Monday, 3 February 2014

HypnoBirthing® vs Hypnobabies®

While HypnoBirthing® and Hypnobabies® both try to allow the mother and baby to have a natural, peaceful birth, there are still a few differences between the two programs. This information is based off of Birthing Naturally and Pregnancy, Birth, and Babies. For professionals who are in the process of getting advanced hypnotherapy training, check out the hypnosis and childbirth online certification.

If you're looking to take a HypnoBirthing® or Hypnobabies® course, check out the list of instructors. I don't know of anyone in Korea who teaches Hypnobabies®, but they do have a home study option.

HypnoBirthing® Pros
  • Created by Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. in the late 1980s, it was the first course to use hypnosis for childbirth.
  • Many women say that the information that they learn in the course can be used for other parts of their lives. 
  • It's more effective for home births than hospital or clinic births.
  • Many women find that it's very helpful for them in the early stages of labor.
  • There are many HypnoBirthing® practitioners and it has a strong following. 
HypnoBirthing® Cons
  • Since it's based on the idea that childbirth should be painless, coping techniques aren't provided. 
  • Because women don't learn about pain or interventions, they are often given unnecessary interventions.
  • Benefits and risks of different birthing options are not discussed.
  • Many women find that HypnoBirthing® doesn't work at the end of their labor.
  • The course hasn't been updated since 2006. 
My conclusions about HypnoBirthing®
I do know a handful of people who have studied HypnoBirthing® and while they said that it did help at the beginning of their labor, it didn't prepare them for the end of their labor, making them feel that they had failed and had nothing to fall back on. Now this is quite normal, for women to expect one thing and get another. It's always good to have a plan and a back-up plan. The problem with HypnoBirthing® is that it only provides one plan that everyone is supposed to follow.

HypnoBirthing® has its own set of language that you have to learn. There is no pain or contractions, but rather discomfort, sensations, and waves. I think that it's good that it tries to get rid of all the painful, negative images about birthing that we've been bombarded with all our lives. I also do know that it is possible to have a peaceful, pain-free birth. However, many women experience sensations that they are not prepared to deal with. Due to this, they may end up feeling bitter about their birth experience.

Hypnobabies® Pros
  • Created by Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt. Cl., who originally was a HypnoBirthing® practitioner and felt that the course was missing key information. 
  • They offer a home study option.
  • They use powerful hypno-anesthesia techniques (medical hypnosis, like what people have used for surgeries) such as eye-open hypnosis with the finger-drop technique.
  • Moms prefer it because it's more effective and provides a more rounded and more comprehensive view of child birthing, such as back labor and how to deal with it.
  • There's more material that is updated frequently based on feedback from people who have used their course such as consumer information, recorded material, scripts for partners, and a quick reference guide.
Hypnobabies® Cons
  • There are fewer instructors compared to HypnoBirthing®
  • Classes are longer. There are six 3-hour classes compared to five 2.5-hour HypnoBirthing® classes.
  • Home study courses  aren't the same as having an actual teacher.
  • It's a relatively new course, so there's less information about it. 
  • Some people say that it strongly resembles HypnoBirthing®.
My conclusions about Hypnobabies®
I think that Hypnobabies® is much more comprehensive than HypnoBirthing®. They teach about stages of labor and what coping techniques can be used for each stage. They compare expectant management to what active management techniques that many doctors use. They give women facts and allow them to pick and choose what they like to create their own birth plan. They recognize that different women want different things.

The fact that they also offer a home study course makes it a better option for people in Korea who may not be able to attend face-to-face classes with an instructor. Hypnobabies® recognizes that they don't have all the answers and due to that they use their customers' feedback to update the course.

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