Hypnobirthing is a well-known, logical and effective form of antenatal preparation. You already have the perfect system of giving birth created in your body. The trouble is, society has loaded fear and negative preconceptions on top of this system, preventing it from working properly when we need it to. Hypnobirthing helps you reprogramme your subconscious mind and gives you the tools so that your body can give birth efficiently and comfortably in the way it is designed to.
The combination of breathing, deep relaxation and visualisation techniques, combined with positive thought and language, reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and fear and, as a result, reduce pain. Releasing fear, understanding the physiology of birth and gaining the confidence to make informed decisions, are three things fundamental to the success of hypnobirthing.
Most importantly, you and your birth companion will learn how to put yourselves back in control of your birth – rather than blindly turning your birthing experience over to your doctor or midwife. You will be equipped to navigate the turns of your labour and birth in a way that means you feel confident, calm and empowered.
Hypnobirthing doesn’t promise a perfect birth, but it will give you the best birth for you and your baby, and you will be leaving my course with the ability to create a positive, joyful experience.
A SHORT HISTORY OF HYPNOBIRTHING
Hypnobirthing originated from the work of Dr Grantley Dick-Reid. In his book Childbirth Without Fear, published in 1933, he suggests that when we are afraid, our body diverts blood and oxygen to essential defence organs. Dr Dick-Reid hypothesised that when a woman is scared during childbirth, blood and oxygen are diverted away from the uterus and therefore it cannot perform its functions efficiently, without pain. When a woman remains calm and relaxed, the uterine muscles are not starved of vital blood and oxygen, and are free to work comfortably, like any other muscle in our body.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HYPNOBIRTHING
You won’t be “hypnotised”. Hypnobirthing doesn’t mean you’ll be in a trance or a sleep. Rather, you’ll be able to chat, you’ll be totally relaxed, and fully in control. You’ll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you. Hypnobirthing doesn’t require any particular belief system, or prior experience. Some of our mums (and especially their partners!) have been very sceptical at first – until they experience it for themselves. In fact, the more skeptical they are to start with, the more evangelical they are when they discover the power of hypnobirthing.
In short, hypnobirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.