East Yorkshire Hypnobirthing
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of Hypnobirthing is not new, but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, or special circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony, as they were designed to, when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm serene and comfortable birth.
When you have your baby with Hypnobirthing, you will not be in a trance or asleep. What you will experience is similar to daydreaming, or the focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits, totally relaxed and fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; but because you have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and manner in which you feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free from fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replace the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.
The Hypnobirthing Premise
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 the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labour; 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 this method of childbirth 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 centre or at home. Until Hypnobirthing, this kind of birthing 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 that Nature intended.
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