“If mothers have an instinct to give birth, midwives have the impulse to assist them. All we have to do is draw out the natural knowing from the mother that, if she could conceive a baby naturally, she can give birth naturally. Our presence reminds her that all she needs to give birth is already within - her baby!'
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education, that is both logical and simple and can make all the difference to your birthing experience.
It is important to know that Hypnobirthing is not adding anything to the process of giving birth. In most cases it is described as a stripping back to basics of techniques used before and during labour.
Hypnobirthing is simply instructing the mind to allow the body to do what it is designed to do. It is a system of letting go and is done in PREPARATION of giving birth.
Hypnobirthing is likely to be different to what you expect, but what is important is that it will make a positive difference to you and your baby’s experience of birth.
'Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which de-medicalizes birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach'
Hypnobirthing gives Mother the control to birth in a calm way, in an environment that is right for her.
A mother’s instincts are powerful, Hypnobirthing helps the mother/couple to focus on the birth that is right for them.
Through Hypnobirthing, fathers and partners achieve the tools to help and empower them in their baby’s birth.
Hypnobirthing has the most profound effect on Baby. Many parents talk of baby entering into the world in a calm and serene manner, comfortably adjusting to the world outside the womb.
Hypnobirthing creates confidence in the caregivers, fostering good relationships and communication.
“When a woman repeatedly absorbs the idea that giving birth is very painful and must be medically managed it becomes true. For a long time we believed the earth was flat-but was it the truth?”
Hypnobirthing is not a process of pain relief, instead works on the premise that pain is not present in the first place.
It addresses the misconception that many of us believe that birthing a baby involves hours, even days of painful work, that we just ‘get through it’ and it is rarely thought of as an event that could be enjoyed or even looked forward to.
It is not possible to control labour itself and therefore nobody can promise the perfect birth, however control can be achieved in being part of the process and in acknowledging that fear causes tension which in turn increases pain. Labour is a time in which our bodies are performing a powerful thing, powerful does not necessarily translate to painful.
Hypnobirthing firmly believes that pain does not need to exist in a normal birth, our bodies and muscles, in this case the uterus, are programmed to give birth.
Let us ask ourselves…… Why would the uterus be the only muscle in the body that hurts when doing exactly what it was designed to do?
'84% Hypnobirthing mothers result in normal births'
If and when pain does arise you don’t try to distract from it but listen to your body. Pain communicates that something isn’t quite right and needs to be attended to.
Hypnobirthing is not about ‘training mothers to birth’ as when undisturbed we already know how to do this instinctively, but in this fast paced world we definitely have lost the ability to relax.
Hypnobirthing is about getting rid of fear and the question of pain, allowing our bodies and minds to relax so that we may birth our babies gently.
Hypnobirthing instils confidence in your body and your ability to birth naturally.
Article - Independant ‘Don’t fear birth
Article - Midwifery Today ‘Hypnobirthing: Instinctive birthing through relaxation’