What Is HypnoBirthing And Can It Help With Labor Pains?

Posted on 04. Nov, 2011 by in Birth, Labor & Delivery, Pregnancy Education

HypnoBirthing is one of those topics that some families are familiar with and some simply have no idea what it is, how it’s done, and if it even works.

This post will answer all of those questions and more.

What exactly is HypnoBirthing? While this question can perhaps be answered in many ways, quite simply put, HypnoBirthing is supposed to be a gentle and relaxing way to give birth. While in labor, you place yourself in an ultra-calm state using visualizations, music, self-hypnosis, and relaxation techniques. You and your body work through your labor in a Zen-like state – minimizing pain and discomfort.

How does HynoBirthing differ from other childbirth methods? HynoBirthing is based on the principals that labor doesn’t necessarily have to be painful. That one can go through the labor and birthing process in a state of calmness and euphoria is really the idea behind how HypnoBirthing came into existence. The laboring mother should be at one with her body and her baby, envisioning an easy, safe, and short labor for both.

Will I remember my labor? Oh yes, you will. When you choose to engage in Hypnobirthing, you are totally conscious but just in a strong state of relaxation and engagement with your body. Your mind is still functioning normally so you’re aware of what is going on around you.

Can I still go the HypnoBirthing route if I give birth in a hospital? You sure can! Because HypnoBirthing is more a state of mind, it can absolutely help you and teach you beneficial relaxation techniques that you can use to calm yourself, your body, and your baby down in any situation and feel more in control of yourself – be it a hospital, a birthing center, or a home birth.

Can I ensure myself a pain free birthing process if I opt to go with Hypnobirthing? No. Nothing and no one in the world can ensure you a pain free labor – childbirth hurts, it’s up to you to decide how you and your body want to handle the pain. It’s the process of learning how to HypnoBirth that can help you cope and perhaps even lessen the pains of labor.

If you feel that you’d like to explore and incorporate HypnoBirthing options into your birth plan, then your first step is to talk to your prenatal caregiver and let them know that you are interested and would like to know more about it. I would then do some online research to learn all that you can about HynoBirthing’s teachings and practices. The more informed you are about your pregnancy and delivery, the more apt you are to make educated choices.

Please share your experiences with HypnoBirthing in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you.

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About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.

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