FAQ’s

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FAQ’s about birth hypnosis

Birth hypnosis is more popular than ever and it continues to increase in popularity… but there are still a lot of myths about hypnosis that are so deeply engrained in our culture.  The best way to begin to understand hypnosis is by allowing yourself to forget everything you’ve heard, seen and thought about it! Then read on below. This is also how to begin to prepare for a beautiful birth experience (comfortable, safe, gentle and peaceful) as well… forget everything you think you know about birth and sign up for this class!

What is hypnosis?
What is self-hypnosis?
What does hypnosis feel like?
Can I be controlled or brainwashed?
What is birth hypnosis?
Why do people use birth hypnosis training?
What’s the difference between Birth Hypnosis by Soulica and other programs?
Why does Birth Hypnosis by Soulica feature Blissborn™ verses regular birth programs?~(like Lamaze®; The Bradley Method®; Birthing From Within®; independent and even hospital birth classes)
Why does Birth Hypnosis by Soulica feature Blissborn™ versus other mainstream birth hypnosis programs?~(like HypnoBirthing® and Hypnobabies®{also known as the Mongan Method})
Other differences between Blissborn™ and other mainstream birth hypnosis classes
Will I be able to open my eyes and move around?
Will Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ work for first time moms?
What about twins and multiples?
What will my OB/GYN or midwife or doula think of my birth hypnosis skills?
What will my husband/boyfriend/partner think of Birth Hypnosis by Soulica classes?
Why does my birth partner have to attend every class?
What will my birth partner’s role be?
How will my birth hypnosis training benefit my baby?
What are some other benefits of taking Birth Hypnosis by Soulica training?
When should I start my Birth Hypnosis by Soulica classes?
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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mental & physical relaxation that allows the mind to selectively focus while your conscious mind is relaxed. It is not sleep. It is a state of awareness that everyone has experienced when daydreaming, reading, driving, watching TV and in the moments before drifting off to sleep or after waking up. Hypnosis is a skill to enter a relaxed state of mind purposefully and is much like meditation in that it is used to quiet the mind chatter.  Hypnosis is differentiated by using the meditative skill to focus selectively  in order to create a desired outcome. The effect is similar to the way quantum physics uses the same rays of light from a flashlight to create laser beams powerful enough to cut through steal. Most people underestimate the power of their minds. Back to Top

What is self-hypnosis?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. It is very similar to meditation, in fact self-hypnosis and meditation are two sides of the same coin and when measured medically, there is no difference. In general, they are both used to clear the mind chatter and self-hypnosis is used to create a desired defined outcome… like a safe, gentle and comfortable birth experience.  You are in control at all times.  Hypnosis is not something someone does to you, you either allow it or you don’t. You simply use your own willpower to pass instructions to your body/mind. However, the term “self-hypnosis” generally means purposefully inducing, managing and terminating your own state of mind rather than being guided by someone else. To learn self-hypnosis is to acquire a powerful tool for self-control and self-transformation/improvement. Your mind is like a super-computer that runs programs for your body sensations, functions (including labor and birth), thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Self-hypnosis gives you access to that programming. Back to Top

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels different to everyone. There’s no one “right way” to do it or experience it. Hypnosis has the unique quality of increasing or decreasing sensory awareness. Most people report feeling extraordinarily relaxed and focused and some report feeling tingly or boundless. People can move, talk and express emotion as usual. Back to Top

Can I be controlled or brainwashed?

No. Hypnosis actually gives you greater control over your body/mind. Hypnosis is not something someone does TO you — to be hypnotized by another person is simply to follow his or her instructions because you have chosen to do so. If you choose not to follow the instructions, you won’t be hypnotized. It is not possible for you to be hypnotized if you resist, just like it is not possible to meditate if you resist (and this also makes it impossible to get the experience you wish to get). While hypnotized, you can modify the instructions and control your experience. For example, if you are told to imagine relaxing on a lovely beach, but you’d prefer to be in the mountains, you can instead imagine the scene that relaxes you. You are in control the whole time while experiencing hypnosis. You won’t do anything in a hypnotic state that wouldn’t be acceptable to you in your everyday awareness. You won’t accept any instruction or suggestion that wouldn’t be good for you. In hypnosis, you are able to decide what to do, what to say, and what to think at all times. Back to Top

What is birth hypnosis?

