What is Hypnobirthing?

Swinging pocket watch hypnosis

The first thought most people have when they hear about hypnobirthing is “isn’t that just for hippies?”

Myself and my husband have both been there! I actually dismissed hypnobirthing when it was first suggested! I’m so glad I changed my mind!

So here I am, now a true believer, I thought I should clear up some myths about hypnobirthing!

The “hypno” part of hypnobirthing refers to hypnosis. But, hypnosis might not be what you think it is…

Hypnotic spiral

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

Yes, you will learn self-hypnosis as part of the Positive Birth Program, but no, you won’t be clucking like a chicken as your baby crowns! Actually, there won’t be any pendulums or black and white spirals and I definitely won’t be controlling you!

The use of hypnosis provides us with a state of mind where we can relax deeply, be calm and be more open to suggestion. In fact, most of us enter hypnosis several times a day! Have you ever been “in the zone” when you are working out, watching TV, or reading a book? Have you ever driven to work or home on ‘auto pilot’? Have you ever caught yourself in a light dream state just before dropping off to sleep?

woman sleeping peacefully

Over your years to this point, I can almost guarantee that, whether you realise it or not, you have been hypnotised to fear birth.

  • Have you watched a movie or TV Show that shows a woman giving birth? Were they on their back, in a bed, screaming?
  • Have you heard one or many ‘horror’ stories about birth?
  • Does everyone you have ever met think/tell you that childbirth is the most painful experience anyone can go through?

Unfortunately, fear has a detrimental impact on birth. We are designed to birth feeling safe and when fear replaces our feeling of safety, there are physiological changes that occur in our bodies that make it more difficult to birth.

Yoga with a view

In the Positive Birth Program, you will learn to use self-hypnosis to:

  1. release any fear you have of birth;
  2. condition yourself to release endorphins (your body’s natural feel good hormones) during labour; and,
  3. enable yourself to be calm and relax deeply during the birth of your baby.

So what do you think? Did I blow your mind? Is that what you thought hypnobirthing was all about?

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