PLEASANT CHILDBIRTH with hypnotherapy
Childbirth is one of the most exciting moments of a woman’s life. However it can be stressful because of the horror stories that are heard from others or because of the anxiety caused by the anticipation of the pain. Every baby is different so does every birth experience. All those painful experiences or traumatic birth stories don’t have to be your reality. You can gently and comfortably bring your baby to his/her new world.
With hypno-birth the goal is to remind the expecting mothers that the baby and the mom’s bodies work harmoniously. A woman’s body is designed to gently give birth without a medical intervention* just like how it’s designed to carry and support the baby for 9 months. When a mother is comfortable and relaxed during the labor, pelvic muscles reach to a deeper relaxation and opening eliminating the need for “push”. Through practiced deep breathing, visualization, imagery journeys, support from partners and creating the comfort needed during labor, mothers can train their brain to elicit a deep relaxation response on demand.
According to multiple researches done throughout the years, hypnosis is reported to relieve the labor pain significantly and reduce the use of Epidural anesthetic during labor.*
Instead of feeling unbearable pain, hypno-birth mothers often describe the experience as feeling pressure and use the word "surges" or "waves" instead of contractions.
It all started…
Hypnosis and childbirth has roots for hundreds of years just like hypnosis itself. However the documentation and the hypno-birthing theories appear for the first time in 1920s. It started with a Russian doctor who used hypnosis techniques during childbirth. Ferdinand Lamaze learned some of these techniques when he visited Russia. Later, he called this experience “childbirth without pain through the psychological method”.
Around the same times we can also observe the roots of the Mongan Method also known as Hypnobirthing. Marie Mongan was really inspired by the research and books of famous Doctor Grantly Dick-Read. Dr. Dick-Read was known for his theories about painless natural birth. At the time his ideas were seen as unrealistic. However, his ideas made a lot of sense to Marie Mongan and she created the Mongan Method which incorporates breathing exercises, body relaxation techniques and mind relaxation techniques.
There are multiple approaches to use hypnosis in childbirth experience. All of these approaches meet at one common idea: For the last hundred years, childbirth has been looked as a medical condition, however, childbirth is one of the most natural occurrences any one can experience. Childbirth is not a surgery for a disease or a health condition. Rather it is the ultimate natural process of a mother connecting to her child. Just like any other animal in the nature, women’s childbirth experience can and should be painless naturally.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
During the six week program, we develop a relationship relying on trust and confidence with the mother. It is important to understand the worries and anxieties that may arise as the pregnancy approaches to an end. Starting from the second session, the mother gets prepared to every possible event during the labor. During the sessions, we teach different breathing styles to use during relaxation and labor. We also prepare imagery journeys that are comforting for the mother.
First pregnancy? Recommended to start at week 30 for 5 sessions
Second pregnancy? Recommended to start at week 28 for 5 sessions
Twins? Recommended to start at week 25 for 5 sessions
Each session you will learn new things about your body that maybe you never even knew. It is a conditioning process for your body to hypnosis and relaxation cues. During the sessions, you will learn hypno-anestesia, relaxing techniques and breathing exercises. We will work on any negative beliefs that you might have about childbirth. We will also bring a resolution to any fears about the labor.
*Gaiser, R. (2005). Hypnosis for Pain Relief in Labour and Childbirth. Survey of Anesthesiology, 49(3), 137. doi:10.1097/01.sa.0000165231.76879.13
*Mongan, Marie. Hypnobirthing. Souvenir Press Ltd, 2016.