loving birth - HypnoBirthing

A new life is growing within you and so begins a new and wonderful chapter of your life. You become a mother and your child enters into our world through birth, which is a significant and profound moment for both and should be one of the most beautiful days of your life.

HypnoBirthing helps you to find deep confidence in your body, the birthing process and to follow your natural, innate instinct. It is a holistic approach that prepares you with extensive information and with methods such as deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques in order to devote yourself completely to the birth process whether you choose a hospital, at home or somewhere else. This is your way to a gentle, natural, safe and self-determined birth experience.

What is HypnoBirthing?

The English gynecologist Grantly Dick-Read had already explored the subject of natural birth as early as the mid-nineteenth century. He found out that fear and ignorance are the worst enemies of natural delivery, and a birth is not pain but work. A large part of the birth pain is a result of the expectations before the birth; here the fear around the theme of birth is firmly anchored in our culture. In particular anxiety and ignorance about the birth process leads to cramping, poorer blood circulation, higher stress hormone release and thus finally to pain. This is also referred to as “anxiety-tension-pain syndrome”.

Marie F. Mongan developed the HypnoBirthing method on the basis of Grantly Dick-Reads` insights and the idea is to prevent this anxiety-stress-pain-cycle. In a HypnoBirthing course, you will learn how your body works and reacts harmoniously with your baby during birth, using various methods of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, anxiety resolution, and learning special breathing techniques. Your active preparation for birth brings you back into your intuitive power so that your baby can be born in peace, well-being and confidence into this world.

What are the benefits of HypnoBirthing?

  • The anxiety-stress-pain syndrome is avoided
  • Chemical painkillers are almost never needed or not needed at all
  • The duration of the childbirth can be considerably shortened as the cervix is opened faster by the relaxation
  • The correct and targeted breathing not only promotes relaxation, but also increases oxygen saturation in the body of the mother and the baby
  • The mother remains relaxed and full of energy during the birth process
  • The relationship between mother, child and father is deepened
  • The birth companion has an active role before and during the birth and is integrated intensively
  • Birth becomes a stress free, beautiful and joyful experience
  • Children in a breech position can also be brought to the optimum birth position even shortly before birth
  • Faster postnatal recovery
  • HypnoBirthing babies are usually more relaxed babies
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How does the hypnobirthing course prepare you?

  • How HypnoBirthing originated
  • How the myth started that pain belongs to birth
  • How our body reacts to our thoughts and feelings and how it affects the birth
  • You will learn why the female body is perfectly made to bear naturally and in harmony
  • Binding exercises and information that will help you and your birth companion build a deeper bond to your baby
  • What matters when choosing the appropriate place of birth and birthing team i.e. home, hospital etc.
    What is recommended for a healthy diet during pregnancy
  • A selection of visualization techniques to help your baby on his way into this world
  • You will use self-hypnosis techniques to let go of anxiety and tension and give yourself completely to your birth. You will also be able to activate your physical anesthetic.
  • You will learn special progressive and instant relaxation techniques to further deepen your relaxation
  • You will release yourself from negative thoughts and feelings so that you can look positively at your birth
  • Description of a natural birth
  • You will learn special breathing techniques that support you during the different birth phases
  • How an artificial initiation and a dam section can be prevented
  • What you can do in a natural way if the birth is slow or not progressing
  • The different birth positions that you can take to support the birth of your baby
  • and much more…

HypnoBirthing Intensive Course

You will learn the most important exercises and practical techniques of HypnoBirthing actively for an optimal prenatal preparation mentally, emtionally  and physically:

• How our body responds to our thoughts and feelings, and how this affects birth
• Why the female body is perfectly made to give birth in harmony and naturally
• Learning various techniques of self-hypnosis 
• HypnoBirthing breathing techniques for dialation
• Birth Breathing (be guided by your body’s innate instinct) 
• How to deepen the relaxation with the birth partner
• “Endorphin” Massage (Endorphins instead of Epidural)
• Visualizations and affirmations for labor
• Self-hypnosis techniques to release anxiety and tension
• You will learn to activate your own physical anesthesia
• How can episiotomy and artificial induction of labor be prevented?
and much more…

The Birth Companion

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What is the role of the birth companion?

