HypnoBirthing FAQs

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What is HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for birth.  Throughout the course, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualisation, and breathing. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing encourages a calm and positive pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.

Who is HypnoBirthing for?

HypnoBirthing® is for all parents wanting to learn in a positive atmosphere, meet like-minded people and feel supported in their choices for their birth.

Classes are interactive, fun, informative and designed to equip parents with the tools necessary to have control over their own birthing experience.

HypnoBirthing focuses on preparing parents for a positive birth experience regardless of the type of birth they are preparing for (first birth, subsequent birth, VBAC or Cesarean).

When should I start classes?

Start anytime from 20+ weeks.  Most couples start between 24 and 30 weeks.  If you are already 36 weeks pregnant, consider a private course that is tailored to your time and schedule.

How can I secure a place on a course?

  1. Fill in a Course Booking Form
  2. Pay a $150 deposit to confirm your place or pay your course fees in full
  3. Once your deposit is received we will mail out your HypnoBirthing® Book and MP3 download
  4. Pay the balance of fees one week prior to course commencement via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and you’re good to go

Are refunds available if my circumstances change?

Yes.  If your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend classes you will be refunded in full less $50 (covers the cost of the HypnoBirthing® Book and CD set, MP3 download, postage and administration fee).  All requests for refunds must be applied for in writing one week prior to course commencement.

How can I prepare for the course?

It is preferable that you and your birthing partner read the HypnoBirthing® Book prior to classes.  This material will also be covered in classes so while it is recommended, it is not essential.  You can also prepare by listening to the Rainbow Relaxation CD each day.

How are HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education classes different from hospital or other antenatal classes?

HypnoBirthing® unlike some other childbirth methods does not focus on pain management, rather its based on the premise that fear creates tension which creates pain in the body.   The five HypnoBirthing® techniques; relaxation, breathing, visualisation, deepening exercises and affirmation help women diminish fears or anxieties that they have in regard to birthing.  You and your birthing companion will learn and practice these techniques in class in order to be able to practice them at home and on your birthing day.  During the course you will also learn about preparing a birth plan and communicating with your care providers.

Why choose the HypnoBirthing® Mongan Method Program?

Self-hypnosis and deep relaxation are very effective birthing techniques. They are acquired skills that need to be learned gradually and practised between sessions. The Mongan Method format ensures that you have the time to develop the conditioned responses that make HypnoBirthing® so successful.

The class schedule allows the time to explore your feelings, to relax with your partner, to resolve and release any anxieties that may arise, and to become acquainted with your baby through pre-birth parenting.  We like to work with you personally and to follow your progress, so that we can work with you and prepare you to be ready, relaxed, and confident as you approach the birth of your baby.

Is HypnoBirthing® a pain free method?

HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily.  When the cause of pain–fear that constricts the birthing muscles—is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants.  HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.

Can my birthing companion and my birthing assistant (e.g. doula) attend classes?

Of course! If you have a doula or friend who you would like to attend your birth to assist you, they are more than welcome to attend along with your birthing companion.  As spaces are limited, please let me know in advance so that I can adjust class numbers accordingly.

Do you run private courses?

Yes, these are best suited to couples who require flexibility with course scheduling (weekdays, weekends or evenings)

Offered in your own home

$790 (Includes complimentary session for either breech turn or induction if required)

Skype courses are also available and I have taught Skype courses with great success

Do you run refresher classes?

Yes, The HypnoBirthing Refresher Workshop is a 2 1/2 hour workshop is tailored to suit your individual needs.

I will offer you a plan of what is usually included in the workshop and you can pick and choose what you would like to cover.

For couples or just for mum.  Available via Skype or in the comfort of your own home.  Evening Skype sessions are a good choice for parents with young children at home.

Do you run classes for  Cesarean Birth?

Yes, I offer a 2 1/2 hour workshop for parents planning a Cesarean Birth.

We will cover: pre-natal bonding, breathing and relaxation for birth, birth preferences for Cesarean Birth and an emotion/fear release.

For couples or just for mum. Available via Skype or in the comfort of your own home.  Evening Skype sessions are a good choice for parents with young children at home.

