Frequently asked questions

What exactly is HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing® is a method that guides and prepares a woman in giving birth in a natural, peaceful and beautiful way. The program includes special breathing techniques, relaxation, visualisation, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive excercises. Most importantly it is built on mutual respect for not only the mother, but also the birthing family, as well as the health-care provider in a traditional health-care system or an alternative setting. HypnoBirthing® is unique, in that it considers the psychological, as well as the physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, independent of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, a hospital, or a birth center. This is a childbirth education class that will help you to prepare for the birth that YOU want. HypnoBirthing® is: A life experience About Family Respect for Parents wishes Gentle & calm Natural Birthing instinct Actively seeking right care provider Empowering parents A Celebration of life HypnoBirthing® is not:
A Medical event About science About Dr’s / Nurses Midwives Anatomy About ‘getting through Labour’

Is HypnoBirthing® safe?

Yes! HypnoBirthing® and Hypnosis is absolutely safe for you and your baby. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage hypnosis has left a lot of people with a unrealistic, farcical view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can't) do. The misconception that many people hold is that hypnosis is something magical, mystical or dangerous. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is a very rational and logical form of therapy that looks at the subconscious part of the mind - where habits, fears and memories are stored. To access it you simply relax to a deep enough level that you 'remember' the relevant information that is hard to access on a day to day level. Accessing this state of consciousness is extremely comfortable and relaxing, just like those moments before you fall asleep and as you start wake up in the morning. You'll feel very relaxed, yet your mind will still be highly focused and aware. This in itself is very beneficial, particularly for those suffering with stress and anxiety issues, as it relaxes, refreshes and invigorates the mind and body. Everyone has experienced this relaxed state, although they may not have called it hypnosis. We all go in and out of different levels of consciousness all day. Daydreaming, reading, driving are all examples of every day tasks when we may enter an altered state of awareness.

Who is HypnoBirthing® suitable for?

HypnoBirthing® is suitable for all mums and dads who want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience. The best time to do HypnoBirthing® is from 12 - 21 weeks, so that you have enough time to practice the techniques learned. However it is never too late to opt for an easy, enjoyable birth. If you're pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, "give me an epidural straight away" mindset, then HypnoBirthing® is for you.

What is HypnoFertility®?

HypnoFertility® is a safe and powerful way of increasing fertility, using Hypnotherapy. It is an amazing way to not only connect with your [future] baby, but also remove blocks, or unhealthy habits preventing you from fulfilling your deepest desires. The effects of the mind on the body have been proven time and time again, so it's only natural that the mind has a large roll to play in fertility. Fear is a major factor, and Hyypnotherapy is well known for successfully overcoming fears. Each year millions of dollars are spent to overcome "infertility". While modern medicine has improved, vast amounts of dollars and emotion are spent in pursuit of pregnancies that never happen. That is why HypnoFertility® is becoming one of the most sought-after approaches in fertility today. With amazing success in both natural and ART (Assisted reproductive technology), HypnoFertility® maximises your success, and can be used in conjunction with any other Fertility treatment. Doctors recommend HypnoFertility®. More than just visualization, this is a powerful, precise program that supports the entire fertility process (natural or medically assisted) for optimal results. The HypnoFertility® program has the best possible proof of its success—COUNTLESS BABIES! Using specific techniques to remove subconscious blocks, and re-programme the mind (and therefore the body) to create positive, healthy new habits and beliefs. HypnoFertility® transforms the fear and frustration you're feeling into a powerful and constructive force to help and prepare your body for conception, pregnancy and birth. Unlike typical medical treatments, hypnotherapy can benefit both male and female parents-to-be and can be combined with any medical procedure with impressive results. Not only will it dramatically increase your chances of conception, you also receive the fringe benefits - including stress reduction and relaxation. HypnoFertility® can deal with any health issues such as hormonal imbalances, egg quality and quantity, sperm motility and more, and can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars on unnecessary medical treatments.

