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.
Childbirth can be an uncertain time for many soon-to-be parents. That’s why many turn to a doula.
The pain of giving birth is often intense and distressing. Two recent systematic reviews have found that acupuncture and hypnosis are likely to be beneficial in managing pain during labour.
Research has shown that the use of hypnosis for childbirth results in shorter labours, reduced use of pain medications, higher Agpar scores, reduced surgical delivery and reduced postpartum depression.
A doula, or birth support professional, is an ideal way to ensure you are completely supported during one of the most physically and emotionally challenging times of your life.
Relaxation is key to the calmbirth® approach, and is achieved by meditative techniques designed to lower blood pressure, heart rates and metabolic rates.
A water birth is a relaxing setting and medium for mothers and newborn babies alike. Water and the buoyancy it provides significantly reduces the physical stress of labour and child birth.