Hypnobabies and Christian Belief

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Hypnobabies and Christian Belief

So I was wondering if anyone on here is a Christian and has also done hypnobabies. I am thinking about using hypnobabies this time around but I don't know how I feel about it. I don't agree with being "hypnotized" because of what can enter your mind at that time. I am unclear if hypnobabies is really being hypnotized are just getting in a different frame of mind/more relaxed state. I was thinking I could incorporate God/Jesus into the study? From what the website states many Christian moms use this. Anyway opinions would be appreciated Smile

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I've used Hypnobirthing and would love to use hypnobabies. I'm LDS and though I'm taught Hypnotizing is not a good thing, there is also times that it can be of help. Like Hypno therapy, to me that's exactly what this is. Hypnosis for the fun of it to make people do stupid things is what is a no no IMO. But I would suggest praying about it and see how you feel. I prayed about it before I did it and got a good feeling about it. So I think it is a good thing in certain applications.

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I'm fairly non-religious, but my Mother is a conservative Christian who is very much against hypnotism. I'm not doing hypnobabies heart and soul, but I've described the practice to her as more of a mindful preparation. Daily relaxation, deep-breathing practice and visualizing the natural processes of birth.

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Hypnobabies teaches that the state you enter in their program is a state everyone naturally enters everyday while driving, daydreaming, watching TV, reading, getting lost in your work, etc. It is just a structured way to learn how to get to that state, and take full advantage of it, in this case, to change negative ideas about childbirth that have been planted in your core belief system by negative stories you've heard, media portrayals, etc, and to help you learn to look forward to and enjoy your birth.

A common misconception about hypnosis is that it involves giving up power over your own mind. This is not true. You always retain the power to choose to accept or not accept suggestions that are given to you, and to protect yourself from evil or harm. The power for change is in your mind, and hypnosis is an effective way to tap into that power.

It is my belief that in any state, there is always a part of your consciousness that is watching and will step to protect you if there is danger. I have read accounts of hypnotists who recognize this phenomenon. In a book I read, a hypnotherapist recounted a stage hypnosis show he saw in which the hypnotist, not aware of the volunteer's history as a holocaust survivor, was using age regression (a technique that was being used very irresponsibly here) first she told her she was at a party at age 16, and she acted out the memory, but when told her she was 4 years old, the age she was in the concentration camp--she fainted to protect herself from re-living those memories. I also read an account of a hypnosis teacher who instructed a volunteer to stab him, the volunteer picked up the knife, and lifted it, but then dropped it and shuddered. In a story in one of the articles I linked to below, a woman agreed to lie while out of hypnosis, but actually refused while in it. I, myself, had this part of my consciousness help me come to normal conscious awareness during my son's birth so that I could tell my doctor that I absolutely did not want internal monitoring.

One of the quotes on the Hypnobabies website is mine--I talk about how I incorporated the story of Jesus calming the sea with the Hypnobabies tools. This pregnancy, I have chosen to use a "special place" visualization that has a religious significance for me.

I did some reading on the net a while back, looking for different opinions on hypnosis and Christianity, and I found this one, which I think makes some interesting points:

http://www.creationtips.com/hypnosis.html

I also liked this Q&A:

http://www.hypnosisnetwork.com/articles/christianity-and-hypnosis-answers-from-an-academic-and-a-minister

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Thank you ladies!

Brittany- thank for that very in depth answer!! That really helps make it more clear for me. I think I found your quote on the website Smile That is such a cool way to think about it. The links were also very helpful! I think I am going to do the hypnobabies. Did you just use the home study or did you also go to classes?

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I have avoided looking into hypnobabies because of the same concerns you have, but I am sure there are probably ways to incorporate it in ways that are honoring to God. I would also suggest praying about it to see where He leads you. Let us know about your experience if you do decide to move ahead, I'd be interested to read a Christian perspective on it, and will probably check out the links posted by Brittany as well.

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I am not religious, but I really think that the term "hypnosis" is misleading, at least how the term is used in modern society. It's really much more like meditation. I did hypnobirthing for my last birth and I was totally in control of my mind and thoughts...so much so that I could focus intensely on relaxing. It was more like choosing not to pay attention to everything around me and focusing totally on my body. You could easily turn it into a religious experience even, by making your focal point or mantra something from your faith.

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Brittany gave a wonderful answer, I just wanted to ditto that I've been doing the study at home and feel it is in no conflict with my Christian beliefs.

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I did the homestudy because there were no classes in my area. I am actually working on getting certified to teach it. My current area has no childbirth education classes outside of the hospital, and I am really looking forward to providing an alternative.

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An alternative for you is Supernatural Childbirth. There is a book by Jackie Mize on how she had multiple "supernatural" childbirths. I feel like its similar to hypnobabies and like Joy said - you are incorporating your beliefs into it. She calls it supernatural because she didn't have any pain during the deliveries. She was calm, peaceful and kept her body in control by using scriptures and prayer to get through the entire process.

Here is a link to the site where it discusses it. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

SUPERNATURAL CHILDBIRTH

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

An alternative for you is Supernatural Childbirth. There is a book by Jackie Mize on how she had multiple "supernatural" childbirths. I feel like its similar to hypnobabies and like Joy said - you are incorporating your beliefs into it. She calls it supernatural because she didn't have any pain during the deliveries. She was calm, peaceful and kept her body in control by using scriptures and prayer to get through the entire process.

Here is a link to the site where it discusses it. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

SUPERNATURAL CHILDBIRTH

I was going to suggest this book as well! Definitely worth reading.

Personally, I don't believe that meditation (in a secular sense) or hypnosis fit with my biblical beliefs and haven't used any sort of "program" with my births. I believe strongly that our bodies were made to grow and birth babies and feel that those beliefs (which are basically the foundation of Supernatural Childbirth) really gave me calm and confidence in birth.

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I am a Christian and I did the homestudy. I am also a certified Hypnobabies instructor. They have a good link on their website about Christianity and Hypnobabies. At no time are you not in control of your mind. Hypnobabies is all self Hypnosis and you can listen to all the CD's before you use them. Actually I would do that anyway so you hear them on a concious level. Good luck!

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Thank you all for your opinions!! I appreciate it! The more I read about it the more comfortable I am with it. I will continue to pray about it but I now have a much better understanding of it. I still have lots of time to decide since I am only 5 weeks Smile

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I'm a Christian born and raised and I don't think one has anything to do with the other. If I wanted to go down that route I certainly would look into it without thinking that there's anything that goes against God or his word. I just know I'll want the epi lol! Good luck on your decision!