COVID-19 and HypnoBirthing classes Update (July 15, 2020):
The COVID-19 situation is continually changing and evolving and decisions around conducting classes are made with health and safety of you and our families in mind. At the time of this writing, Ontario will start with phase 3 of re-opening businesses (except for a few regions including Toronto). Re-opening to the public is only possible if the facilities can accommodate a number of strict guidelines put forth by the Ontario Medical Association and by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and the recommendations to operate via video where possible still remains.
The COVID-19 virus is spread through virus containing droplets that come into contact with mucus membranes (ie. surfaces of mouth and eyes) — through breathing in these droplets, or spreading the virus through hand to mouth or hand to eye contact. Those with pre-exisiting health conditions, in particular cardiovascular, respiratory and immune conditions, and including pregnancy (although a normal and healthy condition, but during which the immune system is more vulnerable to infection) are more vulnerable to the devastating effects of COVID-19.
With these facts in mind and knowing that HB classes require being in a shared indoor space together for a prolonged amount of time, talking, doing deep breathing exercises and so on, all HypnoBirthing classes group and private will continue to be offered via video until further notice. Four months and a few series of classes later, the feedback from video classes has been positive and I have received positive birth stories this summer from my HB class parents! In spite of a pandemic, we are still able to equip parents for relaxed and confident births!
Thank-you for your support and keep well, EeVon
1) What will I learn in the HypnoBirthing classes?
The full class outline is here: http://myhypnobirthing.ca/class-outline/
2) How many weeks are the classes?
The full program is five weekly classes of 2.5 hours each.
3) How much do the classes cost?
Cost is $475 per couple (includes all applicable taxes) for group classes. The fee is charged to the pregnant person and she can bring along her chosen birthing companion – such as spouse, partner or other birthing companion of her choice. Price includes all materials (handouts, textbook, parent workbook and 5 digital recordings). A $200 non-refundable deposit* is required at the time of registration (payable by cheque, cash or e-mail transfer) and the balance of the class fee is paid at the first class (by cash or cheque).
Private classes are also available. Please inquire about pricing if interested.
4) When should I start the classes?
Because you baby could arrive anytime after 37 weeks (full term), it is recommended that you start the classes when you are 32 weeks pregnant or earlier or at least 8 weeks before your due date so that you will finish the classes in time.
Some parents like to start the classes much earlier so that they have a lot of time to practice and benefit from the relaxation exercises. Some parents prefer to start the classes later so that the information is fresh in their minds.
5) Can my husband/spouse/partner/ friend attend the classes?
Your chosen birthing companion is welcomed and encouraged to join you during each class. The program includes exercises for the birth companions to help relax the mother as well as guidelines on how to best support the mother during labour and birth. Alternatively, some pregnant people may not have a partner, and that is perfectly fine too!
6) Do I need to take an additional prenatal class from my hospital/ midwife clinic/ doctor’s office?
The HypnoBirthing Childbirth Preparation classes are designed to provide (along with the HypnoBirthing techniques and exercises) comprehensive information regarding labour and birth, with discussion on what to generally expect with hospital and home births as well as brief discussion on breastfeeding and after care for the mother. Many parents who take the HypnoBirthing classes don’t take any other additional prenatal classes. The HypnoBirthing class outline is here for your reference: http://myhypnobirthing.ca/class-outline/
7) Do I need previous experience with hypnosis or meditation? What if I’m not good at relaxing?
No previous experience with hypnosis or meditation is required. You don’t have to be good at quieting your mind or be “good at relaxing”. In fact, many mothers seek out HypnoBirthing because they may struggle with relaxation, anxieties and fears. By the end of the program, many mothers comment that HypnoBirthing has helped them become more relaxed and less anxious and more confident about their baby’s birthing day.
8) Does it matter if I have an midwife or OB? Does it matter if I plan to give birth at home or in the hospital?
HypnoBirthing is useful for any birthing situation. Each HypnoBirthing practitioner has received positive birth stories or attended wonderful births at home and hospital, with midwives and OBs. Regardless of how your birthing unfolds, the techniques and exercises taught in your HypnoBirthing classes will be useful and beneficial for you and your baby.