Below is the typical HypnoBirthing 5 Week Series Outline,

schedule may be rearranged depending on the needs of the class

*UNIT #1 Building A Positive Expectancy

• Introduction – HypnoBirthing® Stories Video – Marie Mongan
• HypnoBirthing® Beginnings
• Rationale/Muscle Comparison
• How the Uterus Works
• Articles of Birth Affirmation
• Uterus During Surge Illustration
• What’s Wrong with Labor?
• How Fear Affects Labor
• Origin of Pain Concept/Curse of Eves
• Hypnosis and Deep Relaxation/Creating Positive Birth Outcomes
• Pyscho-Physical Exercise (Pen Dropping, Light Arm/Heavy Arm)
• Calm Breathing Introduction/Demonstration
• Lemon Cutting Script
• HypnoBirthing® Videos # 1 and #2

*UNIT #2 Falling in Love With Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body

• What Babies Want Video (Chapters 1 & 3)
• Prenatal Bonding Techniques
• Bonding Exercise
• Father’s Scripts
• Mother’s Conversation with Her Unborn Child
• Parent’s Prayer
• Relaxation and Breathing
• The Importance of Routine
• Positions for Labor and Birth
• Facial Relaxation
• Calm Breathing Reviewed
• Slow/Surge Breathing
• Birth Breathing / J Breath
• Progressive, Instant, and Deepening Techniques
• Progressive Relaxation
• Disappearing Letters
• Birth Companion’s Deepening Script
• Hypnotic Relaxation and Visualizations (Rainbow Script, Opening Blossom and Blue Satin Ribbons
• Arm-Wrist Test
• Depthometer/Glove Relaxation/Sensory Gate Valve (hypno-anesthesia)
• Time Distortion
• Releasing Limiting Thoughts Assignment
• Preparing the Body for Birthing
• Birth Videos #3 & 4
• Light touch Massage
• Stretching the Inner Thigh Muscles
• The Leaping Frog/squatting/Semi-squatting
• Pelvic Floor Exercises (Kegels)
• Perineal Massage
• Nutrition—Its importance in growing healthy, happy babies

*UNIT #3 Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

• Birth Stories Videos #5 and #6
• Daddy’s Promise
• Birth Preferences
• Hospital Records and Pre-Admission Registration
• Breech Presentation
• When Baby is Ready
• Looking at Your Due Date
• Special Circumstances That Require The Attention of A Caregiver
• Avoiding Artificial Induction of Labor
• Achieving A Natural Start of Labor
• Prelude to Labor
• Your Body Working for You And with You
• Releasing Negative Emotions, Fears and Limiting Thoughts

*UNIT #4 Overview of Childbirth—A Labor of Love

• Birth Stories Video #7
• Onset of Labor—Thinning and Opening Phase
• Arriving at The Hospital
• As Labor Moves along
• Birth Companion’s Role
• Birth Companion’s Birth Guide
• If Labor Rests or Slows
• Review of Misconceptions
• Natural Measures to Restart Labor
• Important Questions for Birth Companions to Protect Natural Birthing Experience
• As Birthing advances—Nearing Completion
• Birth Rehearsal Imagery

*UNIT #5 Birthing—Breathing Love, Bringing Life

• Show Birthing Video—Birth as We Know  It (Tatiana)
• Hallmarks of Labor
• Mother Nears Completion—thinning and opening phase ends
• Birthing Phase—Breathing Baby Down
• Positioning and Repositioning
• Birth—The Final Act
• Miscellaneous Scripts and Illustrations
• Pelvic Station
• Birth Explained Simply
• Recommended Reading List
• Visualization for Optimal Birth Positioning