What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy of birthing as it is techniques. When a mother and her birth companion are able to approach birth without fear and with knowledge, good support, and tools for the birth – then their birthing can be a positive and empowering experience.
The ‘hypno’ part of ‘Hypnobirthing’ refers to the hypnotherapy that we use during the program to release fears and condition ourselves to release endorphins at times during our birth. The techniques do not put you into a trance or a sleep, but what you will experience is a deep relaxation similar to when you are day dreaming or intently focussed on something i.e. watching a movie, reading a book or staring into a fire. With these techniques you will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body's natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.
With the help of hypnotherapy, the birth of your baby can be a more calm and relaxed experience. One where you are in the drivers seat, rather than feeling like a passenger. This is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing.
The concept of Hypnobirthing is not new, but rather a combination of different techniques and philosophies that have existed for many, many years. Ancient wisdom is combined with modern theory – giving you the advantage in your acquisition of knowledge as you prepare for your birth.
Of course, natural birth is not a new concept! Our ancient mothers and sisters birthed naturally without the use of anaesthesia or many of the interventions that are common today.
Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician was one of the first ‘modern’ doctors to forward the concept of natural birthing in the 1920′s. Since then there have been many influential advocates for natural birth, such as the French obstetrician Michel Odent and leading midwife/author Ina May Gaskin. Popular courses have also been developed to prepare mothers for birth. Some examples are: The Lamaze Method, The Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing – the Leclaire Method, HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method, GentleBirth, Calmbirth, Hypnobabies and the list goes on. The Hypnobirthing Australia™ program incorporates the teachings of many famous and respected birthing experts throughout history – giving you the complete advantage in your preparation for childbirth.
You deserve special care as you make this exciting and unique journey with positive anticipation and confidence.
If you have experienced complications or interventions in a previous labour, Hypnobirthing can help you claim back your birthing right. This program will change the way you view birth and is highly recommended for every couple who wants an intimate, calm and easy birthing experience. Go to the course page for more information.