Although forms of hypnobirthing have been practiced for many years, it’s only recently that this natural childbirth option has gotten lot of attention in the mainstream media. Type “hypnobirthing” into any major Web search engine and you’ll get pages of listings.
No question about it -- hypnobirthing is becoming popular choice for parents who are looking for a different kind of birthing experience. Many parents choosing this method are second-timers who feel that they were not entirely in the driver’s seat during their first delivery. Looking for something different, many of these parents are drawn to hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing – What Is It?
As the name suggests, this is a childbirth technique that uses hypnosis – in this case, self-hypnosis – to help a laboring mom achieve a state of deep relaxation and have a calm, drug-free, stress-free childbirth. In this relaxed state, she is totally conscious and aware of what’s going on and is able feel in control of her situation, rather than being controlled by it.
How Does It Work?
Through classes reinforced by audio and video programs, pregnant women learn to achieve this deep relaxation by practicing methods of self-hypnosis that include visualization, imaging, and breathing techniques. By getting in touch with the subconscious mind (the basis of hypnosis) and learning cues and suggestions to manage the tension caused by fear and anxiety, the laboring mom approaches the birth with calm confidence and focuses her mental and physical strength on the birthing process.
The Benefits of Hypnobirthing
• Relieved of the fear of a difficult childbirth, pregnant moms enjoy a more relaxed, positive pregnancy
• Most women using hypnobirthing techniques have a shorter labor due to lack of resistance of the birth muscles caused by the deep relaxation.
• Hypnobirthing eliminates or greatly reduces the need for painkillers.
• The shorter labor and fewer drugs leads to more rapid postnatal recovery for mom and better start for baby.
In addition to discussing this method of childbirth with your midwife or obstetrician, you will probably want to do some research on your own. There are numerous commercial Web sites posted by hypnobirthing educators that provide detailed information and birthing stories from enthusiastic practitioners. The best way to learn more or to find a training resource in your area is to browse through the numerous sites you’ll find when you search the Web.