Congratulations on your pregnancy!
You may be wondering about how you’re going to cope with childbirth – from easing the pain using drugs like epidurals or through more natural methods such as using a birth pool.
One of the birthing techniques you may have heard of has nothing to do with drugs and labour doesn’t have to be painful at all.
Pain during labour is a fear response that can be avoided if you learn the right techniques before having your baby.
Hypnobirthing uses breathing and relaxation techniques, so that you can help your body relax and go through the natural process of giving birth without tensing up and feeling scared.
Hypnobirthing uses positive language and and encourages you to keep calm so that you feel more in control and the techniques can be used wherever you choose to give birth.
Hypnobirthing allows some women to have an entirely pain-free birth whilst others may still experience the pain of labour, but find it a useful to help them stay calm during labour and birth, even if things don’t go as they might have originally planned.
When can I start Hypnobirthing session?
I usually deliver sessions around the start of the second trimester when you’re 25 to 30 weeks pregnant. They can be done in a group-based setting or you can can have individual sessions. They typically consist of around 12 hours split up over five sessions.
Between classes, and after the course is finished, you’re encouraged to practice what you have learnt through listening to a CD/MP3 and doing visualisation and breathing exercises.
What does a class consist of?
Very effective work to release fear and build confidence
How the father can be your powerful protector and support
How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency and comfort
Knowledge and information about pregnancy and birth that you are unlikely to be told anywhere else
How ‘the system’ that you find yourself in works, and how to work with it to achieve the best result for you
A simple practice regime to support you at home
Understanding how the mind and body work together
Hypnobirthing gives you the knowledge and tools, allowing you to have the most natural childbirth possible.