Hypnosis for Childbirth
Hypnosis is an invaluable tool to have in your birthing kit!
Women embrace it to overcome their fears around their ability to to manage labour and the ‘pain’ of giving birth.
The use of hypnosis does create a calmer and more relaxed birthing experience.
It gives women and their partners many tools to use during the birth which then increases one’s confidence in one’s own ability to give birth naturally and with ease, regardless of age. Choosing a birth class that also incorporates hypnosis greatly helps you to focus your energy and awareness towards creating a positive birthing outcome.
There is a significant amount of research regarding maternal anxiety and without a doubt, women using hypnosis experience less anxiety, fear and pain during their labours. With the absence of anxiety, fear and pain, women feel and are, more at peace with the natural process that is taking place within their bodies.
Women have less fears about the safety of their babies because there is a deeper appreciation and understanding of the process of labour. Once this foundation is laid, women really rest in trust. Without trust we can’t focus. When we trust we focus and remain confident in our own ability to move through the various stages of labour with composure and strength.It is important to understand that it is not the ultimate panacea.
Hypnosis alone will not ‘deliver’ the perfect birth for all women. One does need to practice the scripts and prepare themselves well. Quite simply, hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration in which one communicates suggestions to the subconscious mind. This part of the mind influences what we think, how we feel and the choices we make.
During childbirth we are faced with choices, we can choose to labour with anxiety or we can choose to use all the tools that we have devoted our attention to and invested our time and money in. They do not have to be thrown out the window or forgotten. I remember being in transition with my first baby, I could hear myself saying whilst in the bath, “That’s it, this baby is not coming out, Im done. I am going to get up out of this bathtub and go home, come back tomorrow and have a baby.’ I have heard this type of comment from so many women over the years. It’s classic transition. At the time I was experiencing it, I was in deep trance, and yet I heard this little voice of reason. It was my own voice, gently yet firmly saying to me, “Honey, this is transition. You are going to hold your baby very soon.”
Supremely grateful and deeply relieved, I went deeper into trance, connected with my baby and saw in my mind’s eye, the last little bit of cervix that was over her head, took a deep breath in as the contraction rose and just let it go. The release was mind-blowing, and heart opening. I was ready to hold and meet my baby. Under an hour later my beautiful baby girl Claire, which means ‘bright light’ was in my arms. Feeling incredibly powerful yet humbled by the magic and miracle of it all.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for achieving that calm, confident and relaxed state of mind that is so vital to creating a positive birthing experience. It allows you to be conscious and a part of the experience as it bypasses all the fear. It helps you to move easily into the natural birth trance where all our natural endorphins (painkillers) take over and we move beyond the feeling of pain into the feeling of acceptance, bliss, ecstasy, knowing, love, peace. power and serenity.
It facilities willingness and surrender, which is what empowers you to be loving, to keep going, to believe that the way you are breathing, sounding, singing and moving your body will indeed bring that baby that you love so much already out of your body and into your arms without fear and trauma.
For more information and sessions please contact Rebekah at firstname.lastname@example.org