Childbirth is the beautiful culmination of your pregnancy journey, but all too often it’s shrouded in mystery and fear. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Hypnobirthing can help to prepare you both emotionally and physically, ensuring that your memories of giving birth are positive.
The techniques used in hypnobirthing are effective for all types of births, helping to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
But what is hypnobirthing and what exactly does it involve? Read on to find out more.
What is Hypnobirthing?
Having a baby is a life-changing experience but it doesn’t have to be painful and scary. Hypnobirthing teaches women what will happen to their body, while also equipping them with the skills to help them stay relaxed and manage more easily.
The phrase hypnobirthing was first used in 1989 but it’s a concept that’s been around for centuries. The goal is to achieve a shorter and easier labour, with less need for pain relief or interventions. Hypnobirthing achieves this through a range of techniques which include self-hypnosis, visualisation and relaxation.
It’s often described as a state of altered consciousness which sounds much more intimidating than it is. Daydreaming is another example of a state of altered consciousness; it just means that your mental focus will be different than usual. Some of the techniques used to achieve this altered state of consciousness in hypnobirthing include:
- Relaxation exercises
- Deep breathing
With a body and mind which are both completely relaxed, you won’t be fighting against the natural process of giving birth. The end result is a labour that is shorter and less painful as you’ll be working with your body rather than battling anxiety and fear.
Will I Lose Control?
One of the most common fears about hypnobirthing is that you’ll be out of control or won’t have any idea what’s going on with your body. In fact, the reverse is true.
You won’t be in an unconscious hypnotic state but you will be hyper-aware of how you’re feeling, and able to focus your attention more easily.
Many women say that hypnobirthing allows them to fade out external noise and commotion, allowing them to use their relaxation techniques more effectively.
You will always be in complete control and fully aware of what is happening at all times.
The Advantages of Hypnobirthing
Whether you’re having a planned Caesarian, a vaginal birth or it’s an emergency procedure, hypnobirthing can help you to approach the experience with a quiet, calm mind.
Some of the benefits of hypnobirthing include:
- Can shorten labour, especially the first stage when contractions are strong
- May reduce the need for interventions
- Manages pain naturally and effectively
- Leaves you feeling in control at all times
- Lessens any trauma-based fears
- Allows you to focus without distraction
- Uses your natural instincts to give birth
Hypnobirthing can be a very empowering experience, allowing you to dive into the techniques as much or as little as you feel you need. It can sit alongside other techniques you may have learnt, such as breathing exercises, and it’s something your partner can support you with.
To get the full benefits of hypnobirthing, you’ll need to practise in advance. By practising affirmations, visualisation and self-hypnosis regularly, you’ll be able to access them much more easily when the time comes, and they’ll be more effective.You can find out more about New Zealand hypnobirthing here, or get in touch today for an informal chat.