Giving birth: Is hypnosis for childbirth right for you?

Many hypnotherapists have developed their own childbirth hypnosis programs that are very effective, and some will use and modify already existing ones, such as Gerald Kein's Painless Childbirth Program. The attraction to this kind of program is that it allows the hypnotherapist to adapt the program to fit the needs of their own practice, creating their own scripts and tapes from the original program sessions, and fully modify them to the needs of each woman's needs. This helps tremendously with women who have personal issues that need to be resolved, such as VBAC moms, those who have had a past negative birth experience, or those who have specific deep-seated fears about childbirth. To find a hypnotherapist in your area, you can look in your phone book under "hypnosis" or "hypnotherapy."

2. You can choose a home study course. To find one, you can do a search on the Internet for: "hypnosis, childbirth, home study." An adequate home study program will have detailed information on hypnosis and how to use it in childbirth, and hypno-tools for you to achieve your goals; books, tapes, CDs, handouts, hypnosis scripts. As you will be studying on your own, it is your responsibility to gain as much knowledge as possible, so choose well.

The most popular self-study program is called New Way Childbirth, which uses audio relaxation tapes and video taped visual imagery, and includes materials for all three trimesters of pregnancy -- prenatal and postpartum bonding and labor/delivery.

3. You can seek out a hypnosis for childbirth class in your area. Some are taught at local hospitals and birth centers, and some are taught at the instructors homes. The backgrounds of the instructors can vary widely; hypnotherapist, nurse, doula, childbirth educator. Obviously, the more training and experience they have in the fields they are teaching, the better and it will benefit you to interview them before signing up for a class. To get more information on where to find a class, you can call local hospitals and physician's offices, or do a search on the Internet for: "hypnosis, childbirth, education."

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