Hypnobirthing is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis to help the mother replace the fear of pain with relaxation for an easy birth. Hypnobirthing uses deep focus breathing, visualization, meditation, and relaxation to comfort mothers during labor.
The main goal of hypnobirthing courses is to help mothers not be afraid of child labor. Over the years, childbirth creates fear in women and it does not allow them to fully relax and proceed through the natural process. When preparing for childbirth, women decide on the education classes to guide them through it. Here is what mothers can expect in a hypnobirthing course.
The creator of hypnobirthing, Marie Mongan, says that women have convinced themselves that labor is risky. The fear during labor activates the mechanism called fight-or-flight. This causes stress hormones to slow down digestion, force blood flow to the arms and legs, cause the heart to speed up, and decreases blood flow to the uterus, creating pain during labor. Hypnobirthing replaces fear with relaxation because hormones like oxytocin and endorphins relax the muscles and create comfort.
A hypnobirthing course consists of five class, lasting 2 ½ hours each. With CDs and the Mongan Method Book, women are taught to envision themselves performing an easy birth. Daily practice helps women achieve complete relaxation each time. Women also learn to switch out negative references in regards to childbirth with positive ones. For example, “pain” is switched with “sensation”.
Studies have shown that women who use hypnobirthing are half as likely to use any painkillers during labor and a third as likely to use an epidural compared to people who did not use a hypnobirthing course. Whichever birthing technique women choose, there can always be complications.
The key to having a successful birth is the attitude that the women have toward going through child labor. With hypnobirthing, women choose where they are going to give birth and it is important they have a doctor who is knowledgeable and supportive of hypnobirthing. Bringing a child into the world is one of life’s greatest miracles. The mental and physical stress associated with childbirth can be very stressful. Hypnobirthing helps women deliver their baby in an easy and natural manner.
Orchid Nest offers a five-class course on hypnobirthing, consisting of theories, practices, hypnosis CDs, and Hypnobirthing – The Mongan Method Book. There are many benefits to choosing a hypnobirthing course for women preparing for childbirth and after giving birth. Our certified educators are dedicated to helping women have an easy and natural birth.