How Hypnotherapy Can Help Your Labour Experience
by Vickie Scullard
Great article from the UK about hypnosis for birth!
“The results have been very positive in terms of shorter labour, needing less pain relief or intervention, and more positive normal birth outcomes.”
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“Hypnotherapy isn’t about hypnotising the mum-to-be. It’s about teaching them and their partners self-hypnosis – achieving a deep level of relaxation, teaching them about the different stages of labour, how to get rid of anxieties and fears, and changing their perception.
“If you can relax, there is better oxygen to the uterine muscle (muscle of the womb), the body will work better and that will help lower the pain as well. You wouldn’t run a marathon without training for it; hypnobirthing is like that – training to give birth.”
“It’s much better if you can use your own hormones to help with birthing and those hormones are going to be released in greater amounts the more relaxed you are. For healthy mums having a baby, the body knows exactly what to do and the baby knows exactly what it is doing. It’s having that trust in your own ability.”
“The results have been very positive in terms of shorter labour, needing less pain relief or intervention, such as forceps or the suction cup, and more positive normal birth outcomes. The people who have been through the programme are having empowering birthing experiences – they feel like they have really achieved something – which is fantastic to see.
“They don’t perceive it as being painful so it isn’t. The techniques can be used after the birth as well because coping strategies and relaxation techniques can be of benefit to everyone’s daily lives.”
You will find the entire article HERE.