Teaching mothers and birth partners techniques for beautiful, calm and positive birthing.
What is Hypnobirthing?
The Hypnobirthing Australia program provides positive childbirth education uniquely designed for Australian mothers and their birth partners. When a birthing mother is prepared with knowledge about the birth process, tools to stay positive, calm and comfortable through labour, has good support, and a method of preparation for both mind and body, birth can be a very positive and empowering experience.
What will I learn?
Hypnobirthing uses a combination of different philosophies and evidence-based techniques. You will learn breathing, relaxation, massage and self-hypnosis techniques, along with knowledge and tools to assist you to make well-informed decisions along the way. Your birth partner takes on a special role, and they will learn how they can best support you throughout labour and birth.
The ‘hypno’ part of ‘hypnobirthing’ refers to the hypnotherapy that we use to let go of fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins during our birth. With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience, one where you are in the driver’s seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce your need for interventions during your birthing.
Achieving a Positive Birth
A positive birth is whatever you define it as. Whether you have a natural birth, require interventions, or have a caesarean birth, the use of self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques can be of great advantage to both yourself and your baby. Hypnobirthing will prepare you to calmly meet whatever turns your birthing journey might take.
These are the four key areas of focus in preparation for a positive birth experience:
Life is unpredictable and there are many situations that could impede with your future fertility, such as:
Massage, touch & acupressure
Optimal positioning of baby
Healthy diet & exercise
Routine of practice
Hormones & physiology of birth
Bonding with baby
Tools & techniques
Choices in maternity support
We at Hypnobirthing Australia know the ingredients required for a positive birth. That is why we are Australia’s fastest growing childbirth education course, taught privately and in hospitals/birthing centres throughout Australia! The Hypnobirthing Australia program is unique to other childbirth programs in that it is down-to-earth, empowering, and completely geared towards parent’s needs.
Classes can be attended at any stage through pregnancy, however 20-33 weeks is the ideal time to start. Parents find the hypnobirthing techniques to be down-to-earth, straightforward and easily learned. Hypnobirthing Australia classes are structured in a way that the support partner is encouraged to attend. Participants receive:
- twelve hours of teaching time
- two albums of relaxation and self-hypnosis tracks
- folio of visualisations, hypnosis scripts, relaxation and breathing tools
- video of a birth rehearsal utilising the techniques
- Hypnobirthing eBook
- links to additional reading materials
Classes are run on weekends and evenings. See ‘2019 Course Dates & Fees’ tab for more information. Spaces are limited, so call or email Fertility Tasmania reception to register your interest.
I’m sorry, did you say HIPPO-birthing? Or was it HIPPIE-birthing? No – it’s HYPNO-birthing!! But we’ll forgive you, because it can be confusing! As Hypnobirthing Australia practitioners, we are passionate about what we do, and excited about the difference we can make, but we also understand that there are potentially some misconceptions out there about what it is exactly that we do. Media reports, stories told by celebrities, social media posts, and marketing from other birth education -providers mean that there are sometimes some mixed messages out there, and we’d hate to think that those mixed messages might deter people from doing what we believe is the best birth education course around!
SO, let’s spend some time de-mystifying this ‘mystical’ term!
Misconception Number 1: A hypnobirth is a pain-free birth.
This is isn’t quite the case. The intense sensations experienced during birth are a normal part of what is a natural physiological process for our bodies. Hypnobirthing Australia courses work with couples to help change their relationship with and perception of pain, so hypnobirthing mums experience the intense sensations of birth very differently – but they still experience them!
Misconception Number 2: Hypnobirthing is all about having a natural birth.
Not at all! Hypnobirthing practitioners believe that every couple has the right to a positive and joyful birth experience – whatever that might look like! Hypnobirthing Australia courses equip couples with the tools they need to calmly face whatever turn their birth happens to take, so no matter what happens, the parents feel positive, empowered and proud of what they’ve achieved.
Misconception Number 3: Hypnobirthing is only for hippies, right?
WRONG! A positive birth experience is the right of every couple, but this requires preparation. Hypnobirthing Australia courses provide knowledge, practical tools and support, and have a sound scientific evidence base. The courses have benefitted heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and single mums (with or without birthing partners) from all walks of life – in fact, Kate Middleton reportedly utilised hypnobirthing techniques during the births of her three children, and Meghan Markle is also said to be preparing for her birth using the same approach! If it’s good enough for the royals, it definitely good enough for us! If you are anxious about birth, or if a positive birth experience is important to you, then Hypnobirthing Australia is for you – hippie has nothing to do with it!
Misconception Number 4: Hypnobirthing is just about hypnotizing yourself.
Oh no – it’s so much more than that! You are right in thinking that Hypnobirthing Australia courses involve some self-hypnosis – that’s why we put it in the name! But forget any ideas you have about being made to cluck like a chicken. Self-hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation and strong focus on a single idea, and in fact it is something most of us experience several times a day without realising it. Hypnobirthing Australia courses do help couples to capitalize on this pre-existing skill, but it is one of many tools (breathing techniques, changes to the birth environment, positions, touch, affirmations) couples receive practical training in.
So, now you know! It’s not HIPPO-birthing, or HIPPIE-birthing. It’s HYPNOBIRTHING, and it’s FABULOUS!
2019 Class Dates & Fees
There are four Hypnobirthing Australia courses available in 2019, with one available each quarter. Each course runs over two 6 hour sessions, on consecutive Saturdays (9:00am-4:00pm). Contact Fertility Tasmania reception for the dates of the next available course.
Payment is required in three instalments:
Instalment One: $150 deposit to secure your place
Instalment Two: $200 (any time prior to course start date)
Instalment Three: $200 (any time prior to course start date)
Health fund rebates are available for birth education classes. Contact your health fund for more information.
Dr Erin Kelly
Giving birth is one of the most extraordinary experiences life can offer, and the day you meet your precious baby is one you will never forget. Every woman has the right to a positive birth, and deserves to re-tell and re-live her birth story with a sense of pride, delight and wonder. Your baby’s birthday will be an annual celebration of your little one, but it is my hope that it will also be a reminder of one of the most amazing days of your lives, and one of your greatest achievements. That’s what hypnobirthing helped me achieve (I’m a proud mum of one hypnobub), and that’s a joy I’m truly passionate about spreading.
Erin is a proud Tasmanian, who completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tasmania in 2010. In addition to her work at Fertility Tasmania, Erin provides psychological services at Gregory Street Psychology in Sandy Bay where she works with children, adolescents and adults.
Erin is passionate about supporting patients through their fertility treatment, and strongly believes in the proactive management of mental health at all stages of the treatment experience. She is also an accredited Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, and is excited to be able to offer these classes at Fertility Tasmania to support patients in achieving a calm and empowered birthing experience.
Erin lives in Hobart with her husband, daughter, and two fluffy Maltese Shih-Tzus. When she’s not at work, you will find her shopping, eating at a café, running, or singing along (badly) to her favourite tunes.
Get in touch with us about Hypnobirthing Australia classes today.