Hypnosis, in general, is the state of consciousness that allows a person to become highly focused and receptive to external guidance or suggestion.
One specific type of hypnosis is Hypnobirthing – the process of mindfully embracing the unique connection between mother and unborn child.
Hypnobirthing can turn an otherwise traumatic and painful birthing experience into an empowering and joyful one – Hypnobirthing will be remembered and revealed for years to come.
How Does Hypnobirthing Work?
Although the general idea of Hypnobirthing has been around for centuries, the term was formally introduced just over 30 years ago and has since been used as a way to formally help women cope with the fear and anxiety that comes with childbirth.
Hypnobirthing uses different relaxation techniques to encourage a woman to embrace the natural process of birth and help the mind and body enter a state of relaxation, which leads to quicker and less painful labor and delivery.
People that have been at a Hypnobirthing course describe the process well when they say, “We had a beautiful and peaceful home birth. we practiced Hypnobirthing breathing and relaxation techniques every day for 3 months during my pregnancy, and it helped a lot during the birth. My husband supported me during the time of the course and during the birth. The midwife gave me the option to go to the hospital, but I was already 7 cm dilated and I felt very strong and confident while in a deep trance, making a lot of loud, deep animal-like noises. Our baby was born within 5 hours of my first contraction.”
What techniques are used during Hypnobirthing?
Many women believe that it will be too difficult to maintain relaxation during painful contractions, but HypnoBirthing classes involve learning many techniques to control the pain and chaos that would, otherwise, take over the entire birthing experience.
Two different forms of controlled breathing are typically used: a four-count and a seven-count technique, which trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, calming your nerves and muscles.
Using different associative words during the labor process helps train your mind into believing that the process is a positive experience instead of a stressful one. For example, we may replace the word contraction with the wave, or rupture with the release.
Guided visualization is the process of visualizing relaxing scenarios or images to control stress hormones.
What Are The Benefits of Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing classes not only provide women with the confidence they need to achieve a positive birthing experience but they may also:
Many women who practice Hypnobirthing have reported experiencing much shorter labor.
Lessen The Need For Intervention
Studies have shown that women who have taken part in Hypnobirthing courses are less likely to require interventions, such as oxytocin or c-section deliveries. Manage Pain Over 50% of women who have used Hypnobirthing are able to take part in med-free labor and delivery.