What hypnobirthing isn’t?
Well, it not about mind control or watching a swinging pocket watch? Most people relate hypnosis to the entertainment shows, where audience members turn into barking dogs or clucking chickens! These audience members have chosen to be susceptible to the hypnotist’s suggestions, as when we experience hypnosis we are always in control. In fact, the majority of us spend many hours every day in a hypnotic or trance like state, when we are doing something familiar and feel very relaxed.
What has hypnosis got to do with birthing your baby?
By learning various techniques, including self-hypnosis, labour and birthing can be seen as a potentially positive experience rather than something to be feared and dreaded. We store our beliefs and feelings about things in the sub conscious part of our brains. Most of us have only heard and seen negative images of labour and birthing, which usually involves a screaming woman and terrified partner, especially if you watch ‘One born every minute’ (please don’t watch this programme!!!)
Hypnobirthing provides you and your partner with a toolkit to change these negative beliefs so you both feel more confident and positive about your birthing.