Birth hypnosis is simply the purposeful use of the hypnotic (meditative or trance state) state to make birth easier, gentle and far more comfortable. Your thoughts and feelings affect the way your body works. From early in life, most people raised in Western cultures are taught that thoughts and feelings don’t matter when it comes to the functioning of our bodies because they are separate from each other. This belief stems from early science (Newtonian Physics) that has since been corrected (Quantum Physics) but our perception is slow to change. Your thoughts and feelings create your external experience, so in hypnosis, using the power of your mind, you’ll experience and manage the intimate connection between your mind and body so that you have the option to allow a beautiful birth experience. As you learn how to control your mind and body more effectively, you’ll practice keeping them comfortable and relaxed and learn how to trust yourself and your body to allow your baby’s birth to unfold in its own perfect way. In addition, self-hypnosis shortens labor — relaxed muscles don’t resist, so labor progresses more quickly. One study found a reduction of 3 hours for first-time mothers for active labor, taking the average length of labor down to about 6 hours. Pushing was shortened significantly as well. And, thanks to a hypnosis phenomenon called time distortion, women using hypnosis have reported that their labors felt shorter than they actually were. Many moms that use hypnosis in birth are so peaceful in labor that people think they’re asleep. Back to Top

Why do people choose Birth Hypnosis training?

Not only does Birth Hypnosis by Soulica teach you how to purposefully use the power of your mind to create a comfortable, gentle, safe and peaceful birth for both you and your baby, it also teaches you tools that will help you negotiate a medical system that, despite it’s best intention, is not always designed for you and your baby’s highest good.  Ryan McAllister, PhD, is a Biophysicist and Assistant Research Professor from Georgetown University… and he explains it all right here…

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• It’s effective.
• It’s economical. It will dramatically reduce your chances of needing interventions like medication or surgery. In the US, 30-40% of babies born in hospitals to non-hypnosis moms are delivered by Cesarean section. But 85% of Blissborn™ moms give birth naturally, and of the 15% who need assistance with medication or devices, only a small fraction end up in the operating room. Did you know that a cesarean costs more than $7000? When you compare that to the cost of hypnosis training, the choice is clear!
• It’s safe and 100% natural, with no negative side effects (and lots of positive side effects!).
• Self-hypnosis, fear release and transforming pain into comfort are some of the tools you’ll learn that you can use for the rest of your life.
• It’s proven to shorten labor, reduce, transform or elimnate pain, reduce bleeding, accelerate recovery, increase parents’ satisfaction and reduce post-partum depression.  In addition, the benefits to baby are simply wonderful.  As Birth Into Being ®.com makes it clear, there is a mechanism (a technology) called ‘limbic imprint’ that shows that our early impressions stay with us for the rest of our lives.  Twenty five years of thorough research in the field of prenatal psychology proves a direct correlation between the way we are born and the subconscious behavior and emotional patterns in our adult life.  This class gives you the best opportunity to positively impact the way your baby is born and help them to establish a positive life pattern for the rest of their lives.  There is also tremendous antidotal evidence that babies born in a calm, gentle and peaceful way have a calmer first year and often sleep throughout the night.
• Practicing is critical… much like a professional runner preparing for a marathon.  Doing your best requires practice so CD’s/recordings are provided for deep relaxation, and suggestions and imagery which are used before, during and after your baby’s birth. Practicing actually maps your brain so you can return quickly and easily to that wonderfully relaxed state, whenever you choose and be an expert by the time your baby is born. Back to Top

What is the difference between Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ and other programs?

There are many differences. Birth Hypnosis by Soulica chose to feature Blissborn™ because of the 3 mainstream Birth Hypnosis Classes Blissborn™, Hypnobabies® and Hypnobirthing® (also known as the Mongan Method), Blissborn is simply the best, most comprehensive, well-organized and modern mainstream childbirth education available. Because the founder and owner of Soulica is a Certified Medical Support – Clinical Hypnotherapist, our course includes additional information not found in any of the 3 mainstream courses that significantly enhances the Blissborn™ curriculum.

Also, know that all birth programs want the same thing — every birth program wants your birth to be peaceful, safe and satisfying. Generally, we are all on the same team! It is important that your program is a good fit for you, so we encourage you to checkout any program that calls to you. This is all about you and what you want and need. The goal is not to put down any program but to provide you with the knowledge you need to make the right decision for you and your baby.  Follow your intuition and you will be led to the perfect class for you! Back to Top

Why does Birth Hypnosis by Soulica feature Blissborn™ versus regular birth programs?

