FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Smile Hypnobirthing?
Smile Hypnobirthing is a complete course- based on profound knowledge and understanding of the nature of birth- given in a very simple and enjoyable way. When you understand how your body works and how it is affected from your thoughts, then you can achieve the birth and even the life you desire.
Now, if you also understand the effects of Smiling on your hormonal and general body function and learn how to bring more smiles in your life, then it is rather unlikely not to achieve ANYTHING you want in your life, let alone during your pregnancy and birth!
How hypnobirthing works, in few words?
So easy concept! Hypnobirthing is based in the simple principle of hypnosis, according to which in deep relaxation state, positive suggestions can re-programme our mind and replace fear-based beliefs with new confident and positive concepts. Hypnobirthing teaches you how to enter this state of deep relaxation on yourself, helping you to release any fears of giving birth or any other stressful thoughts. Thus, you become more empowered and calmer.
Fears cause tension on all our muscles including the muscles of uterus, obstructing its natural function. On the other hand, when we are calm and confident, our hormonal response allows our body and uterus to remain relaxed giving birth effortlessly and comfortably.
Do I lose control under hypnosis?
This is never the case! During hypnosis, you always have control and your conscious mind is still working and alert. You are the one in charge and the master of your mind! The ultimate purpose is that you learn how to use this easy technique on yourself, not only to transform your birth experience, but also your entire life. The benefits of self-hypnosis will not only support you throughout pregnancy/birth but also during motherhood.
What if I fail?
Just forget about that! How could you? From the moment you decide that you want to empower yourself, you have already done half of the job. This is because, when you accept that something is possible, the mind instantly opens and becomes ready to transform old patterns, brining beautiful changes into our everyday life. You just need practice, practice and…practice!
Does Smile Hypnobirthing guarantee a pain free birth?
No one can do that! As anything which is influenced by many variables, birth too is an unpredictable experience. However, we can guarantee you that you will become more empowered, confident and calm. Being well prepared for birth, you will be able to be in control at every stage, experiencing labour and birth with minimized stress and maximized joy!
During the course you will learn how to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relief hormones that can truly eliminate pain during birth. However, practice is what actually makes the real difference in your birth experience!
I follow conventional medicine. Is hypnobirthing against it?
Not at all! If your doctor supports natural birth, we shall all together become a supportive team by your side and for your greatest benefit! It is always important to choose a doctor who shares similar mindset with you, so that always your needs and beliefs are respected. We are not here to give you medical advice; we are here just to inform you about the various choices you have. Then, you can discuss all the choices with your doctor and make informed decisions. Most of all, we are here to help you release your fears and achieve the best possible, natural and calm birth. How that could go against conventional medicine?
If I insist in taking an epidural, will hypnobirthing course go in vain?
Every person is different and so every birth! All choices are respected. You probably won’t need either an epidural or any other pain-relief during birth but be comfortable and free to consider all available options. Chances are, that by the end of the course, you will be so calm and confident, that the fear of pain will not cross your mind anymore.
Women who did take the course but had an epidural, stated that labour and birth was still a calm and empowering experience because of hypnobirthing. They were relaxed and in charge all the way and consciously asked for an epidural when it felt like the right thing to do.
Does the father need to attend the Hypnobirthing classes?
That would be great! Another reason why Smile Hypnobirthing course is so effective, is the fact that the father/birth partner learns how to support you during this journey and helps you optimize your results by practicing with you daily.
However, if this is not possible, that is fine too. Many women come to the course alone for various reasons and the course still works perfectly for them- changing not only their pregnancy/birth experience but also their entire life!
What are the benefits of the course for the father or the birth partner?
Most fathers arrive at the course quite skeptical but turn to become extremely enthusiastic. This is because as they listen to the facts, the logic behind hypnobirthing and the birth reports, they understand that the benefits of this course are totally justified.
Fathers and birth partners become knowledgeable and develop the skills to support the mother during birth. They are not the nervous birth companions anymore, but the opposite. They become empowered partners who have a crucial and active role in the birth of their baby. Many mothers report that they couldn’t have done it without the help and support of their partner.
What’s more, as the two practice together, they come closer to each other, enjoying every moment of this incredible journey.
What happens after the course?
You will still be having our support in any way that suits you, free of any charge (i.e. email, skype or over the phone). If any concern or question arises afterwards, we will be glad to offer you the appropriate support until the day of your birth and even after having your baby.
When is the best time to start the course?
Given the choice, we would advise you to take the course in the second trimester of your pregnancy, so that you can enjoy the benefits of the course early during your pregnancy. It is important that you have enough time to practice so that everything becomes your second nature and have all the mechanisms automatized. That will help you to achieve effortlessly a gentle and calm birth.
In case that you have just found out about the course and you are already closed to your ‘due’ date, you can still benefit from attending. If this is the case, we can offer you an even shorter/intense course focused on relaxation/visualization and breathing techniques and not so much on information that you wouldn’t have time to absorb. In such a case, the cost will adjust accordingly.
How much is the course?
Please contact us to discuss the format of the class that is more convenient to you and get informed about our prices. For more information about the cost please click here.
What if I give birth before the end of the course?
In this case, you will only be charged for the classes you have attended and the materials that you already purchased such the book or cds.
What materials or other services are included in the course?
- The relaxing hypnosis CDs and a folder of handouts to support you during the rest of your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
- Ongoing support and consultation free of charge.