Updated: Dec 14, 2019
I thought it was only appropriate that I started my blog by addressing the "Hypno" aspect of Hypnobirthing head on. I get it I really do. It sounds hippy-dippy. Something for the candles and sandals crew. Or perhaps it could put me in a trance and I'll be oblivious to what is going on until someone hands me a shiny new baby? Now that does sound tempting.
All of these thoughts went through my mind when I stumbled across Hypnobirthing in the early days of my own pregnancy during a late night googling sesh of "shit... I'm pregnant... what is the path of least resistance to getting this baby out?!" (You know the times... it's a Tuesday night, you smugly go to bed early and before you know it you've spent several hours basked in your phone glow with your back to your partner and you have to get up for work in 5 hours time...)
Anyway, despite the rather off putting name, I dug a little deeper. You see I like facts. Common sense. Science. Particularly where my unborn baby, fanny and pain threshold are concerned. And that's where hypnobirthing hooked me. You see it is based entirely on science and how your body works.
In a nutshell, the hormone oxytocin enables your body to birth effectively while the hormone adrenaline hinders this process. Your body cannot simultaneously produce adrenaline and oxytocin. Adrenaline is produced when the body's fight or flight mechanism kicks in. When we are scared. In a medical setting. Fearful of procedures. Out of our comfortable home setting. It is therefore unsurprising that many women in the Western world give birth in "fight or flight" mode and in pain which is not how nature intended us to give birth.
Hypnobirthing educates us on how our bodies are perfectly designed to give birth effectively, addresses fears around birth, and most importantly it provides us with a tool box to have a positive, calm birth experience.
Less incense waving, more informed and empowered parents-to-be (although I am rather partial to a candle... make mine a Diptyque).