(like Lamaze®; The Bradley Method®; Birthing From Within®; independent and even hospital birth classes)

Information about birth and general relaxation are wonderful. They build confidence and can be helpful to moms negotiating their pregnancy and birth experience. Birth Hypnosis by Soulica is familiar with these programs and we think they’re great. Having said that Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ also offers a plenty of great, modern, relevant information (which is referenced, painstakingly researched, and updated regularly). In class, we spend much time on why you should have a natural birth — if you are interested in birth hypnosis in general then you already know the importance of natural birth. In the future, we will be offering prepartum classes to help moms and dads make decisions for planning their families. In addition, Birth Hypnosis by Soulica classes teach you about your own natural body/mind technology. Then we teach you how to use the skill of self-hypnosis so that you can use that technology to serve you for the birth of your baby AND for the rest of your life! We teach several useful tools — tools that really work, as shown by our parents’ phenomenally high rate of success and satisfaction with their birth experiences even if interventions are necessary. Our passion, commitment and unusually positive feedback from the parents we have worked with in the past combined with the documented success of Blissborn™ (more than 85% of Blissborn™ moms birth naturally in less than 6 hours) makes this class a MUST for expectant moms.

The main tool we teach is hypnosis, and it’s simply the perfect state to be in for a more comfortable, safe, gentle, faster and easier birth. Since it takes practice, taking the Birth Hypnosis by Soulica series is the best way to learn how to get to that state and maintain it for the duration of your labor and birth experience. Back to Top

Why does Birth Hypnosis by Soulica feature Blissborn™ versus other mainstream birth hypnosis programs?

(like HypnoBirthing® and Hypnobabies® (also known as the Mongan Method)

Birth Hypnosis by Soulica thinks these other birth hypnosis programs are great. We are familiar with all three and all of them have helped many moms have a better birth experience. Mickey Mongan’s book, HypnoBirthing®, is a wonderful, wise and groundbreaking work. Hypnobabies® has a well-deserved and loyal following, and was the first mainstream method that used deeper states of hypnosis.

Blissborn™ provides more modern information, better organization, and more hypnosis. A light version of hypnosis can give moms just enough control to keep their labors from progressing, or it can fail if things get intense. There are so many great tools available within the world of hypnotherapy, and some other programs just skim the surface. Blissborn™ goes deeper than the other courses. Birth Hypnosis by Soulica goes even further and while it features Blissborn™, this class provides you with great information from many sources. We pride ourselves by keeping up to date on the most current information regarding labor and delivery and find that Blissborn™ is a better match for us than either of the other two mainstream courses. Back to Top

Other differences between Blissborn™ and other mainstream birth hypnosis classes

The Blissborn™ founders are hypnotherapists and moms who have used these skills in their own births.  In my own practice, I work with clients to alleviate severe and chronic pain, and have helped many clients reduce anxiety and fear as well.  I also birthed my baby naturally and found that the Blissborn™ curriculum matches my own experience, in both of these areas, more closely. Other birth hypnosis classes train their teachers in hypnosis for a day or two. Blissborn™ Educators are highly-trained clinical hypnotherapists which means they’re experts in how your mind and body work together.  Blissborn™ is comprehensive in it’s information, and most of the class time is spent on learning the TOOLS.

Also, Blissborn™ refers to events in birth by their known names (contractions and labor, for example) and respects your provider’s expertise as well as your own.  Birth Hypnosis by Soulica seeks to help bridge the growing gap and tension that currently exists between the medical community and parents who are seeking a natural holistic birth in hospital setting. Parents often report that they have experienced pressure to accept unwanted  interventions. We empower parents with information that assists them to advocate for services that right for them while still benefiting from the expertise of their provider.  We believe that these tools will help to make birth safer, easier and more comfortable right where most births happen (Approximately 92% of all U.S. births take place in hospitals) and help to reduce the rising infant mortality rate in the U.S. by teaching moms how to work with their bodies and advocate for their needs to create a gentle, peaceful and comfortable birth.

