Is the hypnobirthing practitioner training face to face or online?
This may be a very important consideration for you. Are you going to be able to travel to a venue or will it be easier for you to log in and take part virtually? Obviously, this is a very personal choice which very much comes down to your personal choice and personal set of circumstances. However, there are huge bonuses to being in-person with people when they are not separated by many miles and technology – you can have an un-interrupted conversation without accidently cutting each other off, you can get real-time responses and soak up the atmosphere and practise on people when you are in the room. I personally do not miss the whole “you are on mute!” situation that always accompanies any zoom call! Joking aside, there is something very special about being with like-minded people to learn hypnobirthing now that we can.
How many others will I be training with?
Also an important consideration. Do you want to be one of a few which means you get individual attention and support as you are going through the qualification process, or do you prefer to be in a large cohort? If you know you would like support and guidance from the course provider, you may be better off in a group that has a limited number of participants at any one time.
How will I be assessed?
You have to think about whether you want to do this quickly or whether you want to do it properly. You can qualify as a hypnobirthing teacher just by attending a course but if you want to feel confident you are doing it correctly and be competent to use and teach the hypnobirthing techniques on actual clients, you need to put the work in. You should be looking for courses that test you on what you have learnt – not necessarily in an exam format but providing some sort of written assessment should be the very least you should expect. Don’t worry about spelling or the ability to write academically, it is more to do with showing you understand what you are going to be teaching. Writing essays etc might seem like a lot of work but often the process is part of the learning. The gold standard assessment is teaching case studies. All professions give their trainees the opportunity to do a ‘dummy run’ before they are let loose in the world, so they can see what areas they need to read up on and which ones they have understood fully. Why should teaching hypnobirthing courses be any different?