So what comes to mind when you hear the word HypnoBirthing, maybe swinging watches and people telling you that you are getting sleeeepy.
Or maybe you think it is some hippy type thing where you are sitting on the ground barefooted and chanting mantras.
I get it and to be completely honest if the first time I had come across HypnoBirthing wasn't just after the birth of my daughter in the nursery at the hospital while watching a birth video of a friend of mines, I would probably have thought it was some crazy thing where I was going to have someone control my mind whilst I was giving birth, and would end up walking around the birthing suite clucking like a chicken.
I promise you that there will be no clucking like a chicken, I will not control your mind although you might feel a bit sleepy from all the relaxations we do, and there will be no chanting of any kind.
Great so now that we have sorted out what HypnoBirthing isn't, let's take a look at what it is.
HypnoBirthing is an antenatal course, but unlike your regular antenatal classes we focus birth being a calm and gentle experience. So you might be wondering how we do this, and if you are like a large proportion of the population you may be thinking that calm and gentle birth isn't something that is actually possible. If this is you please take the time to have a look at the birth stories, and even take a look at some of the video links to see how birth can in fact be a beautiful calm and gentle experience for mum and baby.
So how do we teach this the first one and probably one of the more important ones is through education, learning that womens bodies are actually meant to give birth, its one of the amazing things that they are designed to do, and when we realise this birth doesn't seam so scary.
We will also learn lots of relaxation techniques, because when the body and mind is relaxed they work in conjunction with each other to gently birth your baby. These relaxations will have you feeling amazingly relaxed after every class. You will also be able to practice these techniques all the way up until your birth and even after, if you ever need to feel calm (I use it many times during the week dealing with my strong willed 13year old daughter), these techniques are great skills to take with you and use outside of birth as well.
We also empower mums and their birthing partners with lots of information, so that they can decide what is the best way for them to birth their little one, and to be able to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy and birth, no matter what turn it may take. When you are properly prepared and are aware of the options you have during your pregnancy and birth you become an active participant in the birth of your child, this in itself has such a huge impact on how you feel during and after the birth of your child.
Pregnancy and birth is an amazing journey that you are on and no matter how you birth being an active participant in the choices that are made is so important.
If you would like to find out more about how HypnoBirthing could assist you in your pregnancy and birth why not check out one of our free info sessions that I run each month.