Life is all about perspective. So rather than telling you about what Hypnobirthing is, I thought I’d tell you what it isn't!
1. Stage Hypnosis
I can promise you 100% that I’m not going to turn you into a chicken! When people hear the word Hypnobirthing, they often think of someone watching a swinging pendulum and then hopping around the room, clucking like a chicken. There are no pendulums or chickens involved in Hypnobirthing.
2. A Particular Type Of Birth
Hypnobirthing is not just applicable to natural birth: It has its place in natural births, but also in caesarean sections, and medicated births. Hypnobirthing helps you to keep a calm head if intervention is suggested, and to make your own informed decisions, so that you remain completely in control of your birth experience.
The main goal of Hypnobirthing is to achieve the birth that is right for you and your baby.
3. Just A Method Of Pain Relief
I'll start by saying that Hypnobirthing is not a guarantee of a pain-free birth.
However, Hypnobirthing has been proven to reduce the level of pain experienced, with most women describing “discomfort” or “tightenings” rather than the intense pain usually depicted on soap operas! Some women do experience a completely pain-free birth as a result of Hypnobirthing, which is a true testament to the power of our minds!
Our Hypnobirthing course is a complete antenatal training programme, incorporating the relaxations and fear releasing techniques of Hypnotherapy with information about birth choices and the physiology of birth. This will help you to fully understand the process your body will be going through and give you the information you need to make informed choices, should intervention be suggested prior to or during your labour and birth.
4. Just For Hippies
Hypnobirthing is not designed for any specific type of person. Hypnobirthing is applicable for every birth, and relevant for any woman who is having a baby. Anyone can apply the techniques learnt in Hypnobirthing to achieve a calm and comfortable birth, no matter their age, race or beliefs.
5. A Recent Fad
Natural birth without fear using Hypnobirthing techniques is certainly not a new phenomenon. In fact, the principles of Hypnobirthing are based on research conducted by obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Reid in the early 1900s.
In 1913, Dr Dick-Reid attended a birth in a hovel. He noticed the calm and tranquil environment, and when he offered the woman pain relief (chloroform was the standard option at the time), she refused. To his surprise, she proceeded to give birth calmly and quietly, without distress. Afterwards, he asked why she had refused the pain relief, and she responded: “Because it didn’t hurt. It wasn’t supposed to, was it Doctor?”.
This experience led Dr Dick-Reid to conclude that pain in childbirth stems from fear, which causes tension and in turn, pain.
The term Hypnobirthing was first used in 1987 by Michelle Leclaire O’Neill, which was based on Dr. Dick-Reid’s research. O’Neill believed that we can reduce and even eliminate the pain often expected in childbirth by reconditioning our mind to remove the fear surrounding birth.
Hypnobirthing has continued to evolve into what it is today, and women all over the world are now using Hypnobirthing to give birth calmly, confidently and comfortably.
Here at Harmony Birth & Beyond, we can help you to achieve the birth that is right for you, and to fully enjoy your calm and comfortable birth experience. To find out more, contact us today.