How does it work?
Mention Labor & Delivery to an expectant mom in her last trimester, and chances are good that her heart will begin to race, her mind floods with concern and in some cases, she panics. She knows that the day is coming when a force much bigger than herself will take over and her body will govern itself completely. For some women birth is a very fearful event, but for a Hypnobabies mom, it is an eagerly anticipated challenge because she uses hypnosis to eliminate discomfort and fear from the birthing experience.
Hypnosis for Deep Relaxation and Hypno-Anesthesia
The uterine muscles work efficiently together (the way they were designed to) when the body is completely relaxed. Deep relaxation is a side effect of hypnosis, so this is one way that hypnosis helps to create an easier birth. However, comfort in childbirth depends on much more than deep relaxation, so in our complete hypnosis for childbirth program, expectant mothers are also taught the most in-depth hypnotic anesthesia techniques that exist. These make a huge difference in creating a truly comfortable birthing experience, and are easily learned and practiced.
Eliminating Fear and Expecting a Positive Experience
In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The birthing women are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honored. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event, and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude. As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors; without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth.
In our culture, it is very much the opposite. For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby will be untold hours of painfully agonizing work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience discomfort in childbirth, in part because we very much expect to!
In Hypnobabies classes, an expectant mother is taught to surround herself with only positive people and messages during her pregnancy, to create a positive view of childbirth and the expectation that her birthing will be a beautiful, peaceful experience. Hypnobabies “Fear Clearing” hypnosis sessions are integral to this process, since they allow the expectant mother to address fears, work through possible solutions and then release them.
Fear in labor can create tension, which creates pain, then more fear, and the cycle continues. Fear and anxiety can also create adrenaline production in the body, causing the labor to become dysfunctional. This is a common reason for Cesarean Section surgery. Freedom from fear can make a significant difference in the birthing experience.
By learning and practicing hypnosis, our students will be able to enter self-hypnosis instantly and create their own natural anesthesia whenever and wherever they need it. Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis allows a birthing woman to remain in control over her body and emotions and to be an active participant in her birth process. She is always aware of everything around her, and as labor progresses, she’ll go deeper inside herself, trusting in her body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort.