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5 Key Things to Understand about Hypnobirthing

27 April 2023

Hypnobirthing is an approach to giving birth that teaches women how to use self-hypnosis and deep relaxation techniques to achieve a more comfortable, positive, and relaxed birthing experience. While hypnosis methods have been around for centuries, the use in childbirth has only recently gained popularity in the UK. Here are five key things parents should understand about hypnobirthing.

It’s not just hypnosis

Hypnobirthing is a birthing method that uses hypnosis to help the mother relax during labour. The goal of hypnobirthing is to help the mother feel more comfortable during labour and reduce the need for medication or intervention. However, it is not just about hypnosis - it also involves education and preparation for the mother and her partner. There’s a focus on breathing techniques and positive visualisation, which can help the mother stay calm and focused during labour.

Hypnobirthing is about learning how to relax

The goal is to reduce or eliminate the fear and anxiety that can lead to pain and tense muscles during labour. Techniques are learnt which help create a state of deep relaxation through breathing exercises, visualisation and positive affirmations. This allows the mother to focus on her birthing instincts and forget the pain. When the mind and body are relaxed, the birthing process can be less traumatic for both mother and child. 

Hypnobirthing can help you have a shorter, more comfortable birth

Childbirth is terrifying for many women to think about - the prospect of pain, followed by the potential for hours of pushing, can be overwhelming. However, there is evidence to suggest that hypnobirthing can help shorten labour and make it more comfortable. By enabling the mother to relax, hypnobirthing can reduce the amount of time spent in active labour and the need for pain relief. It can help to prevent tense muscles and lower blood pressure, which reduces the likelihood of certain complications.

It’s not just for first-time mothers

The trance-like state achieved through hypnosis can benefit any woman giving birth, regardless of how many children she already has. Hypnobirthing is based on the principle that the mind has a powerful influence over the body. By training the mind to stay calm and focused, the body can better cope with childbirth's physical challenges. Whether you are a first-time mother or have given birth before, hypnobirthing may help you have a more positive and empowering birthing experience.

You can use hypnobirthing in any birth, including caesareans

Many people think of hypnobirthing as a natural childbirth method, but you can use it in any birth, including caesarean deliveries. The key to hypnobirthing is learning how to relax the body and mind, which can be helpful in any labour. Relaxation can help to make the experience more manageable and less stressful. In a caesarean birth, hypnobirthing can help to reduce the time spent in surgery and recovery.

Hypnobirthing may be right for you if you are pregnant and looking for a more positive birthing experience. The key to hypnobirthing is learning how to relax the mind and body, which can help to shorten labour, reduce pain, and prevent complications. 


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