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Q ~ I’m expecting a baby and very excited about learning hypnosis for childbirth! Why do I need to learn    an entire Home-Study Course? Isn’t it enough to just read a book and listen to a CD or two?
A ~ That depends on what your goals are for your baby’s birth. If you want a more relaxed birth, then simply reading a book and listening to a CD may be enough for you to feel satisfied with your birthing experience. If however, what you are looking for is a truly comfortable and much easier birth, you are going to have to prepare for it with dedication! Hypnobabies is very successful in this area, and has daily “HomePlay” that needs to be done to achieve success.

Q ~ What is the difference between Hypnobabies and a typical hypno-birthing course?
A ~ Please see our Unique Benefits page for information on this very important question

Q ~ What kind of “work” will I be doing as I prepare for my child’s birth using Hypnobabies?
A ~ Surprise! This is the easiest thing that you will do as you prepare for your baby’s birth. You’ll take some time for yourself every day learning to relax deeply, listen to beautiful messages (CDs) about having a comfortable and easy birthing experience, and become more confident that pregnancy is a normal, healthy state of being and the miracle of birth is peaceful. You’ll read important information (in your Hypnobabies workbook) on how to make excellent birthing choices and plan the birth of your dreams. Best of all, you’ll bond with your sweet baby during each hypnosis session, and become in tune with your own needs, your own body, your own mind.

Q ~ How will I learn my Hypnobabies Home Study Course?
A ~ There are 5 Hypnobabies classes in the course: you’ll learn the information in each Class in one week’s time, and then move on to the next Class/week. Each Class you’ll be learning and participating in a new part of the program, first by reading a bit in your Hypnobabies workbook, and by listening to one hypnosis “script” daily, (that week’s CD). Next, you’ll learn and practice a cue for instant self-hypnosis called the “Finger-drop Technique”. The “Finger-drop Technique” is important since it will be the way that you enter hypnosis when you have a contraction during your labor. Please be aware that it is very important that you listen to one CD track every day (approx. 30 – 35 minutes each) and practice your “Finger-drop Technique” several times each day. (30 seconds to 2 minutes each practice) The more you practice and participate in the program the more comfortable you’ll feel when your Birthing Time actually arrives. This is because hypnosis and relaxation techniques become much more effective through repetition which compounds the effects.

Q ~ I’m a single Mom. Can I use the Hypnobabies Home Study Course Successfully?
A ~ Yes! If you are a single mom, or one whose significant other will not be able to participate in your Hypnobabies program with you, please feel confident that you can do this by yourself. Even though there are many references to the Birth Partner throughout our course, (for the Hypno-moms who do have one) Hypnobabies is easily used very effectively  by women who are learning the program by themselves. Master Hypnotists, Gerald Kein, developed his original “Painless Childbirth” hypnosis techniques (which we use in Hypnobabies), so that women could feel confident doing them alone if they so chose. Our Hypnobabies self-hypnosis and deepening cues are easily learned and used, and we provide you with a “Birth Guide” CD which is similar to having a Birth Partner whisper powerful Hypnobabies cues and phrases to you through your Birthing Time, which keeps you in hypnosis; deeply relaxed and comfortable. Many Hypnobabies moms have successfully used our program by themselves and had a wonderful birthing, and you can too!
Q ~ Will I be able to move around and be awake if I want to be, and be aware of my body and my baby during my labor using hypnosis?
A ~ Absolutely! Being in Hypnobabies’ “Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis” is not like being asleep or detached from the sensations of your baby’s birth. You are awake and aware of everything going on around you (if you want to be!), and you experience baby’s every movement. You remain deeply in hypnosis, confident and calm and comfortable, even while moving and changing positions. Your Hypnobabies hypno-anesthesia technique allows you to experience all the power of childbirth without the discomfort.

Q ~ I only have 2- 3 weeks left before my baby is due! Do I have time to complete the Hypnobabies Home-Study Course for Expectant Mothers?
A ~ Unfortunately…no.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Hypnobabies Home-Study Course for Expectant Mothers is a 5 week childbirth hypnosis course. This means that it takes 5 weeks to *learn* the deep hypnosis techniques that will enable you to have a much easier and more comfortable birthing, and then you will need time to *practice them* as well for several weeks. For the best benefit, it is actually optimum for you to have at least 2 months or more time to complete your Hypnobabies course and to practice your hypnosis cues and techniques. Please order by (at least) 7 months of pregnancy to allow for enough time to complete and practice our childbirth hypnosis course materials and techniques. We want all of our Hypno-Moms to enjoy their baby’s birth to the fullest!

Q ~ Does Hypnobabies really work?
A ~ Yes! For those who learn, practice and use our Hypnobabies techniques during their baby’s birthing as directed, the results are wonderful, easier and much more comfortable births than any other natural childbirth method can provide. Please see our Unique Benefits page for some insightful quotes from home study moms.

Q ~ How does hypnosis for childbirth work?
A ~ Like computer data entry. If you want to create a document to use later, you open one, enter the text and save the contents in a “file”, then give the file a name. Later, when you want to edit or modify that document, you find the file name and open it, add to the document text and save it again. When you are completely finished with your document, you find the file by its name, complete and ready, and print it out for your use.

In Hypnobabies, our “files” are our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of CD tracks and paper scripts, and all you have to do is listen to them. In doing so, you train your inner mind, just like entering text into a document, about what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training, just like the text in your document, and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. The inner mind accepts that the normal birthing sensations you’ll have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train your inner mind to accept cues and techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use the cues on your birthing day, just like printing out your document, they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable birthing experience.

A ~ To learn more: Download our free “What is Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Childbirth?” MP3 with a 20 minute explanation of what hypnosis and Hypnobabies are, and a special gift – our free “Instantly Calm” hypnosis session MP3, which allows you to actually experience deep relaxation and a hypnotic state, as well as learn a special cue that trains you to become calm and relaxed in any situation, which you can use for the rest of your life!

Q ~ I’m a childbirth/medical/hypnosis professional/doula. Can I order the Home-Study course and learn to teach couples childbirth hypnosis?
A ~ No. Our Hypnobabies Home Study Course is only for expectant mothers to use in preparation for their baby’s birth. It cannot be used to train anyone to become a childbirth hypnosis instructor, and professionals cannot “teach” Hypnobabies or any kind of birth hypnosis from this course. Only birth professionals who have been certified through Hypnobabies Network by taking our Hypnobabies Instructor Training can teach Hypnobabies, and the Instructor materials are quite different.

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