Hypnobirthing is one of a number of alternative pain management techniques that aim to provide relief and relaxation during pregnancy, labour and birth. The benefits of this approach include eliminating the chance of any side effects resulting from drugs on the health of the baby, as well as a feeling of empowerment and achievement for the mother.
Hypnosis is similar to a state of relaxation that is experienced when your focus your entire thoughts on one subject, to the exclusion of all else. This encourages the release of endorphins – the so-called feel good hormones – which will help to alleviate the pain, while keeping you fully aware of the birthing process.
Hypnobirthing classes are run by certified practitioners over a four to five week course. Couples explore themselves and their baby and discover the natural birthing process. Classes include the aforementioned techniques for greater relaxation and awareness during pregnancy and birth. Another goal of the program is to help couples develop confidence as soon-to-be parents.