We also know your partner is one of the most important parts of your peaceful, connected birth, and that means a well-trained, well-informed partner is a huge part of our program. It’s your partner’s baby too, and partners are tired of being left out. Blissborn™ gets that too, and insists that your partner comes to every class, and we agree.

We are committed to providing you with skills based on scientific evidence, and an understanding of how and why they work. A modern program that’s respectful of you and nurturing during this most important time in your life, because this is THAT IMPORTANT. Birth is sacred and Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ results speak for themselves: 100% satisfaction with the classes and materials, and 85% of moms using Blissborn™ birth naturally with less than 5 hours of active labor. Back to Top

Will I be able to open my eyes and move around?

Absolutely! When you first start learning how to go into hypnosis, you’ll probably want to practice while remaining quiet and still. By your second class, you’ll be up and moving around, and we encourage you to practice in lots of different situations and positions. Moving around in labor is so important, and we want you to move, move, move! You’ll be an expert before you know it! Back to Top

Will Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ work for first-time moms?

Absolutely! In fact, the majority of our moms are first-time moms (and the rest are experienced moms who want to do things differently this time around). First-time moms want to know their options and to understand every possibility, idea, and piece of anatomy involved in labor and birth. We meet that need for up-to-date, interesting, and confidence-building information. We provide the tools to help moms achieve the births they never thought possible!

What about twins and multiples?

Blissborn™works equally well with moms of singles, twins and multiples. We suggest that parents of multiples take the class a little earlier! Hypnosis works wonders with relaxation, and visualization is great for bonding with babies and creating more confidence about parenting multiple babies. We also support vaginal delivery of multiples when your healthcare provider supports it, and there is a great section in the manual on ways hypnosis can help in different scenarios. Back to Top

What will my OB/GYN or midwife or doula think of my birth hypnosis skills?

Once your OB/GYN experiences a birth hypnosis birth, they love it and slowly but surely more and more actually recommend it.  As is pointed out by the documentary “The Business of Being Born” (which we highly recommend you watch and is available for streaming on Netflix®) many OB’s/GYN’s have never seen a natural birth and so you may be one of the first ones they experience.  We find that most midwives, who are experts at natural birth, are familiar with Birth Hypnosis and recommend it highly.  It’s likely that you will be one of your health care providers easiest clients. You will want to share with them, your plans and what it is about, but we make that easy by providing you with a special info sheet just for your provider. The sheet we provide includes education about what you’ll be experiencing and how to help keep your peaceful and comfortable labor going. We also let them know that they may be surprised by how far along you are in your labor, so they are better prepared for your birth a little sooner than they might otherwise estimate. And we always welcome providers and supporters like doulas into our classes for free so they can learn firsthand what Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ is all about.

Because you are comfortable and your labor is progressing beautifully, many providers just step back and let you keep on doing what you’re doing. Generally, health care professionals like Blissborn™ because it is provider friendly and that is one of the reasons that Birth Hypnosis by Soulica chose to feature Blissborn™.  This class is powerful where ever you chose to birth your baby, at home, in the hospital as well as midwifery and birthing centers.

In this class, you and your birth partner will learn to ask the right questions, diplomatically express your desires, and peacefully get more of what you want. You will have all the tools you need to be satisfied with your birth experience where ever you chose to birth your baby. Back to Top

What will my husband/boyfriend/partner think of Birth Hypnosis by Soulica classes?

We hear the same feedback over and over again. “This class is nothing like I thought it would be! I LOVED it!!” We hear it from almost every class, about how the partner is really only there because they love their wife, girlfriend, spouse, partner and so they came to support them! We love it because we find that dad’s, spouses and partners end up RAVING about this class. Whether your partner is reluctantly attending to support you or totally curious and excited, we’ve found that almost every dad, spouse or partner enjoys the class, loves the hypnosis experience (often as much if not more than the mom), and appreciates having such an important role in the baby’s birth. Dads, spouses and partners also love it because they quickly learn that the skills taught are not only great for birthing your baby but they are also just as powerful in life. We also consistently receive feedback from couples that this class brings them even closer together because it is nice to have designated times each week to spend together, concentrating on each other and the baby in a peaceful, nurturing, comfortable, and loving way.

