Your guide to Childbirth Methods for childbirth in Luxembourg

Childbirth.  Should you be worried?  No.  Should you prepare?  Definitely!

Completing our three-part series about the different methods for childbirth pain relief and much more during labour, below are your guide to options in Luxembourg.

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You can find our previous posts on the topic here:

It’s not the thinking brain that’s responsible for birthing!

A hypno-mom’s story! by Angelique Supka (from Mintmouse)


Meditation for pregnancy, birth and postpartum – the Calm Birth®️ Birth Prep Method

Calm Birth is based on a new model of the woman’s body and potential in giving birth. These
self-care meditation practices work with current childbirth medicine. It can be a vital complement to medical birth as well as being an ideal natural childbirth option. It is based on meditation science and mind/body medicine.

  • Helps heal the nervous systems of mother and womb child in preparation for birth;
  • Builds women’s ability to manage anxiety, fear, and pain during pregnancy and labor without medication and/or anesthesia
  • Offers labor pain management without medication and/or anesthesia
  • Strengthens the immune systems of mother and child in preparation for birth;
  • Helps women discover their inherent healing nature;
  • Quiets “mind-chatter”
  • Increases sense of well-being
  • Raises the quality of the childbirth experience.
  • Increases awareness of self and connection to baby
  • Directly reduces blood pressure and heart rate, which may lower the risk of developing gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia and potential preterm brain damage.

How is Calm Birth different from other childbirth methodologies? Calm Birth is unique from other childbirth methodologies in its application of ancient and modern meditation science to the pregnant and birthing body. No other methodologies teach complete breathing, channeling vital energy from the air into the body of parents and child. While most childbirth methodologies are focused on natural birth, Calm Birth applies to all types of childbirth. Additionally, while other childbirth methodologies end with birth, Calm Birth offers tools to empower parenthood and life itself.

Who?  Calm Birth®️ Birth Prep group classes are available in Luxembourg, from Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl. Private classes for couples are offered via Marise Hyman Preconception, Prenatal & Parenthood Doula

Language?  The course is available in English.

What level of “self-study” is required for your method to be effective?  Daily practice of the audio’s are recommended

When to book?  It is never too late or too early to start the practices—from preconception to active labor! Starting early in pregnancy increases the benefits for the entire family, but benefits will still be received no matter when you start.

How long?  Around 4 sessions x 1.5 hours, either in group or individual sessions.

Feedback:  The Calm Birth book by Robert Newman includes countless stories from families of applied prenatal meditation spanning seventeen years! And thousands upon thousands of families have been empowered through the range of Calm Birth meditation practices.

A word from Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl

“…based on meditation and the best principles of established psychosomatic medicine… Calm Birth compassionately guides mothers-to-be and new mothers through carefully structured relaxation and meditation practices…An empowering alternative to the medicalization of birth, the techniques liberate women to channel their innate wisdom into welcoming their newborn child in a truly life affirming way.” Thomas R. Verny, MD, DPsych, DHL, FRCPC, founder, the APPAH author, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child and Tomorrow’s Baby.

We would also like to recommend families to prepare the body for birth and engaging in satisfying activities that help the birthing person feel in touch with her body and womb. Our Dancing for Birth weekly classes are a great complement to Calm Birth prep.

Hypno-birthing courses:

Over the last couple of decades courses all over the world have begun to develop under different patented programs. In Luxembourg you will be able to follow courses using the Mongon Method.

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HypnoBirthing.lu

Who?  The courses are held by Cindy, previously a delivery midwife at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte

Language?  The course is available in German, French, Luxembourgish and thankfully also in English.

What level of “self-study” is required for your method to be effective?  Participants should practice the breathing and relaxation techniques along with the CD on a daily basis to condition the body and mind.

When to book?  It is ideal to start the course during the 20th week of pregnancy so there is plenty of time to practice, however the latest possible stage that Cindy recommends one to start is during the 30th week of pregnancy.

How long?  Around 5 sessions x 2.5 hours, either in group or individual sessions.

Feedback:  Cindy estimates that roughly 65% of their course participants succeed in giving birth naturally, and that in general, compared to the rest of the births at the Maternité G.D Charlotte, “hypno-mamas” enjoy births without any medical interventions (e.g. inductions, epidurals, C-sections).

What level of “self-study” is required for your method to be effective?  Participants should practice the breathing and relaxation techniques along with the CD on a daily basis to condition the body and mind.

A word from Hypnobirthing.lu

“Gentle natural birth unlocks something primal at our very core that makes mothering easier and makes families stronger …

If parents would only realize that every single decision they make from conception onward influences the outcome of their birth, they could reclaim what they didn’t even know was lost.” – Kim Wildner

Initiativ Liewensufank

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Who?  The courses are run by one of two certified HypnoBirthing practioners at Initiativ Liewensufank.

Language? The course is available in German, French and also sometimes in English.

What level of “self-study” is required for your method to be effective?  Participants should practice the breathing and relaxation techniques along with the CD on a daily basis to condition the body and mind.

When to book?  It is ideal to start the course by the 20th to 25th week of pregnancy so there is plenty of time to practice. The latest possible stage that one can start is at 33 weeks of pregnancy, in which case intensive training is required. This is only possible in exceptional circumstances.

How long?  5 sessions x 2.5 hours either in group or individual sessions with one extra session offered if there is a need.

Feedback:  As per Initiativ Liewensufank, more than 90% of mothers having attended the course manage to give birth vaginally (i.e. giving birth not through a C-section).  Compared to the national average for vaginal births of only 69%, according to the 2011 Perinatal monitoring report (“Surveillance de la Santé périnatale au Luxembourg) by the Ministry of Health, issued in 2013, this is no mean feat.

A word from Initiatif Liewensufank

HypnoBirthing has changed my whole life and my way of thinking, even in other contexts” – a mother

Clinique Bohler – Maternity Unit

Hypnobirthing classes are also offered, though not in English.


Other alternatives:

Sophrology – another alternative:

Sophrology is a dynamic relaxation technique, some call it the “French way of relaxing” and it is also described as “the science of the consciousness in harmony”.

Sophrology works on the person while in an active, alert state of consciousness, while hypnosis is more about relaxing and teaching the unconscious mind to let go of the feelings of tension that the conscious mind hangs onto.  Through breathing, dynamic relaxation, visualization and positive thinking, sophrology offers the opportunity to acquire new energy and better manage your emotions.  It is inspired by Eastern and Western influences.

The system was created by the Spanish-born neuro-psychiatrist, Alfonso Caycedo, in Colombia in the 1960s.

In Luxembourg, sophrology sessions are offered by a couple of providers, however only a few are specialised in preparation for childbirth.

These sessions are mostly available only in French


More about the author

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Mother of 2 children born in Lux, Preconception, Prenatal & Parenthood Doula, Marise Hyman provides worldwide coaching, healing and education in preparing for an empowered conception, pregnancy, birth, life and parenthood journey. She is an IMPI Perinatal Coach/Educator, IMPI Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner, Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, “Becoming Us” Facilitator, Dancing for Birth™ Instructor, Holistic Childbirth Educator, Reiki Practitioner, Head-trash Clearance + Fearless Birthing Professional, “Birth into Being” Facilitator (level 1-3) and Calm Birth® Teacher.

She understands that we need to “heal birth to heal the earth” and is therefore also a passionate Birth Advocate and founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep asbl, an NGO raising awareness for birth rights, perinatal mental health and green parenting through social and educational events.

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