Hypnobirthing with Amanda Gwynne Midwife, Hypnotherapist, and Hypnobirthing Practitioner
Hypnobirthing embraces the philosophy of natural childbirth experienced without fear or tension, using relaxation techniques, self-hypnosis, visualisation and breathing techniques. The aim of the course is to build confidence in your own ability to give birth just as nature intended, and to access your own maternal instincts. The idea was originally based on the observations and research by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read in the early 1920s, which led him to the conclusion that what makes childbirth painful is the ‘fear, tension and pain’ syndrome.
Hypnobirthing Classes and Workshops
The ideal time to start your workshop is approximately 28 weeks gestation, but can be attended at any time. The workshops are kept to small groups to ensure that individual needs are met and each session lasts 4 hours, over two saturdays. Evening classes are also available. Individual tuition can be arranged for those couples that prefer ‘one to one’ sessions.
What is Hypnobirthing?
Ok. Lets’ deal with the misconceptions. Hypnobirthing does not involve a scary therapist standing in front of you swinging a pendulum in front of your eyes. Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural state similar to day- dreaming, which we all experience everyday. During hypnosis breathing slows, and muscles relax whilst the mind remains alert. Research has suggested that hypnotherapy can reduce pain, ease anxiety (Jenkins MW, Pritchard MH, 1993), and in addition significantly reduced the length of labour, especially in first time mothers. (Martin AA, et al. 2001).
Why use Hypnobirthing?
Learning hypnobirthing during pregnancy gives you the tools to prepare for birth and beyond using breathing techniques, visualisaton, relaxation, glove anaesthesia, and self-hypnosis. During classes you are shown how to breathe in rhythm with your surges (contractions), which encourages deep relaxation, and helps reduce the ‘fear, tension and pain’ syndrome. Visualisations allow you to rehearse your ideal birthing experience, whilst visual imagery encourages bonding with your baby.Culturally, we are programmed to believe childbirth will be painful, whereas African and Indian women give birth easily without fear.
What are the benefits of hypnobirthing?
- Deep relaxation can reduce the need for chemical pain relief and stimulate the release of the body’s own natural painkillers called ‘endorphins’.
- Pain relieving techniques such as ‘glove anaesthesia’ may aid a pain free labour and birth.
- The effect of using hypnosis as a means of relaxation and pain relief in labour has been widely researched and may lead to a shorter first stage of labour
- A calm and controlled birth experience for both mother and baby.
- Early bonding is more likely as a family unit
- Encourages early breast feeding and a rapid postnatal recovery
- Babies appear more settled and calm
When can hypnotherapy be used?
Hypnotherapy can be used throughout pregnancy to enhance wellbeing, reduce tiredness and alleviate morning sickness. Dr. Martin P. Williams, a member of the British Hypnotherapy Association and founder of the Hypnonatal program for painless childbirth, says ‘When using hypnosis in early pregnancy in most cases within one or two sessions, feelings of nausea and sickness subside…’
In conclusion Hypnobirthing is a gentle, safe and effective therapy, which has been used as a natural healing technique for centuries. Self- hypnosis, visualisations, breathing and relaxation techniques give women the tools to achieve their goal of a calm and natural birth. This therapy works in a positive way, reducing fear and promoting women’s confidence in their own ability to give birth naturally and easily.