Hypnobirthing, What is it?
Does it work?
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that can be used during Labour & birth. Based on physiological & scientific facts,
Hypnobirthing is a completely logical childbirth education that teaches you what happens in your mind & body during Labour & Birth. Using a mixture of self-hypnosis, guided visualisations & deep breathing techniques.,you will learn to change any fearful, negative expectations of birth you might have into positive ones .
Working instinctively, these methods are proven to help eliminate fear & anxiety in pregnancy, reduce pain & tension during
Labour by increasing your naturally released Endorphins to manage contractions. It helps you to feel physically, mentally & spiritually prepared for Birth & throughout the birthing process, you will feel, calm, relaxed & in control.
The origins of HypnoBirthing
HypnoBirthing is based on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English physician, whose principles are the foundation of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). In his book “Childbirth Without Fear”, originally published in 1933, he states that:
“There is no physiological function in the body that gives rise to pain in the normal course of health. In no other animal species is the process of birth apparently associated with any suffering, pain or agony, except where pathology exists or in an unnatural state, such as captivity."
When we’re afraid, our body diverts blood & oxygen from non-essential defence organs to large muscle groups in our extremities. Our face drains of blood & we are said to be ‘white with fear’.
Dr Dick-Read hypothesized that the fear felt by a woman during childbirth also caused blood to be filtered away from her uterus, so it could be used by the muscles that would flee the dangerous situation. As a result, the uterus was left without oxygen & could not perform its functions efficiently or without pain.
This belief led to Dr Dick-Read’s theory that fear & tension cause the Labour pains in approximately 95 percent of birthing women. He termed this phenomenon “the fear-tension-pain syndrome of childbirth,” & he believed that by eliminating the fear, women could return the uterus to its normal function, thereby eliminating the pain.
The development of HypnoBirthing
‘HypnoBirthing’ was originally established in the United States by Marie Mongan, who is the founder of The Mongan Method & the HypnoBirthing Institute. Her book “HypnoBirthing: A Celebration Of Life” was first published in 1989.
When Marie Mongan’s daughter expressed her desire to have a child, she called upon her own experience of having Laboured calmly, gently, & naturally, using the theories of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, during the births of her four children back in the mid 50s & early 60s.
Using her counselling background, & her skills as a Master Hypnotherapist, she developed the HypnoBirthing™ program for her daughter & two friends.The success of these births brought several hypnotherapists to Marie’s office, asking to be trained in whatever she was doing in birthing.
Mongan says that with the aid of hypnosis, a woman can bring her body into a state of deep relaxation in which the body's muscles can work the way they're meant to during childbirth. She says it feels similar to daydreaming, or the feeling you get when you are lost in a book or movie. People who've used this technique report feeling relaxed, calm, aware, & in control.
Soon, the natural appeal of HypnoBirthing began to spread into the mainstream & because of HypnoBirthing, couples today can look forward to a beautiful, calm & serene birthing experience, where mother, baby & birthing companion combine in joyful bonding.
The process of HypnoBirthing is based on the power of suggestion. The Labouring woman uses positive affirmations, suggestions, & visualisations to relax her body, guide her thoughts, & control her breathing.
Using verbal affirmations helps you to enter a calm state of self-hypnosis. Alternately, they might use a visualization – such as a flower opening its petals – to picture what's happening to them & achieve relaxation.
Families who choose HypnoBirthing over other methods enter with tangible tools & working knowledge of what their body can do.
If a medical intervention does become necessary, women can still use the relaxation & comfort techniques that HypnoBirthing teaches to stay calm & present during a time that may become emotionally difficult.
Hypnobirthing Benefits & Myths
The Benefits of Hypnobirthing
It's a natural form of pain management. There are no medications with potential side effects for you or baby.
It can provide comfort, relaxation, & relief during Labour.
It can decrease stress & fear during childbirth.
It allows you to remain alert & awake.
It creates a better postnatal experience "If a woman feels that she made her own best decisions for her particular circumstance, no matter how the Birth then plays out, she has an easier postnatal period. HypnoBirthing babies tend to be more easy going & feed better.
When a mother-baby is immersed in the natural birthing hormones, it’s an easier experience all round & mothers feel transformed & empowered. Hypnobirthing creates a Birth experience where a woman feels heard & supported, she is then less likely to have postnatal depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Common Myths Associated with Hypnosis
Hypnosis is not a form of mind control or brainwashing
Hypnosis does not put you in a deep sleep.
A person who's been hypnotized still has complete autonomy & free will.
You can still perform usual tasks & functions if you're hypnotized.
You are completely aware of what's going on around you when you're hypnotized.
Who is Hypnobirthing suitable for?
Hypnobirthing is suitable for both first time mums & mums who’ve have given Birth before.
Women who are anxious about giving Birth because they’ve never done it before or because of a previous negative experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier Birth experience.
Will I be ‘out of it’ if I use Hypnobirthing?
Absolutely not. With Hypnobirthing & hypnosis, you are always aware of what is going on around you, but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions. See ‘Common Myths Associated with Hypnosis’
Is Hypnobirthing safe?
Hypnosis is absolutely safe & no need to be feared. Unfortunately, TV, film & stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, & what it can (& can’t) do.
Does Hypnobirthing guarantee a completely
pain-free Labour & Birth?
No. There are many factors that can affect a Birth, some of which are outside your control.
With any preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in.
It is estimated around 65-70% of Hypnobirthing mums don’t need any form of pain relief. Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas & air.
The remaining 5-10% is usually where medical intervention is required. However, Hypnobirthing still helps these mums to remain calm & without fear through something unexpected
The aim of Hypnobirthing is not a completely pain-free perfect Birth. It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable Birth- where you are in control.
When should I start the classes?
Somewhere between 26-30 weeks is ideal, as the success of the course is strongly linked to how much practice you do.
Does my Partner need to attend?
It is a good idea for the person who is going to be with you during the Birth, to come to the course. Most Partners are usually sceptical before the course begins but once they realise what an important role they have, listen to the facts & logic, learn how to support you effectively, leave educated, empowered & excited for the Birth.
Often partners at a Birth feel like a spare part, not really knowing what to say or do for the best or how to help. Learning about Birth Physiology & Hypnobirthing will change all that. Your Partner will not only become an important aspect in the Birthing room.
They will know what to do, recognise when to do it & how to carry it out. By being such an important positive support to you will make them feel they have had a pivotal role in how their Baby was born.
Do I need to do a separate Antenatal Course
Not if you book your Hypnobirthing Course with the Hypnobirthing Company.
Our course is a whole Birthing Programme, combining the latest & most comprehensive Antenatal Education with a complete Hypnobirthing Course, Active Birth Information, Full Birth preparation for every eventuality & a knowledge of Birth Physiology. ( How Birth actuallly works ).
The Birthing Programme has been created & is facilitated by Jade Lawrence, a Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Antenatal Educator, Birth & Postnatal Doula & Hypnobirthing mother of 5. Who is well versed in what pregnant women really need to know about Labour & Birth, she will share with you all the tools so you can have a positive Birth experience & the secrets of Birth.
Where can I find out more or book a course?
You can head over to The Hypnobirthing Company’s Home Page which details everything the course is about, what makes it great, how it is different from other Hypnobirthing Courses & what exclusive extras there are.
To find out about upcoming courses & book online, go straight to the Website’s Booking page.