Hypnobirthing For Dummies – Part 2

birth without fear

In a previous post, I gave a little bit of info about what hypnosis is, but this time I’ll tell you a little bit about how it can help in birth.  First of all, let me remind you that it is not my personal belief that you will be relieved of all pain during childbirth if you use birth hypnosis.  And this is where you need to stay with me people, because there is a major difference between pain and suffering.  This is a huge difference in the method I choose to teach vs many of the standard types. And it all comes down to fear which is defined by Blissborn as:

Fear is “The anticipation of some specific pain or danger AND the idea that you can’t handle it.”

Read that again.  Because if you believe you can’t handle something, you have fear of it.  So a goal of hypnobirthing is to change your mind to address various fears a mom may have regarding pregnancy, birth, and parenting because its these deep down fears that are what trigger pain. I spend a lot of time with my students & clients to get down to the nitty gritty and ultimately by going through this process they are able to be more relaxed and focused during birth.  Being relaxed equals less pain because there is less fear to cause suffering.  Read that last sentence again, too.

Eight Ways Hypnosis Helps

Here’s several other ways that hypnosis can help in birth beyond just pain control:

  1. Can be used in real-life situations for other types of pain control
  2. Ease anxiety
  3. Ease stress
  4. Lower blood-pressure
  5. Feel more confident
  6. More connection to partner
  7. More content with pregnancy
  8. No side-effects like medications

Brandi is a childbirth educator and birth doula living in West Fargo, ND. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting and filling up her craft room with new projects when she isn’t helping families create their birth experience. You can find her actively posting on Facebook & Instagram. #dayspringdoula

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