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Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that aims to provide relief and relaxation to pregnant women throughout their pregnancy, labour, and childbirth. This method uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help the pregnant mother to feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared and reduce her fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.
Hypnobirthing classes are run by certified practitioners over the course of four to five weeks. Pregnant women or the couple can attend a group class, a private class, or participate in an online course to learn everything about hypnobirthing. The main goal of hypnobirthing classes to help the pregnant mothers to relax using different methods, because not every method will work for each mother. The methods used include:
The other part of the class focuses on childbirth. Hypnobirthing is based on that fear during labour and childbirth can cause various problems, with each class trying to address these fears with knowledge.
Hypnobirthing helps prepare pregnant mothers and their partners for childbirth using hypnosis. By regularly practicing hypnosis and other techniques such as visualization and deep relaxation, pregnant women can reduce their fear towards childbirth.
These techniques can take weeks or months to master. They may also practice these techniques at home every day in preparation for their due dates. Hypnobirthing classes may also offer nutrition advice and other tips to have a successful pregnancy.
The following are some of the benefits that can be gained from hypnobirthing:
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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.
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