Placenta Encapsulation FAQs

What’s the difference between TCM and Raw methods?

The main differences between the two methods are:

Traditional Chinese Method: the placenta is washed, gently steamed with warming herbs (lemon, ginger and chilli) then dehydrated before being ground to a fine powder and encapsulated in vegan capsules.  The capsules only contain 100% placenta, nothing else is added.

In the Traditional Chinese Method, the gentle heating stage is said to infuse the placenta with warm yang chi, which is what the body requires in the days following childbirth to heal, replenish and bring the body back to balance.

The Raw Method: the placenta is washed then dehydrated before being ground to a fine powder and encapsulated in vegan capsules.  With Raw Method preparation the placenta is not steamed, only dehydrated as this is thought to better retain nutrients and enzymes.

This process usually takes longer than TCM as it requires longer drying time, however, it generally produces more capsules than TCM.

Go with whatever method resonates more for you, or if you would like half your placenta prepared TCM and half prepared Raw, this costs an additional $20.  The benefits are the same, so it’s more about your preference of method.

What do I need to tell my care provider?

You need to tell them that you are planning to encapsulate (e.g. consume) your placenta so you need your placenta to be given to you after the birth. You can provide a container and/or zip lock bags (preferred) or in most cases the hospital will put your placenta into a sealed small white bucket. The placenta becomes your responsibility until collected by us, we do not collect directly from the hospital Midwives or Obstetricians unless you have a private Midwife or Doula.

What do I do once I’ve given birth to my baby, and placenta?

Once your placenta is given to you, have your partner or your birth companion put it immediately on ice (bring your own esky with ice) or ask to have it put in the fridge while you’re in birth suite.

How long does it take to get my capsules?

You will usually have your capsules back within 24-48 hours. We will notify you in advance if it will take a bit longer 72 hours maximum.   Also, if your capsules are being posted back to you, this may extend the time by 24 hours or by a few days if we need to include the weekend.

How many capsules will I get?

All placentas are different but on average a smaller placenta would produce around 80 capsules, a larger placenta up to 200 or more. Raw method will yield more capsules than TCM due to the steaming stage, which shrinks the placenta somewhat.

How many capsules should I take?

Most mothers take placenta capsules regularly in the first two to six weeks post-partum and then take as required e.g. when lacking energy or feeling tired. We will provide a guide on how many and when to take capsules when you receive them.

When is it not safe to consume my placenta?

It’s generally considered unsafe to consume your placenta in the following circumstances:

  • Medium to heavy meconium staining
  • Placenta has been birthed over a toilet and touched any part of the toilet
  • You are a smoker or have smoked throughout your pregnancy
  • You have taken certain medications throughout your pregnancy (we always have you check this with your care provider first)
  • Your placenta was not put on ice or refrigerated within 3-4 hours of birth
  • Your placenta has not been kept adequately cold from birth to pick up

What if my placenta is taken to pathology after the birth?

This happens in some cases if there are complications with the baby or any uterine infection. If your placenta is taken to pathology for testing, for any reason, it cannot be encapsulated. If this happens to you, we will offer you a refund less your deposit.

What are the benefits to having the tincture and/or homeopathic remedies?

While placenta capsules are solely for the mother to use in the weeks following birth, tincture and homeopathic remedies can be used long after your placenta capsules are gone for both mother and child.

Can I still have encapsulation done if I’m having a Cesarean or if I have an epidural or other labour drugs administered?

Yes, it’s generally considered safe to consume your placenta with the administration of labour drugs, in fact, I have encapsulated for many, many women who have done this will no ill effects. If you are in doubt, always consult with your medical professional first.

If you would like further information please email me.  For further reading or research, I have provided links below:

PBI – research based articles

The Bridge of Life: Options for Placentas 
by Kelly Graff

Disclaimer

The services and products I offer are not clinical or pharmaceutical in nature and have not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.  As a non-medical professional, I have no authority to offer medical advice regarding prevention, treatment or diagnosis of illness or symptoms. By signing this agreement form you acknowledge that you understand the risks and benefits of placenta encapsulation, tincture and homeopathic remedies based on your own research and belief of the placenta’s healing and nutritional properties.