The Facts About Hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing was created around the philosophy that childbirth doesn’t have to be painful and there’s no need to be scared … it is a natural process of life. With Hypnobirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.
The most popular Hypnobirthing course is HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method). It was founded in 1989 in the USA by Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. mother of four children and is based on the work of an English Obstetrician, Dr. Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) a pioneer in natural childbirth.
Dr. Dick-Read, recognized how some birthing women overcame what he refers to as the “Fear – Tension – Pain Syndrome” during childbirth.
HypnoBirthing – the mongan method, teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
HypnoBirthing allows for a reduction in anxiety and fear, bringing expectant Mums into an awareness of calm, focused, relaxation – empowered for the powerful experience of childbirth.
HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method, is a unique method of natural childbirth education. Enhanced by self-hypnosis, it provides the missing link, that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birth in a way that most mirrors nature. HypnoBirthing helps reduce tension, anxiety and fear, which often prevent a mum from experiencing a positive birth.
HypnoBirthing is not meant to replace the valuable assistance that obstetricians, midwives or birth centre staff can provide during labour. Should special circumstances arise, the midwife and staff are on hand to deal with a mum who is relaxed, focused and in control, rather than someone who is panicky, in pain and out of control. You can make the whole experience easier and more comfortable for yourself, your baby and everyone involved.
Through relaxation and natural techniques taught in the HypnoBirthing course, you will learn to replace fear and anxiety with confidence, serenity and happy celebration. Class attendance entitles you to receive an additional Childbirth meditation CD to help you continue to practice the techniques you will learn in the HypnoBirthing class.
In learning this most natural and calm birth method, you will find that you have so many options available. Learn how to allow your mind, your body and your baby to work together in natural harmony to provide you the safe and satisfying birth that you seek.
What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques to be used for pain relief during labour and childbirth.
HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method is a complete birth education program, that teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth.
The course teaches that severe pain does NOT have to be an accompaniment of labour
- You learn how to release fears and anxieties you may currently have about giving birth, and how to overcome previous traumatic births
- You’ll learn to use the natural chemicals you have inside your body – how to tap into those and use them to experience a much more comfortable birth.
- While HypnoBirthing does not promise pain-free birthing several testimonials on the HypnoBirthing website tell of pain-free or virtually pain free births as well as many that tout a much more comfortable birthing experience.
HypnoBirthing doesn’t mean you’ll be in a trance or a sleep. Rather, you’ll be able to chat, and be and in good spirits – totally relaxed, but fully in control. You’ll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you.
HypnoBirthing allows you to experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the birthing muscles of your body from functioning as Nature intended them to.
Who is HypnoBirthing for?
HypnoBirthing is suitable for first time mothers and also mums who have already had children.
Will I be “OUT OF IT” during birth using the HypnoBirthing technique?
Not at all! With HypnoBirthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions.
I’m scared of Hypnotherapy … Is HypnoBirthing safe?
Hypnotherapy, hypnosis and HypnoBirthing is totally safe. It’s not like the kind of hypnosis you see on stage or TV. That’s all an act and for entertainment purposes. It’s also left many people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do.
We have a page dedicated to Myths About HypnoBirthing if you’d like to do some more research.
Can you guarantee a pain-free labor and birth?
No, many factors can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control.
Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in.
Figures show 65-70% of HypnoBirthing mums don’t need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don’t experience any pain – just pressure.
Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like gas and air.
The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. However, the HypnoBirthing mums still tell us that HypnoBirthing really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.
Remember – the aim of HypnoBirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect ‘natural’ birth (although that is possible).
It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth- where you are in control – and in a way that most mirrors Nature.
Does my husband/birthing partner have to come to classes?
Yes – birthing partners are a very important part of HypnoBirthing success.
However, if your partner/husband cannot attend all the classes and/or help you practice or attend the birth, your mother, sister or friend can also be your birthing companion.
Whoever you choose (and we strongly recommend it’s the father if at all possible, as it helps build a strong relationship with the child), they must attend all the classes and the birth.
Have a look at our HypnoBirthing Videos Page for many inspiring birth videos, interviews and commentary.
Company website: http://www.hypnobirthing.com/
** There are also other practitioners who use hypnosis for childbirth, but are not affiliated with HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method.
See the HypnoBabies page for more information on that course.
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