what is hypnobirthing?
birth, unfortunately, has been surrounded by fear for most of our lives. the images we see of birth on films and tv dramas routinely portray the birthing mother experiencing severe pain and feeling completely out of control. as we start our own birthing journey, these subtle references can begin to drive a real sense of fear or panic about our own birth. we doubt our own ability to birth our baby and wonder how we will ever cope with labour.
hypnobirth is birth!
hypnobirthing was developed in in the 1980’s by the birth pioneer, Marie Mongan, in the united states. Marie is a noted hypnotherapist and counsellor, who, after the births of her own 4 children, championed a movement toward instinctive, natural birth. Marie developed the original Mongan Method HypnoBirthing™ philosophy, to help women and their partners to explore their choices and develop the decisions-making skills necessary to achieve their own birthing goals.
what the mind dictates, the body follows.
this is at the core of the hypnobirthing philosophy. when our mind is preoccupied with fear, negative thoughts and self doubt, the body responds by creating tension and releasing hormones which can actually stop our bodies from relaxing and performing as they should during birth.
hypnobirthing empowers women, and their birthing partners, with a true knowledge of the physiological process of birth. through a very simple program of deep relaxation and fear release techniques, hypnobirthing can help you to learn to trust your body’s ability to bring your baby into the world in a calm, gentle and easy way. you will be taught simple breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques which can be practiced throughout your pregnancy to become second nature, so that on the day of your baby’s birth, your natural instincts can be trusted to bring your baby into the world with confidence and ease.
how can hypnobirthing help me?
you may feel drawn to hypnobirthing with a sense that you want to feel in control of your own birthing journey. perhaps you have a sense of fear around your upcoming birth, or you may have experienced trauma with a previous birth and know that you do not want to repeat that experience.
hypnobirthing is for everyone, whether you have chosen to birth in a hospital, at a birthing centre, or at home. hypnobirthing will teach you the skills to enable you to achieve a gentle, calm and confident birth.