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Our inner minds have software that can be updated in a positive way!

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When our Hypno-moms listen to Hypnobabies hypnosis suggestions every day by way of hypnosis scripts, (which are read to them by their Birth Partner) and/or listening to audio tracks on their own, their inner minds become “re-trained” to perceive childbirth as easy and comfortable, their birthing waves as pressure, stretching or squeezing sensations, and the pushing phase as efficient and easier. This re-training works the same way as upgrading a software program on your computer: Upgrading is the process of replacing a product with a newer version of the same product.

With Hypnobabies hypnosis re-training, the old programs (conscious and subconscious belief systems about childbirth) get upgraded to newer ones that allow each expectant and birthing mother to experience pregnancy and childbirth in a much easier way. Post-hypnotic suggestions are the main processors of the new program upgrades that are responsible for the mental, physical and emotional changes that Hypnobabies produces.

Hypnobabies moms use these hypnosis suggestions, techniques and mental cues during their Birthing Time, and since they have been integrated into the subconscious through practice and repetition, they are instantly available. Since mothers practice (hundreds of times) using the new software in their mental computer, Hypnobabies hypnosis techniques are automatically functional when accessed during childbirth.


The foundational Hypnobabies hypnosis cue is a mental “lightswitch” LapTop Computerthat the Hypnobabies mother can use to enter hypnosis instantly and deeply. Since the effect of hypnosis is cumulative, each time a Hypnobabies mother practices her “Lightswitch” she automatically becomes more deeply primed with Hypnobabies hypnosis cues. We can liken it to using a new software program on your computer every day until it becomes second nature and you become an expert at utilizing that program!

During childbirth, our moms simply use their cues, enter hypnosis and become immediately relaxed, calm, confident and comfortable in mind and body. With the very first sensations that a birthing wave is beginning, Hypnobabies moms are already deeply in hypnosis and able to become much more relaxed as the wave builds in intensity, and able to use other mental techniques to create comfort exactly where it is needed. Hypnotic suggestions for instantly deepening hypnosis and remaining deeply in hypnosis in between pressure waves allows movement, positional changes, eating, drinking and talking. Hypnobabies birthing mothers have also learned complete childbirth education and physical comfort techniques so additional childbirth training is unnecessary.  

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During childbirth, some women listen to their Hypnobabies audio tracks, and some prefer to hear short verbal cues to reinforce their Hypnobabies techniques. Some moms simply tune everything else out and use their hypnosis cues and techniques by themselves, inside their minds, or by vocalizing the spoken cues.

Hypnobabies is easy to learn, practice and use with a little bit of education and guidance, and as with any new program, is most effective when all the instructions in our written materials are followed. We can’t program or upgrade our own computers without guidance from the experts, and the same is true for childbirth hypnosis!

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We love to hear from our Hypno-Moms about why they chose Hypnobabies and this post comes from Crystal Di Dimizio in Vancouver, BC Canada. She relates what she and her husband learned in Hypnobabies class that was invaluable during her pregnancy and her baby's birth. Crystal has also become certified to teach Hypnobabies classes!

10 Reasons We Chose Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis

Crystal DiDomizio
• Listening to daily pregnancy affirmations increased my confidence and trust in my body’s ability to grow and birth a healthy baby.

• Daily hypnosis sessions enabled me to connect and bond with our baby in utero and experience deep states of relaxation on a regular basis. This has numerous long-term health benefits for both mom and baby.

• We learned how to stay healthy and low risk through prenatal nutrition and exercises, which increases the choices you have available to you and decreases your chances of needing medical interventions.

• Making informed decisions came easily and naturally to us because Hypnobabies has such a comprehensive childbirth education component. We learned about all of the choices available to us during pregnancy and birth as well as what the advantages, disadvantages and natural alternatives are so we could make educated decisions about our care.

Read the next 6 reasons Crystal and her husband chose Hypnobabies here. Moms encouraging moms!

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Welcome to our Hypnobabies Birth Hypnosis Blog, where we share information to help you obtain a better understanding of Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, Christianity and Hypnosis, How Hypnobabies is Different from Other Birth Hypnosis Programs, "Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis", and much more.
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My name is Carole Thorpe. I have been active in the natural childbirth community for over 35 years. I assisted hundreds of women in childbirth long before we were known as doulas. I was a birth assistant to an MD/OB, who owned and operated a birthing center, and who also “caught” babies in couples homes.

