Giving birth: Is hypnosis for childbirth right for you?

Questions to Ask a Prospective Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor

1. Do you have a background in hypnotherapy?

2. Do you have a background in childbirth education?

3. How long have you been teaching hypnosis for childbirth classes, and where do you teach the class (home, hospital, etc.)?

4. How many classes do you teach and how long is each one?

5. What materials do you provide with the class (books, tapes, CDs, scripts, phone help, etc.)?

6. How much is the class fee, and is it a group class or private?

7. Do you attend births as a hypnodoula, and if so, how many have you attended. If not, have you trained any local doulas for this?

8. How many of their former students have been successful using their childbirth hypnosis course?

9. Why did you become a childbirth hypnosis instructor? (Hopefully they have a passion for childbirth and a love of natural, comfortable birthing!)

It is well worth the time to look into hypnosis for childbirth as an option, both for yourself and for your baby. It is important to remember that many drugs given to a woman in labor reach the baby in less than five minutes. Using hypnosis techniques can help avoid them.

The deep relaxation has even helped many a nervous dad to cope as they prepare for their child's birth! In addition, the skills you will learn for relaxation and hypnosis will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Kerry Tuschhoff has taught natural childbirth since 1989, teaches Hypnobabies, Pregnancy Nutrition and Breastfeeding classes, and is Operations Director of Hypnobabies Network in Cypress, California.

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