So what is Hypnobirthing and how can it make a difference to your birth experience? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hypnobirthing is an antenatal education with a set of practical tools and techniques that women and their birth partners can use during pregnancy and labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being focused, using the right breathing technique, visualising and working with your body are key when in labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mentally preparing yourself for labour is all part of what we do at Hypnobirthing & Me. The power of the mind cannot be underestimated. Understanding what the mind and body needs during labour is one of the biggest ways in which hypnobirthing can impact labour. With or without you, your body will birth your baby and so having the right breathing technique is paramount. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visualising your happy place can be a very powerful technique. Visual (something in the room to focus on), auditory (your favourite playlist), olfactory (a comforting smell) and kinaesthetic (a simple touch) triggers can all be very useful for some but for others it can be hard to do this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, understanding exactly what is happening inside my body during labour helped me immensely. Knowing that the long muscles of the uterus pull up to open the round muscles of the cervix in early labour and imaging these same muscles pushing the baby down with each contraction, on each exhale during second stage of labour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find what works best for you and it will make a huge difference. Sign up with Hypnobirthing & Me today for your private course. Invest in yourself as you look forward to welcoming your baby into this world in the most positive way possible.