What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a complete birth preparation and education course that combines up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge of birth with relaxation techniques to enable you to stay calm, no matter what route your birth takes. Through the combination of arming yourself with knowledge of birth and what to expect (and why!), together with practising how to relax deeply, parents can look forward to the birth of their baby knowing that they are fully prepared.
The “hypno” part often puts people off before they understand what it actually means. All it refers to is the understanding of how your mind and body work together during birth - each thought in your brain produces a chemical or physical response in your body whether you are aware of it or not. Your brain is a hugely powerful organ and hypnobirthing teaches you how to boost its power to work for your body during birth.
The wonderful thing about hypnobirthing is that the tools, techniques and knowledge benefit all births, regardless of where or how birth happens, or what type of birth you plan, whether that be a home birth, hospital birth, epidural or planned/unplanned caesarean sections.
Hypnobirthing stems from research of the fear-tension-pain cycle. This is where fear causes tense muscles, which prevents them from working optimally and is found to cause pain. During the courses, I address any fears surrounding birth and work on ways to reduce the fear, or release it entirely.
Hypnobirthing greatly reduces the risk of birth trauma. Trauma occurs when people feel a lack of control. The magical thing about hypnobirthing is that it has the power to transform a birth that on paper may look traumatic into a positive experience where parents feel fully informed and supported to make confident decisions that are right for them. Any type of birth can be positive as long as parents are empowered to make confident choices, are able to remain calm and feel heard.
I would love to support you and your birth partner towards a confident birth where you both feel relaxed and empowered. You are welcome to contact me with any question at all or for further details.
Benefits of Hypnobirthing
Reduces fears associated with childbirth
Reduces the need for pain relief
Reduces the incidence of medical/surgical intervention
Increases confidence in your body’s ability to birth your baby
Empowers parents to make informed decisions
Gives parents an understanding of the choices they have
Increases confidence for birth partner and teaches them tips to be the best support they can be
Greatly reduces risk of birth trauma
A greatly increased likelihood of experiencing a positive birth that you enjoy