The role of the birth companion is very important in HypnoBirthing as he is involved intensively with the preparation and the birth process. A frightened birth companion or if he does not know how to support the mother can have a negative impact on the mother and thus on the birth. He will ensure that you feel relaxed and safe during your childbirth, he will assist you in deep relaxation, motivate you and respect your birth wishes. In this way, you can withdraw completely into your body and enter your deep relaxation so that your body can follow its natural instinct for a gentle and pleasant birth. It is up to you whether you choose your partner, your mother, a friend or a doula.

What will the birth companion learn during the HypnoBirthing course?

  • How to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere for birth
  • Why it is so important that the birth companion reamins calm and relaxed during the birth process
  • Targeted and effective communication with the birthing team
  • How to help the mother during the surges to stay focused, to breath optimally and to stay relaxed
  • Help the mother to reach deeper states of relaxation
  • Ways of motivation during birth
  • Intense bonding with the baby
  • If the birth companion is the father of the baby the partnership can be deepened as well
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Stories

  • Birth of Clara
  • Birth of Petra
  • Birth of Paula
  • Birth of Primrose Ivy

The HypnoBirthing course helped me to work on my fears, I was able to express them, felt heard and was able to release them with the hypnosis exercises. The course also helped me to clarify doubts about pregnancy issues. But most importantly, I have learned to relax and immerse myself in a centered state in my body. All the techniques as well as the different types of breathing helped me during pregnancy, for example when I could not sleep, as well as during birth! When entering this state, time passed faster than normal and I fully felt all stages and sensations my body experienced during birth. Breathing and centering enabled me to cope well with the pain, and the visualizations of the opening blossom helped me to open up and also the visualization that my baby slides down the birth canal in the shape of a J. I believe that the repetition of visualization and affirmations for a gentle, easy birth helps programming a more beautiful birth. In the end, every birth is as it should be, and even when you are well prepared, there is a surrender to what comes. The HypnoBirthing Course helped me to surrender! Many thanks! Nuria

I would like to take a moment to share my HypnoBirthing experience after taking the course with Sandra according to the Marie Mongan method. I was interested in having a natural childbirth and it was a Dutch friend who told me about HypnoBirthing for the first time. I read Marie Mongan's book, and I decided that I would like to take the course.

During the months before my daughter's birth, I practiced 30 minutes of deep meditation or self-hypnosis almost every day. I learned special breathing techniques to relax and to take long breaths to support the waves (contractions). When the due day arrived, I knew what to do, and that helped me to maintain a greater sense of control. On week 41 + 1 I had an appointment with my gynecologist for monitoring. That morning I got up with soft contractions that did not stop when I changed positions. I tried to relax, watched a tv show and I took long breathings during the waves. When it was time for my appointment, I got into the car with my birth companion and during the journey I heard the relaxation audios accompanied by the special breathing that I had practiced so much - the practice is fundamental.

At 11am the midwife examined me, the waves were every 5 minutes and I was 3cm dilated - I was very relaxed and focused. The people that came into the room were surprised to listen to the HypnoBirthing audios and they stayed very quiet - that seemed phenomenal to me as they did not interrupt my relaxation. We were assigned a room. My birth companion asked for a ball, turned off the lights and stayed with me, respecting my silence and my concentration. The time passed very quickly, two hours seemed to me like 20 minutes and at 2pm I was already 5cm dilated and I entered into the bathtub. My gynecologist came to say hi, but I did not respond and he did not insist. He left and left me with two wonderful midwives. I spent 2 hours in silence in the water, breathing and listening to relaxing music. My birth companion practiced anchoring techniques to help me deepen my hypnosis as the waves became more intense. The midwife suggested that I leave the bathtub so my tension would not drop, but I told her that I could not get out. I told her I wanted to get an epidural, she just said "with epidural it will take longer, you're almost at the end" and that convinced me to go on. She stayed very calm and made a check: I was already 8 cm dilated and my baby was in correct position, however the membranes did not break. I stayed in the hot water another hour - it really helps a lot to relax between waves - and when I decided to let the midwife help me break the membranes, I suddenly heard a sound like "pop" , finally the membranes broke alone. The intensity of the waves became stronger and the descent of my baby began. I felt the urge to push, I tried to breathe and not to push but I found it impossible. I used the voice a lot to make very long j-shaped expirations to help the baby come out. I was still in the water in a horizontal position with one leg hanging inside a cloth hanging from the ceiling. The expulsive was not fast, the head came out in 6 or 7 waves and that allowed the perineal skin to gradually relax and to not tear. I birthed my baby alone in the water while the midwives and the gynecologist watched from the outside in silence. Her body came out in the water at 6 o'clock and the midwife placed her on my chest while my birth companion cut the umbilical cord. They emptied the tub and I left the water to light the placenta and check that everything was fine on the stretcher.

