Your guide to Hypnosis for childbirth in Luxembourg

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

Completing our three-part series about the use of self-hypnosis for childbirth as a method of pain relief during labour, below are your guide to hypnotherapy for childbirth options in Luxembourg.

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You can find our previous posts here:

Hypnosis for childbirth – too good to be true? – my experience and what is hypnosis

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


Hypno-birthing courses:

Over the last couple of decades courses all over the world have begun to develop under different patented programs such as “HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method,” “Hypnobabies” ,”The Leclaire Hypnobirthing Method,” and “Hypbirth.”

In Luxembourg you will be able to follow courses using the Mongon Method.

Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy., from New Hampshire, is an award-winning hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience.

Her widely acclaimed book, HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method, is the textbook used in HypnoBirthing classes.

How does it work?

Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, and visualization, HypnoBirthing teaches the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. You will not be in a trance or a sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed. And that’s just what you should be!

Courses for HypnoBirthing – the Mongon Method are currently available from Hypnobirthing.lu and Initiativ Liewensufank – in English as well as other languages.

These courses encompass more than just guided relaxation exercises and also delve deeper into the other intricacies surrounding birth in a very holistic way.  But that being said, they do not include an in-depth focus on breastfeeding and other new born care and parenting topics.

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Who?  The courses are held by Cindy, also a delivery midwife at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte.  If you are lucky, she might just be on duty when you give birth, but there are no guarantees unfortunately.  The team have taught over 300 couples over the span of 6.5 years here in Luxembourg. The course is provided to parents enrolled at any hospital.

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

Content?  Natural ways to induce labour, the role of the partner, gentle breathing birthing techniques, techniques of deep relaxation, creating a calm birthing environment.  Almost without fail, fathers also attend the course with the mother as they are key players in the birthing dance.

The content is therefore well rounded and chock full of additional information other than just hypnosis but Cindy says that there is really little time left for breastfeeding. It’s definitely a key aspect in any expectant mother’s preparation so best to seek out options.  (Try the breastfeeding education in English from Initiativ Liewensufank, here.)

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 is the course?  There are no fixed time table for either the group or private courses and timing is determined based upon availability of the parents and instructors. The courses are offered during the week days/nights but sometimes Saturday classes are also offered if there are no other possibilities during the week.

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.

Where?  The sessions are all held at the Maternité G.D Charlotte, 80, Val Fleuri, L-1526, Luxemburg.

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

The investment? 

  • Private Classes – mother and birthing companion:  €620
  • Group Classes – small groups of maximum 4 couples:  €335

All classes include:

–        12,5 hours
–        Original HypnoBirthing® Text Book
–        Rainbow Relaxation CD
–        All handouts for the course

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

InitiativWho?  The courses are run by one of two certified HypnoBirthing practioners at Initiativ Liewensufank that have respectively been practicing since 2012 and 2013 and are also well versed in other pre- and postnatal areas (e.g. breastfeeding, yoga, perinatal counseling, doula). They teach roughly four to eight couples per month. (As we speak, there are also two more future practitioners finalising their training.)

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

Content?  Specific information about pregnancy, the physiological birthing process, your rights in the hospital, being parents with a newborn, breathing & relaxation techniques, the role of the partner, different methods to stimulate the natural production of hormones that eliminate pain and support relaxation, birth movies and basic breastfeeding information.

Also here, almost without fail, fathers attend the course and receive additional information, specifically tailored to them.  The content is also all encompassing and go above and beyond hypnosis as such but for an even more thorough take on breastfeeding it is recommended to consider the six session breastfeeding package.

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 is the course?  There are no fixed time table for either the group or private courses and timing is determined based upon availability of the parents and instructors. The courses are offered during the week days/nights but weekend classes are also offered if there are no other possibilities during the week.

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.

Where? The sessions are all held either in Itzig, Betzdorf, Grosbous or Belvaux in Luxembourg, depending on the amount of other participants interested.

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

The investment?

  • Private Classes – mother and birthing companion:  €590
  • Group Classes – small groups of maximum 4 couples:  €335

All classes include:
–        12,5 hours of training for 2 persons (mother with her birthing companion) in small groups of maximum 4 couples
–        A book
–        An audio CD to practice
–        Handouts

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.


Hypnosis for childbirth sessions:

Besides the possibility to follow courses per standardised patented programs (like the Mongon method as per above) you can also seek treatments from a hypnotherapist that is trained to provide sessions during pregnancy. These sessions however do not include any other additional childbirth preparation aspects, other than hypnosis exercises.

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Who?  Lynsey Baxter is a trained hypnotherapist (and a nutritional therapist) and can help expectant mothers learn how to use this valuable skill for themselves.  She has successfully used hypnotherapy during the births of all three her children and have previously helped many friends.  She started to provide sessions on a professional basis since the beginning of 2014.  She combines these new skills with her nutritional therapist certification in her business, Food for thought.

