Hypnobirthing! Maybe you have a friend or relative that raves about hypnobirthing and how it helped her to stay in control during her birth, she talks about her surges and breathing through them and visualising her vagina blooming open!
Does it all sound a bit to ‘Woo” for you?
Ok I’ll be honest before I truly understood what Hypnobirthing actually was, I too thought it all sounded a bit to good to be true, a bit too unbelievable and maybe just for those who were into the ‘Woo’!
That was of course before I birthed my 10lb 7oz son comfortably at home in water surrounded by a shop full of twinkly lights, breathing in lavender and clary sage and surrounded by birth affirmations in 3 1/2hrs and yep I breathed through my surges whilst imagining my vagina blooming open and bloom open it did! Repeating my visualisation ‘she believed she could so she did’ whilst my body transitioned and prepared to release our boy.
At that moment, the moment he released from my body into the warm waters surrounding us both, I knew, I knew what all of the hundreds of women I had taught hypnobirthing too already knew …. that Hypnobirthing makes a difference, it doesn’t promise anything, it certainly doesn’t promise a pain free or a ‘perfect’ birth (though many Hypno Mama’s describe their birth as this, me included), but what it does do is educate you about birth, about your bodies epic inate ability to release the baby that your body has spent 9 months growing! It teaches you how to relax deeply and quickly, it helps you to let go of the fear, it gives you tools and techniques to relax your body and mind and it gives your birth partner the power, knowledge and skills to support you. When a woman’s birthing body was designed there was no knowledge that intervention’s existed, no forceps, epidurals, pethidine or even midwives. Whoever and whatever created and designed a woman’s body had to give it the perfect system to birth that baby, otherwise why conceive and grow a human if the woman’s body has either no clue or is pretty crap at releasing the human when the time is right!
Yes some women will experience things out of their control, when absolutely we are so thankful for intervention, but mostly a woman with the right support and birthing environment will birth her baby. I’m not saying its easy, giving birth to both of my son’s was the hardest physical ‘work’ my body had ever done and most definitely the hardest my mind had ever worked at, relaxing and releasing the fear that had been instilled in me since childhood.
But I am so thankful for the ability my body and mind had to birth both of my son’s in a calm, comfortable and enjoyable way, YES I enjoy giving birth! Pregnancy I’m not great at but birth, I rocked it!
But maybe you are reading this and it all sounds still just a little bit too woo, hippy or even unbelievable for you, so let me share with you some of the amazing benefits of hynobirthing that Clinical research has shown that women who use hypnosis in birth report:
- A shorter first stage of labour, often by several hours or more
- Elimination or significant reduction of pain, less need for drugs or chemical pain relief
Less medical interventions
- Significantly fewer caesareans and surgical births
- By choosing Hypnobirthing you are much more likely to have a calm, positive and more satisfying birth experience!
So if you would learn how to apply the ‘woo’ to your birth and benefit form Hypnobirthing this is what we will cover:
The basic physiology of birth.
The belief that giving birth can be a postive experience
To look forward optimistically to a gentle, safe, calm, comfortable and stress-free birth
How to release any fears that may in some way be associated with childbirth, and thus avoid the ‘Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome’.
How to relax deeply and quickly using breathing techniques, visualisation and deep relaxation
How to stay calm, relaxed and in control throughout your labour
How to promote the production of your birthing hormones
How to trust your body to work naturally and in harmony with your baby
How to prepare a birth plan so that you can be better informed and in control of the birthing procedure
The knowledge and power to navigate birth should you require intervention or assistance
Positions to help you birth your baby more easily and comfortably
Breathing techniques that work with your body to maximise your body’s own natural expulsive reflex, so you may birth your baby more gently, rather than using forced and directed ‘pushing’ which is exhausting and less effective
To breathe effectively (and it’s not the panting that most people think they have to do).
To birth your baby without the need for forced pushing.
What you’ll learn through Hypnobirthing is how you can have a calm birth, without fear. I can’t promise you a ‘perfect’ or pain free birth – no one can – but it most definitely stacks the odds in your favour of having a much calmer more comfortable and positive birth.
Wendy Wood, Co Founder & Co Owner of The Little Birth Company