Very informative and made me face my fears about natural birth.
I am now more comfortable and know my role for my wife and baby, which I wouldn't have known without attending the course.
I am happy that I was able to participate with my husband, learn relaxation techniques and get help about how to communicate with medical practioners.
It teaches you to let go of everything negative and makes you learn about yourself things that you weren’t even aware of. I found the birth simulation very useful.
What is HypnoBirthing®?
Birth is the most natural thing in a woman’s life. She gets pregnant and around 40 weeks later she gives birth; the baby born in the same way she/he was conceived. Nothing could be more natural. Yet our society has changed a lot of things about birth and it has become a lot less natural. Many women are afraid of birth; they hear frightening stories from family and friends. Films are filled with frightening scenes. Rather than mothers and midwives, hospitals and doctors are now in control of births. And doctors themselves often don’t encourage natural birth. In many countries the rate of caesarean births have escalated. Of course we are grateful when caesarean births saves lives or provide a safer option for mothers and babies who would otherwise be in danger because of various complications. However, many people have started to believe that major abdominal surgery is safer or more optimal for whatever reason than natural birth.
Birth is natural, birth is empowering, every woman knows instinctively how to birth and every baby knows how to be born. HypnoBirthing® is a system of techniques and knowledge to help empower women to take birth back and to believe in their innate ability to birth. It aims to dehypnotise us from the fear surrounding birth and the idea that birth is painful and scary. It also enables us to have a comfortable birth in the most calm and natural way. It also helps us have a healthier and more joyful pregnancy. It allows us to bypass the fear-tension-pain syndrome which most women encounter during birth. Despite all the progress we have made in the modern society, we have become disconnected from our own bodies.
We are afraid because of all the stories we have heard and films we have watched, we are afraid of what is happening in our own body because we don’t understand what is happening. We then experience tension as a result of this fear. The tension fights against our natural bodily processes, preventing them from working as they should or causing pain which again ends as yet another scary birth story. The HypnoBirthing® program aims to dispel fears in order to bypass this syndrome. Without fear, we can listen to and connect with our body, and this allows us to open up our bodies to birthing and have a more comfortable,calm and safe birth. It is a matter of trust and belief in our bodies.
HypnoBirthing® is simple. It’s a return to what birthing really is. It puts us back into contact with our body and puts our trust back into birth. Once we trust our bodies and are properly and deeply relaxed, we can have the calm and comfortable birth we have been dreaming of.
Because HypnoBirthing® is based on relaxation, it can also help if your birth needs intervention and it can also come into use in other parts of your life, especially after your baby arrives and parenthood starts, demanding undreamt of patience from us.
HypnoBirthing® is the creation of Marie Mongan, a hypnotherapist, who was dissatisfied with her own medicalised and unnatural births. She gave birth normally but for the first two births was anesthetised against her will, and even though she managed to convince her doctor how unnecessary this was for her latter births, the births were still not satisfying as there was no opportunity for her to bond with her babies as they were taken away immediately and kept separately in the baby ward. As a result HypnoBirthing® also includes this very important aspect of a natural birth, bonding with the baby, bonding as a family, before and after birth.
It includes the whole family in the experience, it creates a role for the father.
It allows mums to overcome the fear-pain-tension-syndrome and to have a comfortable and joyful birth
It promotes bonding, prenatally and postnatally.
According to research conducted, the following results have been recorded when HypnoBirthing has been used as a method of preparation by the mother:
Fewer cases of pre-eclampsia/ dehydration
Fewer interventions and surgical births
Decreased use of oxytocics or AROM
Shorter first and second-phase labor
Fewer pre-term and low-weight babies
Lessened or eliminated need for analgesia
Happier and content mothers and babies
Babies alert; able to nurse almost immediately
No cases of post-partum depression reported
Infants with higher than average APGAR scores