The complete 14-hour HypnoBirthing course, live online and interactive, taught by Cynthia Overgard. Package of materials included. This class is for those who plan to birth in a hospital, home or birth center. The recommendation is to take the class sooner rather than later, but the majority enroll after 5 months. (Click image for details.):
Discover how HypnoBirthing prepares women and their partners for safer, easier, informed birthing. If you cannot attend this event, email us and we will send you a recording to the January info session.
All postpartum women welcome. Contact us with any questions or sign up and you’ll received the weekly Zoom link.
Join us for an empowering educational experience that will prepare you for a successful breastfeeding relationship right from birth. Ideal for third trimester. Women only. (Click image for details.)
“It is the right – in fact, the responsibility – of each woman
to plan her own baby’s birth with information, honor and freedom to which she is entitled.”
✓ The average HypnoBirthing® birth is >50% shorter than other births on average;
✓ Reduces the incidence of preterm labor by 67%.
✓ Results in fewer breech presentations by 45%.
✓ Lower incidence of induction and usage of Pitocin for speeding up labor.
✓ Fewer episiotomies.
✓ A lower incidence of cesarean section by approximately 60%.
Prior to founding HypnoBirthing of Connecticut in 2007, Cynthia Overgard was a corporate executive and Professor of Finance at UConn. She first experienced HypnoBirthing in 2005 when she water-birthed her 8 lb. 14 oz. son, and again in 2009 with her 9 lb. 7 oz. daughter. Both births were natural and lasted only 3 and 5 hours, respectively. The simplicity and beauty of her babies’ births gave her the passion to dedicate herself to educating and supporting others through safer, evidence-based, informed birthing.
Today Cynthia is among the most featured childbirth advocates and experts in global media, with her articles published in print-media in more than 70 countries. Her podcast, Down To Birth, has achieved nearly one million downloads, placing it among the top 1% of all podcasts in the world. Cynthia has taught HypnoBirthing classes to more than two thousand couples from around the US via her live, interactive online classes.
The official response is “as early in pregnancy as possible”. However, we personally think you should start the class when you feel ready and excited to dive in. Usually your clue is that you start thinking about birth around the clock, or ramping up your research in your free time. Most begin around 24 – 32 weeks, but we’ve taught couples in every week of pregnancy from 8 to 38 weeks, and you will be well-prepared, as long as you complete the course before you give birth.
The prefix “hypno-“ is the same found in the word “hypnosis”, which is a state described as being both relaxed and focused – much like you when engrossed in a good book, watching television, or focused on an activity like driving. Humans are in this state many times per day, every day. In HypnoBirthing, you’ll learn the physiologic tools to keep your mind and body relaxed, which has health and comfort benefits, driving up the likelihood of a faster, easier birth.
HypnoBirthing is a mother-led class and many women have taken it without partners. However, the class is often most enjoyed with your support person, and the class provides excellent preparation for your birth companion to support you through birth. So we hope they can make it or view a recording of the class if they cannot be there live.
Yes. The goal of HypnoBirthing isn’t a natural birth; the goal is to give birth feeling calm, in control and informed. That said, the tools and education can be so effective that a majority of women end up birthing completely naturally. For women who request epidurals or even end up with a c-section, the class is just as valuable. This is because the class prepares you with the information to make informed decisions no matter what circumstances arise, and also teaches you to use your mind, breath and body to increase your comfort and keep your birth as physiologically safe and effective, so your body is in its optimal state for a safer, easier and more comfortable birth.
We’ve served approximately 150 couples per year since 2007. This includes women from every age between 18 and 48; women carrying twins and triplets; those who’ve conceived using IFV; more than 150 women who had VBACs (even after up to four c-sections prior to vaginal birth); women who’ve had uterine surgeries; those with past experiences of birth, sexual or medical trauma; etc. A beautiful birth experience is just as likely for these women as any low-risk mother. As for the conditions like preeclampsia, Group B Strep, early release of membranes, breech positioning, etc., the course includes thorough education on each of those topics in our session dedicated to special circumstances.
If a class much be missed, the class can be recorded for your private viewing later.
Yes! HypnoBirthing of CT was established in 2007, long before it was possible to teach interactive online classes. But in part due to the global reach of our podcast, Down To Birth, we’ve served couples from dozens of states from coast to coast, as well as Canada, the U.K. and India. Your location won’t impact your ability to attend our classes, but your time zone might. The weekly recorded classes might be better in that instance.
Yes, your materials are shipped Priority Mali and include the official 300-page HypnoBirthing text, a bound, 50-page exclusive packet of materials we’ve put together for you, the official HypnoBirthing “Rainbow Relaxation” self-hypnosis audio; the official HypnoBirthing Birth Affirmations audio, plus a custom set of birth affirmation cards.
Yes, we are an accredited program and the class is covered by Healthcare Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts. You can pay using your HSA card or we can provide you with a receipt for you to submit for a full reimbursement.
That is your decision but HypnoBirthing is a complete childbirth course and there is no need to take any other class. Hospital classes can potentially instill feelings of fear or powerlessness by teaching “compliance”. We know HypnoBirthing has succeeded in replacing that experience with a more informed and empowered approach. Whatever you do, we encourage you to obtain your childbirth education from (a) an evidence-based program, like HypnoBirthing, and (b) from a party who’s fully unaffiliated with your medical team and has no interest beyond your safest and most beautiful birth outcome.
Breastfeeding is never included in the syllabus of any HypnoBirthing class, and that’s because it’s best taught by an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is the highest global certification in the field of breastfeeding. At HypnoBirthing of CT, we offer a wonderful, in-depth Prenatal Breastfeeding class (also live, interactive and online) taught by an IBCLC, our own Trisha Ludwig from the Down To Birth podcast.
Our work is always live and personal. Cynthia Overgard is trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International, the global authority in perinatal mood disorders, and she has run support groups since 2015. To date she has supported hundreds of prenatal and postpartum women, many of whom were struggling with mild and even severe depression or anxiety.
Our site is set up with PayPal, and you may use a credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account. We also accept Venmo @cynthiaovergard, or you can contact us to pay with your HSA by texting 203-952-7299.
Amid all the information – and misinformation – around pregnancy and childbirth, how can you know you’re making the safest, smartest decisions for yourself and your family? You may even feel you don’t have a voice with your OB or midwife, or you’re not sure what to ask. Tune in each Wednesday with HypnoBirthing expert Cynthia Overgard, who has educated thousands of expecting couples since 2007, and Yale-educated Certified Nurse Midwife, Trisha Ludwig.
The Down To Birth Show was created by Cynthia Overgard and is co-hosted by Trisha Ludwig. Their podcast has achieved hundreds of thousands of downloads and as of 2022, is ranked in the top 1% of all podcasts globally. You can follow their Instagram page @DownToBirthShow.
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