I’ve been a Hypnobabies instructor since 2007 and one of the most frequently asked questions I get is:
There are SO many choices for childbirth education available that you may be wondering which one to choose? or will it work? or what’s the differences??? For this post I’m going to focus on the difference between Hypnobabies and Hypnobirthing so first I’m going to start with a little background. I am a mom of 2 wonderful little people. My son was born in 2006 and my daughter was born in 2009. When I first got pregnant with my son I knew NOTHING about ‘birthing babies’! My partner and I had owned a screen printing shop for 10 years and the medical establishment scared the *&$%* out of me so I did what a lot of first time moms do and hit the internet.
There are/were so many choices out there and after being turned down for a couple classes (for not having a “husband”) I settled on the hypno-type classes. In my research I found hypnobabies and hypnobirthing and I also found that there were no Hypnobabies instructors in the area. Since the classes ‘are just the same’ I decided to take a Hypnobirthing class. We had a great hospital birth and after it was all over, I realized that there was still so much that we didn’t know/ learn. There were so many things I didn’t even realize I had the right to ask about! That is how I became the first Hypnobabies instructor in Atlanta
So now you are asking again, what’s the difference? Here is a chart that highlights some of the bigger differences between the 2 classes. Please note that I am not saying that one class is better than the other. Each class has their own strengths and is perfect for different people and it is helpful to know what those differences are so that you can be a good consumer.
* There are childbirth instructors that are teaching a hypnosis for birth class but are not currently certified by either institution. Before you sign up for any class, please verify that your instructor is certified at www.hypnobabies.com or www.hypnobirthing.com
**The difference between guided meditation and hypnosis is hypnosis is done “to effect change” or to accomplish a “specific therapeutic outcome”. Meditation is commonly described as the absence of all thought.