Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is hypnobirthing and how can it help me?
  2. I am afraid to give birth, can you help me?
  3. When should I start the course?
  4. Should I take a group or private course?
  5. I am not sure whether to do hypnobirthing classes, or classes offered by NCT/the hospital.
  6. My partner is skeptical, but I still really want to do the course.
  7. I don't have a birth partner, can I still attend the course?
  8. I have special medical circumstances, can hypnobirthing still help me?
  9. I had a c-section with my previous birth, and I want a natural birth this time.
  10. I've never used hypnosis/hypnotherapy before, what will happen?
  11. I did hypnbirthing with my previous birth, do you offer refresher sessions?
What is hypnobirthing and how can it help me?
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education programme that includes simple and highly effective breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques. It is based soundly in established anatomy, physiology and psychology, and helps parents achieve the birth they choose. The course includes 10-12 hours of teaching time, plus ongoing support afterwards.

The tools and techniques help you achieve a calmer, easier birth experience. The course is designed to help you and your birth companion get rid of any fears or anxieties you may have, and to support you in becoming more knowledgeable, informed, confident and prepared.

Hypnobirthing empowers women to trust in and use their body’s natural abilities to bring about a beautiful birth and birth partners learn how to take an active role in sharing that experience.
Click here to read more about hypnobirthing.

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I am afraid to give birth, can you help me?
Yes! Hypnobirthing is all about getting rid of fears and building up your confidence. We have supported clients with significant fears, anxieties and phobias around pregnancy, labour and childbirth (tokophobia, emetophobia, etc). Please contact us for a chat. We are always available to answer your questions and provide support as you prepare to welcome your baby.

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When should I start the course?
The official guidance is to start your course any time from 20 weeks. However, it is really never too early or too late to take your hypnobirthing course. Obviously, the earlier in the pregnancy you do your course, the more time you have to enjoy practicing the breathing, relaxations, hypnosis and other techniques. However, even couples who start the course very late in pregnancy (35+ weeks) have gone on to have wonderfully positive births.

ZenBirth couples have started their courses as early as 15 weeks, and as late at 38 weeks. However, on average, mums tend to be about 30 weeks when they start the course. They also consistently book in between 1-2 months in advance.

From our course evaluations and birth experience surveys, we know that 100% of respondents felt 'more confident' or 'much more confident' after taking the course, and 100% have reported feeling satisfied with their birth experience.

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Should I take a group or private course?
This is completely down to your personal preferences and circumstances. Whether you take a group or private course, you will receive the complete hypnobirthing programme, The Hypnobirthing Book, audio recordings, course manual and ongoing support. Details about course content here.

In group courses, you get the benefit of meeting a group of parents during a similar stage in life and on a similar journey. Many parents become good friends and meet up socially after the course, which is an added benefit of a group antenatal education. Courses are kept small enough to ensure that everyone gets personal attention and that individual questions and concerns are answered.

In private courses, couples have the benefit of one-to-one attention in the comfort of your own home. The course can be more flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs or special circumstances.

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I am not sure whether to do hypnobirthing, or classes offered by NCT or the hospital.
We do get this question a lot, and it is a tricky one to answer in an unbiased way, because we are obviously offering hypnobirthing. But, what we can say, is that you must do a course that appeals to you personally, and that is most applicable to you, your circumstances, how you want to give birth. It doesn't matter what other people do or tell you to do. Do what will be of the greatest value to you personally.

We have personal experience of NCT classes ourselves, and these were valuable in their own way. But hypnobirthing offered us, and many others, something more. Hypnobirthing provides a fantastic range of practical tools and techniques, hypnosis to release fears and build confidence, and information to be truly prepared for a positive birth and start to parenting your newborn. Our group classes also offer an opportunity to meet other like-minded people at the same stage in life. Some of our testimonials offer views that can help answer this question from those with first-hand experience.

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My partner is skeptical, but I still really want to do the course.
It is natural for some people to feel skepitcal of things with which they are unfamiliar. Many dads, and even some mums, arrive at the start of the course feeling unsure or skeptical, especially if they have never used self-hypnosis or other relaxation techniques. However, this skepticism disappears quickly. Usually by the end of the first section of the programme, which covers the perfectly-designed anatomy and physiology of the birthing body, people realise that this approach is very sensible and rational. The benefits of the relaxation techniques and other tools are also beneficial beyond childbirth, and equip parents with skills that are useful in day-to-day life.

Ask your partner to do some reading, this review, plus our birth stories and testimonials show how effective hypnobirthing really is. And, during the course, we even present stats from research and surveys which demonstrate that hypnobirthing really does work.

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I don't have a birth partner, can I still attend the course?
Yes, of course you can. The course is designed for mum together with her birth companion. So, if your partner cannot attend or if you don't have a partner, you may attend on our own or you may bring along a relative or friend who will support you during the pregnancy and birth. If you attend on your own, the instructor will do any partner exercises together with you and ensure you are fully accomodated. We have had mums attend on their own, with their sister, a friend, their doula, mum, aunty and even their own dad. Whoever you wish to bring is fine.

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I have special medical circumstances, can hypnobirthing still help me?
Absolutely yes! Having experience with over 250 couples, we have worked with many women with medical conditions or special circumstances. It can be argued that hypnobirthing acutally comes in to its own when there are difficulties or challenging circumstances. Hypnobirthing prepares couples for whatever turn the birthing may take. You will be knowledgable, have the ability to ask educated questions and make informed decisions. So even if things don't go according to one's ideal plan, you will remain in control and call the shots.

There have been couples who faced unexpected challenges and experienced a complete change in plan, but still come back reporting how positive the birth was and how they used hypnobirthing through things like induction, c-section, vaginal breech delivery, pre-term labour, etc. If you have a condition or situation you wish to discuss, please contact us.

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I had a c-section with my previous birth, and I want a natural birth this time.
Hypnobirthing is exactly the thing to help you achieve the birth you want. We have supported countless women planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), and all of them achieved the positive birth they were hoping for. Building your confidence and belief in your body is key, as is helping both mums and dads getting rid of any fears and trauma from the previous birth experience. See our testimonials for what ZenBirth families have to say about their experiences.

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I've never used hypnosis/hypnotherapy before, what will happen?
Hypnosis is not actually like what you might have seen on TV or at a stage show. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so it really is all about you and what you want to happen. Your instructor will guide you through breathing, relaxation techniques and visualisaions to help you reach a profoundly deep state of relaxation. When you are deeply relaxed, your subconscious mind becomes easily receptive to positive messages. The hypnosis used in hypnobirthing works to release your fears and anxieties, build your confidence and prepare you mentally for the best possible birth for you and your baby.

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I did hypnobirthing with my previous birth, do you offer refresher sessions?
Yes, we do. We have helped many couples the second and third time around. The refresher sessions are offered privately and are tailored to your individual needs to help you enjoy another beautiful birth. Please contact us to to arrange your refresher course.

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