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.
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.