Hypnosis for a calmer, happier and
more relaxed childbirth
Hypnotherapy is a useful tool in dealing with levels of discomfort and a great tool to be used during all stages of childbirth. Are you a first time mum worried about how you will deal with the birth of your first baby and the levels of discomfort? Or have you been through childbirth before and want to feel more in control this time? Maybe you have heard stories about childbirth in the media, from friends or family or have your own personal memories and experience to go by. Whichever situation you are in and whatever childbirth method you choose (home birth, water birth etc) a happier more relaxed mother means a more relaxed baby and hypnosis can help you achieve this.
Hypnotherapy can help you with childbirth fears and worries before the birth and allow you to feel more in control during labour itself. A programme of 3 sessions (very similar to hypnobirthing) incorporates positive visualisation and suggestions whilst in hypnosis to encourage relaxation and alter your perception of the birth. Expectant mums are also taught self hypnosis techniques – easier to master than you may think! To support the process 4 CD’s are provided for a calmer childbirth experience.
Ideally the programme starts at week 30 to 34 but if you have left it late in your pregnancy to consider the option of hypnotherapy and do not have time to schedule the whole programme of sessions before your baby’s birth, I have had ladies who have only had time for one or two sessions and still found them to be beneficial.
Partners are welcome to attend one of the sessions for joint relaxation; helping them to feel part of the process (as often fathers feel excluded or of no help during labour).
Benefits of using hypnotherapy for a relaxed childbirth:-
- Less or no medication needed
- Often a faster arrival time for the baby and easier delivery (because your mind is calm and your body more relaxed)
- Faster bonding with baby and parents (before and after the birth)
- Releases fears and worries
- Have a happy, relaxed childbirth with you in charge
- Reduce the likelihood of antenatal and post natal depression