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Hypnobabies Review

24 Comments 10 April 2012

Welcome to the Bring Birth Home resident expert series. This is the second of six guest posts from Mavi Gupta, M.D., C. C.Ht. Board Certified Physician, Headache Specialist and Hypnotherapist & Jeremy Dyen, C.Ht. Certified Hypnotist, professional musician and teaching artist.

Part 1: What Hypnosis Is (And What It Is Not)

Part 3: Hypnobirth Case Study

Mavi and Jeremy are also the creators of Birth Relaxation Kit. If you’ve been loving this content series, and/or interested in birth hypnosis, scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll see a form to input your email. Once you do that you’ll be redirected to new page where Mavi has recorded a presentation with important tips to eliminate anxiety and have the healthiest, most comfortable birth. You’ll also be given details about Birth Relaxation Kit, and can make a purchase by clicking the link under the presentation.

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What Is Hypnobabies?

Hypnobabies is a childbirth education course using hypnosis.

Hypnobabies was created by Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI, a certified hypnotherapist and childbirth educator. After her own painful childbirth experiences, she sought out and discovered hypnosis. Over time she developed her program, which now includes Gerald Kein’s “painless chilbirth” techniques, among other ideas and concepts.

The goal of Hypnobabies is for expectant mothers to have safe, unmedicated and comfortable births.

Here’s why we think the Hypnobabies home study course for expectant mothers is an effective program

The program helps you feel positive about childbirth by allowing you to create what Tuschhoff calls a “bubble of peace,” in which negative influences about birthing cannot get in. This aspect of Hypnobabies alone is very empowering for those who have experienced anxiety about birthing.
 

What You Get

You get 12 hypnosis sessions on CDs.

Each session addresses a different aspect of hypnosis for childbirth, and the sessions have a set order to progressively train expectant mothers for a comfortable and joyous birth.

Hypnobabies is comprehensive.

The Hypnobabies workbook is not just about hypnosis, but also includes some information on nutrition, comfort in pregnancy, birth plans, optimal fetal positioning and breastfeeding information.

You can use this course in the privacy and comfort of your own home. It can often be challenging to learn these techniques or to relax in a class setting.

Even if you don’t experience a completely pain-free birth after using Hypnobabies, you may enjoy the benefits of better pregnancy sleep, shorter labor and a more comfortable birth.
 

Some Highlights Of Hypnobabies

Highlights include learning self-hypnosis, creating hypno-anesthesia and the advanced fear-clearing session.

In learning Self-Hypnosis, you learn how to instantly enter hypnosis on your own.

Creating Hypno-Anesthesia is the session that includes Gerald Kein’s “painless childbirth” in which you learn how to practice “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis,” and move around comfortably and freely during birth.

The Fear-Clearing Session helps release fears and concerns, including past birthing experiences, negative influences and any anxiety about childbirth or parenting.
 

The Not So Good About Hypnobabies

While we have a lot of great things to say about the Hypnobabies program, there are a few things we would change about it.

The Workbook Needs Some Work

The workbook borders on being unprofessional with the number of *asterisks*, bolds, underlines, ALL CAPS and exclamations! Most of the information is great, but we found it extremely distracting to read something written that way. In addition, the pieces are written by numerous people, some things pulled from here, some from there and lacks a cohesive whole.

Comprehensive Childbirth Course?

Although this is a comprehensive childbirth course, you can find most of the information in the workbook online or in other books about labor. We’re not convinced Hypnobabies’ selling point should be that it is a comprehensive childbirth course. In other words, you might be better off spending less on a hypnobirthing program that is not a full childbirth class, or just purchasing a few of the Hypnobabies CDs.
 

About The Price Of Hypnobabies

Speaking of price, $147.95 is high.

Isn’t it possible to make it more affordable? Maybe $100 or less? Hypnobabies used to buy back their home study course for about half the price, but that is no longer the case.

Distractions

Keeping in mind that every hypnotherapist’s approach is different, we sometimes found the inflections and word choices on the recordings to be distracting. We felt that some words were repeated too often, or were over-emphasized. This sometimes broke the hypnotic trance.

