I had my first baby with HypnoBirthing and my second baby with Hypnobabies. The second one was overall easier but I think that was because of the way the two programs are set up.
The Biggest differences are: HypnoBirthing does not encourage pushing with contractions. Hypnobabies says to use an "Ah/Exhale" and gently push your baby out.
HypnoBirthing uses hypnosis but mostly has guided imagery and relaxation. Hypnobabies uses a medical grade hypnosis which trains your mind/body to only feel pressure with a contraction and not pain. By creating "hypno-anesthesia" from the top of your breasts to the middle of your thighs.
HypnoBirthing hypnosis you mostly have to remain in one place for it to work because moving around breaks your concentration. Hypnobabies you are able to have "eye's open childbirth" which means you can talk, walk, and move while you are still in deep hypnosis.
HypnoBirthing was very good at explaining WHY you could have a painless childbirth but not so good at HOW. Hypnobabies is good at explaining HOW and not as much WHY.
HypnoBirthing talks about the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in way more depth. And Hypnobabies only mentions it on 1 or 2 pages.
HypnoBirthing spent more time on how to write a birth plan. Hypnobabies says to keep your birth plan short and not too detailed, to make it more personal.
One of the biggest differences is the amount of materials given. With HypnoBirthing I was given a book, a workbook, and 3 CDs. With Hypnobabies I was given a very large book, 2 other script & info books, tons of pamphlets, and at least 6 CDs. I got way more with Hypnobabies.
Hypnobirthing is more for those who do not want to be told how to use your hypnosis. It allows you to pick which hypnosis/relaxation methods that you wish to use. Hypnobabies is more for those who like structure and want to be told how to use their hypnosis. has a set method for hypnosis with hypnotic-"tools". It did make it nice to know HOW to work with the hypnosis instead of randomly picking a hypnosis technique and hoping for the best.
HypnoBirthing has 5, 3 hour classes and Hypnobabies has 6, 3 hour classes
overall Hypnobabies did work better but lacked the stories from their book.. although you could see them on their website. For my next baby I will be using it again. and as for my doula clients... I wish all of them could use it to so they can have a 4 hour, painless birth like I did... good luck!
Hypnobabies YouTube Playlist:
HypnoBirthing YouTube Playlist:
Hello! My name is Linda. I am a Doula CD(DONA), Hypno-Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife Assistant and a Registered Nurse (RN) by profession.