WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?
With a bit of luck you go into a strange, spaced-out state where hopefully something magical happens and you don't notice the pain and then someone hands you a baby? While the name "hypnobirthing" implies something hippy-dippy involving sandals and candles, nothing could be further from the truth.
Hypnobirthing is a science based, logical approach to childbirth, which teaches you to understand the physiology of birth, along with relaxation techniques which in turn allow your body to work naturally and effectively. It enables women to understand and work with their bodies which are perfectly designed to give birth naturally.
It is a complete antenatal programme that turns on its head the notion that childbirth is something to be feared, and releases the negativity that you have been programmed with from an early age (everyone knows birth is painful, right?)
While hypnobirthing cannot guarantee a perfect birth, it informs and empowers you to make the right decisions for you and your baby. It can reduce the need for pain relief and shorten labour, and you are more likely to experience a calm, comfortable and natural birth. It actively encourages the involvement of the birth partner both in the preparation and the birth, and gives you confidence to be informed about the options available to you throughout your pregnancy.
If you were going to run a marathon, sit an exam or attend a job interview you would presumably prepare. Birth is no different, and hypnobirthing allows you to remove your head from the sand and realise how wonderful and empowering birth can be.