Hypnosis for Childbirth: What Is It and Does It Work?

  1. If they have a background in hypnotherapy. (this is helpful)
  2. If they have a background in childbirth education. (also helpful)
  3. How long they have been teaching hypnosis for childbirth classes, and where they teach the class. (Home, hospital, etc.)
  4. How many classes do they teach and how long is each one.
  5. What materials do they provide with the class. (Books, tapes, CD's, scripts, phone help, etc.)
  6. How much is the class fee, and is it a group class or private.
  7. Do they attend births as a hypnodoula, and if so, how many have they attended. If not, have they trained any local doulas for this?
  8. How many of their former students have been successful using their childbirth hypnosis course. (they should know)
  9. Ask them about why they became a childbirth hypnosis instructor. Hopefully they have a passion for childbirth and a love of natural, comfortable birthing!

It is well worth the time to look into hypnosis for childbirth as an option, both for yourself and for your baby. It is important to remember that many drugs given to a woman in labor reach the baby in less than 5 minutes, in an adult dose, so using hypnosis techniques can help avoid them. The deep relaxation has even helped many a nervous dad to cope as they prepare for their child's birth! In addition, the skills you will learn for relaxation and hypnosis will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Kerry Tuschhoff has taught natural childbirth since 1989, teaches Hypnobabies, Pregnancy Nutrition and Breastfeeding classes, and is Operations Director of Hypnobabies Network in Cypress, Ca. For more information, visit her website.

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