earning hypnosis is an excellent way of easing birth and one of the most common reasons for pregnant women to consult a Hypnotherapist is to overcome fears and anxieties surrounding the process of birth itself.
Everyone gets anxious from time to time and this is perfectly normal, but when the fear becomes intense, or out of control then it is time to start thinking about seeking help to release the fear and take back control.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective way of doing this. It allows you to make contact with your unconscious mind where all your fears, anxieties and beliefs about yourself are stored. When you enter this deeper and quieter level of the mind you can achieve many things, for example;
Why it’s so important to release the fear of giving birth Whenever you are frightened you produce adrenaline, this is called the fight or flight response. This is so important because adrenaline works against the body’s production of the hormone oxytocin, which is needed to produce effective uterine contractions.
In other words when you are frightened, you release adrenaline and your contractions become less effective which can result in slow or delayed progress during birth. Not surprisingly this in turn can create even more fear, tension and pain, with the overall result that ‘labour’ really does become hard work and exhausting.
The good news is that with just a little practice it is possible to train yourself to enter a deep state of relaxation, so that you can change your perception of pain and your body can release it’s own natural painkillers.
Over the last few years Hypnobirthing has evolved into a well recognised term for ‘hypnosis for birth’. There are many excellent trademarked courses available such as the Marie Mongan Method and the work Dr Michelle Leclaire O'Neill. That said my personal preferences as both an experienced Midwife and Clinical Hypnotherapist is to create a bespoke script just for you using language that reflects your own particular needs and expectations.
Of course it can take a little practice to be able to relax deeply enough to be able to break the cycle of fear-tension-pain. So it’s a good idea to get in touch well before your due date to give yourself plenty of time to become familiar with the techniques. Self-hypnosis is really very easy to learn, it has many health benefits that go far beyond relaxation and pain control and best of all, once learnt it is yours forever!
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Annie Watkins is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and retired Midwife specializing in fertility and pre-birth communication.
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