What exactly is Hypnobirthing?

Posted on 08 June 2017 by Kristrun

WD-TamaraQuinn med 081The name tends to put most people off.  Like some one is going to be front of you holding a watch on a string, telling you “ you’re getting sleeeeeeepy”.  But HypnoBirthing is really about teaching yourself to breathe and relax.  Its just a deep relaxation that you will learn to do to/for yourself and your partner is there to help you stay as relaxed as you can through loving words and touch.

When working with women in labour you find that women who are able to stay more relaxed usually have shorter and less painful births than those who “fight” against their bodies.  HypnoBirthing is simply a method to help you understand what your body is doing and how to work with it and not against it.  Its about letting go of the fear. Remember that Fear is not your friend in labour!  It causes women to tense up and go against what their body is trying to do.  This is why prenatal classes are so important! Knowledge is key.

I’m not going to guarantee you a pain-free labour (although I have had moms who have done it!) but  I will give you great tools to help you cope and deal with it.  You will learn to understand what/ how/ and why your body in labour works the way it does, which helps to give women the confidence and trust to work through their labour.  Also the confidence to ask questions, be included in all decisions, understanding every decision that is made and having no regrets.

One thing I always say when I teach is that you have these moments in labour where fear may try to sneak in and you second guess yourself.  Its like having two little birds sitting on your shoulders – one telling you to “fight it”, the other saying “just breathe and relax”.  Its about listening to the right bird! Its about looking forward to your labour and embracing what it can do.  Don’t psych yourself out before you’ve even begun. Remember – you are not your friend, mother, sister or someone you read about on an online forum.  This is your own experience – you and your baby.  I want every woman to embrace it and love it because… what a gift at the end!!

Tamara Quinn, Hypnobirthing instructor

You can find more details about our Hypnobirthing course here, or give us a call for more details.

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