My baby and I stayed 2 hours skin on skin in the birth room. 15 minutes after birth my daugther found the breast and began to breastfeed naturally. All the medical staff gave me the congratulations for a very good and "beautiful" delivery. My recovery was immediate. The next morning I could walk and sit quite naturally. I would definitely repeat the experience the same way! Thank you Sandra and thank you to all who have supported me along the way to have a natural childbirth in a positive and relaxed way.

My name is Xisca and I am currently the mother of two magnificent children: Julià (3 years) and Paula (1,5 month). I want to take advantage of the opportunity to thank Sandra for her professionalism and the great human quality, with which she treated me and my family.

We met in the last trimester of pregnancy and, although I would have liked to meet her before, it was enough time to learn and internalize the different techniques of HypnoBirthing. Sandra showed us how to turn our perception of childbirth into a wonderful experience. Our traumatic experience of the first birth left fear and mistrust behind. However, the different tools that Sandra taught us, allowed us to change those thoughts and let us looking forward to the birth of our second child in a much more constructive and positive way with calm and trust.

During the sessions, apart from working with relaxation and visualization techniques, she gives the couple a more active role in the whole process. We learned to bear responsibility which gave us more confidence in what you have to do at all times. Sandra always mentions the flexibility with which she recommends parents to enter into this experience and this helped us enormously in our case. Even if you have visualized your birth, you always have to remain open and flexible to any unforeseen events that may arise and being able not to see it as a failure as it happened in our first childbirth.

Without doubt, HypnoBirthing has helped us to live the birth of our second child from another perspective and much more positive and satisfactory.

Finally, I can only thank Sandra for all her interest and help in the days after the birth. It was a sign of her generosity and care, not only as a professional but as a person.

My daughter Primrose Ivy was born on 24th January 2017 after just 5h 41min. Her birth was ever so different from the birth of my son William who was born with an emergency c-section after 12h in labour. With my first born, I experienced a very long, painful and traumatic labour. The pain was unbearable, as expected, and even after loads of pain relief (gas&air, 2x pethidine injections, and epidural) I was still in a lot of pain and ended up having a c-section. It was a traumatic experience and it took me a long time to recover (mentally more than physically).

I have never heard of HypnoBirthing before, but a good friend of mine introduced me to it and I was curious and wanted to give it a go. Before I learned about hypnobirthing, my view about birth was very different to what it is now. I was angry that women had to go through this ordeal of child birth in the 21st century. All the negative stories from friends and relatives plus my own experience proved to me that there is no other option but painful child birth.

OMG how wrong I was!! Hypnobirthing completely changed my view about child birth and gave me courage and confidence in my own capability and body. I was actually looking forward to the birth this time and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this.

I started getting minor surges at 9pm which felt more like menstrual pain. At about 11pm I took a bath to try and relax as the surges were stronger and really painful. I doubted myself and I wasn't sure if I could go without pain relief. But I didn't concentrate on myself, I was worried as we didn't have anyone to look after my 2 year old son. But within half an hour we found a friend who took him in for the night and I started to relax. I was able to breath through every single surge and I just concentrated on breathing the oxygen through my body down to the baby and womb. I was comfortable and relaxed on the bed when my waters broke. We left for the hospital shortly after and arrived at about 0.30am. I agreed to be examined and was about 8cm dilated. I was thrilled that after just 3 1/2 h I was already that far along. I knew I could do this. I managed to go into the birthing pool but had to get out after a while as my temperature and blood pressure rose. No major issue I just had to cool down. I then stayed in bed as it was actually the most comfortable position for me, on my side with one leg raised. I just let my body do the work and breathed deeply in and out. All of a sudden I had the feeling to push and I couldn't resist this urge. I just let my body carry on. The mid wives did not interfere at all just worked with me until the head of the baby was born. My surge was over and the midwife told me to push to get the baby out but I didn't feel like pushing, my body didn't tell me to push. So I ignored her and kept on breathing. With the next surge I felt the urge to push again and my daughter popped out at 2:41am!! I can still remember that moment as if it was yesterday. I felt excited, proud, relieved and absolute total joy. I couldn't believe what I had achieved.

