9.25.2012

Hypnobirthing For Calm, Comfortable Births

Jennifer Ingvoldstad shares the birth of her son, Omari Joseph Ingvoldstad, on September 18th with kstp news 5 Minneapolis.  You may read more on the kstp article “Hypnobabies says women can have calm, comfortable births.”  Thank you to my friend Jennifer for sharing such a beautiful birthing experience with the world and congratulations on becoming a mama Jennifer!  Lots of love!!

Those who are interested in self hypnosis for natural childbirth and its influential power on the way we think, feel and behave are strongly encouraged to research and consider the following two options; Hypnobabies and Hypnobirthing.

As a birth doula I’ve attended births using both Hypnobabies and Hypnobirthing, both of which create a calm and comfortable birthing environment, remove fear and create confidence.  I also attended a birth this summer where mama used Hypnobirthing for her second birth and Hypnobabies for her third birth, where she was able to compare both methods of birthing.  Self hypnosis often reduces or removes the feeling of pain; many laboring mothers referring to the feeling as pressure sensations throughout labor.  Active labor time is also often greatly reduced when using self hypnosis for childbirth.

While the two programs significantly different, self hypnosis for childbirth is helpful in preparation for a calm and comfortable childbirth.  According to the Association for Psychological Science article in Health News Digest, regular practice of hypnosis alters a pregnant woman’s brain and creates positive change preparing her for a more positive birthing experience.  Science supports hypnotic relaxation and breathing, visualizations and positive suggestions in order to encourage a pregnant woman’s brain to produce more oxytocin, in turn enhancing pregnancy, confidence for birth, a peaceful labor, and often a much shorter than average birthing time.

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What is hypnobirthing?

“HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth.  In HypnoBirthing classes, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.”

Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing?

“HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily.  When the cause of pain–fear that constricts the birthing muscles—is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants.  HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.”

 

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