When should I start the classes?
There is no right or wrong time to attend a course. It is about what is right for you. Somewhere between 25-30 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is linked to the amount of practice you do, but many women start much later and still benefit hugely from the education they receive and the techniques learnt. Provided you can finish the course before you give birth, it’s still going to help. It’s advisable to book in advance as classes are very popular.
How is my partner / birth companion involved?
Partners and/or birth companions are a very important part of KGHypnobirthing success. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labour the partner and/or birth companion supports the labouring mother through relaxation techniques and scripts, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby. Whoever you choose (we recommend it’s the father / partner if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with the child), they should ideally attend all the classes and be with you at the birth. However, sometimes this is not possible, and so tuition can be adapted so you can still enjoy all the benefits from KGHypnobirthing if the partner cannot attend.
Will I be ‘out of it’ or will I remember my birth experience?
Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not ‘out of it’ during self-hypnosis. The KGHypnobirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labour process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. KGHypnobirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.
Will KGHypnobirthing be useful to me if I don’t opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?
Absolutely. The techniques you will learn in your KGHypnobirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience. In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled caesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure.
Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with KGHypnobirthing?
KGHypnobirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many KGHypnobirthing mothers do report having a pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage very easily. When the cause of pain – fear that creates tension in the birthing muscles – is removed, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants. KGHypnobirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.
What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with KGHypnobirthing? Can I still use this method and how can my healthcare providers help me to achieve my KGHypnobirthing goals?
More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of KGHypnoBirthing. If your care giver is not knowledgeable about KGHypnoBirthing, take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire. In class, you will learn how to create a plan of Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your midwife or obstetrician.
Who is KGHypnobirthing suitable for?
KGHypnobirthing is suitable for both first time Mums and those who already have children. It helps Mums who are anxious because they have never experienced birth, those who are fearful due to a bad experience last time, those who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience or someone who is booked in for a c-section.
If you have any questions that are not answered above or elsewhere on the site, please feel free to contact me directly. I will be delighted to answer any queries that you may have.