How do you feel about giving birth? Most mums-to-be, while eagerly waiting for the little one to arrive, are afraid of giving birth. We calm ourselves with the thought that so many have done it before us and we will get through it, too. Besides, there are many options helping cope with pain, right? But what addresses the aspect of fear? Are there even any options that consider fear instead of just focusing on the pain?
According to the NHS Maternity Statistics 2016-2017, 60% of women used painkillers during childbirth. About 30% of women giving birth decide to choose an epidural - a regional anaesthetic, that affects only the lower part of the body. Trusted by many women, the epidural is here to stay and it feels good to know about tried-and-tested medications that are available when needed.
Do good alternatives even exist?
We're talking about options that take a more wholesome approach to giving birth, allowing women to go through the experience in a state of relaxation, control and awareness: HypnoBirthing.
The first person to introduce the early onset of what later became HypnoBirthing was Dr. Grantely Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who wrote Childbirth Without Fear. He introduced the concept of hypnosis during childbirth to make the experience easier and less stressful for women in labour. The method was further developed by Marie Mongan, a highly awarded hypnotherapist helping women to bring their bodies into a state of deep relaxation. The goal is to get the muscles to concentrate on doing the work that they are supposed to do during childbirth, which can be achieved with HypnoBirthing.
Mongan states that the fear women develop during childbirth causes their bodies to tense up and in return keeps their muscles from performing normal physiological functions. Here, the method steps in to create a sense of calm and relaxation to allow the body to do what it needs to.
London HypnoBirthing sheds more light on the technique saying that you won’t actually be hypnotised. Women who gave birth using the technique have, however, reported feeling relaxed, calm, aware, and most of all, in control. HypnoBirthing is a natural way to manage pain, doesn’t involve any medications and has no side effects on you or your baby. Most importantly, the technique doesn’t promise you to experience the perfect birth - but it will get you a step closer to making it an experience that is tailored to you and your baby. We believe that if HypnoBirthing can help turn fear into joy and excitement, then it’s already worth giving it a shot.
Where can you get more information if you are curious?
If you are interested in learning more about HypnoBirthing and if the technique is right for you and your baby, check out one of these places:
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