Some Of Your Questions Answered

What is HypnoBirthing®?

HypnoBirthing®  is a method of giving birth that focuses on preparing parents for a gentle, calm birth, where you feel as in control as possible.  In HypnoBirthing®  classes, you will be taught proven techniques which include deep relaxation, visualisation and self-hypnosis as part of a considered program which has been honed by committed practitioners over many years.  The techniques are designed to help you to achieve a more relaxed, calm and positive experience of birth, both for you and your baby. HypnoBirthing®  encourages a tranquil, peaceful and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.

How does HypnoBirthing®  differ from other childbirth methods?

Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing®  is based on the principle that childbirth does not need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and is able to be relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn instead, to release fear consequently creating endorphins, which are our feel good hormones. Women are then able to change their expectations of a long, painful labour and to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable, peaceful birthing. Mothers are taught that rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical childbirth programs, they can gain control of their emotions and of their body’s reactions.  HypnoBirthing®  parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the labouring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labour for herself and baby.

How is the Birth Companion involved?

The Birth Companion of the mother’s choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing®  experience. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labour the Birth Companion guides the mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualisations.  They provide support and comfort, and join in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as they emerge.

Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?

There are a number of misconceptions about hypnosis.  You are never  unconscious during self-hypnosis.  The HypnoBirthing®  mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labour process.  Although she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a more aware state or choose to become mobile whenever she wishes.  HypnoBirthing®  mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.

Will HypnoBirthing®  be useful to me if I don't opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?

Without doubt! The things that you will learn in your HypnoBirthing®  classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience.  If medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed planned caesareans report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure.  Many say that they needed little or no medication following the birth and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.

Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing®?

HypnoBirthing®  does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing®  mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily. When the cause of pain (fear that constricts the birthing muscles) is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins which are nature’s own relaxants and which make you feel good.  Endorphins are also called the ‘happy hormones’.  HypnoBirthing®  mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure, but most describe a birth experience of working with their body through the sensations that they experience and so avoid the excruciating pain that many mothers who do not use HypnoBirthing®  describe.

What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with HypnoBirthing® ? Can I still use this method and how can my healthcare providers help me to achieve my HypnoBirthing® goals?

More and more midwives and antenatal staff are becoming aware of the benefits of HypnoBirthing® . Many hospitals offer HypnoBirthing®  as an option in their childbirth education programs and HypnoBirthing®  is now taught in some schools of medicine to student doctors.  If your care giver is not knowledgeable about HypnoBirthing® , take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques that you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire.  In class, you will learn how to create a plan of Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your doctor or midwife.

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