|Posted on October 6, 2016 at 6:50 AM|
Hypnobirthing? ‘Wacky’ or not?
Hypnobirthing is not ‘wacky’ or ‘woo-woo!’ In fact, it’s likely you have experienced light hypnotic trance many times, whilst focusing on some task, relaxing, or breathing deeply to reduce stress and help you to feel calm. So there is really nothing to fear!
What it is
Hypnobirthing is natural, simple and transformative! Thousands of women around the world endorse it.
Women have been using the principles of Hypnobirthing for centuries without giving it a title: such as deeply focused concentration and relaxation to get into their own ‘space,’ visualising lovely thoughts, breathing in different ways in labour to manage the stages, birthing in a darkened room, access to food and water, able to move around when they chose, no unnecessary interference, and having supportive family and friends around them, prompting them to maintain their confidence and gently massaging them.
In the 1930’s, an English Obstetrician Dr Grantly Dick-Read said that fear and tension was responsible for 95% of labour pain which could be eliminated through relaxation techniques. In 1942, he published the book ‘Childbirth without Fear’ introducing the idea of using Hypnotherapy for childbirth as a way of reducing pain.
In the 1980’s, Hypnobirthing was developed, using hypnosis for a natural childbirth, with a structure for women and their partners to have a more calm, and empowering birth for their baby.
There is lots of media coverage of Hypnobirthing: some negatively suggesting women are using it instead of proper medical care. How absurd to think that anyone would be daft enough to do that? Hypnobirthing was never intended as a substitute for professional medical care. I believe it dovetails with your obstetric care, helping you make better choices and enhancing your birth experience.
Hypnobirthing can’t guarantee a completely care-free birth. It can increase your knowledge and confidence to go with Plan B if Plan A isn’t possible. It helps you control what you can control, and understand and reconcile what you can’t.
I believe it is a better way to birth.
What do you think?