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HypnoBirthing® Information For Parents
“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” Marie Mongan
HypnoBirthing® was developed by Marie Mongan in 1989. A mother, academic and award-wining hypnotherapist Mongan based her theory on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read who practiced 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.
HypnoBirthing® is an antenatal education course that removes any sense of foreboding and ensures a comfortable birth experience.
“One cannot help a physiological process. The point is not to hinder it.”
Dr Michel Odent
HypnoBirthing® educates mothers about the natural workings of their birthing body so they can see 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