We also did not like the background music used in the recordings.

There were moments when the music bordered on ominous (especially at the beginning of each session) especially at a time when we envisioned peace. Plus, on some of the recordings the music would end and then start over again, which was jarring.

Less Is More

We found the Pushing Baby Out and other birthing day sessions unnecessary. Hypnobabies might actually be better off with a few less CDs.

Ideally, if you have already learned self-hypnosis, you may need to listen during birth. It is unlikely that the timing of your birthing waves (contractions) or progression of your labor will be in sync with any recording. And if you do choose to listen to the recordings, it is more comforting to work with recordings that you are already familiar with, rather than a brand new CD.

We believe music provides a much better backdrop during labor and can actually be a great focal point when breathing and visualizing through birthing waves.
 

Final Thoughts About Hypnobabies

We think it is a little presumptuous for Hypnobabies to say they are the only “Eyes Open” birth hypnosis program.

Hypnobabies does teach this technique in a specific way, using their “lightswitch” and “finger drop” techniques.

But remember:

Hypnosis is a natural state that we all go in and out of daily, with our eyes open. This could even be when driving (and often it is!). So an “Eyes Open” technique is a complicated way of pointing out the fact that you can experience hypnosis with your eyes open just as effectively as with your eyes closed. The truth is, once you practice hypnosis regularly, and once you know that you can enter a hypnotic state on your own, you can really use any cue word or “switch” that you decide.
 

If You’d Like To Continue Learning About Hypnobirthing…

Mavi and Jeremy have recorded a 50 minute informational presentation about hypnobirthing.

In this FREE presentation below, you’ll find out:

  • Detailed and somewhat shocking facts about epidurals and how you can create “natural anesthesia” during birth.
  • Why anxiety about birth has raised C-section rates and how you can avoid them.
  • Unconventional techniques to shorten labor, decrease pain and avoid medical interventions.
  • One easy technique to relax, sleep better and empower you during pregnancy.
  • Motivation tips for positive birth and lifelong health.

Also included is a 40 minute interview with me and Mavi about further advice for expectant mothers who would like to consider hypnobirthing.

We’ll also send you -via email- more information about hypnobirthing including the following:

    • The Science Of Stress: Why It Is Bad For You, Your Baby And Your Birth
    • How To Relax In 5 Minutes With This Specific (and Easy) Breathing Exercise
    • What Induction Can Do To Your Child’s Brain – A new study that reveals the truth about Pitocin and neurological diseases

Get Started By Filling Out The Form Below:






Birth Relaxation Kit

What Hypnosis Is (and What It Is Not)

6 Comments 09 April 2012

Welcome to the Bring Birth Home resident expert series. This is the first of six guest posts from Mavi Gupta, M.D., C. C.Ht. Board Certified Physician, Headache Specialist and Hypnotherapist & Jeremy Dyen, C.Ht. Certified Hypnotist, professional musician and teaching artist.

Part 2: Hypnobabies Review

Part 3: Hypnobirth Case Study

Mavi and Jeremy are also the creators of Birth Relaxation Kit. If you’ve been loving this content series, and/or interested in birth hypnosis, scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll see a form to input your email. Once you do that you’ll be redirected to new page where Mavi has recorded a presentation with important tips to eliminate anxiety and have the healthiest, most comfortable birth. You’ll also be given details about Birth Relaxation Kit, and can make a purchase by clicking the link under the presentation.

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Many people have misconceptions about what hypnosis is and how it works.

Watch this video to learn the benefits of hypnosis. You’ll also discover common myths surrounding hypnosis. After you watch the video, read the short article below to learn how and why hypnosis works for childbirth.

Myth #1:
Hypnosis is some kind of magic and hypnotists have special powers.

Facts:
Hypnosis is a normal state that we all experience regularly. Hypnotists and hypnotherapists simply have training, knowledge and experience with human behavior.

Myths about hypnotists using special mind-control techniques come from Hollywood.

Myth #2:
Hypnosis is some kind of mind control that puts you in a zombie-like state… that you can be made to do something against your will.

