By Mary-Anne Constable of HypnibirthMe
What is Hypnobirthing?
You may have heard the phrase “hypnobirthing” over the past few years, it’s popular with the likes of The Duchess of Cambridge and even Meghan Markle is rumoured to be preparing for her birth by enrolling in a course. But what is this crazy new fad and why is it becoming so popular? In short, Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth. Hypnobirthing allows you to have confidence and release all fear in your birth. In reality, its an absolute no brainer for any expecting mum as it will always have a positive impact on their birth.
How does Hypnobirthing work?
Hypnobirthing reprograms the subconscious mind and provides you with the knowledge and techniques on how to birth comfortably, efficiently and effectively… just as the female body was designed to. It also gives you a positive outlook on birth and introduces much more appropriate language which in turn reshapes your outlook on birth.
Many women become pregnant and immediately fear birth, this view on birth has been shaped by the likes of the media, where someone in labour is screaming, swearing and completely out of control (making excellent viewing but having a very negative impact on society). In addition, unfortunately, we all thrive on negative birth stories rather than positive stories, which again, has a negative impact on an expecting mother. Hypnobirthing filters the negativity and surrounds you with positive birth stories and a “can do” attitude, which, in turn, can result in a very empowering a positive birth experience.
What are the Benefits of Hypnobirthing?
• You are likely to experience a more comfortable and sometimes, pain free birth;
• Your baby will arrive to a tranquill and relaxed environment, alert and ready to bond with you as nature has intended;
• The length of labour is sometimes much shorter with Hypnobirthing births;
• Less drugs and medical intervention are used in Hypnobirthing births allowing your baby to develop naturally and easily after they arrive;
• Mothers often bounce back quicker after a Hypnobirthing birth as the physical impact of giving birth is reduced (which means they can get to CariFit quicker… once they have had sign off from the doctor that is); and
• Your birth partner will learn how to support you and have a central and active role in the birth
What’s included on a Hypnobirthing Course with HypnobirthMe?
• Breathing exercises;
• Deep relaxations;
• Gentle Massage;
• Effective work in releasing fear and building confidence;
• How the birthing partner can be your powerful protector and support;
• How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort;
• Knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the ‘system; you find yourself in;
• A simple practice regime to enable a successful hypnobirth;
• Understanding how the mind and body work together; and
• You will also receive The KG Hypnobirthing Book, a relaxation MP3 and handouts.
Frequently Asked Question.
Who can attend the hypnobirthing course?
The mother and her birthing partner (typically the father of the child).
Will Hypnobirthing still work if I attend the course alone?
Yes, definitely. Many women have come to the course on their own. If your partner can’t come, I would welcome your mother, a friend, or whoever will be supporting you at the birth.
When should you do a hypnobirthing course?
If you are given the choice, I would advise doing the course in the second trimester/ from week 20 of your pregnancy so you can enjoy the benefits during your pregnancy and at the birth of your baby. It is a matter of absorbing the information so that it becomes second nature rather than learning facts. However, Hypnobirthing works whenever you do it.
“I want to take “All the drugs”, can I still Hypnobirth?”
There is no strict rule when it comes to hypnobirthing and how exactly you give birth. By doing the course, it’s likely that you will feel you don’t need to take pain prevention medication. However, if you do decide to take additional medication, it does not mean that you have “failed” at hypnobirthing. There is no such thing as failure when it comes to hypnobirthing. By doing the course you will benefit your birth in so many ways, most of all, you will create a calm and happy atmosphere for your new baby to arrive to
Can you still Hypnobirth if you have a caesarean?
Definitely, caesarean birth can be a daunting prospect and there are lots of hypnobirthing methods that can be used to help create an amazing atmosphere for the mum and baby. We focus on “gentle caesarean birth” which sees the baby arriving to a calm atmosphere, with minimal medical “shop chat”, lowered screens, immediate skin to skin, to name a few…
To come on a course you can visit www.hypnobirthme.com
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