What is HypnoBirthing®
For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them horrors about giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labor; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function. The result is exactly what they feared most–long, painful birthing or unnecessary intervention.
People who are drawn to HypnoBirthing® have long been searching for a way to give birth confidently and as calmly, safely, and gently as possible, whether they have chosen to birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home. Since the medicalization of birth, this kind of birthing (HypnoBirthing®) almost seemed unattainable for the general population.
Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, healthy, low-risk women, as well as women who need medical assistance because of special circumstances, learn to dismiss fear-based stories, misinformation, and birthing myths; and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way: the way that nature intended.
Benefits of HypnoBirthing
~ Less Fear approaching birth
~ Fewer interventions and surgical births
~ Decreased use of oxytocics or AROM
~ Shorter 1st and 2nd phase labor
~ Fewer pre-term and low-weight babies
~ Lessened or eliminated need for analgesia
~ Happier and more content mothers & babies
~ Babies alert; able to nurse almost immediately
~ Few cases of post-partum depression reported
~ Infants with higher than average APGAR score