Here a little throwback to when I first became a Mum. Jorja was only a few weeks old. I used hypnobirthing when in labour with Jorja and haven’t looked back since.
So what is hypnobirthing and how can it make a difference to your birth experience?
Hypnobirthing is an antenatal education with a set of tools and techniques that women and their birth partners can use during pregnancy and labour.
Most women who are pregnant look forward to giving birth, but for many this joyful anticipation is often tinged with fear, partly due to historical reasons, 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. Fear inhibits the normal efficient functioning of the body and in hypnobirthing I help with releasing this fear so that a woman is free to give birth efficiently and comfortably.
Fully understanding what our bodies and minds need in order for birth to progress as expected, is probably one of the biggest ways hypnobirthing can impact birth.
Whatever the birth, hypnobirthing will make a difference. Hypnobirthing tools enable women to feel calm, confident and in control for every kind of birth, whether that’s a home birth, water birth in your living room, an induction with an epidural or a c-section. Ultimately it comes down to 4 things – the need to feel safe, relaxed, unobserved and undisturbed.
A positive birth experience is getting as close as possible to the birth that is right for you and your baby, feeling empowered in the choices you make along the way and being in control of your own birth story.
What do we talk about during a Hypnobirthing & Me course. We talk about the muscles of the uterus, which with or without you will birth your baby. The cocktail of hormones you produce during labour is important to understand. The power of the mind is never to be underestimated and how to prepare for labour both physically and mentally. And lots more.