Hypnobabies Cheat Sheet for Birthing Day

(Disclaimer: This is not an official Hypnobabies answer.
This is just from my personal experience as a Hypnobabies Instructor
and working with moms from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group.)

(These are only ideas and suggestions, do what feels right to you!) 

HBHS = Hypnobabies Home Study HBLC = Hypnobabies Live Course QR-Quick Reference Book (page numbers are for newest versions)

PW=Pressure Waves BOP = Bubble of Peace  BP=Birth Partner


What if my water breaks before my Birthing Time Starts?
HBHS page 138 and HBLC page 132

Is this IT? Not sure if your birthing time is beginning? 

Change your activity, if it really is your birthing time the PW will get longer AND stronger AND closer together. 

HBHS Page 139  HBLC page 133


Early birthing time – PW 7-15 min apart and lasting less than a minute.

******Stay Hydrated and Pee every hour and change positions every hour! 

At night- Sleep!  If you can’t sleep listen to Deepening or a favorite CD and rest as much as possible. 


During the day – do normal activity.  If you are tired, REST.  You can go on a walk… but don’t over do it!  If it is really your birthing time things will progress no matter what you do or don’t do.  Use your peace cue to stay comfortable while you switch is on.  You can also be in center to stay comfortable while moving around. Of course you can listen to a CD and use your fingerdrop too! 


Listen to Birthing Day Affirmations and a Fear Release.


If a mom is having discomfort in her back...
Read Posterior Challenge for tips to help. HBHS-QR page 15 HBLC-QR page 25 Remember also the Belly Lift!

Active birthing time – PW lasting at least 45 seconds and getting closer than 7 min apart

******Stay Hydrated and Pee every hour and change positions every hour! 

Use finger drop to turn off during PW if in a supported position

peace cue

listen to CDs

use center switch to move around easily.


Moving to birth location – HBHS p 146  HBLC p 137

When?  4-1-1 is a good guide.  1 hour of PW 4 minutes apart, lasting at least a minute. If this is not your first baby, you may want to go at 5 or 6 min apart.

What? Turn off and say deeper and deeper.  Turn to Center, move to car and listen to Birth Guide with headphones in your car. 

When you get to your birth place, say BOP! 

Keep listening to Birth Guide with headphones and let Birth Partner answer as many questions as possible, so you can stay focused. OR, even better, print off these questions and write the answers BEFORE your birth starts (or early in birthing time), and hand them to the nurse.
Use your center switch to communicate and stay comfy. 

Ask for a nurse who enjoys NCB.

Sign on door and Share Birth Plan

Also ask for extra pillows. You will need them. Use them to help Mom stay comfortable.


Transformation – HBHS p 158 HBLC p 168

PW lasting up to 2 minutes and coming closer and closer together.

This is the time when mom may ask for "More"  This is the cue to the Birth Partner to ADD something for mom. (any of these - Relax Cue, CD, Peace Cue, Birth Prompts) 

Remind Mom, "Baby is Almost here!"

Tell Mom, "You are doing great!"

Have mom focus on one PW at a time, relaxing and welcoming the powerful waves, as they bring your baby into your arms. 

Use deepening techniques* to go deeper relaxed.

Moms might really like BP to read mini scripts** now. 


Pushing – HBHS p 160 HBLC p 170

Put on your Push your Baby Out track on Birth Guide CD. 

If mom has "lip of cervix left" with strong urge to push, you can ask care provider to manually help her dilate the last little bit. Or switch to different position can help also.

When your baby is crowning, you can push your baby out between PW. 

Remind care providers about episiotomy and cord choices. 



Hypnobabies Tools:


Any of your CD’s


Sample play list for Birthing Time  (this is only idea… listen to what YOU want.)  


Birthing Day Affirmations

Fear Release


Special Place (or your favorite CD)

Easy First Stage and Pushing Your Baby Out



Basic Tools and Cues


Finger Drop – In supported position, turn off, going completely limp and loose.


Center Switch – After turning off, count to 2 and go to center.  You can open your eyes, walk and talk, from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs will be relaxed and comfortable.


Peace – Saying peace out loud or in your mind with your lightswitch in any position (off, on or center) allows you to move and strengthen your anesthesia.


Release – verbal cue to bring you into hypnosis.  You or your birth partner can say it.   (can use instead of or with finger drop)


Open, open, open – Saying this can help cervix to open.


*Deepening Tools and Cues: 


Relax – Birth Partner says relax while pressing gently on forehead or firmly on your shoulder, this helps to deepen your relaxation and hypnosis.


Counting Down from 5 to 1 – Brings you deeper into hypnosis.  Great for refocusing.


Special Place – Having your birth partner describe your special place and imagining yourself there can also help you go deeper. 


**Birth Partner Mini Scripts: Read to mom if she wants. 

HBHS-QR 33-36   HBLC-QR 40-43


Change of Plan Script:  If something unexpected comes up.  Birth Partner can read this.

HBHS-QR 37-38  HBLC-QR 44-45