What could possibly be more natural than giving birth? The accepted wisdom is that having a baby is excruciatingly painful, but that the wonder of motherhood is well worth the pain. It is fear of the pain that causes the mothers’ bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing the normal process of giving birth, thus creating a more painful experience than necessary.
Many mothers-to-be and their partners take classes to help reduce the stress of childbirth. The classes often involve learning to breathe through the delivery process, mediation, massage and coaching by a partner. Hypnotherapy goes beyond these very good coping techniques to involve the mind in reducing the pain and stress of childbirth.
Hypnobirthing teaches the mother to have a pain-free, stress-free natural birth, just as nature intended. Sessions include both mothers-to-be and their birthing partners as each learns relaxation techniques. Research confirms that hypnobirthing reduces the use of epidural anesthesia, shortens the time in labor, reduces the need for C-sections and enables parents to choose the type of location where the baby will be born. This could be at home, at a birthing center or more traditionally in a hospital.