She originally comes from the UK but from a very young age up until 21, lived in New Zealand.  She came to Luxembourg 15 years ago, only for 2 months…where she still is today.

Language? Her sessions are provided in English.

Content? The sessions are dedicated to hypnosis exercises specific for childbirth and do not spend time on other aspects.  Therefore two sessions only, will suffice says Lynsey.

In the first session, she takes the client into trance and provide an audio file to listen to at least once per day until the second session takes place (usually around one month later). During the second session, she teaches self-hypnosis.

Fathers are not a part of the program as the sessions are dedicated to teaching the mama self hypnosis.  However, that is not to say that he is excluded from the experience.  She suggests ways to include the father in the process, such as using hand signals to indicate a contraction is coming, or that a drink is required.  (Note to self: I am wondering if this is something I can practice at home with my husband, even if my labour days are over…)

What level of “self-study” is required for your method to be effective?  Lynsey  suggests practicing self-hypnosis twice per day.  The more you put into it, the more you get out of it and the easier it will be to go into trance when the time comes.

When are sessions held? Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5pm – 8pm booked through Luxchiro

When to book?  Ideally, the beginning of the third trimester will give mamas enough time to learn how to self-hypnotise quickly and deeply.  It is also possible to do it closer to the due date but this only means that there won’t be as much time to practice, which is the key element of a successful result.

Where? The sessions are held at Luxchiro in Kirchberg, 239, Val des Bon Malades, L-2121

How long?  2 x 1 hour sessions.

The investment? €100 for both sessions which also includes an audio CD/file via Dropbox.

Feedback:  All of Lynsey’s clients have used the self-hypnosis successfully to relax during labour, but interventions can always be required no matter what the original intention, as we all know that during labour many different things can arise.

A word from Lynsey: 

Once you learn self-hypnosis, you can apply it to many other areas of your life. I would use it to help me fall asleep in the later stages of pregnancy after the tenth visit to the loo of the night.  I also used it to get me through the marathon breastfeeding sessions at the start.  I still use it on a regular basis if I have trouble sleeping or have a stressful event.  It is a tool that enables you to relax incredibly deeply, and let’s face it – we could all use some of that! – Lynsey Baxter, Food for thought


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.

Before labour, sessions are aimed at helping mothers-to-be pre-visualise the various stages of childbirth. The sophrologist aims to decrease the anxiety related to the fear of the unknown; she helps the mothers-to-be anticipate the situation in order to handle it better, thereby allowing them to control rather than submit to their labour.

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

It is unfortunate though that these sessions are not yet available in English but only in French

The Bohler Clinic

Sophrologists at the Bohler Clinic provide individual or group sessions, only in French before and after childbirth.  From the 26th week of pregnancy, eight to ten sessions are proposed on a weekly basis, while five sessions are proposed from the 32nd week.  Themes explored are accepting the needs of your body, managing your emotions, stress and pain as well as preparation for delivery through guided visualisation of birth

After childbirth, a midwife or nurse sophrologist is available at your request to assist you in coping with your emotions following your delivery and help boost your confidence when you surely need it.  It also claims to assist you in communicating in a special way with your baby.

The cost is €50 for a one hour session. And remember it’s in French.

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Sophie Caruelle-Galataud from Sophie-sophro is trained in prenatal and maternity sophrology.  She provides sessions and workshops in French.  We have not received a response upon inquiry whether her services are also available in English.

It seems the cost is €55 for a one hour session.


DIY hypnosis resources

If your budget or time is limiting you to reap the benefits of a better childbirth, there are an abundance of DIY resources available online. Here’s just a few:

Our friend Amazon

From Amazon you can purchase various HypnoBirthing and self-hypnosis birth preparation packages with books and CD’s with of course Marie Mongon‘s the creator of HypnoBirthing and Maggie Howell‘s Self Hypnosis Birth preparation program, being great options.

Other paid online options

www.hypnobirthing-online.com – 8 MP3’s for around €40 at time of publishing

www.hypnobirthingdownloads.com – 9 MP3’s, 2 video tutorials, 2 bonus tracks, free info sheets for around €86 at time of publishing

Free resouces

www.freehypnobirthing.com

www.archive.org/details/HypnoBirthing

www.archive.org/details/HypnosisForChildbirth

www.archive.org/details/HypnosisForDayOfBirth


More about Luxmama

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As mother of two darling babies, Certified IMPI Holistic Sleep Coach, Baby Planner and Happiest Baby Educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide maternity coaching for expecting/future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence!

She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep, an edgy non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and postnatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg

 

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