Hypnosis To Reduce Anxiety Around Childbirth

Childbirth is a natural process, but there is no denying that for some women it can be a painful and traumatic one.

While every woman is excited about bringing a new baby into the world, most expectant mothers admit to a level of anxiety and fear about actually giving birth. This is particularly true of first time mothers, who are unsure of what to expect, or women who have already been through a traumatic birth experience and fear another one. Other mothers can inadvertently build on these fears with their own dramatic stories about birth.

Many mothers also hope that they might be able to have a natural birth, without medical intervention.

Hypnosis for childbirth can help you achieve a natural birth and considerably reduce your fear, and your pain! The techniques focus on empowering you to be in control of your fear and your pain.

Hypnosis for childbirth is really training in self-hypnosis. It’s possible for your hypnotherapist to be by your side if this is what you really want, but most women learn the techniques easily and are happy to use them either alone or with the support of their partner or a friend.

Over a series of sessions during pregnancy you will learn self-hypnosis techniques, and may also be provided with recordings and scripts to help you practice. The techniques are aimed at making the birth easier and as pain-free as possible. Your mind learns to interpret contractions not as pain, but as your body acting naturally.

Hypnosis is naturally relaxing and being relaxed and calm will help your labour progress well. Some women resist labour, because they are afraid of the pain and stress. This causes tension, which only leads to more fear and pain. With hypnotherapy, you can overcome this fear and you will trust your body to go through the process. Allowing your body to labour naturally in its own time can lead to quicker labours and fewer medical interventions.

It’s important to note that you will be fully awake if you use hypnotherapy for childbirth. It’s a relaxing therapy, but not one that takes away any sense of awareness or makes you sleepy. You will be a full participant in the process, able to move around and adopt the position most comfortable to you and, of course, communicate with your partner and caregivers.

With the calm, positive outlook fostered by hypnotherapy, childbirth can be a relaxed and comfortable experience.

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