Fact:
Hypnosis is simply a state of heightened suggestibility. YOU are in complete control of your mind and body.

Myth #3:
You are asleep or unconscious during hypnosis.

Fact:
Hypnosis influences your subconscious mind. Although you can fall asleep during a hypnosis session, you are fully aware of what you are doing and what’s going on around you.

In fact during childbirth, you can be in a hypnotic state and still walk around with your eyes open.

Myth #4:
Hypnosis will only work for certain people.

Fact:
Anyone can be hypnotized.

The success of hypnosis depends on a person’s motivation and willingness to participate, as well as the competency of the hypnotherapist, recordings or scripts.

Why Hypnosis Works For Childbirth

Relaxation during hypnosis opens your mind to powerfully positive suggestions about birthing. It also reduces stress.

Practiced regularly, hypnobirthing breaks the fear-tension-pain cycle so common in birthing. Very often, labor pain is caused by tensing during contractions. Hypnosis effectively gets you to relax during them, thus reducing pain.

The mindset shift you experience by practicing hypnosis during pregnancy empowers you to make clear-headed, informed decisions about your birth. It allows you to shift from fear-based birthing to positive, healthy birthing.

Finally, hypnosis is completely safe and natural for you and your baby.

 

If You’d Like To Continue Learning About Hypnobirthing…

Mavi and Jeremy have recorded a 50 minute informational presentation about hypnobirthing.

In this FREE presentation below, you’ll find out:

  • Detailed and somewhat shocking facts about epidurals and how you can create “natural anesthesia” during birth.
  • Why anxiety about birth has raised C-section rates and how you can avoid them.
  • Unconventional techniques to shorten labor, decrease pain and avoid medical interventions.
  • One easy technique to relax, sleep better and empower you during pregnancy.
  • Motivation tips for positive birth and lifelong health.

Also included is a 40 minute interview with me and Mavi about further advice for expectant mothers who would like to consider hypnobirthing.

We’ll also send you -via email- more information about hypnobirthing including the following:

    • The Science Of Stress: Why It Is Bad For You, Your Baby And Your Birth
    • How To Relax In 5 Minutes With This Specific (and Easy) Breathing Exercise
    • What Induction Can Do To Your Child’s Brain – A new study that reveals the truth about Pitocin and neurological diseases

Get Started By Filling Out The Form Below:






About Our Featured Experts

Mavi Gupta, M.D., C. C.Ht.
Board Certified Physician, Headache Specialist and Hypnotherapist. Mavi is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and The University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
 
 
Jeremy Dyen, C.Ht.
Certified Hypnotist, professional musician and teaching artist. Jeremy is one of the most sought after keyboard players in Philadelphia. He has recorded on John Legend’s Grammy award winning cd, Get Lifted. He’s performed with G-Love, Digable Planets, Zakir Hussain, and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.

Birth Relaxation Kit

Pain-Free Childbirth?

1 Comment 08 April 2012

Pain-free childbirth is not possible right?

WRONG!

I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes, thinking: not possible. Or not possible for me.

Well it is possible.

It’s all about relaxation, and the techniques used to get relaxed.

WAY RELAXED.

You see, labor pain is caused by tension during contractions.

Certain birth relaxation techniques effectively gets you to relax during the birthing process, thus reducing pain.

I’m no expert at this, but I’m insatiably curious about the topic…

So what did I do?

I recruited a couple of experts on the topic.

Let me introduce Mavi Gupta, M.D., C. C.Ht. and Jeremy Dyen, C.Ht.

They successfully used certain advanced birth relaxation techniques when Mavi birthed their daughter Anjali at home, pain-free.

I’ve been speaking with them for months about this topic. These two are the real deal.

This week, we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts from them that will help you understand how to have a pain free birth.

So…we’ll be emailing you for the next six or seven days that links to the blog with a new post from Mavi and Jeremy. I think you will REALLY enjoy this IF you’re interested in how to manage the pain of childbirth without any drugs or interventions.

Plus, you might be surprised to learn about the technique they recommend most.

If it’s not for you, share it with someone you care about!

It’s all coming this week.

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