WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING
In a few words, is mainly the use of hypnosis to ease birth and make it more comfortable and gentle.
This is indeed possible because hypnosis is a state of deep mental and physical relaxation that allows the person to remain focused on a specific image, thought or feeling keeping any distractions outside of this focus. Therefore, in this state not only do we experience a rejuvenating deep relaxation but we are also open to suggestions and affirmations that can alter our old beliefs and behaviours and replace them with new more positive and effective ones.
Similarly, when a pregnant woman is trained to use hypnosis in her everyday life, specific suggestions, thoughts and images of a calm and natural birth can help her alter her already established beliefs that birth ‘should be painful’ and replace them with positive and confident thoughts of a gentle and comfortable birth.
Releasing of fears results to a hormonal reaction that affects positively our body throughout pregnancy and birth transforming them to rather joyful and empowered experiences, as nature intended.
Similarly, when the woman remains in deep relaxation during labour, then the first stage labour shortens and it becomes more comfortable; the pain is significantly reduced and in many cases even eliminated and so the use of drugs or interventions is also significantly reduced.
Therefore, the hypnobirthing mother remains relaxed and fully alert and in control during her pregnancy and birth.