Other birth partners (friends, relatives and doulas) are also welcome to attend classes as well! While not everyone in the birth room has to be an expert, it helps if they at least understand what’s going on. If someone is a cynic, most of the time education is the solution. We include an information sheet in class to share with other birth partners so they understand a little more about birth hypnosis and the mom’s peaceful state of mind. Back to Top

Why does my birth partner have to attend every class?

Partners are such an important part of birth. They play a significant role before and during labor. Providing support, advocacy, and coaching are the top three. After going through the classes with you, they also know what you’re experiencing in hypnosis and have special tools to assist you in getting into that peaceful place and staying there. Your labor and birthing experience is best when it can unfold naturally in perfect rhythm with your natural well-being and instincts. Your partner is there to take care of everything else so that you can easily drop right into the perfect state for a safe, comfortable and peaceful labor and birth and stay in that space for the duration.

You can also choose to have a friend or relative as your birth partner. While we always love to hear that couples have partnered with doulas (in Ancient Greek doula means “a woman who serves”), in some situations it’s best to hire a doula to be your main partner in labor. Back to Top

What will my birth partner’s role be?

Birth partners are a very important part of your preparation and birth! Classroom instruction and practice are for both the mother and her partner. In addition, we teach the partner how to help mom in lots of ways — important tools to make her more comfortable, to support her, to advocate for her, to coach her, and to be such an important part of this birth. Back to Top

How will my birth hypnosis training benefit my baby?

Your mind and body affect your baby’s mind and body. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected within ourselves, and baby and mother are connected and cross-connected to each other’s minds and bodies.  So, when mom is happy, calm and relaxed in pregnancy, labor and birth, she secretes powerful hormones and then share all of those happy hormones with her baby that can help them thrive.  As Birth Into Being® makes clear, there is a mechanism (a technology) called ‘limbic imprint’ that shows that our early impressions stay with us for the rest of our lives.  Twenty five years of thorough research in the field of prenatal psychology proves a direct correlation between the way we are born and the subconscious behavior and emotional patterns in our adult life.  This class gives you the best opportunity to positively impact the way your baby is born and help them to establish a positive life pattern for the rest of their lives.  There is also tremendous antidotal evidence that babies born in a calm, gentle and peaceful way have a calmer first year and sleep throughout the night.

Additionally, we teach you how to purposefully use your imagination and that can positively and significantly impact you and your baby’s experience. It can seem magical that imagination can cause a reaction in the baby, but it’s not magical, its science. Your body and mind are one in the same and Dr. Candice Pert proves this in her important work on the mind/body connection. An example of this includes studies of breech babies (positioned in the womb in a position other than head-down).  Several studies have shown that women using hypnosis to “imagine” the baby into the right position can actually turn their babies to a head-down position with an 81% success rate. Back to Top

What are some other benefits of taking Birth Hypnosis by Soulica training?

As you might suspect… there are numerous other benefits for you, your partner, your baby and your life!

Hypnosis is recognized worldwide as a great way to relax, lower blood pressure, regulate body systems, significantly increase comfort, ease anxiety, ease insomnia, and end habits and addictions and anything the mind controls including thoughts, feelings and behaviors…and so much more. It all starts with the mind. So, yes, learning these valuable skills is great not just for your labor and birth but for your whole life.

Moms who have taken this class have specifically reported sleeping better, feeling more confident and trusting their bodies, feeling more connected to their partner, lowered blood pressure, cured morning sickness, cured migraines, feeling closer to their baby, feeling EXCITED to give birth, starting labor when needed, relaxing more, worrying less, feeling more content, controlling uncomfortable sensations in the hips and joints due to pregnancy… and so much more. All this and with no negative side effects! Back to Top

When should I start my Birth Hypnosis by Soulica classes?

The truth is that the more practice time you have, the better… so when ever you want to take this class is just right. Blissborn™ recommends you start classes in weeks 28-32 of your pregnancy (early in your third trimester) because they have experienced that moms are still motivated to practice until their baby is born! And the practicing is the best part — it’s all about relaxing. We have had moms take it at different stages of their pregnancies and all have done exceptionally well.

If you are later in your pregnancy, the class can be condensed if needed and the few times we have conducted condensed classes later in the pregnancy the results were fabulous. You also have the option to start working with hypnosis early on.  This class is perfect for any expectant mom and if you are committed to practicing, Birth Hypnosis by Soulica featuring Blissborn™ is great for and recommended earlier in your pregnancy. Back to Top

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