Myths

Hypnosis is often misunderstood and misrepresented. As a result, some people never experience the very positive benefits of using our body’s own natural mechanisms to enable us to live a healthier life.┬á The following are some of the myths you might have heard about using hypnosis and self-hypnosis to manage your labour and delivery, creating the kind of birth experience you want to have.

HypnoBirthing® Myths

  • Myth: When hypnotized I will be in someone elses’ control.

Truth: You are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. The HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labor process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. HypnoBirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.

  • Myth: Childbirth has to be excruciatingly painful

Truth: HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily.


Have you heard a myth about hypnosis and/or self-hypnosis? Please do get in touch with us and share it so that we can add it to our list here and others might also benefit from learning the facts!