Having a calmer birth experience
Hypnotherapy can help overcome fear and anxiety around childbirth. It can reduce stress and anxiety (not just for you, but also for your baby), boost your confidence to be a parent and give you a feeling of control so the birth experience is the best it can be.
Hypnosis has been used as a technique to support labour for many years, with the written records dating back to the mid 1800s. Over recent years, more and more people have realised that the link between body and mind during labour may have a bearing on the outcome of the birth.
The use of hypnosis during labour has been shown to reduce the length of labour, reduce the use of pain relief, reduce the risk of intervention, reduce the risk of postnatal depression. Babies that are born to mums that have practised hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques during labour may also be calmer, sleep better and feed better.
How can hypnotherapy help with calmer childbirth?
In our culture, women are often surrounded by negative messages about birth and grow up expecting birth to be painful and traumatic. Often, these messages come through stories in the media or on television. Women are conditioned to believe that birth is perilous and fraught with danger.
It is precisely this expectation of fear that creates the tension in a birthing mother, which in turn creates pain. This often happens at a subconscious, primal level. If a birthing mother senses or experiences anything that is unfamiliar her instinct is to protect her young and herself. So often where there is fear or apprehension, even if it is subconscious, it will inhibit labour as no mother would want her baby to be born where there is a threat to their wellbeing.
Hypnosis works at a subconscious level, changing instinctive perceptions of birth so that it is seen as a positive experience, enabling birthing mothers to trust their body. It also make mothers aware of how they can be in control and manage their environment, keeping it free of threats.
As Hypnotherapy is hands-off and non-invasive, it is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable and safe therapies to use during pregnancy and birth. Many mothers who have used it during pregnancy and birth say they sleep much better and are much calmer during pregnancy.
You may decide that there are other issues in your life that you wish to address and so you may wish to book additional sessions. These are at the normal rate less 10%. As part of the Calmer Childbirth sessions I will give you supporting material and a birth CD that you should listen to on a daily basis, and I will be introduce you to a variety of techniques that will help you and your partner work towards the type of birth you want.