Hypnobirthing: What do I know about it?

By | August 20, 2013

Not an awful lot if I’m honest.  I know hypnobirthing is about breathing and relaxation and a form of self-hypnosis, and I know that many people swear by it to get through labour and birth, but at this stage I don’t know a lot more than that.  Hopefully that will change in the next few weeks though.

I’ve been contacted by a lady called Dany, who runs Tums 2 Mums and specialises in hypnotherapy for fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, to see if I’d like to use her home study programme, Hypno 4 Birth, in the weeks leading up to the birth of my baby.

Tums2Mums, hypnobirthing

The programme is designed to be followed over 6 weeks so I’ll be starting it this week and, according to the website, I should learn:

*           How fear and anxiety negatively affect your birthing hormones.
*           How to change negative thinking habits and beliefs to positive ones that support your desire to have a calm, comfortable birth experience.
*           How to tap into your own natural birthing instincts.
*           What hypnosis is and what it isn’t.
*           The impact the mind and your imagination has upon your body and what you experience.
*           A variety of techniques to use during your pregnancy to prepare your mind and body for a positive birth experience, including ‘eyes open hypnosis’.
*           How your birth companion can support you.
*           How to use the techniques during labour and birth

I’ve not really thought too much about labour and birth so far this pregnancy.  I didn’t have an ideal labour with C – slow to progress so ended up on a syntocinon drip to speed up my contractions, then ended up having pethidine for pain relief – but all was ok in the end.  This time I’d love it if things progressed naturally and I could get away with just gas and air.

Hopefully, by following the Hypno 4 Birth programme, I’ll get the labour and birth that I want.

I’ll update you on my thoughts as I progress through the course.

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2 Comments

Lucy (_lab_) on September 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm.

How are you getting on with it? I used Dany’s course when I was pregnant and could not recommend it more! I have recommended hypnobirthing to absolutely everyone I know (and some I don’t know). I beleive it made my birth quick (awoke at 6am with stomach pains, had baby at 11am) and completely free of any pain relief, except a paracetamol. Good luck and stick with it! Lucy x
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Emma on September 3, 2013 at 9:25 am.

I hope my labour is like that!

I’m getting on ok and, weirdly, am actually looking forward to labour!