What is the difference between Hypnobirthing and Calmbirth?

Many pregnant women are a bit confused about the differences between Hypnobirthing and Calmbirth.  The simplest way to distinguish the difference between them is:

Hypnobirthing is childbirth preparation with the added benefit of self-hypnosis and pain management techniques.

Calmbirth is childbirth preparation using relaxation.

Whether you are planning to birth at a hospital, a birthing centre or at home, Hypnobirthing can be of help to prepare you for a shorter, more comfortable birth.

Birth a Labour of Love CDHypnobirthing and Calmbirth methods are based on similar foundations. Both Calmbirth and Hypnobirthing share the philosophy that birth is a natural, normal process and that a woman’s body is perfectly designed to birth a baby.

I am Katherine Ferris, I teach Hypnobirthing classes, I have also worked with Calmbirth principal Peter Jackson, who was once a Hypnobirthing practitioner himself. Peter was also a teacher or Hypnobirthing Practitioners Instructor and subsequently used a lot of the Hypnobirthing ideas, teachings and insights as foundations for Calmbirth.

Whilst the philosophy and foundations are similar, the Calmbirth relaxation classes are generally taught by midwives, whereas Hypnobirthing classes are taught by qualified hypnotherapists and the focus is on self-hypnosis and pain management.

Obstetricians and midwives are big fans of hypnobirthing. But the biggest fans of hypnobirthing are the birthing women themselves, who share stories of calm, pain-free births. Click here to read many of these Hypnobirthing Birth Stories.

As a Hypnobirthing coach I know that you deserve the best care possible as you make this exciting yet daunting journey through your pregnancy. I know you want to feel reassured that you can do it!  You are now looking for safe guidance and proven techniques to bring your baby into the world more calmly and even pain-free. To learn more about what a Hypnobirthing course has to offer click here

During the course you will receive Hypnobirthing CDs and the Hypnobirthing book, to empower you to birth your baby calmly and fear-free.

Specific self-hypnosis techniques, breathing methods, as well as positions for natural birth, plus pain management techniques are taught during the HypnoBirthing workshops.

HypnoBirthing helps a birthing woman remain calm, in good spirits, relaxed, yet fully in control.

Just imagine welcoming your baby feeling peaceful, relaxed and even smiling!

Written by: Katherine Ferris
Hypnobirthing Coach