partner?

Most mothers attend Hypnobirthing lessons with their partner or the person who will be with them at their baby’s birth as it is very helpful for them to understand its principles and to help you to practise. However, it is entirely possible to learn and use Hypnobirthing on your own.

When should I start the lessons?

You can start as early or as late as you like. As long as you keep up the practice, the earlier you start is generally better, but most people will begin lessons around 2-3 months before they are expecting their baby. Even if you didn’t learn until the day before your baby’s arrival Hypnobirthing would still help you.

What will I learn in your lessons?

You will learn how fear and tension are the primary causes of pain during labour. Once you understand this, you can learn how to release all of your fears and worries about pregnancy and birth to achieve a state of deep relaxation whenever you want – especially during your labour. We will show you how visualisation can produce a physical result from your body, helping to speed up y...

Does Hypnobirthing mean I will be under hypnosis?

Well if you are thinking swinging watches and pretending to be a chicken it really is very different! In Hypnobirthing, you will have put yourself into deep relaxation – this is known as self-hypnosis; it’s like a more focussed version of the feeling you get when you are day-dreaming. Whilst in this mindset you remain entirely in control, and can hold conversations and make decis...

What do midwives and medical professionals think of Hypnobirthing?

All midwives these days are aware of Hypnobirthing, some have even trained to teach it themselves. The vast majority understand what is involved, and virtually all would love to be there at a Hypnobirth because it is such a wonderful experience. The NHS launched an extensive 18 month study into how Hypnobirthing can help relieve pain in childbirth. The results are yet to be published but...

What is the effect of Hypnobirthing on my baby?

Hypnobirthing helps mothers to give their babies the best possible start in life – bringing them into the world in a calm and natural way. This means that because Hypnobirthing babies are not traumatised from a difficult delivery they often do not cry at birth, score highly on their APGAR tests showing that they are alert and healthy, and grow into calmer and happier babies who sleep a...

Does Hypnobirthing mean a pain-free labour?

Many women report no pain in labour at all using Hypnobirthing, while others feel that it gave them a birth experience that was considerably less painful than they had anticipated or experienced previously. While most Hypnobirthing mothers wish to eliminate the need for medical pain relief, every person is different and if a mother finds that she is experiencing discomfort there is no re...