Frequently Asked Questions

When should I take this class?

Anytime! Some women take classes early in their pregnancy, and practicing Hypnobabies® helps them to be relaxed, comfortable and confident for the rest of their pregnancies. Others start later, at 6 or 7 months, when they know they can devote 30-40 minutes daily to practicing.

Can my Birth Partner come to Hypnobabies® Class with me?

Yes! We teach the Birth Partner right along with our Hypno-Moms – what hypnosis is, (they experience it in class and get their own Birth Partner’s hypnosis mp3, to keep them calm and relaxed about pregnancy and childbirth!) and how to support and help our Hypno-moms during pregnancy the birthing itself and after the baby comes. They participate fully in each class, and with each hypnosis script.

Will I be able to move around and be awake, and aware of my body and my baby during my labor, using hypnosis?

Absolutely! Being in Hypnobabies® “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis” is not like being asleep or detached from the sensations of your baby’s birth. You are awake and aware of everything going on around you, and you experience baby’s every movement. You remain deeply in hypnosis, confident and calm, even while moving and changing positions. Your Hypnobabies® hypno-anesthesia allows you to experience all the power of childbirth without the discomfort.

How does hypnosis for childbirth work?

Short version: Like computer data entry. If you want to create a document to use later, you open one, enter the text and save the contents in a “file”, then give the file a name. Later, when you want to edit that document, you find the file name and open it, add to the document text and save it again. When you are completely finished with your document, you find the file by its name, complete and ready, and print it out for your use.

In Hypnobabies®, our “files” are our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of mp3 tracks and paper scripts, and all you have to do is *listen* to them. In doing so, you train your inner mind, just like entering text, what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training, just like the text in your document, and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. It accepts that the normal birthing sensations that you will have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train it to accept cues and techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use them on your birthing day, just like printing out your document, they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable birthing experience. Use it!

Long version: Download our “Introduction to Hypnobabies®” mp3, with a 20 minute explanation of what hypnosis and Hypnobabies® are, and a special gift – our “Relax Me” hypnosis session, which allows you to actually experience deep relaxation and a hypnotic state, as well as learn a special cue that trains you to become calm and relaxed in any situation, which you can use for the rest of your life!

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Where in New York City do you teach?

Currently: all classes are offered online, via Zoom. Classes are live and interactive.

When we start in person classes again:

New York City classes are offered at few locations: Manhattan (Midtown area, UES, Roosevelt Island), Brooklyn… Feel free to send an e-mail if you are interested if classes are offered in your area. Students from all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are attending group classes in one of these locations, and there was also a couple that drove each weekend from Rhode Island, to attend NYC group class (amazing dedication)!

How much does it cost?

Group class fee of $500 covers 18+ hours of live instruction, all materials (ordered by your instructor), and birth partner’s attendance. Contact Tamara to find out more about your payment options.

***Remember to check with your Insurance Carrier – some companies will cover the cost of childbirth classes! The insurance CPT code for childbirth classes is: S9436. You may also need this: Diagnosis code Z32.2, which is for childbirth education. Some Hypno-families have used their Flexible Spending Accounts for their Hypnobabies classes too, so make sure and check out yours!***