What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal system designed to educate couples on the inner workings of birth and to show women how their bodies are designed to give birth comfortably. Hypnobirthing is a scientific and enjoyable way to prepare for your birth.
In your sessions we’ll go into detail about the way the birthing body works, along with an explanation of certain hormones that facilitate easy birth. We use deep relaxation techniques such as breathing methods, visualisation and massage to achieve the calm, safe and dignified birth all women and their babies deserve.
Hypnobirthing is compatible with other relaxation methods (such as water birth) and is an effective means of enabling women to feel safe and in control no matter how they choose to give birth – from home birth to elective caesarean and even (perhaps especially) in unexpected circumstances.
As unbelievable as it may sound, the only thing to fear about birth is fear itself. In the West we’re bombarded with images and stories about birth that can induce irrational fear. If you've already given birth you might argue that the fear in your case wasn't irrational, but whatever your experience we can say with confidence (and personal experience) that once fear is removed from the birthing room, the body can be allowed to work properly.
When a birthing woman is truly relaxed (though she will of course be excited and exhilarated) her brain authorises the release of powerful hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins (which it's said are 200 times stronger than morphine!). This release further relaxes her and allows oxygenated blood to the muscles of the uterus and cervix. In this way, the uterus can work smoothly and efficiently – no pain need be caused. My hypnobirthing mums say they felt in control and calm, knowing all they had to do was allow their body to get on with the job.
In other countries babies are birthed naturally and calmly without there being a name for it simply because there is no cultural fear of birth. It's seen as a bodily process, not a medical emergency. Here, and in other Westernised countries, we do have a name for this type of birth, because the idea of pain-free or comfortable birth is so alien to the collective consciousness. Hypnobirthing is about taking us back to where we used to be as a species.
It’s not difficult to find a mother who experienced unnecessary interventions during birth and feels disappointed or even ‘robbed’ in some way. There's nothing wrong with using drugs when they are needed but very often mothers aren't made aware of the risks and disadvantages. We don't undermine the level of medical advancement in our society. When medical intervention is necessary it can save lives, and hypnobirthing mums know how to respect their carer's opinion without compromising their relaxation and easy birth.