What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth. In HypnoBirthing classes, you will learn proven techniques in a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis. All of these are designed to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is somewhat misunderstood. It is a word that refers to a natural state we all pass through each day, such as the relaxed state before going to sleep and after waking, or the relaxed state you feel when staring into a fire or sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. Relaxation allows the body to function at its optimum efficiency and health. Practicing relaxation during pregnancy allows both mother and baby to be healthier in mind and body. Don’t let the name “HypnoBirthing” be a deterrent to taking the class due to a lack of understanding about what hypnosis really is.
Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?
Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. The HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labor process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. HypnoBirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby.
Does anyone qualify to use this technique?
Anyone who is open to learning and practicing relaxation is qualified to use this technique. Since all hypnosis is self hypnosis, each individual has an experience unique to them. How each person experiences relaxation varies from person to person, but everyone who chooses to learn and practice these techniques will benefit. Couples who choose to take these classes are very motivated and committed to practicing and are very successful at increasing their level of relaxation, not only for the birth of their baby, but in everyday life.
What are the benefits of taking a HypnoBirthing class?
The main benefit for a couple who takes these classes is an increased level of confidence in their ability to have an easier, gentler birth, no matter what course their birth takes.
Is McKay-Dee Hospital supportive of this type of birth?
McKay-Dee Hospital is very progressive in supporting couples who have prepared for an easier, gentler, more natural birth. A natural birthing suite with a laboring tub and more home-like atmosphere is offered to mothers choosing to have an unmedicated birth. Skin to skin contact immediately following the birth and an uninterrupted bonding time is standard practice here at McKay-Dee Hospital. Nurses receive ongoing training on how to support mothers having an unmedicated birth. Nurses are aware of the requests usually made by HypnoBirthing families and honor those requests.
How popular is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing® the Mongan Method was originated in 1989 and has steadily grown in popularity. Classes are now being taught worldwide. Locally, the interest in HypnoBirthing seems to be on the rise which is reflected in the increase in couples registering for the class at McKay-Dee each month.
How does HypnoBirthing differ from other childbirth preparation methods?
Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by stress hormones created by fear, they learn instead to release their fear, allowing the natural release of endorphins—the feel good hormones Because they release their fears, they are able to change their expectations of a long, painful labor and replace these negative expectations with the expectation of a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the laboring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labor for herself and baby.
Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing does not promise a painless birth, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily. When the cause of pain--fear that constricts the birthing muscles—is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants.
HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.
Will HypnoBirthing be useful to me if I don't opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?
Absolutely. The things you will learn in your HypnoBirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience. In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled cesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure. Many report that they needed little or no medication following the birth, and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time.
How is the Birth Companion involved?
A Birth Companion of the mother’s choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing experience. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labor the Birth Companion guides the laboring mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as he emerges.