Hypnobirthing is just the general term used to describe a group of particular techniques that aide with pregnancy, labour & birth. As the 'hypno' part of the name suggests, you will be taught self-hypnosis techniques to enable a more relaxed, calm and in control birth. Other techniques include but are not limited to; visualisation, breathing techniques & acupressure. The Hypnobirthing Australia course also has a strong focus on making the birthing person and partner feel confident and empowered through education.
Having personally done both antenatal classes through a public hospital, and a Hypnobirthing Australia course whilst pregnant myself- I can wholeheartedly say the two are VERY different!
You can do both, or just the HBA course- it's up to you! I do suggest though if just doing the HBA course to book in a tour with your chosen hospital or birthing centre if using these.
A couple of pillows is suggested for comfort, and anything that might make you more comfortable relaxing; ie. blanket, eye mask. I always suggest comfortable clothes and shoes or socks.
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided in face to face group classes, but you will need to either bring or buy your own lunch.
There is no right or wrong answer here- but 'ideally' it is suggested to start practicing your hypnobirthing techniques somewhere between 20-30 weeks pregnant. A little before is fine too, and if after we can absolutely make it work! Message me if you are nearing your due date and have just discovered Hypnobirthing so we can have a chat about your options.
This one is a tricky one. There is no 'guarantee' you won't feel any pain during labour or birth while using Hypnobirthing techniques. There are defintely some who have said they have not experiened any pain and give thanks to Hypnobirthing for that. However, some people don't have that experience. It is all individual, and there is no right or wrong. It is quite common for Hypnoparents to describe their births not as painful, but beautifully intense. That is how I would describe my own, and have spoken to others who agree.