Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Our home-based studio is located in Milton, MA. Boston HypnoBirthing is perfectly situated and accessible to Boston, the Greater Area and South Shore. Take exit 10 off of 93 South to Squantum Street in Milton, or exit 2B traveling on I-93 North. We are also accessible via the MBTA's Red Line or Commuter Rail.
What is the Boston HypnoBirthing studio like?
We offer a homelike setting away from home. In this environment, mothers and their partners are able to fully relax and feel comfortable and at peace. Mothers and birth companions are happy to be away from environments like hospitals where childbirth classes are typically offered. We offer delicious snacks and a library of resources as well as a lactation room.
What exactly is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing® is a childbirth education program that guides expectant mothers and their birthing partners through self-directed relaxation, breathing, and visualization techniques for calmer, gentler, and easier childbirth. These techniques help reduce fear, tension, pain, anxiety, or discomfort, helping women to call upon their natural birthing instincts and to free their birthing muscles of tension for smoother childbirth.
Why is Boston HypnoBirthing different from other HypnoBirthing or childbirth classes?
We cap our group classes at seven couples in order to have an intimate, easy, and cosy class where moms and dads can ask unlimited questions and can fully absorb the information and techniques they learn in class. Our instructor is also a renowned certified lactation counselor who infuses classes with additional information about breastfeeding, breast milk, and alternative feeding methods. Parents frequently state that they feel they have gained a full picture of what happens throughout the birth process and the postpartum period, understanding babies' behaviors, cues for hunger and what is expected immediately following birth.
How many students are in a class?
In group classes we have a minimum of five couples (sometimes we will operate at three) and a maximum of seven couples. Our group class is meticulously designed for this number to satisfy many perimeters of the course. We reserve the right to cancel a course if the minimum number is not met. However, this happens rarely and couples are notified in advance.
What are the advantages of HypnoBirthing?
-Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and, thus, pain
-Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
-Shortens the first phase of labor
-Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
-Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
-Reduces the need for an episiotomy
-Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor
-Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
-Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
-Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
-Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world
What is hypnosis in childbirth and will I be fully conscious?
Hypnosis in childbirth simply means being in a relaxed state and able to zoom in on our thoughts and release those that may interfere with a calm, smooth, gentle birth. HypnoBirthing gives us the tools to be able to go into a relaxed state, while being fully conscious and aware of our body and surroundings.
Will HypnoBirthing help me if I require medical intervenions?
Absolutely. Should you require medical interventions, the skills you learn in HypnoBirthing will help you remain calm and in control. Many moms report having a smoother and quicker recovery as a result.
I've taken the HypnoBirthing course, now what?
Mothers are encouraged to attend our Breastfeeding class ahead of their baby's birth, as birthing and breastfeeding go hand-in-hand. Additionally, we offer a periodic refresher class for couples wishing to review their HypnoBirthing knowledge and skills and for previous HypnoBirthing parents who are expecting a new addition to their family. Lastly, we offer private consultations and support groups.