So what is Hypnobirthing exactly and what does it have to do with hypnosis?
For most people, hypnosis is seen as a very odd thing that might make you say or do something that is embarrassing or that you would rather not do or say, and that you might get stuck in this state. This comes from stage hypnosis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hypnosis is simply words; words used in a more positive and focused way to help us let go of some of the negatives we have all acquired in life. Hypnosis simply means that when we are very relaxed, the conscious part of our minds will move to one side allowing the unconscious part of our minds to receive beneficial suggestions.
Fun fact: We all enter hypnosis at least twice daily, when we are falling asleep and when we awaken. Hypnosis is often described as being akin to sleep.
Most women who are pregnant look forward to having their baby, but for many this joyful anticipation is tinged with fear, partly for historical reasons, and partly because of the negative stories about birth that people feel they need to tell you when you are pregnant. The modern media also have a heavy responsibility in portraying birth as a traumatic experience in order to make it more dramatic on screen.
As a result some women have not only a degree of fear but extreme tokophobia, or terror of giving birth. Fear inhibits the normal efficient functioning of the body and in hypnobirthing I work to release this fear so that a woman is free to give birth efficiently and comfortably. Hypnosis can and does change this negative perception. Believe me, it is possible for a person to remove a negative pattern of fear of childbirth and replace it with a positive pattern that welcomes childbirth and looks forward to the event and giving birth to your baby.