Hypnobirthing

What is it?

Hypnobirthing is the term used to describe ‘self-hypnosis’ or ‘deep relaxation’ in labour to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, pain and stress in labour. It incorporates relaxation techniques such as breathing and massage. While hypnosis in labour was described a couple of hundred years ago much of the modern philosophy of Hypnobirthing is derived from the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an obstetrician from the UK in the early 20th century.

He surmised that the pain associated with labour was born through the fear women had come to perceive about it- fear creating tension, tension creating pain and thus it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for women to feel pain during labour. Hypnobirthing aims to eliminate that cycle by ensuring the woman is well informed and well prepared for her birth- allowing her to remain calm, confident and in control throughout.

Hypnobirthing can stand alone as a method of birthing your baby but can also be used as complementary coping mechanism for labour.

What topics are covered in the Hypnobirthing course?

Session 1:       

  • Anatomy and physiology of birth
  • The psychology behind hypnotherapy and hypnosis
  • The history of Hypnobirthing
  • An introduction to relaxation.
 

Session 2:

  • The role of the birth partner
  • How to support and help your partner
  • Signs of labour
  • Coping mechanisms for birth
  • Partner script reading
  • Breathing techniques

 

Session 3:

  • What to expect during labour
  • Preparing for the unexpected
  • Decision making in labour
  • Rapid Relaxation

 

Session 4:

  • Massage techniques, acupressure and aromatherapy
  • Birth preferences for your labour
  • Real-life birth story (when available)
  • Questions and answers session.