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The Cost of HypnoBirthing

What is the cost of HypnoBirthing?

For most people, falling pregnant is a very exciting time. You wonder about this new little baby, will it be a boy or a girl, what will you name them? Maybe in the early days, it’s just a matter of surviving the morning sickness and tiredness. As the months pass by, you begin to think about what this new little person will need. A cot, a pram, a car seat, clothes. You start to think about the cost of these items. It’s all starting to add up! And then you think about going to one wage for a while and it all starts to hit home. Having kids is expensive! 

Somewhere along the way you hear about this childbirth education course, called HypnoBirthing. Maybe your midwife or OBGYN mentions it to you, or a friend. You read that it can help reduce inductions, interventions and c-sections. You read that pain can be reduced and labour can be shorter.

But……it costs around $600! You have a think about it and are feeling that you just can’t make the budget stretch that far. Surely if it were that important, all hospitals would be teaching it! (BTW, we have 8 major Australian hospitals now running the program!)

What almost all first time parents don’t realise is, the cost of having a traumatic birth is even higher.

And statistics around birth trauma are pretty grim. 30% of women are left traumatised by their birth. Australia has 15% of mums and 10% of dads with postnatal depression (PND), almost 1 in 10 mums with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The number one cause of perinatal mortality is suicide, which is devastating.

When birth trauma occurs, often it is long lasting and hard to heal from. Individual counselling, couples counselling, sometimes medication – it all costs time and money at a time when those things are stretched thin.

Now is the time to sit with these questions.

Am I worth $600? Is my baby worth $600? Is my mental health worth $600? Is my relationship worth $600. Is my happiness worth $600.

 

Think about how much money you spent on your wedding, on your 18th, your 21st, your 30th. You spent that money because it was a momentous occasion, something to be celebrated and remembered forever. You knew you would cherish that day and look back on it fondly so you planned and organised, you researched and shopped around.

Why do we feel that the birth of a child doesn’t deserve that same thought, time and effort?

The birth of your baby will stay with you forever. The finer details may be hazy but how you felt on that day or night will be etched into your soul. How your partner acts and reacts on the day or night will stay with not only them but you too.

We are learning more and more about how babies start learning before they are born. What will they remember about their birth, maybe not consciously but in their subconscious, how will it shape the person they become?

HypnoBirthing stacks the odds in your favour so that you won’t be part of that 30%. Instead you will realize that you are an incredibly powerful woman, that you just achieved a huge thing and absolutely rocked it.

So for those who say it’s too expensive, I say, it’s so worth it, you are worth it and your baby is worth it.

Dig deep, ask for help if you can and a HypnoBirthing course would make a great baby shower gift…

Photo Credit: Photo by Melissa Walker Horn on Unsplash