"Keep calm, just breath"
Hypnosis is defined as "an artificially induced altered state of consciousness, characterised by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction"
It is a deep state of mental and physical relaxation enabling you to focus intently on a thought or feeling whilst blocking outside distractions.
Hypnobirthing is a complete birth training programme, that teaches simple but specific self hypnosis, relaxation, massage and breathing techniques for a calmer and gentle birth.
With Hypnobirthing, you'll discover that:
severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour
the fear-tension-pain cycle causes women to work against their contractions
women's muscles (and the uterus is a muscle) reacts to that fear and tension associated with the birth of a baby
"Happy mothers - Happy babies"
Hypobirthing helps you to release your fears and concerns about giving birth including any previous negative birthing experiences. It can also improve the experience of a homebirth and help those women who would like a vaginal birth after previously having a caesarean section.
Most women find that Hypnobirthing empowers them, enabling them to be more in control and confident in the natural process of birth.
Hypnobirthing also involves your birth support partner in the process by giving them a role to play and techniques to use in positively supporting you, the mother.
Hypnobirthing doesn't mean you'll be in a trance or a sleep. You will be able to chat, and be in good spirits - totally relaxed, but fully in control. You'll always be aware of what is happening to you, and around you.
The Hynobirthing sessions will enable you and your partner to use a variety of techniques to bring about relaxation and calm, creating a comfortable environment for the birth of your baby. There by reducing the need for any medication or medical intervention.
The course is offered to small groups of women and their birth partners from 28 weeks of pregnancy.
"Faith eliminates fear"
Dr Grantly Dick-Read practiced in the early 20th century. He was a British obstetrician and advocate of natural childbirth.
He recognised the link between fear and pain during birth and became increasingly concerned at the rise of medical intervention in childbirth.
He wrote a book "Childbirth Without Fear" still widely available, which outlines his theory.
He later moved to Africa where he observed traditional African births which reinforced his beliefs.