What is Hypnobirthing?

There is clinical evidence to show that hypnosis with childbirth reduces discomfort and reduces the need for intervention. Hypnobirthing is a type of birthing method that uses tools such as self hypnosis, deep relaxation techniques, breathing techniques and visualisations to assist with preparing for your baby’s arrival. It reduces the presence of fear, tension and anxiety around birth and can be used with other birthing techniques such as pregnancy yoga. The course provides both you and your birthing partner with the confidence and positivity to navigate your own experience, to exercise your rights and choices and to use the skills learnt to positively birth your baby.

Can i use hypnobirthing if i have a cesarean birtH?

This is SO important. Lets clarify now that we aren’t using hypnobirthing just for the preparation of what is considered ‘a natural birth’ we are taking all of the tools and skills learnt as they will benefit any circumstance and will help you to create a positive experience. I work with a lot of couples who are preparing for a cesarean and or just want to be calm and relaxed no matter how they birth. I concentrate on explaining your rights as parents and helping you to understand your choices with where you decide to give birth and how you wish your birth to be.

WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING BASED ON?

  • Allowing women to birth their babies, after all womens bodies and the babies know how to birth

  • A women’s body shouldn’t be forced to do something unless medically required

  • Birth is natural and is a natural experience BUT the tools aid every birth circumstance

  • Needless procedures can interrupt the births natural rhythm, we work to exercise our rights and understand our choices but to work with our midwives as a team

  • Each labour has its own schedule, labour may rest or accelerate. It shouldn’t be manipulated

DOES HYPNOBIRTHING WORK?

YES, and with a Cesarean birth?….Yes!

During labour, your body produces a wonderful natural hormone called oxytocin, we call it the love hormone.  Oxytocin is what is released during lovemaking and also this same hormone helps progress your labour (they say what gets baby in, gets baby out!)  Stress hormones affect the production of oxytocin and can make your labour longer but, hypnobirthing can help you manage stress hormones, such as adrenalin, and reduce anxiety, which leads to a calmer birth. We give you and your birth partner the skills to cope and tools that will benefit you during labour and birth.

Hypnobirthing also covers the fourth trimester which is the first three months after baby has arrived. We discuss what to expect and how relaxation can also benefit you at this time. Hypnobirthing may benefit you after birth too, with some evidence showing that it can lower the chance of postnatal depression.

You can use Hypnobirthing however and wherever you give birth – in a hospital, labour ward, theatre, birth centre, or at home.  Hypnobirthing can help your birth partner play a more active role during labour and in some case’s as mothers are relaxed it has been shown to make labour shorter and the need for drugs and interventions less likely. If interventions do arise then hypnobirthing is said to help the healing as there is less tension in the muscles and tissues, this in turn aids the bonding process with your baby.

special circumstances

Practising hypnobirthing does not mean unexpected things won’t happen. A birth free from medical interventions or complications can never be guaranteed. However, learning to relax and stay calm will absolutely help you feel more in control during labour if things don’t go to plan and having a clear understanding of the physiological women’s body will also assist..

DOES MY BIRTH PARTNER HAVE TO ATTEND ALL OF THE CLASSES?

Hypnobirthing has been developed with your birth partner in mind to give them a more active role during your labour. They are often overlooked with other antenatal classes and this was my problem when we were pregnant first time. My husband went along to the NCT classes but he didn’t get actively involved. I felt like I was going to be doing this alone, until I found hypnobirthing, then the whole experience changed. Our partners need informing, understanding and be taught the skills to be able to support us. I can absolutely, guarantee that they will feel more positive, more excited and more prepared to support you if they are present throughout the course.