I taught many hundreds of his patients preparation for natural childbirth classes. I taught them the anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy and the birthing process. I also taught them how to manage or cope with any discomfort during their birthings by using breathing techniques similar to those taught by both Bradley and Lamaze, and taught their birth partners to employ touch or verbal relaxation cues, and I taught moms how to create their own guided imagery scenarios to be read to them during their birthings in order to give them mental respite from their contractions, and how to use external focal points to distract moms and diminish any perceptions of discomfort. 

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PregTASTIC is an online radio show about all things pregnancy, birth and babies. They did an interview with Kerry Tuschhoff, the founder of Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis!

Hypnobabies: A birthing option where mothers are awake and aware, can move about freely, relaxed, deeply in hypnosis and completely comfortable while giving birth. Find out the similarities and differences to other forms of hypnobirthing and how to create natural anesthesia using your mind.

Kerry Tuschhoff, founder of Hypnobabies joins PregTASTIC to talk about this complete childbirth education option. Aren’t you a little Hypno-Curious? Click here to listen!

Hypno-Curious about Hypnobabies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Originally aired on October 28, 2008

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Mention “Labor and Delivery” to an expectant mom in her last trimester, and chances are good that her heart will begin to race, her mind will flood with concern and in some cases, she will even panic. She knows that the day is coming when a force much bigger than herself will take over, and her body will govern itself completely.

For some women, childbirth is a very fearful event, but for Hypnobabies moms and their partners, birth is merely an exciting challenge. The wise women who use Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis can...

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Christianity and Hypnobabies? Yes!  
   
Q) I am seriously considering using Hypnobabies for my baby’s birth. I am determined to have a natural water birth & have been fascinated with your program and how wonderful it seems. I am a little uneasy with the thought of being in an altered state. As a Christian, I am not sure if there would be any aspect of being altered that would be a conflict with my beliefs. I just have a slight uneasy feeling about my mind being hypnotized. It’s possible that I don’t understand hypnosis completely. Thank you.
 
A) This is actually quite an intelligent question, and it does come up from time to time here at Hypnobabies! It is important to remember that hypnosis is a state of mind that we are all already in many times a day, so it’s a very natural thing in our lives and is not an “altered state”.

We are all automatically in hypnosis when driving, swimming, doing other sports, sitting in church or a lecture, reading, watching television or movies or on the computer (a screen of any kind) and when waking up or going to sleep. In Hypnobabies we are simply guiding that process in a very positive way to create an easy, fear-free comfortable childbirth experience. Since our program is designed for women of every faith and belief system to use, it contains no “new-age” or other content that would offend anyone. Many of our Hypnobabies moms are Christian and have had wonderful success with Hypnobabies while incorporating their beliefs into our hypnosis scripts and practice as well as adding prayer into the actual hypnosis when giving birth. We have come to realize that that women know what they need and will find it in Hypnobabies, adapting it perfectly and serenely to their own religious or non-religious belief systems. They always do.
 
Below are two articles written by Christian hypnotherapists, for you to consider on your hypno-journey, and below them are comments and birth stories from Christian Moms who have used Hypnobabies and had wonderful births. More from Christian Moms here.
 
Christianity and Hypnosis
by Janet Field, CHt, HCHI

 A significant percentage of my Hypnobabies students are Christian – as am I!  The way many of my Christian students choose to use hypnosis is to add to the more general birth-related suggestions given in class by using the scripture verses which mean the most to them and are deeply encouraging for them.  During pregnancy and birth both partners find this extremely comforting and a very valuable assistance to a peaceful birth.

Because of the nature of hypnosis, women are in a deeply relaxed state when their partners read the scriptures to them.  In this relaxed state, the subconscious mind imprints those words of scripture deeply and directly and responds to and acts on the encouragement – even in the face of possibly difficult circumstances. 
For my Christian students, prayer usually becomes an integral part of the birth process, just as prayer is an integral part of their lives.  The only difference is that, with the relaxation of hypnosis, prayers are taken in much, much more deeply and the heart responds to them that much more deeply.

