Hypnobirthing is another child birthing method that was discovered in 1944 by obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. He felt that women could have a safe, easy, relaxed child birth experience by using hypnosis during child birth. Many women often times will tense up when their contractions start becoming unbearable; instead, of working with their body using breathing and relaxation techniques.
Dr. Dick-Read taught women how to break the cycle that makes labor harder, more painful, and difficult. He felt that fear causes your body to tense up and that the add tension causes you to feel more pain. Hypnosis during childbirth promotes relaxation and keeps blood flowing to all of the nonessential organs such as the uterus.
By using hypnosis during child birth, a woman can make her body go into a deep state of relaxation and allows her to work with her body during labor. She can achieve a deep state of relaxation by using positive affirmations, cues, and visualizations. These techniques will help guide her thoughts, help her relax, and help her focus on breathing techniques. A woman who uses this birthing technique will often have their eyes closed as if they are day dreaming and will be focused on breathing the baby out.
A mother can use self-hypnosis techniques to help her relax during child birth. While other mom’s may need the assistance from their coach, spouse, or a licensed hypnotherapist. Also, there are self-guided classes or training available, such as hypnobirthing CD’s and Hypnobabies.
What are some of the benefits to using hypnosis during child birth?
- Women who use hypnosis feel calmer, more relaxed, and have an easier birth experience.
- Teaches you how to over-come the “Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome”.
- Learn that your body and baby know what to do during child birth.
- Use natural pain killers that your brain creates to reduce pain in the body. Instead of using drugs or an epidural, which has side effects that affect both mom and baby.
- Create a birthing experience that is calm, relaxed, and joyous rather than tensed or stressful.
- Learn how to gently birth your baby which can reduce the need for an episiotomy.
- Allow you to stay alert and awake during child birth.