HYPNOSIS FOR CHILDBIRTH
Have an easier, more comfortable birth with self hypnosis.
This page is about the many benefits of using self hypnosis during childbirth.
Would you like to have your baby naturally, easily and comfortably as possible without the use of drugs or surgical interventions? Please read on.
Pregnancy should be a time of preparation, relaxation and looking forward to the birth of your child, but it is sometimes a time of worry and anxiety. The good intentions of friends and family can create fears and doubts about what to expect during pregnancy, labour and delivery. HYPNOSIS CAN HELP!
What is Hypnosis for Childbirth?
Hypnosis for childbirth, sometimes call hypno-birthing, is based on the concept that utilizing hypnosis can reduce or often completely eliminate the perception of pain associated with labour. It teaches the labouring mother to relax her body fully and thus release fear and resistance to the natural process of birth. The deeply relaxed state that is achieved during labour helps accelerate the birthing process and create a natural and positive birthing experience.
In investigations of what types of pain hypnosis is effective and which types are not, most seem to indicate that hypnosis is universally successful in pain management. Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in the management of many varied types of pain, including pain associated with childbirth (Weishaar, 1986), angioplasty (Weinstein & Au, 1991), leukemia (Silva, 1990), and even headaches (VanDyck, et al, 1991).
"Birth is a mind-body experience, an intense physical process whose outcome is closely tied to emotions and mental attitude." 'The Birth Book' by William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN
Fear and Expectation
When learning about how the mind controls the body, the expectant mother is taught to surround herself with only positive people and messages, to create a positive view of childbirth and the expectation that her labour will be the beautiful, peaceful experience that she wants.
Fear in labour can create tension, which creates pain, then more fear, and the cycle continues. Fear and anxiety can also create adrenaline production in the body, causing the labour to become dysfunctional, a common reason for Cesarean section. Freedom from fear and stress can make a huge difference in the birthing experience.
"Prolonged and unresolved fear will interfere with how your body functions during birth." 'The Birth Book' by William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN.
Well actually no. During labour a woman's body produces endorphins that are at least 18 to 20 times more powerful than morphine. Nature intended that women give birth joyfully, even ecstatically. However fear during labour produces catecholamines that counteract endorphins leading to a vicious cycle of fear then tension that causes pain that increases fear that leads to more tension and so on.
The good news is that self hypnosis, sometimes called Hypno-birthing, if practiced before the onset of labour produces a deep level of calm and serenity therefore eliminating the fear - tension - pain cycle.
In the 1930's Dr. Grantley Dick-Read. a British obstetrician first documented the fear-tension -pain phenomena in a book called "Childbirth Without Fear". His philosophy was that women should be prepared for labour through education, to counteract the negative images and misinformation about childbirth given to women from family, friends and hospital staff.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are people that have life-threatening allergies to anesthetics who successfully undergo medical and dental surgeries with hypnosis as their only anesthesia! If hypnosis can create effective pain elimination for surgeries of all kinds, it can work for childbirth, and it does quite well. Your mind is much more powerful than you may realize, and right now you're using only about 10% of it. You can easily tap into that gold mine by using self hypnosis and you'll be amazed at what you can do!
Hypnosis during Childbirth:
a) reduces or eradicates fear, tension and pain before during and after your labour and delivery,
b) gives you control over your labour and birth
c) reduces or eliminates the need for pain medication,
d) allows you to be conscious and cooperative with your midwife or physician,
e) allows you to speed up or slow down your labour,
f) increases your confidence about birthing naturally,
g) unlike medication, hypnosis does not cause extra stress on the circulatory, respiratory, hepatic or renal systems,
h) reduces or eliminates fatigue during labour and after delivery,
i) shortens labour time by approximately 2 to 4 (or more) hours for most mothers
j) eases delivery,
k) requires no elaborate education, only a willingness to to use it,
l) allows for faster healing time and recovery.
m) significantly decreases the risk of mothers becoming depressed after birth (postpartum depression).
Before labour begins hypnosis can be used to turn a Breech (bottom first) or posterior (sunny side up) baby; a physician's approval is needed.
***Please note while some women do have painless births, total pain elimination cannot be guaranteed with hypnosis as each pregnancy and labour is unique.***
Hypnosis For Childbirth Classes via SKYPE
Due to the high cost and limited availability of suitable office space I am providing Hypnosis for Childbirth classes entirely via Skype now. Classes by Skype are just as effective, less expensive and more accessible.
Enjoy your hypnosis classes anywhere in the world that you have an Internet connection and a webcam. No need to rush to get to an appointment, fight traffic, find parking, take dodgy public transit or worry about bad weather. Skype video calls are FREE anywhere in the
Here are some highlights of some important past studies.
Shorter Birthing, Less Pain, Higher APGAR Scores!
In the 1990 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, researchers compared two groups of pregnant women. One was trained in breathing and relaxation techniques only, while the other was trained in hypno-birthing techniques.
The hypno-birthing women had significantly shorter birthing times, fewer reports of pain, and their babies had higher APGAR scores. These women also had faster postpartum recovery times. [2. http://www.healthwisemag.com. ]
More On Shorter Birthing Times
A British study found a statistically significant reduction in the length of labour of first and second time mothers:
70 hypnosis patients (6 h 21 min), compared to
70 relaxation patients (9 h 28 min) and
70 control group (9 h 45 min). [3. "Studies On Hypnosis For Childbirth," http://www.birthinbliss.com/STUDIES.pdf. ]
In 1993, a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed a reduction in the length of labor when the mother was prepared for birth with hypnosis. [4. Schauble, Paul G.; Werner, William E.F.; Rai, Surekha H.; Martin, Alice (1998), "Childbirth Preparation Through Hypnosis: The Hypnoreflexogenius Protocol," American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis, 40 (4), 273-283. ]
Reduced Need For Medication
In another British study, “55% of 45 of patients (first and second time mothers) required no medication for pain relief. In the non-hypnosis groups: only 22% of 90 women required no medication.” [5. "Studies On Hypnosis For Childbirth," http://www.birthinbliss.com/STUDIES.pdf.]
Hypnosis combined with childbirth education is a winning combination! Of 45 Hypnosis for Childbirth clients, 38 delivered without the use of caesarean, forceps or vacuum, a rate of spontaneous birth of 84%. This is a higher than average rate of normal birth for the general population of first time mothers. [6. Harmon, T.N. Hynan, M., and Tyre, T.E., Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combines with childbirth education, Journal Of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 525, 530, 1990. ]
Virtual Absence Of Postpartum Depression
McCarthy provided five 30-minute sessions to 600 women and found a virtual absence of postpartum depression, compared to the typical rates of 10 to 15 percent. Women with a history of postpartum depression did not develop this condition, even though an estimated 50 percent eventually do. [7. McCarthy, P., Hypnosis In Obstetrics, Australian Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis, 26, 35-42, 1998. ]