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 Class Content:

Class One: Introduction to Hypnobirthing philosophy

  • HypnoBirthing® beginnings & philosophy
  • How your body works – Discover how the uterus functions during labor
  • The anatomy of comfortable labor and birthing – how & why its possible.
  • What's wrong with labor – when and why labor becomes painful.
  • How fear affects uterine muscles & the birthing process.
  • History of birthing - how it relates to painful modern labors.
  • Self-Hypnosis (deep relaxation) - preparation for labor.
  • Mind-body exercises

Class two: Preparing Mind & Body for Birth / Prenatal Parenting

  • Prenatal and postnatal bonding

  • Prenatal Bonding exercises – for both mom & dad

  • Nutrition during pregnancy

  • Preparing mind and body for birth
    * Deep Relaxation
    * Breathing techniques for a relaxed labor
    * Visualization

  • Progressive and instant relaxation - achieving deep relaxation

  • Hypno-anesthesia / meditation techniques 

Class Three: Selecting a Supportive Care Provider, Formulating a Birth Plan, Your Birthing Environment

  • Light touch massage and partner support techniques

  • Birthing preferences (birth plan, wish list): Home and hospital birth.
    * Admission
    * Labor
    * Birthing
    * Baby

  • Fear Release meditation (eliminating doubt, negative self images and limiting thoughts)

Class Four: Preparing your body, Understanding Induction, Positions for effective labor, Special Circumstances

  • Preparing your body
    * Perineal massage – preventing tears &
    "ring of fire"
    * Pelvic floor exercises
    * Exercising through pregnancy
    * Preparing for squatting
    * Maternal posture and Optimal fetal
    positioning

  • Artificial induction of labor- understanding when your body is ready

  • Achieving labor naturally

  • Looking at your due date

  • Breech presentation, prevention & options

  • Special Circumstances – dealing with complications

  • Birth companion’s role – supporting the laboring mother

  • Birth Rehersal Imagery - your perfect birth?

Class Five: The Process of Labor & Birth

  • How your body works .

  • Onset of labor - thinning and opening

  • As labor progresses

  • If labor stalls or slows
    * misconceptions
    * options
    * natural ways to encourage

  • Protecting the birthing environment

  • Hallmarks of advanced labor - nearing completion

  • Maternal positions during descent and birthing

  • Birth

  • Post-birth – the marvelous placenta

  • The fourth trimester - Babymoon

  • Benefits of breastfeeding

  • Your Birthing Day – meditation. 

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