Hypnobirthing: Next Series Begins September 7th
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO... As many of our clients know, we've recently launched a whole new set of programming focused on Mom, baby, & beyond! We're very happy and excited to welcome such a talented group of instructors as well as being able to offer such a broad range of classes in our small business!
The next Hypnobirthing Series taught by Karen Zelinsky begins Sunday, September 7th. There are only a few spots left so register as soon as you can to reserve a space! There will also be an extra prenatal yoga class that day at 10:30am taught by our very own, Vanessa Green. Here's a FAQ about our Hypnobirthing and Natural Childbirth Classes:
Q: How long does the class run?
A: Hypnobirthing is a 5-week class with each meeting running 2 1/2 hours.
Q: What is Hypnosis? How does Hypnobirthing involve Hypnosis with Birth? What if I can't be hypnotized?
A: Hypnosis has a confusing reputation but is actually an everyday state of deep relaxation or deep concentration. Chances are good you've already experienced the Hypnotic state but did not think of it as what we usually associate with Hypnosis. Hypnobirthing uses self-hypnosis to cope with the fear and anxiety we have surrounding the birth process. After several weeks of practice you have the opportunity to examine and shift your own personal images and beliefs around birth leading to a more positive and confident outlook. This outlook has a dramatic effect on the entire experience of the birth process.
All Hypnosis is self-hypnosis and your instructor actually cannot make you do anything under hypnosis you aren't willing to do. Most people can enter the hypnotic state provided they feel safe and comfortable with the situation and person guiding them. Your instructor will do her utmost to create a safe, comfortable environment.
Q: Do I need to take another (hospital based) Natural Childbirth Class in addition to Hypnobirthing?
A: No. Hypnobirthing is a full Natural Childbirth Class, and will cover the process and stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, and how to formulate a Birth Plan, which effectively communicates your needs and wants to your care providers.
Q: Will this class discuss interventions like epidurals and Cesarean sections?
A: Hypnobirthing itself does not include a section on medical intervention. The philosophy of the class is that you have within you all the knowledge you need to birth on your own. Rather than burden your mind with frightening pictures of procedures you are planning to avoid, we spend our time focusing on developing the techniques and confidence in your own abilities. However, OMBE's Hypnobirthing instructors can certainly answer questions regarding medical interventions, so if you have a specific question please ask. There will be time in the class for discussion of topics you are curious about.
NATURAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION
Q: How is this class different from Hypnobirthing or from my hospital childbirth class? Will this class cover interventions such as epidurals and cesarean sections?
A: This class is a two-day class focused on comfort measures for achieving an unmedicated birth. Unlike Hypnobirthing, it does not use hypnosis to access the mind-body connection, though you will learn relaxation techniques. This class differs from a childbirth class in that the focus is on you and your partner as a family unit, and how you can come together to experience this joyful and transformative event together. We focus on specific positions, massage, and other techniques, rather than on medical interventions to help you achieve a holistic and empowered birth experience.
Due to time constraints this class will not specifically cover medical interventions for childbirth. However, your instructor will be familiar with all the options and will make time to answer any questions you might have regarding hospital procedures or interventions. Handouts with information about specific medical procedures such as epidurals will be provided so you can take home all the information you would need to choose the birth you want to have.
Q: Does my partner have to come to the class also?
A: Yes. This class is designed for moms and their support teams. We encourage you to bring whoever your primary support person will be during the birth. This could be your partner, or another family member if your partner will not be attending the birth for any reason.