B.A.N.I.(TM) Hypnosis Childbirth Classes

     Birthing As Nature Intended, (B.A.N.I.)™ is a complete childbirth preparation class  -- uniquely designed because no two people are exactly alike.  Thousands of parents have trained to have easier, more comfortable births. 

     Having a baby is the most normal, natural, basic, physiologically fundamental beginning of life.  This is an event that should be looked forward to with excitement, joy, and confidence.

     When the expectation of pain is introduced as a component of childbirth, this expectation creates fear, (one of the strongest contributors to stress), in the expectant mother.  The body responds to this stress by causing a “fight or flight” reaction that affects the entire body. 

     When the body is in “fight or flight mode”, all available resources, such as blood and oxygen in excess of what is necessary to maintain your immediate survival, is redirected to your arms and legs so that you may either “fight” for your life or “flee”. 

     Because the uterus is not necessary for your immediate sustenance of life, the uterus is then deprived of the optimal amounts of resources that allow the uterine muscles to work harmoniously the way nature intended.

     This unnecessary tension causes the uterine muscles to tighten during labor and the result is pain.

      Your B.A.N.I.™ classes will teach you how to remove fear that causes pain and get out of your body’s way to allow the uterine muscles the ability to function harmoniously the way nature intended and you can have the beautiful, easier, more comfortable birth that you envision.

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What you will learn:

  • What is self-talk/visualization/hypnosis
  • How you create your own success or sabotage
  • Preparing the mind/body/spirit using client centered techniques and exercises
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Letting go of fear that is the main cause of pain in uncomplicated, natural labor
  • Interventions and inductions - what they are
  • Pain management options
  • Techniques that are safe and often more effective than drugs
  • How to create the birth you envision
  • What to expect before, during and after labor
  • And so much more...

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Course Structure & Cost:

The  (B.A.N.I.)™ course is offered in 4 sessions of approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours each.  These sessions can be held weekly, on successive nights, or 2 per day for an intensive weekend.  We strive to accommodate people's scheduling needs whenever possible.  See our Upcoming Events for currently scheduled classes.

Private Classes
These classes can either be held in our quiet office or in your own comfortable home (within 30 miles of Pullman, WA).  If you're planning a home birth, you may find an added benefit to learning this material in the birthing space.
Fees: $320  (If either the mother or father/partner is a current student with ID, they will receive a 25% discount.)

Group Classes

These classes are often scheduled for the UMA Center in Moscow, ID, and can also be scheduled in Pullman, WA or other locations with enough interest.  Please understand that a minimum of 2 couples are required to hold a group class.
Fees: $200  (If either the mother or father/partner is a current student with ID, they will receive a 25% discount.)

Class Syllabus:

Class #1

    • The Normalcy of Birth
    • Parents want non-medicated births
    • The uterus works
    • Why/how fear affects labor
    • Why is labor painful for some people and not others?
    • The mind/body connection is real.  Preparing the mind/body/spirit
    • Taking responsibility for your birth

New birth videos for all four classes.

B.A.N.I. book and “Time to Relax CD” to bring home.

Class #2

    • Pre-natal bonding
    • Preparing the body for childbirth with exercises, guided imagery, breathing techniques, visualization and client centered relaxation deepening techniques that fit the techniques to the client rather than trying to fit all clients to a few techniques.
    • Why the “due” date is actually a “guess” date
    • How the body’s miraculous cascade of hormones will direct and guide the mother’s labor, effectively, efficiently and naturally at just the right pace for each mother and baby and why every birth is unique from every other birth.
    • Know your options and learn about potential benefits/risks to be able to make informed decisions, allowing for “the ability to give true informed consent.” Avoiding unnecessary artificial induction.

“Journey To Inner Awareness” experiential techniques CD and Class handouts to bring home.

Class #3

    • Preparing a birth plan that welcomes and encourages support from medical care providers so that parents can actually create an environment conducive to achieving the birth they envision.
    • Releasing fear that can cause pain during labor or hinder the progression of labor
    • Not all births go as planned/how to handle the unexpected.  Potential interventions you must understand before you can give true “informed consent when they are truly a medical necessity.”

Unique techniques individualized for each participant and additional handouts.

Class #4

    • The birth process: what to expect before, during and after birth
    • Breathing techniques to help baby gently descend down birth path, enhancing the body’s natural expulsion reflex, oftentimes shortening descent time.  Often eliminates the need for exhaustive, harsh “purple pushing”, allowing for baby’s calm, relaxed arrival into mother’s arms.
    • Bringing the mind/body connection together to create the birth you envision

“Breath of Life” birth rehearsal CD