Using Scripts in Birthing

Every woman will be different when it comes to using scripts in birthing.  I’m going to talk about how I personally use scripts to prepare for birth and during birth, but what works for me may not work for you.

When preparing for my first birth, I practiced hypnosis using a script nearly every day from the time I took my class (about 32 weeks).  Whether listening to the pre-recorded CDs or my husband’s reading, I became very good at getting deeply relaxed using scripts.  After a couple of weeks, I was able to achieve deep relaxation with just music and my own memory of the scripts combined with images I created in my mind.  I felt that during my birth, I would both listen to scripts and relax on my own as I did when I practiced.

Scripts are wonderful for teaching hypnosis, but I found them not as useful during birthing.  During early labor of my first birth, I did listen to 1 or 2 scripts to focus my relaxation.  However, when late first stage surges became stronger and stronger, I found that listening to a script did not help me get through each surge very effectively.  I don’t think I listened to one script after being admitted to the hospital!  Instead, I used some of the different relaxation techniques we learned in class, combined with my husband’s counter pressure and the jetted tub.  These techniques were more effective in the “short run” to get through each surge.  I found that I went deep within myself, losing awareness of the outside world and any sense of time.  Those hours at the hospital seem like minutes when I look back.

For my second birth, it was a very similar experience.  I listened to one script during early labor while in my own tub at home.  This helped me regain focus and relaxation.  However, when at the hospital the surges were too strong for me to focus on long readings and I relied solely on those same techniques I had used before.  Short verbal cues from my husband and the midwife and nurse also really helped me to fully relax my body through each surge.  Again, the tub was a great help to me.  I highly recommend finding a hospital that has jetted tubs in their birthing rooms.

One difference between my first birth and second was that I felt a lot more aware of my surroundings during the second birth.  I knew exactly what I wanted from my husband during each surge, and I was able to let him know.  I was much more conversational with everyone between surges.  I think this is because I had trained myself to go into instant relaxation whenever I needed to and didn’t have to stay in a trance state through the whole process.  It was actually quite liberating; I felt that I had my own personal drug that I could administer during each surge when it was needed.

I do know of cases where women went through their entire birth listening to script after script, but I don’t think that is the norm.  Make sure to practice ALL of your hypnosis techniques, as well as physical comfort techniques taught HypnoBirthing® class, and be ready to use any of the tools that have been given you.


  1. Hi Fiona!

    I am currently 32 weeks pregnant with my first and am almost finished with my HypnoBirthing class. I was lead to your site while online looking for HypnoBirthing scripts. I was reading about Everett’s birth and noticed your mid-wife was Roberta (which is the name of one of my mid-wives). Lo and Behold, when I looked at your About Me, you live in Utah and use the Mt. Timp CNMs too! Small world.

    I currently live in Herriman, but the 30 minute commute to American Fork is a small sacrifice to pay for peace of mind about my baby’s birth. Two of my sisters had multiple natural births with the Mt. Timp CNMs and I was lucky enough to have them as examples. But neither of them had really heard about HypnoBirthing and their initial responses to me taking the class were as sceptical as anyone else. Of course, once they better understood that HypnoBirthing was about deep relaxation, and they themselves had practised forms of self-hypnosis during their birthings, they were a bit more understanding.

    Anyway, I don’t mean to go on and on…but, fabulous little website! I’m glad I stumbled upon it. Thanks for sharing your positive birthing experiences.

    <3 Liz Roberts

    • Thanks, Liz! Feel free to tell anyone else you know who is interested about my site! My husband and I are trying to get the word out about it but it’s slow going. It’s just nice to have a site where I can talk about one of my passions, natural childbirth, freely and openly. Thanks for reading! If you would like, email me your birth story (when it happens) and I’ll share it on here. 🙂 fiona.judd (at) gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for all the information! My first two childbirths were medicated (I was young and poorly educated with the first so the pain was beyond manageable, the seocnd was out of fear of a repeat of the first…totally not necessary for pain medication, but I was scared. This is our last child and I am ready to claim the birth I lost with my second!) and I’m very excited about hypnobirthing!

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