View Full Version : Calmbirth v's Hypnobirth
Can someone tell me what the difference is between these two?:confused:
Calmbirth I thought would be using relaxation whereas hypnobirthing is more in depth?
I haven't done hypnobirthing but I think they are quite similar - Calmbirth is just a brand name/style as far as I understand. I've discussed it with my friend who did hypnobirthing and they sound very similar.
You learn self-hypnosis techniques to put yourself into a relaxed and positive state. We found it (Calmbirth) immensely useful - I still use the techniques in times of stress or when I can't get to sleep!
It was really good for me because I was quite afraid and apprehensive about labour, after the course I was excited and looking forward to it. And it gave DP a really active role as my birth partner.
I was thinking of doing the Calmbirth course. So you think it was worth it?
They're the same thing - Calmbirth is just the Australian "brandname".
Do you have to do the courses? or is there books etc that you can get? I havent heard of anyone in my town running the courses!
I just finished the two day Calmbirth Workshop and LOVED IT!!!
Quite correct - it's the Aussie version of Hypnobirthing (more culturally acceptable here).
You can only do it by undertaking the course and it was more than worth it's money! Only wish I could keep doing the classes until I give birth.
Feeling very inspired and have lots to practice for the big beautiful day :D
If you'd like more info about what I got out of the course am happy to expand.
Please Bellasbub - expand away!!! I'd love to hear all about your experience :yes:
Well we chose Calmbirth in the beginning just because it was cheaper than hypnobirthing in Canberra. It was a full weekend in Bowral, (2hrs away) but that was kind of nice, because it was a lovely relaxing weekend away (DP fell asleep in most of the meditations:laughing:) for the two of us.
We were so excited and charged up when we left, we chatted nonstop about it all the way to Goulburn!
Definitely worth it in our case. It made such a difference to my birth experience (I would have been so much more panicky & scared) and it really is a life skill to learn how to relax!
The two-day (two Sunday’s) workshop I went to focused on natural inner resources that you can access during birth. It aims ‘to alleviate the fear, anxiety and tension experienced during pregnancy, labour and childbirth’.
This is from the people that take the workshops:
• the practical skills of Relaxation, Breathing and Visualisation, which are used during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and beyond
• how the mother's body is beautifully designed to birth her baby naturally and calmly and with the right preparation, to work with the process rather than resist it
• the importance of a mother’s beliefs and attitudes about birth and how these can be one of the major differences between a positive or negative birth experience
• the importance of bonding with their baby and how this effects their baby’s future life and practical tools to assist with your new baby
• stages of labour - What happens to your body, signs to look out for, understanding the physical impact of each stage of labour and birthing positions.
• how can I help my partner - Why dads often freak out? How to stay relaxed. How to advocate for your birthing woman. Practical things to do and not to do and the benefit of professional support.
• birth Choices - Today’s birth culture. What to expect. How the hospital system works. How to make it work for you
We were given loads of information but also got the chance to practice or go through what we were learning i.e. practice gentle massage on each other; practice the breath types and positions.
I personally found it perfect for my needs. It’s given me the confidence and inspiration I knew I had in me. My partner also loved it as did the other dad’s there from what I could see! It was so inclusive of them and the importance of their role.
We were given resources when we left (CD's and manuals) to keep us busy plus some birthing plans.
Was well worth the money!
PM me if you want more info.
Thanks bellasbub have PM'd you
Def looking into this for my next baby !!!
I brought a bunch of CD's books when pregnant with DS becuase I couldn't afford the course. They were great for relaxing and meditating while pregnant but it all wnet out the window when I went into labour. I think I should have started listning to some of the CDs as soon as I knew I was in labour rather than waiting for the "real labour" to start happening. By the time we got to the hospital I was a screaming mess but still managed to get through without drugs. Now I am pregnant again and I don't want to go through that again so I have booked into a calmbirth/hypnobirthing course. I am confident that it does work I just didn't know how to use it last time.
I've just completed a 5 week (2 hour session) of hypnobirthing. The difference between the 2 is that the guy who started off Calm Birthing first did Hypnobirthing but came back to Australia and wanted to change somethings to the hypnobirthing and so Calm Birthing was born.
They are both very very similar. They use the theory that over hundreds of years women have been "informed" that labour and birth is painful and therefore before you even go into labour you'll feel pain. They both try and stop that in changing the way that you think. Its like going for an injection and thinking it will hurt...of course it will because already your body is tensing itself so much that regardless you will feel pain. In hypnobirthing (as calm birthing) they give you affirmations to say every day and meditations to do every day to hopefully help relax you. Once you're in a relaxed state you will allow your body to take over what its natural to do and hopefully should ease the "pain" that you feel.
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