Occasionally someone has expressed concern to me that hypnosis would leave them open to “evil” forces.  Let me assure you – when you are using hypnosis, you are the one in control.  You are simply relaxed.  I say “when you are using hypnosis” because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  Nobody does it “to you”.  You are always in full control of your own thoughts and actions.  In fact, I let people know at the beginning of a hypnosis/relaxation session that, at any time, they can bring themselves back to their full awareness – much the way you would open your eyes and discontinue a prayer or meditation if you needed your attention on a suddenly pressing matter at hand.
Dr. Larry Nims, a PhD psychologist with over 30 years’ clinical experience, works with clients using hypnosis.

 Dr. Nims’ works and articles about forgiveness are for a general audience, yet one can see the Lord’s hand in Dr. Nims’ work.   Following is a paragraph from Dr. Nims.  Through his words, I find one very positive description of the way some Christians use hypnosis for themselves.

“At the end of each hypnosis counseling session with all of my Christian clients, I ask them to say a prayer.  The prayer focuses on the negative attitudes and actions that were involved in each of the problems that were treated in the session, and it invites the Lord to occupy these places and be the Lord of them.  I always encourage Christians to use this prayer every time they use hypnosis on their own or in my office.”

Before and during my own work with students and clients, I like to stop and call on God in prayer, asking that I be used as an instrument of His healing love. 
A simple search of the web will provide an abundance of additional information on Christianity and hypnosis.

HYPNOSIS AND PASTORAL HYPNOTHERAPY

The Rev. Dr. Prentice Kinser III, B.A., M.B.A., M.Div., D.Min., CPC, NBCCH, is Executive Director and Pastoral Counselor for the Blue Ridge Pastoral Counseling Centers, Inc. (BRPCC), is an ordained minister (Episcopal priest), has received a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy, is certified as a Pastoral Counselor and Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, is an Adjunct Faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and is a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Certified Trainer of Clinical Hypnotherapy, a husband, a father of three children, and a grandfather of three grandchildren.

Dr. Kinser leads Vestry retreats, spiritual growth classes, stop smoking, weight loss, and performance enhancement programs. All of these positive benefits can be used to greatly enhance spiritual practices, deepen meditation and prayer, control stress, assist in physical, spiritual and emotional healing, and, in general, assist individuals to find greater wholeness and happiness in life.

“Hypnosis and Pastoral Hypnotherapy” is a portion of Dr. Prentice Kinser, III’s doctoral thesis presented in June, 1997 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Many psychological and physical factors, acting reciprocally through the image-producing faculties of the mind induce the perceptual response called hypnosis.
 
The capacity to enter into hypnosis is as natural a phenomenon as sleep, but it is distinctly different from sleep.  Hypnosis has been described as “a state of consciousness involving an extension of concentration combined with a susceptibility to suggestion occurring during physiological relaxation.”(1)  Another definition I find useful is: “Hypnosis is a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind, through the imagination.  It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.”(2)
 
My own approach to hypnosis, pastoral hypnotherapy, and treatment comes out of my training and experience in using the therapeutic insights and writings of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (19011980).  From that perspective, hypnosis can be seen as an altered psychological state “generally characterized by certain physiological attributes (e.g., relaxed muscle tone, reduced blood pressure, slowed breath rate), by an enhanced receptivity to suggestion, and by an increased access to unconscious feelings, ideas, and memories (Erickson, 1989).”(3)  

It is important to remember that hypnosis does not have to involve the stereotypic rituals of swinging pendulums, watches or crystal balls, or that it is a fixed internal state.  “Clinical” hypnosis and “pastoral” hypnotherapy do imply a clinical or pastoral setting, with the focus more on the process of communication and therapeutic outcome, rather than on the hypnotic state involved. Clearly, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, i.e., it is different from normal waking consciousness. However, it is believed that all people go in and out of hypnosis on a regular basis.

Many people have experienced a type of hypnotic state while driving a car and become unconscious of the fact that they are still driving.   As they come out of the hypnotic state, they suddenly realize they do not remember what has happened for the past several minutes.   It is as though an unconscious part of the mind was able to drive the car, avoid danger, speed up and slow down as necessary, while the conscious mind went off on a brief vacation thinking about something else.  A hypnotic state may be experienced in the movies or while watching TV when people become so involved that they actually cry about a picture that has been projected onto a screen.   At one level of their minds they know the picture is fiction.   On another level, their minds move voluntarily into the imagination in which there is a suspension of reality testing and an acceptance of what is happening on the screen as real.

