FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a complete childbirth education programme that will help you replace fear of birthing with the ability to birth in the calm, gentle, peaceful and confident way, no matter what turn your birth takes.
Birth is meant to be an amazing, positive experience because nature wants you to do it again and again!
My Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes will give you the knowledge confidence and tools to work together as a team and get the birth you want.
Hypnobirthing Australia™ explains the process of birth and will train you to work with your birthing body. It will also teach you specific breathing techniques for an easier and gentler birth. All the techniques you learn are aimed at helping you achieve a deep state of relaxation which reduces the release of stress hormones and enables your body to release it’s own natural relaxant; endorphins, making your birth the calm, positive experience it is meant to be for you and your baby.
But will it take away the pain?
We don’t promise no pain, but you will be able to manage beautifully.
And we try not to use the word pain. If you read this blog you will understand why.
We also use a combination of evidence-based practices that have been shown to be effective in making labour and birth more comfortable and manageable.
Think of Hypnobirthing Australia™ as providing you with a tool box full of wonderful, proven methods of being in control of your labour and birth.
Should my partner attend?
Partners have a BIG role to play in birth.
However, they can be feel overwhelmed and helpless.
Hypnobirthing Australia™ provides birth companions with information and skills to be a real part of the birthing process.
I am really passionate about partners having a very important role to play in birth and feedback indicates they really get a lot out of my classes (much more than hospital antenatal class). I recently had a couple having their fourth child do my classes and the partner was really glowing about how much he learned and wished he had known with the other three.
Click the link to watch me get a little bit passionate about the subject on the 9 News Today show.
And finally, here’s what parent Dan had to say: “Hypnobirthing gave me all the knowledge, tools, confidence and positive mindset that I really needed to be an effective and supportive birthing partner when our little boy Ted was born in October. The classes were so much more educational than I could have imagined and the birth was such a team effort as a result. Thanks for Pip!”
When should I start classes?
Hypnobirthing Australia™ recommends starting anywhere between 20 to 33 weeks of pregnancy however, I recommend starting classes with Perth Hypnobirthing sooner rather than later. The classes will help you build an equal and confident relationship with your care provider. Plus, with research showing a Fear of Childbirth can increase your risk of postnatal depression by 3 times, it is important to start reducing that fear as soon as possible. Starting early means your baby will also benefit from a calm, positive Mum.
I have also had clients start my course at 36 weeks and still reap the benefits. Read Anna’s story, which shows it is never too late to prepare for a calm, positive birth.
What do I do if I have really, really left it too late for group classes or can’t make it to classes?
If for some reason, the other options don’t meet your needs…
Perhaps you’re over 36 weeks. Perhaps your partner is fly-in fly-out and can’t make a group course. Maybe there are other special circumstances?
It’s not too late! There are always options.
Contact me and we can discuss the possibility of alternate arrangements.
But what if my birth isn’t completely ‘natural’?
I have seen how hard it is to have the birthing experience you want and deserve in a highly medicalised setting. Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes with Perth Hypnobirthing can help you block out the negative, unhelpful advice and policies so that you can listen to your body and birth the way you are beautifully designed to do.
However, one of the things I most like about the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is that is is all about preparing you for a calm, positive birth no matter what turn your birth takes. When we are calm, positive and informed we make much better decisions for ourselves and our babies. So that you will know in your heart you had the best birth possible with the situation you were given. Elizabeth’s story is one great example of this.
Also, I am so proud to be able to offer Hypnobirthing Australia’s WORLD FIRST Positive Caesarean Birth course for when a planned caesarean birth is truly your best option. This is exactly what happened to Rachel.
What is the difference with the Hypnobirthing Australia™ programme?
I originally trained in the Hypnobirthing- The Mongan Method, however as a midwife, childbirth educator and mother of four, I feel the Hypnobirthing Australia programme suits my philosophies around birth better
The emphasis of the programme is to prepare couples for a calm, positive birth regardless of their birth setting and no matter how their baby is born.
Hypnosis for birth has been around for many, many decades. And there are quite a few off shoots around the world.
Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a unique and comprehensive antenatal education programme that has been developed specifically for the Australian context.
Classes are presented in a modern and interactive way, with all material specifically designed to reflect the Australia experience of birthing. So to receive, what I believe is the best, most up to date hypnobirthing programme, make sure your practitioner is a Hypnobirthing Australia™ Certified Practitioner.
There are other childbirth preparation programmes out there but after over 20 yrs as a midwife and nearly 15 yrs, as I childbirth educator, I honestly believe the Hypnobirthing Australia™ programme really is the best course around to give you the knowledge, confidence and tools to have a calm, positive, gentle yet empowering birth.
Does it work?
Hypnobirthing has become increasingly popular in Perth over the last year.
I get many referrals from Midwives working in public and private hospital all over Perth as they see the difference Hypnobirthing makes. Even a few private obstetricians are recommending their clients look into hypnobirthing.
“We had a wonderful midwife who asked in a whispered voice if we were hypnobirthing and she led us to a darkened room, put a mattress on the floor, got a ball etc and was just amazingly respectful and supportive.”~ Melinda, Perth Hypnobirthing Client
Several reviews of self-hypnosis for birth around the world and here in Australia have shown a reduced use of pharmaceutical analgesia, better birth outcomes, and a greater satisfaction with their birth in women who used hypnosis for birth compared with those who didn’t. Do your Google research, it is a great tool, but also ask around and read the birth stories from my clients.
“ Our son was born 3 weeks early, successfully using the hypnobirthing method for the second time. No epidural, no gas or air and not even some panadol. It was amazing and I wish I could go into labour every month haha. People think I’m crazy :).” – Nat, Perth Hypnobirthing Client
How do I book a class?
To Book into this fantastic course email me directly at email@example.com or call me on 0419914196
What is Perth Hypnobirthing’s Refund Policy?
A $165 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking – the final payment is due 7 days prior to the course start date.
The entire course fee is due 7 days prior to the course start date. In cases where the enrollee withdraws, they are entitled to a refund (less the non-refundable deposit) up to the course start date or they may change to a later course date. All changes must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the unlikely event that classes are cancelled by your Perth Hypnobirthing Practitioner, a full refund is applicable.
* Pip, Vicki, and Sam run the classes personally and may from time to time fill in for each other; however in the case of all of them being unable to take the class due to extenuating circumstances, a qualified and experienced Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner will take the class in their absence.