Hypnobirthing is not a stage show, we will not click our fingers and you will begin to praise the goddess of vaginas (but I will not stop you if that’s what you want to do, vaginas are pretty amazing!). Hypnosis is form of deep relaxation, and during hypnobirthing, we use hypnosis for therapeutic reasons. We pair this with affirmations, breathing techniques and birthing scripts.
So, what do we mean by the term ‘hypnosis’? Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which allows us to enter into a ‘trance like state’ or deep relaxation. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you are in control and cannot be made to do anything which you do not want to do. When we enter into a trace like state, we allow our subconscious to learn new information, rewriting those old, outdated thoughts we have about birth and replace them with new, positive and relevant ideas. We all experience hypnotic states throughout our lives. Ever driven to work and wondered how you got there? Do you ever sit and day dream? During sex? We enter into an altered state of consciousness, these are all things which most of us will experience throughout our lives, so when we use the term ‘hypnotic state’, it doesn’t sound so much like a magic show now does it?
Research into hypnobirthing shows that those who partake in a course may reduce the likelihood of interventions such as an inductions or abdominal births, reduce the want or need for pain relief such as an epidural and may contribute towards shorter labour times.
Hypnobirthing does not guarantee you a certain type of birth, or a pain free birth. But it does allow you to birth with confidence, no matter what path your birth may take. Knowledge is power, and that’s how I want you to feel. Empowered, relaxed and prepared. Research into hypnobirthing shows that those who partake in a course may reduce the likelihood of interventions such as an inductions or abdominal births, reduce the want or need for pain relief such as an epidural and may contribute towards shorter labour times.