Hypnobirthing Information For Parents
“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” Marie Mongan
An early form of Hypnobirthing was developed by American hypnotherapist, Marie Mongan in 1989. Mongan based her theory on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, a British doctor practicing in the early C20th. His personal experience was that women did not experience pain during childbirth if they did not expect it to hurt. Dick-Read called this the fear-tension-pain syndrome.
“One cannot help a physiological process. The point is not to hinder it.”
Dr Michel Odent
Hypnobirthing is an antenatal education for mothers and their birth partners that explains the natural workings of their birthing body so they can understand there is no physiological reason for pain. Techniques to achieve a deep state of relaxation include positive affirmations, visualisation, massage and breathing. By overcoming fear and releasing tension the body is able to follow its natural path to a comfortable, enjoyable birth.
Benefits of Hypnobirthing
See the evidence page for more details
The benefits of Hypnobirthing for mothers include
* a shorter and more comfortable labour and birth
* less need for intervention (including episiotomy, medication or surgical birth)
* less need for an induction
* more satisfying experience with faster recovery rates, improving maternal confidence
The benefits of Hypnobirthing for babies include
* a calmer birth with less trauma
* more alert at birth
* feed and sleep better
* cry less, often not for the first 24 hours or so. There is no need!
The benefits of Hypnobirthing for birth companions include
* a central role during pregnancy and birth, keeping the mother calm and relaxed
* techniques to stay calm and focused, invaluable for parenthood
* tools to interact confidently with care providers, ensuring the best birth environment
* improves bonding with baby, which starts during pregnancy