How hypnobirthing can help you and your baby
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
What is hypnobirthing?
We all have an idea of how we expect childbirth to be. This may be based on what we have seen on the TV, from friends or from our own previous experience. Hypnobirthing can help women and their birth partners let go of the anxiety and fear that surrounds birth which leads to a more comfortable birth and labour. It uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman to be prepared physically and mentally and it also builds confidence for her to trust her body, her natural maternal instincts and to help her make sense of what to expect from her care providers.
How does it work?
In hypnobirthing you will learn how to keep your body naturally relaxed during labour. This is beneficial as tension can cause discomfort. When we’re able to remain calm and relaxed in labour, we produce beneficial birth hormones like oxytocin and endorphins (natural painkillers) which, in turn, help the body relax and do what it needs to do as quickly and comfortably as possible. You will also learn techniques to deal with contractions breathing techniques and visualisations.
The benefits of hypnobirthing
A hypnobirthing course will help you to let go of any fears and misunderstandings surrounding birth. Through education and by practicing the hypnobirthing techniques, you will grow confident in your body’s natural ability. You will be more able to think clearly and calmly so that you are in a better position to make informed decisions that are right for you and your baby. When you take time out each day during pregnancy to relax using your hypnobirthing tools, you will be able to notice the wonderful changes in your body as your baby develops and grows. This will help you and your baby to bond. Spending some time each day some time to practice your breathing or listening to a relaxation MP3 all helps your body and mind relax and prepare for birth. Hypnobirthing women tend to report that their labours are calmer, faster, less traumatic and they seem to require fewer medical interventions. Birth partners will also have a better understanding of their important role during pregnancy and birth which will help mothers feel supported. Birth partners will also feel included and educated making birth a positive experience where they feel valued for their contribution.