Hypnobirthing - so what is it?

What it ISN'T is stage hypnosis; there are no swinging pocket watches here. People only have to hear 'hypno' to start visualising people clucking like chickens, but that's far from the truth. 

The 'hypno' part does refer to hypnosis, but a state that we actually slip in to quite often in our day to day lives; that deep relaxation we feel day dreaming, or performing a task we've done thousands of times over and not realising we've done it because it's second nature to us. That's our subconscious kicking in, something that we all possess and that hypnobirthing taps in to.

Essentially, hypnobirthing is an antenatal education that prepares you for birth by learning about the process and how your body (and your baby) is naturally equipped for birth. Alongside learning relaxation techniques, eliminating fear and negative preconceptions and adapting a positive mindset, we learn to work with our subconscious so that when the times comes, the tools and techniques you've learnt during your pregnancy will be second nature.

While birth can take unexpected turns at times, you'll be prepared to navigate these with confidence by making informed decisions that are best for you and your baby. 

 

Benefits of hypnobirthing

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Those giving birth
 
  • The confidence to ask questions and make informed decisions for you and your baby 

  • A comfortable, calm birth

  • Increased chance of a shorter labour

  • Feeling in control and part of the decision-making process

  • Decreased chance of intervention or the need for pain relief 

  • Learn to trust your body and your baby

YOUR BABY
  • A calm, gentle birth

  • Less chance of injury at birth 

  • Likely to be alert and calm 

YOUR BIRTH PARTNER
  • A key and important role at the birth

  • Understanding of the physiology of birth and how to support their partner

  • Strengthened relationship between them and their partner

  • Feeling calm and confident in themselves