What Is Hypnobirthing?

by Raggi on June 16, 2011

What IS hypnobirthing?

“It’s not like the clock in front of your face and you go out and you wake up and you got a baby,” American Actress Jessica Alba explains. “Basically my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. He’ll say, ‘You’re relaxed, and you’re floating on clouds while you’re going through labor and your contractions. I’m just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed because it’s when you get tense that makes the whole labor worse and more painful. That’s all it is. It’s not like a weird thing.”

UK Studies Hypnotherapy To Ease Pain of Childbirth

A number of studies conducted by the NHS have confirmed that self hypnosis is the key to a pain-free birthing process. Not only that, but hypnotherapy can reduce the duration of labor, thus leading to babies eating and sleeping better after birth too. Studies of women in north-west England are looking into whether hypnosis techniques can not only reduce anxiety, but also decrease the incidence of post-partum depression. Many women would like to reduce the need for pain relief drugs. The UK study of hypnobirthing goes back to the 1930s when researchers noticed that women who were calmer during childbirth tended to have less pain. Mental relaxation techniques are currently being tested on hundreds of women across the north west of England in the largest study of its kind.

Watch a BBC video about hypnobirthing here.

Hypnosis Techniques Empower Women To Have Better Labor Experience

The idea behind hypnotherapy for childbirth is that mothers-to-be must understand how the muscles function during labor and how they must work with their bodies, not against them, to enable the birth to take place. Most methods are not about distracting women from the pain, but rather, about understanding the body, tapping into a state of deeper relaxation and become empowered on how to control one’s own pain management centers.

Are you expecting a baby soon? Let me introduce hypnosis techniques that will help you cope.


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