More About Hypnobirthing
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing gives you the knowledge and the tools to have the best child birth for you.
You can use it in any type of birth scenario - in the birth centre; on the delivery suite; during a caesarean or induction.
It helps you to release fear and learn to trust your body, your instinct, and your baby.
It teaches you what happens to your body during labour.
You learn a set of techniques which focus on relaxation, breathing and visualisation.
It gives you (and your birth partner) the time and space to build your confidence and prepare for labour.
This confidence can also help you make decisions about what you want, like where and how you want to give birth. You need to understand the implications of the choices you may be required to make.
What are the benefits?
Hypnobirthing can help you manage stress hormones, such as adrenalin, and reduce anxiety, which should lead to a calmer birth. During labour, your body produces a chemical called oxytocin, which helps progress your labour. Stress hormones affect the production of oxytocin, and make your labour longer.
Managing stress may also help to reduce some of the fear and pain experienced during labour.
Practising hypnobirthing – whether it’s at a class, with a book or CD – may help you to feel more prepared and in control when labour starts.
It may help you cope with anxieties if you had a previous traumatic birth experience.
Hypnobirthing may reduce the need for drugs and medical intervention. However, you can have additional pain relief as well if you want to.
It can be added to any birth plan and the techniques can be used wherever you give birth – in a hospital or birth centre, or at home.
Hypnobirthing may benefit you after birth too, with some evidence showing that it can lower the chance of postnatal depression.
Hypnobirthing can help your birth partner play a more active role during labour.
Are there disadvantages?
Practicing hypnobirthing does not mean unexpected things won’t happen. A birth free from medical interventions or complications can never be guaranteed. However, learning to relax and stay calm may help you feel more in control during labour if things don’t go to plan.
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