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Benefits of Hypnosis for Birth
Partner participation
Parent's experiences
Class descriptions
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Birth stories

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CLASS SYLLABUS for 3 class series (3 hours each)

CLASS 1: Introduction to Hypnosis: Theory and Warm Up Exercises

What is Hypnosis?
Facts & Myths
Changing "Fight or Flight" to the "Relaxation Response"
Imagination; The door to the Subconscious Mind and the Language of the Body
Imagination Warm Up Exercise
Progressive Relaxation
Special Place Exercise

CLASS 2: Self Hypnosis and Fear Release Process

Noticing personal "anchors" to relaxation and positive inner resources
Creating a personal "self-hypnosis recipe"
Biofeedback ("Biodots" and physiological changes during deep relaxation)
Practice of partner guided relaxation
Demonstration of Pelvis and Baby: The dance of birth
Practice in different positions
Fear Release Exercise (Fear Inventory, Call to action, "Serenity Prayer", "Other side of the coin")
Creating Personal Affirmations or Positive Blueprints

CLASS 3: Putting it all together

Anesthesia and Analgesia through self-hypnosis
Deepening relaxation to increase comfort
Birth Preferences Discussion
Self -hypnosis and Partner guided relaxation through Labor and Birth
Other Tools and Techniques  (Sound, counterpressure, hip squeeze, water, hot/cold packs)
Birth Visualization