Likewise, when people experience hypnosis, they often simply allow their bodies to relax and their minds to focus attention on the words they hear, and the various images they may represent in their minds.   As Erickson observed, this is not hypersuggestible mind control but a very natural process that allows clients to more easily reach goals or objectives they have chosen for themselves.   With proper motivation, the client moves naturally and easily into a comfortable hypnotic state.  This is a safe process in the hands of a trained Hypnotherapist. 

In summary, hypnosis, when utilized by trained and competent practitioners, can be a natural, comfortable and helpful process of communication, during which clients and/or parishioners may experience increased attention to suggestions, profound concentration, heightened recall of memories and access to state-dependent memories, greater image-producing abilities, and increased ability to form new habit patterns. 

Footnotes:

1. David Fox, “Mind/Body, Brain/Soul: Halakhic Explorations of Hypnotic Trance Phenomena,” Journal of Psychology and Judaism, Vol. 16, No.2 (Summer 1992), p. 97.
2. A.M. Krasner, The Wizard Within (Santa Ana: American Board of Hypnotherapy Press, 1991), p.2.
3. John H. Edgette, Psy.D., and Janet Sasson Edgette, Psy. D., The Handbook of Hypnotic Phenomena in Psychotherapy (New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc., 1995), pp. 3-4.
4. Edgette and Edgette, p. 4, quoting J.K. Zeig “Therapeutic patterns of Ericksonian influence on communication” in J. K. Zeig (Ed) The Evolution of Psychotherapy (New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc, 1987) pp. 392-412).

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Comments from some of our Christian Hypno-Moms about their experiences with Hypnoabies:

Sarah C: As a Christian, I believe that Christ suffered in Gethsemane so we wouldn't have to feel pain unnecessarily. He gives us a way out. To me Hypnobabies was the method that felt inspired. It embraces the power of our God given bodies and helps eliminate fear (the opposite of faith/hope) through natural means. Charity is proclaimed as the greatest quality which is love in its strongest, purest form. There is so much focus on love for your mind, your body, and your baby that it felt like what Christ would want for mothers.

From Emily F: As a Christian myself, I believe that hypnosis is a wonderful tool given to us by God, that has gotten a bad rap from people who have misrepresented it and/or misunderstood it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. No one will be exerting mind control over you to get you to do evil things. Some people are concerned that being in hypnosis opens up the subconscious mind to demonic spiritual control or influence. In fact, while in hypnosis you are in complete control of the experience. No one can cause you to act in a way that conflicts with your core beliefs or values. Choosing to enter hypnosis does not remove the covering of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that as a Christian you are protected from all evil and the devil cannot lay claim to your mind even in a relaxed state. I can say wholeheartedly that my God is much bigger than that!

There may be a few hypnotists and/or hypnotherapists that incorporate occult practices into their scripts but I can guarantee you that this is NOT the case with Hypnobabies and is completely separate from the art and practice of hypnosis. I have listened to (and used!) all of the Hypnobabies scripts myself and they are spiritually neutral. There is no mention of chakras, past life regression, remote viewing, leaving your body or any other similar thing. The founder of Hypnobabies has worked diligently to ensure that Hypnobabies is based on medical hypno-anesthesia techniques without all the extra spiritual froofroo. These are the same techniques patients use to undergo major surgery when they are allergic toanesthesia. If you are still skeptical I encourage you to listen to the Hypnobabies free “Relax Me!” hypnosis track to get a better idea what learning Hypnobabies will be like. You can even choose to listen to it consciously (instead of entering hypnosis) while you are around the house washing dishes or vacuuming or such. Please do not listen to it while driving however!!

From Crystal I:

As a Christian, using Hypnobabies was the most natural thing in the world for me. The slowing of brain waves that occurs with deep relaxation and hypnosis is the same state that occurs when we pray. That to me says that there is no conflict between hypnosis and Christianity, because God would not leave me vulnerable when praying, when praying is something I do so often!
 
Since you are always aware while in hypnosis, only thoughts that you desire will be accepted, you are always in complete control of your mind, just as you are when praying.
 
While some segments of Christianity feel that pain is still a necessary part of childbirth, others feel that since Christ died for our sins, we are no longer required to experience pain during birth. Since the vast majority of women choose some form of anesthesia, and most churches support them in this, hypnotic anesthesia is no more in conflict with our theology than an epidural.
 