Hypnobirthing changed my life and I am ever so grateful that I was able to have this wonderful experience. If someone had told me 2 years ago after the birth of my son that it is possible to have a positive and amazing birth experience I would have declared them crazy. But now, after having such an amazing experience, I know it's achievable. It wasn't totally pain free but it was absolutely bearable and doable and nothing compared to my first birthing experience. I went from having all the pain relief that was on offer to having none at all!! I didn't even need any stitches.

I can't recommend hypnobirthing enough!! It is fantastic and great and even if you are a pessimist like I was, it will change your view about child birth forever! Thank you Sandra, you have been an amazing teacher!!!

Events

HypnoBirthing Group Course English: 27.04., 04.05., 18.05. and 25.05.2019 in Palma / Mallorca 

HypnoBirthing Group Course Spanish: 28.04., 05.05., 19.05. and 26.05.2019 in Palma / Mallorca 

HypnoBirthing Group Course German: 01.06. und 02.06.2019 in Hannover/Germany

HypnoBirthing Retreat Mallorca English: 15.06. – 22.06.2019 in Palma / Mallorca 

Private and group courses are offered at any time. I am happy to hear from you!

Courses

HypnoBirthing Course

  • Aprox. 14 hours Course
  • Participation of the birth companion
  • 5 relaxations / hipnosis & affirmations for download
  •  Handout for parents
  • Birth Plan
  • Drinks and snacks (only group course)
  • Telephone and E-Mail support until birth

Individually         Group

399€     299€

HypnoBirthing Online

  • Aprox. 14 hours Course (7 hours Intensive Course) live via Skype
  • Participation of the birth companion
  • 5 (2 Intensive Course) relaxations / hipnosis & affirmations for download
  •  Handout for parents pdf
  • Birth Plan
  • Telephone and E-Mail support until birth
*Price Intensive Course

Individually         Group

399€    249€

259€*  159€*

HypnoBirthing Intensive Course

  • Aprox. 7 hours Course
  • Participation of the birth companion
  • 2 relaxations / hipnosis & affirmations for download
  •  Handout for parents
  • Birth Plan
  • Drinks and snacks (only group course)
  • Telephone and E-Mail support until birth

Individually         Group

259€    159€

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HypnoBirthing Retreat Mallorca

More information coming soon!

Frequently asked questions

The best time is as early as possible after the first trimester (from the 15th week of pregnancy), so that you have enough time to practice the exercises without stress. The course is very comprehensive for pregnancy and birth. So you can benefit from HypnoBirthing during pregnancy in many ways. Also shortly before birth, you can fully integrate HypnoBirthing with a commitment and give you and your baby a beautiful birth.

Hypnosis is a naturally called, altered state of consciousness. It is a relaxed concentration and serves to bridge the critical mind in order to get directly to the subconscious. You will be fully aware, keep control and do only what you want. In a hypnotic state, we find ourselves even daily. When daydreaming, when we are immersed in a book or stare into a fire. At birth, you will be approachable, pleasantly relaxed and fully aware of the happenings. You will be able to influence the perception of your labor.

Yes you can. However, the HypnoBirthing program involves you and your birth companion. But also alone you can train yourself with the course and with appropriate preparation you can have a gentle and self-determined birth. We will then discuss what you should pay particular attention to.

HypnoBirthing restores the subconscious mind and requires repetition and exercise. Then everything happens automatically without thinking during labor. At home without direct guidance, you can also quickly uncover uncertainties, which we can then discuss in the course or after the course. It would be good to take 30-60 minutes daily for practicing. You can integrate some exercises into your everyday life, and you will also gain ever deeper confidence in your body.

HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birth. You will have feelings and you have the possibility to influence them with the methods. Some women experience partial or even painless birth. Others have inconveniences which are usually tolerable. A birth experience can also be experienced positive even with pain. How you evaluate your birth depends on many factors and not just on the feeling of pain.

You give birth with HypnoBirthing anywhere. In the course, we will discuss how to choose your place of birth carefully, so that you feel comfortable. Even if you will give birth at the hospital, you will have the opportunity to do so in a relaxed way.

Not necessarily. She/He just has to be willing to respect your birth wishes. In the course you will learn how you and your birth companion communicate effectively with the birthing team and work hand in hand together.

Whether planned or unplanned c-section, you and your baby will benefit from the exercises mentally, emotionally and also physically before, during and after the surgery.