In many countries around the world, women deliver children naturally, without any drugs, so reducing any side effects for mother or baby. Contrary to popular opinion, childbirth does not have to be painful.
We have been conditioned to expect childbirth to be painful, through watching medical dramas on TV and comments from well-meaning family and friends. However pain signals are activated during our fight or flight response, so by staying relaxed and in control, we can stop these pain signals from being activated.
The mind can be trained to experience discomfort as only pressure and that is what is achieved in childbirth hypnosis.
Our self-hypnosis programme guides you ( and your birthing partner if required ) through rehearsal of the actual process of delivery. It also teaches you how to enter into self-hypnosis instantly and create your own natural anaesthesia whenever you need it.
You will have control over your body and be able to be an active participant in your birth process. As labour progresses, you relax even more, trusting in your body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort.
There are many reported benefits of using hypnosis for Childbirth including:
- Improved sleep prior to birth and afterwards
- Reduction of heartburn
- Control of blood pressure
- Removal of fear and anxiety
- Less need for inducing labour
- Fewer drugs or no drugs resulting in less side effects on mother and baby
- Shorter labour – tensing and resistance of the birthing muscles as a response to pain is minimised or eliminated
- Using self-hypnosis for relaxation means no pain
- Increased production of oxytocin – the hormone that controls the strength and duration of the contractions. This hormone is also responsible for the bonding of the mother and child
- An awake, energised mother, due to total relaxation throughout the birthing process
- A calm peaceful birthing atmosphere
- Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis
- Fewer interventions and complications during labour
- A plentiful milk supply, also due to a good supply of oxytocin
- Babies sleep and feed better due to fewer drugs in their systems and a relaxed birthing experience
- Mothers are less tired and more confident
Some mothers-to-be experience extreme fear about the actual birth of their child and panic attacks during pregnancy are not unusual.
These can be dealt with and stopped as part of the overall therapy programme using the same techniques employed to remove other phobias and fears.
Depending on anxiety levels, it’s recommended to have between 4 and 6 sessions during pregnancy. Severe anxiety may require further sessions, particularly if this is accompanied with panic attacks. This can be discussed during the initial consultation.
You can get more information, including how the NHS is getting involved, by reading these two Daily Mail articles from 14 and 15 February 2011:
And The London Evening Standard, 16 February: