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Hypnosis is a proven tool for pain relief in the UK
But it might not always be the most obvious choice for those not-in-the-know. When it comes to pain relief, however, scientific studies, case studies and testimonials are proving just how effective hypnosis is at relieving pain naturally. And one process where it’s proving to be extremely effective is during childbirth. While childbirth is one of the most natural things in the world, it can be excruciatingly tough. That’s why an increasing number of women are turning to hypnobirthing to make a less painful and scary experience. But the big question is: just how effective is hypnobirthing? It’s not called “labor” for nothing – it IS hard work!
But the evidence is mounting that hypnosis can help any expectant mother feel more relaxed and in control. To make the magical experience of childbirth one they can enjoy with less fear, less anxiety and a lot less pain.
How Effective is Hypnobirthing in Reducing Labor Pain & Making Childbirth More Relaxing & Comfortable?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how hypnobirthing works, here’s a little secret you may not have realized. Labor pain can be fierce. Big deal, right? You already knew that. But what you might not have known is that a lot of that pain comes from fear. Fear makes your body tense up, which makes it more difficult to deliver your baby. And it ends up being a longer and more painful experience than it should be. An experience that you may even need medication or medical interventions to cope with.
So how effective is hypnobirthing? This list will give you some idea:
- It helps you get rid of any unwarranted fears before your labor begins
- It teaches you strategies to make the birth more natural and comfortable
- It helps you stay calm and in control no matter what is happening around you
- It’s equally effective whether it’s your first baby or your fourth
- It gives you the tools you need to stay relaxed and as stress-free as possible
And now, let’s re-cap this list again in picture format in case you got all excited and wanted to share it! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. So what exactly is hypnobirthing?
What Is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a form of hypnosis used to help women cope with the challenges of childbirth.The idea behind it is to get you prepared for giving birth so you know exactly what to expect. When you know what to expect, then you’re ready for anything. You won’t get suddenly taken by surprise and freak out. See, giving birth is supposed to be a natural thing. It’s not supposed to be as stressful and painful as it sometimes is. Giving birth is a normal physiological function that a woman’s body is designed to carry out. But as natural as it is, it can also be incredibly scary. Especially for younger women or first-time mums. So rather than going with the flow and letting their bodies do the work naturally, they tense up, fight against the pain, and as a result it becomes a battle. And a seriously painful one. Hypnobirthing uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to get expectant mothers ready for what’s coming. It helps them through the process calmly and confidently by:
- Calming their fears
- Giving them facts instead of misinformation
- Destroying any existing myths around labor and childbirth
This is accomplished by teaching them simple self-hypnosis techniques and educating them, so they can learn to trust their bodies and work with them instead of against them.
How Does Hypnobirthing Work?
You may not have heard of hypnobirthing before, but it’s been around for a long time. In essence it’s just using hypnosis to make childbirth a less traumatic event. It’s probably only in the last few decades that the term “hypnobirthing” has been used, thanks in part to celebrity mums like Jessica Alba and Tiffani Thiessen. But whatever you call it, the technique works in exactly the same way. According to Marie Mongan, founder of The Mongan Method of hypnobirthing, modern women have convinced themselves that “labor is risky.” And whenever we feel that we’re at risk, our bodies go haywire.
The fight-or-flight response kicks in. Stress hormones shoot out into the bloodstream. At the same time, blood rushes out to the arms and legs, taking blood away from the uterus. This lack of blood causes uterine pain and makes it difficult to relax properly. Of course, it’s physically impossible to be tense and relaxed at the same time. So what hypnobirthing does is to replace fear with knowledge and tension with relaxation. And when your body is relaxed, it’s able to generate a series of hormones that work together to help you relax and feel comfortable. Hypnobirthing usually involves a mixture of techniques that might include some or all of the following:
Hypnobirthing & Relaxation
For the relaxation element, prospective parents are often given scripts that might contain affirmations. These are positive sayings that can help keep mother and baby calm and relaxed. Things like “I am a confident mother” or “My baby is healthy” or “There’s nothing to fear” and so on. At the same time, they might perform a series of breathing exercises designed to release tension across the whole body. These audios often contain background music to create a calming atmosphere. If someone listens to the audio on a regular basis, the music track works as an anchor, so that just hearing the music will be enough to trigger the mother’s relaxation.
Hypnobirthing & Breathing Techniques
Additional breathing techniques to the one above include specific exercises to deal with the various stages of labor. In the first stage when the cervix is dilating, hypnobirthing suggests a form of upward breathing. The idea is to breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose, pulling the air in upwards. At the same time, you should try to visualize things that suggest movement “up” such as trees or sunrise.
Downward breathing is used once the mother’s cervix is fully dilated. It involves taking a deep breath in through the nose and letting it out slowly through the nose while focusing on bearing downwards. It can be helpful at this stage to visualize things that move downward, such as a waterfall, a flower opening, light snow or gentle spring rain. When combined with the breathing, these visualizations ensure that the body and mind are working together to create as much relaxation as possible. They also make sure that the mother’s mind is occupied on what she needs to do instead of on the thought of any present or possible pain. Evidence is growing about just how effective hypnobirthing is in making childbirth a lot more tolerable. Some of the benefits consistently reported by mothers include:
- Shorter labor
- Fewer surgical births
- Higher number of natural unaided births
- Calmer and more energetic mums following delivery
- Techniques can be used for first-time births and for any successive births
- Techniques can be used anywhere, whether that’s at home, in hospital, for water births or at birthing centers
- The techniques can be used following the birth whenever a person needs to relax, calm down, and de-stress