What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is based on the philosophy that fear creates tension, which then creates pain. This is because when fear is present, the body cannot function as it should in labour due to the blood flowing to the limbs ready for fight or flight.
Fear is not logical. It is a primal instinct and there to protect us. The body responds to fear in the same way whether the ‘threat’ is real or imagined, because the mind cannot tell the difference. So even if you know logically you are safe, the primal instinct of fear can kick in.
We are mammals and all mammals give birth easily when they feel safe. Things that can affect this are strange places, strangers and being observed.
So hypnobirthing is a course of different techniques to teach the body and mind to stay calm so a woman can labour more effectively wherever she is and whatever the situation and whoever she is with. It is all what is learnt on the course and the practice that she does on her own and with her partner before the big day.
How I know Hypnobirthing works
I first discovered hypnobirthing as my sister’s birthing partner. We did a course together back in 2004 and although it sounds dramatic it changed my life. My sister gave birth so easily and didn’t use ANY pain relief! This isn’t because her birth was pain free, but she had practiced all that she had learnt on the hypnobirthing course.
So, after this I trained as a hypnotherapist and hypnobirthing teacher and have been doing this work ever since. The positive feedback has been huge and I have helped countless women to have a calm birth. I also trained as a midwife and graduated after three years of training in 2012. This gave me a whole new perspective on women giving birth at home and in the hospital. This is really where I saw the positive difference that hypnobirthing makes to women, their partners and their babies.
What you learn on the Hypnobirthing course
- Breathing exercises to help your body with contractions and the birthing stage
- Guided meditations/hypnosis to train the mind and body to be calm
- Guided meditation/hypnosis to increase your confidence in yourself and your body and release fear
- Massage techniques to help release your natural pain killers – endorphins
- Triggers to prompt your mind and body into a more relaxed state
- How the mind and body work together in labour
- How the mind works and how to make it work for you
- How your birth partner can support you and increase your relaxation making them an important part of the labour process
- How to write your birth plan to focus on those things that you CAN control