DFW HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education
Women in our society are taught from a young age that they should fear birth. They are taught that birth is painful, scary, and something to be dreaded.
HypnoBirthing is a unique method of natural childbirth education that utilizes deep relaxation, breathing techniques, and guided imagery to help women use their natural abilities to birth.
In the class series you will learn what makes labor hurt for some women; but more importantly, you will learn the logic behind why labor doesn’t have to hurt and what you can do about it. Moms and their birth companions study the physical and chemical changes that occur over a period of time when fear and anxiety are allowed to accumulate. This awareness of the fight, flight, or freeze response helps you to choose calm.
HypnoBirthing techniques will teach you how to release fear and anxiety about birth in order to free yourself of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth. You will learn to work with your body, rather than resisting it.
In the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing, you will not be in a trance or asleep. What you will experience is similar to daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; but you will have trained yourself to completely relax. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.
The overall effect of practicing Hypnobirthing techniques is that birthing parents are better able to appreciate the benefits of calm, gentle birthing, making the experience a joyful one for mother, baby, and birth companion.
'Janie is the most patient, kind soul I have ever been around. Her ability to teach the techniques of HypnoBirthing really saved my husband and I a lot of headaches and pain during the later stages of pregnancy and labor. I recommend this to anyone that wants to deliver without any medical interventions! I loved how she gave me the confidence to take control over my birth plan and the hospital setting. I went to the hospital when I was 9 cm dilated and breathed my baby out! It was a painless easy birth and I loved every second of it! Thank you Janie! My husband, my baby boy and I thank you!'
- Kamiel H.
Janie taught these classes in a way so masterfully woven to help a new mom or mom of 3 to understand childbirth, and her body. My husband and I left this class feeling educated, equipped and empowered to take control of the birth of our 3rd child. I am constantly spouting off new things I learned in these classes, I wish I had taken this class with my first child. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for " a more natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing experience."
The NEST Birth Center
September 24 - October 22
7pm - 9:30pm
November 4 - December 2
7pm - 9:30pm
After the November/December class, I will be on maternity leave with my third baby until April 2021.
The HypnoBirthing® course consists of five weekly 2.5 hour classes. The five-week series includes the HypnoBirthing techniques textbook, relaxation audios, course handouts, and everything you need to know to reconnect with your birthing instincts and create an amazing birthing experience. The class fee includes attendance to all 5 classes in the series for you and your birthing companion.
Private classes are available in the comfort of your home or via Zoom.
Payment plans are available for those in need
The next class series begins in November
MY BIRTH EXPERIENCES
Before I got pregnant with my son, I was terrified of giving birth. I was so scared of experiencing pain that my idea birth involved an epidural at the earliest smidge of discomfort.
I absolutely love learning, so I began to research childbirth. I was shocked at what I saw when I search for information on natural birth. The women whose stories I read weren't describing their births in terms of pain and misery. They spoke of birth as something empowering, joyful, exciting, and fun.
The more I researched, the more I knew that I wanted a natural birth. I wanted to experience birth, not just 'get through it.'
When I became pregnant, we hired a midwife and began planning for a natural home birth. Despite my excitement, I was still scared of giving birth.
During my pregnancy, my midwife suggested we take HypnoBirthing. Despite my reservations regarding the name of the class, we did it.
When I was 35 weeks pregnant, my my water broke and my labor began. I was heartbroken and worried because my baby was premature. I was also grieving because we had planned to have a home birth, but our baby needed to be born at the hospital.
A few hours after we arrived at the hospital I accepted the fact that my birth would be different from what I had planned, and I was finally able to relax.
I laid in the hospital bed as my husband and I used all of the relaxation techniques that we had learned in HypnoBirthing. I immediately went into the state of deep relaxation that we had practiced for several months before the birth of our baby. I relaxed so completely that I slept between each surge until my body was fully dilated and I was able to breath my baby down, rather than utilizing forced pushing.
Giving birth was one of the most incredible things that I have ever experienced. I actually enjoyed my birthing experience as I trusted my birthing body and released all of my fears. I was so empowered. After giving birth, I just kept thinking, 'That was amazing, I can't wait to do it again!'
I know that my experience would not have been what it was without HypnoBirthing. The class taught me to recognize the hallmarks of labor, listen to the signs of my body, and fully and completely relax and enjoy labor. HypnoBirthing taught my husband how to help me in birth. It taught him how to make my birthing experience the best that it could be.
I used HypnoBirthing for the birth of my second child in June 2018. I was able to give birth to my daughter peacefully at home surrounded by my wonderful birth team, my precious husband, and our almost 4 year old son (Yes, he wanted to see his baby sister be born! He even cut the umbilical cord!)
I teach this class because I believe that parents deserve to experience the joy and empowerment that can accompany birth.
What exactly is HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing a childbirth education class with an emphasis on relaxation. In class, you will learn about birth and the way the body works during labor, but we also spend a lot of time learning to relax. In the class we go over different breathing techniques, guided relaxations, self-relaxation techniques, as well as ways your birth companion can support you during your upcoming birth.
HypnoBirthing is inspired by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read's fear-tension-pain theory. According to Dick-Read, when there is fear present in a laboring woman, that fear causes tension in the body, specifically in the uterus, and that tension results in pain. If we can eliminate the fear, we can eliminate the tension, and therefore greatly reduce the pain of birth.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply deep physical and mental relaxation. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so you will not be under the control of another. You will be fully in control of your own relaxation. What you will experience is similar to daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie. Other examples include the deep relaxation of ‘savasana’ at the end of a yoga class, meditation, or even the feeling of staring into a fire. It is very similar to the relaxed state you assume each night before you drift off to sleep. Most of us drift in and out of hypnosis throughout the day without realizing it.
How do I know if HypnoBirthing is right for me? '
If you want to learn more about natural childbirth, how to relax and trust your body, and how to feel confident and empowered in your birth experience, this class is for you.
Is the class just for me, or can my partner come?
Your partner can come! The class is designed to teach you and your birthing companion about relaxation and birth. While some mothers come to class by themselves, it will be very beneficial if your birthing companion is able to attend. Your birthing companion could be your spouse, your mother, or another person who will be attending your birth as your primary support person.
Will HypnoBirthing work for me if I come by myself?
Yes! Many mothers have come to the class on their own as single mothers, if they have a spouse who is unable to attend. If your partner can’t come, we would welcome your mother, a friend, or whoever will be supporting you at the birth instead.
What should I bring to class?
Yourself and your birthing companion! We will spend time relaxing during class, so wear something that you feel comfortable relaxing in. You may bring pillows, cushions, or a yoga mat if you desire.
When should I take the HypnoBirthing class?
I recommend beginning the class sometime between 20-28 weeks of pregnancy to insure that you have plenty of time to practice the relaxation techniques before you give birth. I have had moms take the class both earlier and later than that time frame with great success. It is ultimately up to you to choose when you would like to take the class.
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