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Hypnobirthing Australia Course Outline

Unit 1: Creating & maintaining a positive mindset

  • Introduction to the positive mindset of hypnobirthing

  • How our brain is wired to birth

  • The role of our caregivers

  • Mind/body connection

  • What is self-hypnosis and how will we use it for birthing?

  • Our hormones are our friends

  • My amazing uterus – understanding the physiology behind birthing

  • Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome

  • Causes of Fear (including history) and how it affects our labour

  • Re-programming the Subconscious

  • The language for empowered birthing

  • The power of affirmations

  • Birthing environment

 

Unit 2: Our toolkit for birth

  • Self-hypnosis tracks

  • Birth music

  • Conditioning with scent

  • Hypnotic anchors and triggers

  • Releasing endorphins through massage and touch

  • Acupressure techniques for pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding

  • Visualisations for pregnancy, labour & birthing

  • The importance of facial relaxation

  • Relaxation Breathing – a skill for life

  • Surge Breathing – the best tool ever!

  • Techniques to help make your surges more comfortable

  • The ‘urge’ to push/bear down – Breathing/Bearing down

 

Unit 3: Preparation & choices for empowered birthing

  • Bonding with baby

  • Choices in maternity care

  • Birth Preferences – having open communication with your caregivers

  • Knowledge is power – researching common interventions and procedures

  • Questions to ask, to assist in making informed decisions

  • Birth partner as advocate

  • ‘Guess date’ – a normal range of pregnancy

  • Inductions – things you’re not always told

  • Achieving a natural start to labour

  • Maintaining a healthy diet

  • Preparing the body – staying active

  • Optimising baby’s position

  • Breech or Posterior – options & positions

  • Instant relaxation techniques

  • Self-hypnosis, meditation and deep relaxation techniques & scripts

 

Unit 4: Birth – bringing it all together

  • What to expect in the weeks and days leading up to birth

  • Signs that labour is starting

  • What to expect through labour (membranes releasing etc)

  • When to call the midwife/go to the hospital

  • Accidental home/car birth – what to do!

  • Birth partner’s role

  • Common procedures

  • Using water during labour and birth

  • Upright positioning, movement and birth positions

  • Special circumstances (including caesarean birth)

  • Fear release

  • Vocalisation

  • Cord clamping & placenta delivery

  • Undisturbed bonding & breastfeeding time – skin to skin

  • What to expect afterwards

  • Self-hypnosis – Rehearsal for Birth

  • A practice routine – preparation for birth!