The world is abuzz with talk of Kate Middleton being a fan of hypnobirthing. Popular Magazines and newspapers reported that Kate, when she was pregnant, explored hypnobirthing and the use of hypnosis for a more natural birth for her first baby.
Obstetricians, Doctors and Midwives are reportedly big fans of hypnobirthing, they say it makes everyone’s role more pleasant and enjoyable.
Hypnobirthing – a method of hypnosis, visualization and deep breathing – is a growing trend among savvy moms-to-be who seek alternatives to medicated births. The idea is that childbirth is a natural process and can be accomplished calmly if the mother can relax enough to let her body do its job.
Many people, including HypnoBirth mums believe modern birth — with epidurals, C-sections, Pitocin injections, etc. — build a culture of fear, which causes women to release unfavourable hormones increasing pain in childbirth.
Hypnobirthing helps women let go of “fear-tension-pain” regularly experienced in labour. Instead – women learn to work with their body to produce natural pain-relieving chemistry during childbirth.
Time and time again, I receive wonderful phone calls and emails from women. Women love to share personal stories of how they birthed babies into the world calm, pain-free, with no stitches, no drugs. Many tell me about births that were manageable even despite being induced or due to special circumstances caused by; gestational diabetes or conditions brought on by elevated blood pressure (known as pre-eclampsia). Majority of these women also reported shorter, more comfortable childbirth experiences.
“If we welcome our babies in love instead of fear, we’ll create a world of love,” a quote from New York Daily News.
Obstetricians, Doctors and Midwives are very much in favour of hypnobirthing, they say it makes their job easier and more enjoyable.
There is no doubt in my mind, however, that the biggest fans of hypnobirthing are the women themselves. Women with the first-hand experience of the calm, pain-free births, who gladly share their positive hypnobirthing stories and the enjoyment of spending time relaxing during pregnancy listening to the Birth a Labour of Love CD and several other birthing CDs.
Written by: Katherine Ferris, hypnobirthing coach