Hypnobirthing is a modern, evidence based approach to childbirth education built upon wisdom, philosophies and practices passed down throughout history. The course aims to help women and their birth partners achieve a positive and empowered labour and birth experience.
The choice is really up to you. The hypnobirthing course covers what to expect, arms you with labour calming and coping techniques and tools for releasing any labour or birth associated fears you might have. Hospital run antenatal classes tend to provide a lot of education and more focus on medical interventions and procedures that may occur during labour and birth. I encourage you to do whatever it takes to feel well informed and ready with the knowledge you need to prepare for your birth whether that means doing both courses or just the hypnobirthing.
You can choose to start classes any time but I recommend starting between 20-30 weeks gestation would be ideal. This will allow you to have enough time to practice using the tools you will learn and also help you keep it fresh for your upcoming labour and birth.
Of course! The tools and skills you will learn in order to stay relaxed and focused can be applied in any birth situation to help you keep calm and focused. Many women who have had planned caesareans have also found benefits after their births and reported minimal or no pain relief following their births and a quicker return to everyday activities.
Yourself and your companion/birth partner. This may be your spouse, mother, other relative, friend, doula-whoever you think would be your best support during throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth. If you would prefer not to bring anyone along for the course, you may also come solo.