Can Hypnosis Help With Childbirth?

"Hypnobirthing Techniques" Are Growing In Popularity Around The World

Giving birth without pain medication or medical intervention is becoming more popular in Ireland. Women are turning to hypnosis for childbirth. 

For years, we’ve heard about Lamaze and other techniques that help you get through the delivery. But now, a growing number of expectant mothers, including some celebrities, are trying hypnosis in preparation for childbirth, achieving a relaxed safe birth within a shorter time frame.

Hypnobirthing techniques are not new, it is the rediscovery of the philosophy of child birthing as it existed decades ago and is based on the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician.
Hypnobirthing techniques In Ireland have been growing in popularity since 2000 as more women look for drug-free options to get through delivery.

You do not have to have a natural birth with no intervention; it’s about preparing you to make smart decisions, so no matter what happens by the time you give birth you know that you have done the best that you can do.

Who Is Hypnobirthing For?

Hypnobirthing techniques are for women who are having healthy, normal pregnancies. Hypnobirthing techniques are designed for those who know that birthing can be a calm relaxed experience. It is also for women who are petrified of giving birth or who have previously had a traumatic birth and don’t want a repeat.   

How Does Hypnobirthing Work?

Hypnobirthing techniques address and eliminate fears, stress, worries that both mums and dads might have around birthing, leaving you filled with an internal knowing that you are ready and looking forward to your birth.When women are scared and fearful all the blood drains out of the uterus and it can’t function properly. Women are thought relaxation methods, hypnosis for childbirth - to go into deep states of relaxation so that their bodies can stay calm and relaxed which gives room for the uterus to function as it needs to so that baby can descend through a relaxed body.

When women are scared and fearful all the blood drains out of the uterus and it can’t function properly. Women are thought relaxation methods to go into deep states of relaxation through hypnosis so that their bodies can stay calm and relaxed which gives room for the uterus to function as it needs to so that baby can descend through a relaxed body.

What you experience in hypnosis for childbirth is similar to daydreaming, totally relaxed, aware, awake but fully in control, because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation. You will be able to determine the degree to which you will feel the contractions.

You get to experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.  In this calm state your body's natural anesthesia, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis as a "natural state" and we experience it on a daily basis.
"If you've ever been driving down the road and missed an exit because you were zoned out or you read a book and you get to the bottom of the page and you don’t know what you read — or watched a movie and felt absorbed by it , then you're in hypnosis."

What Are The Benefits Of Using Hypnosis For Childbirth?

  • Reduces the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome before, during and after birthing.
  • Reduces the need for chemical painkillers.
  • Shortens the first stage of labour, by several hours. ( approx. 50% )
  • Eliminates fatigue during labour, leaving mother fresh, awake, and with energy for actual birthing.
  • Eliminates the risk of hyperventilation from “shallow” breathing methods.
  • Promotes special bonding of mother, baby, and birthing companion.
  • Promotes rapid postnatal recovery.
  • Creates a more integral role for the birthing companion.
  • Breathing techniques are really great for breast- feeding

Aisling Killoran one of the experts from How healthy are you Tv3

 

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