In short, I can find no theological reason not to use Hypnobabies.
 
From Brittany C:

My reason for using Hypnobabies? After two hospital births with epidurals that didn’t work (and boy do I wish they did!) I used Hypnobabies for my 3rd birth. It worked so well I didn’t know it was my birthing time until my water broke! My son was born in the car! My last Hypno-baby was born at home, painlessly, and joyously. For us, Hypnobabies was successful beyond our wildest dreams.

As a Christian mom, I believe that God built into women to have the power to allow us to have safe, comfortable births.  I feel Hypnobabies is a great way to use the power of God’s wonderful creation of the human brain and body.  I have always loved the account found in Mark 4:36-39 of Christ calming the sea.  I found that this story related wonderfully to Hypnobabies, because the word “waves is” used in Hypnobabies to describe uterine contractions and because the word “peace” is used as a cue for comfort.  I likened the pressure waves to a storm and the “peace” cue to Christ calming the storm of my birthing by saying, “Peace, be still.”
 
~ Brittany C.

Emily's Joyful Hypnobabies Birth Video:  "The natural birth of my beautiful son. What a blessed moment. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"

Temple:Please watch the video and read the birth story of one of our Hypno-Moms, Temple, singing Psalm 23 during her labor HERE.

Christine:

Another wonderful Christian Hypnobabies Mom, Christine shares her birth story, with pictures HERE. She journeyed from thinking: “Why would *anyone* choose natural childbirth?” …to…” I just had a natural pain free birth!”

Ashley used Hypnobabies and Scripture:

I’d like to share the hypnobirth of my second daughter (and first hypnobirth), Sadie. She was born Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 9:29pm at a nearby hospital.

I woke up Saturday at 6am feeling light pressure waves. However, I didn’t think much of them because I was 10 days “overdue” at that point and had been in pre-labor for a couple weeks. I had learned not to get too excited. I got up and went about my everyday routine and noticed, about four hours later, that they were not letting up. They weren’t getting closer together however so I continued to ignore them. About 2 in the afternoon after putting my 3 year old down for a nap, I decided to time them. They were about 5-8 mins. apart and they were getting slightly more intense. I was beginning to get excited and listened to Easy First Stage. I became really relaxed and was fully rested. I then soaked in the tub for a while and thats when I told my husband that I thought I was in labor. I don’t think he really believed me because I looked so calm! I really enjoyed the first stage of labor. I focused on the positive affirmations and scripture that reaffirmed my faith and strength in God.

I am not sure when I entered active labor. All I recall is that about 5pm, I was getting more and more uncomfortable and by six pm I was starting to think, “I think I should go to the hospital soon.” I timed the pressure waves again and was dissapointed when they were still 5-6 mins. apart. (My goal was to leave at 4 min. apart so as not to get to the hospital too early). However, at about 7pm my husband got back from the store and was about to fix supper when I told him, “We need to go to the hospital now!” I felt a lot of pressure in my bottom and new something was going on. The waves were still 5-6 min. apart but I didn’t care. Something inside me said, “GO NOW!” Once we were well on our way to the hospital (20 min. commute). We noticed that the waves were now 2-3 mins. apart and I really had to concentrate through each wave. I almost felt like I was sitting on the baby’s head! But, I breathed through them and visualized all the positive scripture and affirmations that I practiced with Hypnobabies.

Once at the hosptial, the ob checked me and said I was at 7cm! I was so happy because it was what I had visualized. He asked me what I wanted to do for pain and the nurse chimmed in, “Oh, but you are so close!” That gave me the confidence to say no to the epidural. An hour and a half later I felt the urge to push and everyone gathered around and just stood around me. It was totally mother directed pushing and I was not hooked up to the monitors. I pushed for about 20 min and pulled my baby out myself!  I held her close as they cleaned her up and breastfed her right away. She was perfectly healthy and content. I felt so alert and great afterwards and was very happy that I didn’t tear. The doctor and nurses were all very impressed and supportive of my birth. One nurse said, “If everyone labored like this, we would be out of business!” And the doctor kept commenting on how in control and calm I remained through each pressure wave.  We left the hospital under 24 hours. It was an amazing and thrilling experience.

