What is hypnobirthing?
Some call it a pain management technique, others refer to it as positive thinking. It’s simple. Hypnobirthing takes away the element of fear around childbirth by using positive thoughts and by helping you understand, using evidence and logic based facts, why labour is not designed to be dramatic and painful as movies normally portray it to be.
Mums worldwide swear by hypnobirthing and it is widely used in the UK. Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba are only some celebrities who have practised hypnobirthing and have talked openly about it.
There is also a relaxation element to all of this which is what is referred to as “hypnotherapy”. Don't worry, we won't be magically putting you in a trance-like state. For us, it is more like meditating. You may already be doing a variation of this when you’ve had a tough day. Maybe you dim the lights, light a candle, pour yourself a drink, take deep breaths and say to yourself that tomorrow will be a new and better day. The objective is the same, to learn to manage your thoughts and teach yourself how to relax and be calm.
Midwives are often blown away by the calmness of hypnobirthing mums during labour, as they tend to have a completely different attitude towards birth. That’s why a lot of midwives have also started looking into hypnobirthing, because they’ve seen that it works and they want to be able to help mothers during labour by using hypnobirthing techniques.
It doesn't matter if you are planning to give birth vaginally, by c-section or have an induction. If you are pregnant, hypnobirthing will help you have an empowering birth experience.