Studies on Hypnotherapy and Hypnofertility

There have been a lot of studies that support Hypnotherapy and Hypnofertility. Here are just a few: In 1958 The American Medical Association recognized hypnotherapy as an orthodox medical treatment, and 1961 The American Psychiatric Association endorsed hypnosis as a legitimate therapy. Studies have found hypnosis to be helpful in alleviating physical pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and eating disorders — as well as other mental health disorders. Double your success rate with hypnosis for fertility In May 2006, a case-control study showed that the use of hypnosis dramatically increased the success rates of IVF. The conclusion stated that "This study suggests that the use of hypnosis during ET may significantly improve the IVF/ET cycle outcome in terms of increased IMPLANTATION and clinical pregnancy rates. Furthermore, it seems that the patients' attitude to the treatment was more favorable." Recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association and the journal Fertility and Sterility indicate those using hypnosis have a 42-55% conception rate compared to 20% with IVF alone. A study 2011 published in Fertility and Sterility, found women who participate in a mind-body program for stress reduction while undergoing IVF TREATMENTS have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those who do not (52% versus 20%)[1]. An earlier 2004 study [conducted by Prof. Eliahu Levatis] found the success rate of IVF doubled when subjects underwent hypnosis during IMPLANTATION A recent Israeli study showed that the success rate of IVF TREATMENTS doubled in his test group from 14% to 28%, when the subjects underwent hypnosis during implantation. Professor Eliahu Levitas conducted this study with 185 women. Dr. Gayle Peterson has developed a technique called Body-Centered Hypnosis. Dr. Peterson has found that high anxiety states in the mother must be reduced in order to normalise pregnancy and birth. She sites several RESEARCH STUDIES that suggest a positive link between fertility and treatments based on hypnosis. She is a pioneer in the field of mind/body states and their effects on fertility, pregnancy and birthing. Two studies by Alice Domar Ph.D. support Muir's theory that unresolved issues about having a baby can be removed with counselling and mind-body techniques such as hypnotherapy. In the first study published in 1999 in the Journal of American Women's Medical Association, 42% of 132 INFERTILEwomen in the programme conceived within six months of completing it. In the second study published in 2000 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, 55% of the previously infertile women in a mind-body programme conceived, compared with 20% of the control group who used no mind-body techniques and who did not attend meetings.
Dr. Alice Domar has been published in several important journals, such as Fertility & Sterility (1990 and 2000) and the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (1999). She emphasises "mind/body" techniques that include self-hypnotic suggestions to reduce stresses that interfere with conception and healthy pregnancy. Domar is the author of Conquering Infertility, and other books on the topic. Dr. Ernest L. Rossi specializes in psychobiology, or the relationship between the mind and physical body states. He has done extensive research to suggest that human genes must be in a state of physical readiness for conception to take place, and that hypnotic-type suggestions can activate specific genes, including the IL-1, c-fos, and the CYP17 in a specific order.

At the Institute of Applied Psychology in Lisbon Portugal, a team of researchers led by Katharina Hirschenhauser has concluded that men who actively want to be fathers automatically adjust their TESTOSTERONE LEVELS at exactly the right time (the middle of their partners' menstrual cycles). Perhaps there is no better hypnotic suggestion for a male partner than the idea that he wants to become a father. A 1992 study found that women who participated in mind-body therapy experienced a 34% conception rate compared to 20% with IVF alone. Decreased levels of DEPRESSION, anxiety and anger were also noticed. Another study showed the efficacy of hypnotherapy as compared to psychoanalysis and behavioural therapy. After 620 sessions of psychoanalysis, 38% of the patients reported recovery from their condition, those receiving behavioural therapy improved in 72% of all cases after 22 sessions, while hypnotherapy produced a 93% success rate after only six sessions. In an article by Suzy Greaves entitiled Can Hypnosis Make You Pregnant? Dr. Elizabeth Muir, a clinical psychologist working with hypnotherapy for INFERTILITY , explained how hypnosis affects the hypothalamus (the neural centre at the base of the brain linked to the pituitary gland) and controls the flow of hormones in the body. The hypothalamus is sensitive to stress and acts as a bridge between the emotional and physical, turning emotional messages into physical responses that affect hormone levels. Muir believes that the psychological issues surrounding pregnancy are not sufficiently addressed for many women with FERTILITY PROBLEMS.