1: THERAPEUTIC HYPNOSIS IS NOTHING LIKE YOU SEE IN COMEDY ACTS
NOTHING like it! You’re in control of yourself. It is so different I wish that it was called something else! Theraputic Hypnosis is just a way of relaxing your mind and body deeply and then learning to think differently. Hypnobirthing specifically is just reprogramming your brain to not be afraid of birth. That is it! There is nothing “Voodoo” about it. And although it is simple, it’s effects can be very powerful.
2: YOU ARE WIDE AWAKE THROUGHOUT YOUR LABOR AND DELIVERY
When I began studying Hypnobirthing I imagined that I would be in this sleeping trance, and that I would be awakened to my brand new baby in my arms, having felt nothing! That isn’t quite the case (sorry moms!). I believe it’s much better than that… You’re awake. You’re alert. You feel. You can be walking around, talking and having normal conversation. You’re even more involved than you would be without it, but because you’ve trained your mind and body to relax and not fear what you’re feeling, it doesn’t have to hurt and can even feel good (gasp!). Which leads me to #3…
3: MANY HYPNOBIRTHING MOMS HAVE CLAIMED TO HAVE A “PAINLESS” BIRTH
It is possible to have a painless NATURAL birth! Although not always the case, and not necessarily the goal, nor is it promised… Some moms experience a birth they would describe as painless. Pressure, maybe, but pain? No. Don’t believe it? It’s because of the way childbirth is portrayed in the media… This mother’s story is an incredible example… Or this mother’s… and this video is gorgeous… Mine personally wasn’t “painless” in the way I perceive pain… but it did work and it was bearable and it was waaaaay better than it would have been if I were scared and tense. (the majority of my labor was in the “hurts so good” pain that you stay in during a deep tissue massage or a good workout.) Regardless of exactly how it feels to you, relaxing through labor will always be better, and a quicker way for you to meet your baby.
4: IT TAKES PRACTICE
I didn’t understand this fully because of the random people that go on stage that have never been “hypnotized” and pull off a hysterical show! I thought that just like that I could go deep into my relaxation on the spot. The old saying “you get what you put into it” is true in the case of this hypnosis. You get better at it each time. It is a state of deep relaxation and some of us don’t relax easily. You will need to train your mind to go deeper into relaxation when distractions are present. This is especially important if you are birthing in a hospital or if you have a lot of people around. Practice. Practice. Practice!
5: HYPNOBIRTHING IS NOT JUST FOR A NATURAL CHILDBIRTH!
This one is important. All moms have fear! Many have just as much fear when they receive an Epidural or go into have their Caesarian. Catecholamines are the bodies “fight or flight” hormones. These send you into a state of panic, fear and “shutting down”. Oxytocin on the other hand, is the bodies natural love hormone that bonds mother and baby. When a mother goes into labor her body is flooded with this hormone in waves, which is what contracts her uterus. Between surges a mother’s brain releases Endorphins which is the “feel good” hormone. During labor with each surge of Oxytocin (and contraction) there is a rippling alternate surge of Endorphins (the feel good hormone. This is why many mothers get the chills between each surge.) Our body is hard at work preparing us to meet and fall in love with our baby. And every hormone we release is shared with our baby. Mothers with an epidural or Ceasarian can use hypnosis to release these hormones herself in her brain to stay connected when so much of her feels disconnected. It is just as important if not more important for a mother to consider Hypnosis and a HypnoDoula (wink 😉 ) if she is choosing to opt out of the “natural bandwagon”!
For more info on Hypnobirthing Classes in Utah contact Lauralyn Curtis here. (She is amazing!)
Lauralyn also just completed a new hypnosis track available here.
And here is the Hypnobirthing, Mongan Method book that I read throughout my pregnancy.
And if you’re looking for a HypnoDoula, I’m here! haha.
Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested in having a fearless labor and delivery!