Giving birth can be one of the most moving and beautiful experiences of your life, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
If you are worried about giving birth, you are not alone. Many women assume birth will be a dangerous and painful experience to be endured, needing intervention from the medical profession. Many believe that drugs are the only option available, and some women are so terrified of giving birth it can actually prevent them from becoming pregnant.
We can help you, however, achieve a relaxed, comfortable and drug–free birth – the ideal scenario for both you and your baby. Even the most fearful expectant mum, can learn to feel relaxed about giving birth with advanced hypnosis techniques.
The Benefits of Advanced Hypnobirthing
- A more relaxed, comfortable pregnancy
- Reducing symptoms of morning sickness
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Feeling calm and relaxed about your pregnancy and giving birth
- Increasing the likelihood of a calm and relaxed baby (babies pick up on your emotions inside the womb and during birth, which influence personality and temperament for life)
- Feeling excited about meeting your baby for the first time!
Overcoming the Fear of Childbirth
What causes fear of childbirth? Childbirth is a natural process, yet in Western society our minds have been trained to expect pain, difficulty and fear. Images and stories of painful births are given to us by our own mothers, portrayed by the media, medical professionals and books, and taught during sex education classes at school.
In other societies, such as the Native Americans, women have not been taught to expect pain giving birth and therefore do not experience it.
The mind is like a computer – if you have been ‘programmed’ to expect fear and pain during childbirth, you are far more likely to experience difficulties than women who expect childbirth to be natural and safe. Fears around childbirth can be created through learning from others, or as a result of a particular experience.
The right hypnotherapy can help you overcome fear of childbirth. When you are frightened, the body tenses up making childbirth difficult and painful. With hypnosis, the body is able to relax and the process of giving birth will run more smoothly and with as little discomfort as possible. Hypnosis can also help reduce complications and speed up recovery time for you and you baby.
Traditional hypnobirthing is a fabulous way to prepare for labour and we offer traditional hypnobirthing courses for both single women and couples (see below for more information). Hypnobirthing focuses on helping you ‘relearn’ your thoughts, feelings and expectations of childbirth. However, this form of hypnobirthing has only an estimated 1 in 4 success rate.
If you have a more serious fear of childbirth, Advanced Hypnotherapy® is recommended BEFORE any hypnobirthing course.