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 mind can be trained to experience discomfort as only pressure in labour, the more relaxed the mother is the more comfort she will have during pregnancy and labour.
Hypnosis has been used as a technique to support labour for many years, with the written records dating back to the mid-1800s. In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The women in labour are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honoured. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude.
“We experience pain in childbirth, because we expect to!”
Due to this their births are without pain and fear, they have a positive expectation of childbirth. However in our culture, it’s the opposite we have been told that delivering a baby involves many hours of painfully agonising work, to be faced with fear and apprehension. We have all heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy lives on.
Negative messages about childbirth are predominant today, girls and women develop expecting birth to be painful and traumatic. Women are conditioned to believe that birth is terrifying and fraught with danger. It is the expectation of fear that creates the tension in a birthing mother, which in turn creates pain and this happens at a subconscious, primal level. Making labour more difficult for mother and baby.
How can Hypnotherapy Help?
Hypnosis is used to access the subconscious mind and thought patterns to relax the body and to instil in the mind the idea that childbirth can be successful. Many women are extremely anxious about giving birth, frightening images and stories of labour are widely promoted. Hypnobirthing addresses these fears and replaces them with positive thoughts and feelings. Each week you will learn a self-hypnosis technique to practice at home so that you are prepared for labour.
I will teach you how to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create your own natural anaesthesia whenever and wherever you need it. Giving you control over your body, and be able to be an active participant in your birth process. You will physically relax by using guided visualisations followed by positive hypnotic suggestions, which is learned and practiced daily in preparation for birth. The subconscious mind is trained to believe that birth will be comfortable, easy and more enjoyable. As labour progresses, you will relax even more, trusting in your body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort.
Hypnotherapy is a non-invasive, relaxing, enjoyable and safe 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. 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.
Hypnosis is a natural state of daydreaming that we go into many times a day. You are aware in hypnosis and cannot be made to do anything that you don't want to do.
The benefits of hypnosis:
- Reduce the length of labour
- Less or no use of analgesic drugs means less risk of side effects on mother and baby.
- An awake, energized mother.
- A calm, peaceful and tranquil birthing environment.
- Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis.
- Plentiful milk supply.
- Babies who sleep and feed better.
- Reduce the risk of postnatal depression
- Deeper and more restful sleep both before and after the birth
- Feeling less worried, stressed and anxious about the birth
- Less worried about life issues in general
- Fewer digestive problems and less heartburn
- Lower blood pressure – this can be immensely important to anyone susceptible to high blood pressure, which causes pre-eclampsia.
- Labour more often than not begins spontaneously and there is less need for an induction.
- When the mother is relaxed and not in pain the muscles in the uterus contract more strongly
- Generally fewer interventions are needed and fewer complications arise.
Hypnobirthing can be done at any time of pregnancy, but if you are particularly anxious then the earlier the better. Partners are welcome to attend sessions. Learn more about Self-Hypnosis for Childbirth.
Hypnosis is completely natural, safe & relaxing. You will remain conscious and in complete control during the treatment.
All client data is kept strictly confidential.
Hypnotherapy individual sessions £80.00, including MP3. (Block bookings of 6 sessions £400.00, a saving of £80.00).
Payment is required before a session begins and payment for block bookings is required before the first session begins.
We offer a free initial consultation before any treatment begins at the Bourne Practice.
Face to face sessions in my Practice or online -Zoom hypnotherapy