Parallels are often drawn between birth and other life experiences – usually not pleasant ones.
Why is the bringing into the world of your baby – the arrival of the love of your life, the most joyous moment you will experience – painted in such bleak colours?
Let’s for a moment equate birth to another physical feat we may choose to undertake... say a marathon. You sign up months in advance, you anticipate the day. In the months leading up to it, you try to eat well, maybe even do a few stretches here and there and take a Marathon Preparation class where you and other runners get together, perhaps even listen to someone who’s run a marathon before. You talk about the experience, how you might feel at the 10th, 25th and 40th kilometer... and then you go home. On the day of your marathon, you start off feeling great, by the 5th kilometer your legs are cramping... by the 10th you’ve forgotten how to breathe and by 15 you’ve hit the pavement. This is where the metaphor ends because, with birth, you must reach the end.
The missing ingredient in the above scenario – the one that would ensure you making it to 42 kilometers - is training... preparation... practice and understanding the physiology behind the activity.
Just like birth, running is an emotional, mental and physical process. You can’t run 42k without being prepared on all levels, without having learned how to psyche yourself up, keep yourself focused and, most importantly, if you’re terrified and dreading the experience.
By exploring and eliminating the reasons for pain in childbirth, teaching relaxation techniques and ways to work WITH your body the HypnoBirthing® curriculum provides complete understanding and preparation for childbirth in every way.
Our learning doesn’t end when you walk out of class - the deep relaxation and strength needed for birth comes only with consistent practice and training. We will provide both you and your partner with the materials to practice and condition your mind and body in preparation for birth.
Some things you will learn:
- Achieving and maintaining deep levels of relaxation through self-hypnosis & breathing techniques.
- A positive and fearless approach to birth through visualization, affirmations, fear release and self-hypnosis.
- Progression of a normal, healthy pregnancy, labour & birth, and course of action in case of special circumstances.
Our next set of classes in Toronto begins Saturday, June 17th! Contact us for more information or to sign up!