WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
Hypnobirthing is a programme that considers the psychological and spiritual as well as the physical well-being of the birthing mother, the birth partner and the newborn infant. It is used during labour and birth. The Marie Mongan method is built upon creating and building self-understanding, understanding and practicing breathing techniques, relaxation, visualisation, meditative practice, paying attention to nutrition while pregnant and feeding, positive body toning and healthy living. We concentrate on respecting the birthing family and giving them their right to understanding their choices with where they give birth and how they wish their 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
- We are designed to give birth and should be respected and unimpaired
- A womens body shouldn’t be forced to do something it should be allowed to do what it already knows
- Birth is natural and is a natural experience
- Needless procedures can interrupt the births natural rhythm
- Each labour has its own schedule, labour may rest or accelerate. It shouldn’t be manipulated
DOES HYPNOBIRTHING WORK?
During labour, your body produces a wonderfully natural hormone called oxytocin, we call it the love hormone. Oxytocin is what we have between two people which is released during lovemaking and also this same hormone helps progress your labour. In some case’s as mothers are relaxed hypnobirthing has been shown to make labour shorter and the need for drugs and interventions less likely.
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 should lead to a calmer birth. We give you tools and your birth partner the 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 for any outcome and while preparing for can be used wherever you give birth – in a hospital or birth centre, or at home. Hypnobirthing can help your birth partner play a more active role during labour.
DOES HYPNOBIRTHING PROMISE A CALM & STRAIGHT FORWARD BIRTH?
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 may 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?
You don’t have to bring your (birth) partner with you to class, but it is recommended. Hypnobirthing has been developed with your birth partner in mind too, to give them a more active role during your labour. They are often overlooked with other antenatal classes and they play a very important part during labour and birth. They also need understanding and to have a role will help them to feel more involved.