I am so glad I used Hypnobabies! ~ Ashley

Click here to read Elsa's Perfect Hypnobabies Hospital Birth Story: "I just kept on with this, chanting it to myself, and at the same time, saying a prayer: "This child, as God's divine idea, is already here. I just need to bring it out." ...
Click here to read Lily Ann's Birth Story:  "The nurse was so impressed with the process.  Actually, everyone involved was amazed at how peaceful the birthing process was. I know I couldn't have done it without God and the hypnosis and the support system that I had throughout the birth. The nurse came back the next day - just to tell me how impressed she was. Lily Ann weighed 6 lb. 12 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. God has truly blessed us."
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We are asked many times what is the difference between Hypnobabies and other natural childbirth or birth hypnosis programs, and here we answer that question by telling you what we do well without disparaging any other particular group. Other natural childbirth courses have excellent programs and benefits that have helped many women have better, more relaxed births.

We recognize that and celebrate them and what they do every day for birthing women! In Hypnobabies, our objectives are...

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Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis is one of the excellent techniques that sets 
Hypnobabies apart from other natural childbirth programs and helps our Hypno-Moms to truly enjoy childbirth.  It originally comes from master hypnotist Gerald Kein’s exploration of exactly what women wanted in childbirth as he sat down with a group of them and they gave him their invaluable feedback.

“I don’t want to be relegated to a hospital bed, only lying down to maintain my relaxation and focus! When I’m giving birth, I don’t want drugs, and I want to be physically comfortable doing what comes naturally!  I want to be able to move around freely, change positions, eat, drink, communicate, shower, squat and as I do, I want to be completely relaxed, calm, confident and completely comfortable!”

Not asking too much, were they?

Actually, NO. Gerald Kein set about to create..

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Did you know that there are people who have healed themselves from "fatal" diseases and even undergone major surgery with no medical anesthetics at all, simply by using hypnosis? Our minds are extremely powerful, and it benefits all of us to learn how they work, and how hypnosis can create desired results.

The Conscious part of your mind is what you are reading this with, and when you are awake, it is aware of all that goes on in and around yourself, what you are feeling, thinking and experiencing, allowing you to know what you are doing and why.

Think of your Subconscious mind as an internal computer that houses thousands of computer programs on which everything you have ever seen, heard, experienced, thought or believed are stored. The belief systems housed here are what will actually create your reality when it comes to reprogramming for childbirth. You are not consciously aware of these subconscious processes, but they influence how you feel and think based on what you believe. It is here, in the inner mind, where positive change takes place.

These two parts of the mind actually mesh together nicely when we are children, up to about the age of 6-8 years of age, without any interference. That is why children are so suggestible; so easily influenced. They are literally in a state of hypnosis all of the time, open to suggestion.

After about 6 – 8 years of age we develop a division between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind, called the Critical Faculty...

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Birth Story of Laura Eva, Born 1-7-11 at 1:09 p.m., 7 lb. 2 oz and 19 inches long

Thanks to Hypnobabies I had the birthing day that I visualized. If you don't have the "Visualize Your Birth" CD, I highly suggest getting it. It is a powerful addition to the home study course. I started hypnobabies home study course at 31w and my birthing day was at 40w5d. I had enough time to do the maintenance program for about 4 weeks which helped solidify the course. I followed the program exactly with the exception of practicing the finger drop technique which I did about 3 times a day every other day. I looked forward to practicing every day. Since I have an 18 month old daughter, it gave me some "me" time to relax and focus on my pregnancy.

After my guess date, I listened to the affirmations cd not only at night, but also during the day to ease my anxiety. My Obgyn was going to talk about induction at the 41w appt. and I felt strongly about not getting induced. The affirmations instilled an inner peace. I felt confident that my baby would come on her birthday. I owe Hypnobabies for my easy and comfortable birthing. … 
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 We recently had an interesting discussion on the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group about Birth being more of a mental challenge than a physical one. 

Here are a few quotes.  Please add your comments

"Now, after studying Hypnobabies and reading up on birth, I see birth so much more as a mental challenge rather than a physical one.

Anyone experience the same?

I mean, I now approach my birthing time with one aim: to relax so that I allow my body to do its job. I have chosen to use my hypnosis, I trust that my tools will help me. And  chosing and using is all in my head.

