Classes may be taught at hospitals, birth centers, and instructors' homes. The instructors' backgrounds can vary widely: hypnotherapist, nurse, doula, or childbirth educator. The more training and experience they have in the fields they are teaching, the better. It will benefit you to interview them before signing up for a class.To locate a class, call local hospitals and physicians' offices, or do a search on the Internet for: "hypnosis, childbirth, education."
Ask the Right Questions
Use this set of questions as a guide when interviewing potential hypnotherapy instructors:
- Do they have a background in childbirth education?
- How long they have been teaching hypnosis for childbirth classes and where do they teach the class?
- How many classes do they teach and how long is each one?
- What materials do they provide with the class (books, DVDs, CDs, scripts, phone help, etc.)?
- How much is the class fee, and is it a group class or private?
- 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?
- How many of their former students have been successful using their childbirth hypnosis course?
- Why did they became childbirth hypnosis instructors? Look for someone with a passion for natural, comfortable birthing!
Hypnosis for childbirth is clearly an option to consider, both for yourself and your baby. Hypnosis techniques have even helped nervous dads cope with their children's births! In addition, the relaxation skills you'll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life.