WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING
In few words, hypnobirthing is the use of hypnosis to transform birth into a comfortable and gentle experience.
Hypnosis is a state of deep mental and physical relaxation which allows the conscious mind to become quiet whilst the subconscious mind is remaining open to suggestions. The subconscious mind does not question information. On the contrary, it responds to given information allowing deep transformations in our belief system and hence in our behaviour.
The benefits of hypnosis are numerous. The most immediate one is the fact that after hypnosis the person enjoys a rejuvenating deep relaxation. However, the most important benefit/outcome is the fact that hypnosis induces quick and positive changes into our mind while reprogramming our subconscious thoughts.
When a pregnant woman is trained to use self-hypnosis, then specific hypnotic suggestions of a possible calm birth substitute her established beliefs concerning painful and dramatic birth while implanting confident thoughts of a gentle birth.
Hypnosis releases fears and phobias. This results to a hormonal reaction that affects positively our body and ultimately transforms birth into a joyful and empowering experience as nature intended.
When a woman remains in deep relaxation during labour, then the first stage of labour shortens and becomes more comfortable. The pain is significantly reduced and so the use of drugs can be avoided. All in all, the hypnobirthing mother remains relaxed, alert and in control during her pregnancy and her child’s birth.