Last time when I gave birth, I was thinking of birth as a physical challenge. I had read up on positions, and I wanted to try to see if I could manage doing it naturally. I guess I thought that either my body could or couldn't do it - I would just have to give it a try.

Now I know I can!"

Elin

"After my second birth (first Hypnobabies birth), I had a brief moment of thinking, "That's IT?!?  All that fuss and months of preparation for that?!  I could do that everyday and twice on Sundays!"  It was then that I realized that rather than "muscling through" my birth, as most women do (especially NCB mamas) I had actually spread the effort involved over several months by preparing so thoroughly.  That put my accomplishment in perspective, and made me even more thrilled with how it had gone!"

-Susan

"Mental vs. physical challenge is something I've considered when training for a marathon.  There is an enormous amount of power we carry in our thoughts alone. At any moment I could have told myself to stop running, it's not worth it, why am I running? But instead I had positive messages from every angle (it will be worth it, my husband will be proud, only 2 more miles and I've done 2 miles many times, and so on).

Albeit this new  adventure is unknown and there are the inevitable fears that arise from the unknown, but my baby alone make it worth the mental challenge."
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We recently had an interesting discussion on the Hypnobabies Moms Forum about Birth being more of a mental challenge than a physical one. 

Here are a few quotes.  Please add your comments

"Now, after studying Hypnobabies and reading up on birth, I see birth so much more as a mental challenge rather than a physical one.

Anyone experience the same?

I mean, I now approach my birthing time with one aim: to relax so that I allow my body to do its job. I have chosen to use my hypnosis, I trust that my tools will help me. And  chosing and using is all in my head.

Last time when I gave birth, I was thinking of birth as a physical challenge. I had read up on positions, and I wanted to try to see if I could manage doing it naturally. I guess I thought that either my body could or couldn't do it - I would just have to give it a try.

Now I know I can!"

Elin

"After my second birth (first Hypnobabies birth), I had a brief moment of thinking, "That's IT?!?  All that fuss and months of preparation for that?!  I could do that everyday and twice on Sundays!"  It was then that I realized that rather than "muscling through" my birth, as most women do (especially NCB mamas) I had actually spread the effort involved over several months by preparing so thoroughly.  That put my accomplishment in perspective, and made me even more thrilled with how it had gone!"

-Susan

"Mental vs. physical challenge is something I've considered when training for a marathon.  There is an enormous amount of power we carry in our thoughts alone. At any moment I could have told myself to stop running, it's not worth it, why am I running? But instead I had positive messages from every angle (it will be worth it, my husband will be proud, only 2 more miles and I've done 2 miles many times, and so on).

Albeit this new  adventure is unknown and there are the inevitable fears that arise from the unknown, but my baby alone make it worth the mental challenge."
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This is a wonderful tool for moms who have to have scheduled cesareans! 

Planning a Cesarean birthing? C-Section moms are Hypno-Moms also! You can use hypnosis too, allowing you to feel so much more confident and secure about having major surgery, and how to recover quickly. Hypnosis for surgery is very successful, since the mind and body..are one!

2 CD Set, 3 hypnosis scripts:

1) Birthing My Baby the Cesarean Way: This deep hypnosis script provides many effective suggestions for accepting the decision to have a cesarean birthing, getting ready for successful easy and safe surgery, and feeling positive as well as recovering easily and quickly. Your main-"Hypno-Tool" here is the amazingly effective post-hypnotic cue word for instant relaxation, physical comfort and fear clearing that you can use anytime, to automatically feel confident and relaxed about all events, feelings and outcomes relating to your cesarean birthing. Invaluable!

2) Fear Clearing for a Cesarean Birthing: A fear release session specifically for having a cesarean birth, this allows to you to relax deeply, and instantly release fears and concerns that you may have regarding surgery, your body's response to it, your medical caregivers, bonding with your baby, etc. Very helpful and comforting.

3) Visualize Your Cesarean Birth: This is a mental Cesarean Birthing Rehearsal! You get to literally walk through your preparation time, pre-surgery, cesarean surgery, seeing your baby for the first time and your recovery period, in deep relaxation using positive hypnotic visualization, boosting your confidence level, creating a "comfort zone" for your baby's beautiful birthing.

This CD set also comes with information making a cesarean more family-friendly!
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