As a former Hypnobabies instructor, and I feel fortunate to have discovered how hypnosis can benefit families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
Childbirth professionals can add another dimension to their practice and to their experiences serving women during pregnancy and postpartum by becoming more familiar with hypnosis and encouraging their clients to consider the use of hypnosis during pregnancy and birth.
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In addition to the instructor trainings, a great home study program to consider is the Hypno-Doula Certification Program. This program is open to anyone interested in helping women in births and does not require previous doula experience. Many of the Hypnobabies Instructors offer live Hypno-Doula training workshops, which include the training materials, so if you like live workshops, contact your local Hypnobabies Instructor to see if they have a workshop coming up soon.
Besides the doula and instructor trainings, Hypnobabies offers a comprehensive childbirth education and childbirth hypnosis course, both live and as a home study program. This is a fantastic way for expectant women to learn hypnosis for childbirth when classes are not available in their area. Students of the home study program can also connect with other hypno-moms through a forum that's hosted on the Hypnobabies website.
One of the best ways that Hypnobabies contributes to the childbirth community is with their extensive list of high-quality hypnosis MP3s. These hypnosis tracks can be listened to by any expectant mama, not just Hypnobabies students. From nausea and fear of needles, to helping baby turn from a posterior or breech position, preventing pre-term labor or encouraging baby to come out, to preparing for a planned cesarean, VBAC or twins birth, there is a track for quite a lot of situations that expectant mamas face. There are even MP3s available for the postpartum period!
If you're interested in learning more about hypnosis for childbirth, you can access an introduction to hypnosis audio track and also a relaxation hypnosis track from the Hypnobabies website. The internet has many birth videos from Hypnobabies moms, some of which can be found on the Hypnobabies YouTube Channel. And if you're like me and can't get enough of Hypnobabies, you'll want to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Since beginning my work with expectant moms, I quickly realized that having a baby was more a mental/emotional exercise than a physical one. When I discovered what Hypnobabies was about and learned how hypnosis is the best way to prepare the mind and spirit for childbirth, I knew I had to learn more about it. I'm very passionate about Hypnobabies (can you tell?) and I am always encouraging other birth professionals in my community to look into hypnosis when I find out their clients are faced with various issues and challenges during pregnancy. It seems to be taking hold, since I'm beginning to see a growing stream of referrals.
So, I highly encourage you to look into hypnosis for childbirth, and tell your clients and other birth professionals about the extensive resources that Hypnobabies has to offer women. As a final note, Hypnobabies wants to share the wealth (and as a business coach I just have to mention this opportunity) with birth professionals and moms alike, so they have an affiliate program where members can earn money by promoting Hypnobabies' products.