Hypnosis Birth or HypnoBirthing classes are popular among expectant mothers. However, hypnobirthing has its pros and cons. As always, use due diligence before investing time and money into a hypnobirthing class.
Getting into a state of self-hypnosis
PRO: Fundamentally Hypnobirthing is about getting into a deep state of relaxation, which is the foundation of a positive birth experience. The labour of Love Hypnobirthing practitioner Meg Van Den Hondel explains that the goal is to teach you how to enter a state of self-hypnosis and use this state to deliver a form of anaesthesia. Expectant mothers may also find use in the positive imagery used in hypnobirthing.
CON: Hypnobirthing techniques such as using the mind to have an inward focus may not be suitable for the woman who likes to be a bit more active or wants to open her eyes or moan. One expectant mother who trained with self-hypnosis remembers reaching a point in labour where self-hypnosis was no longer effective for her. In the end, she started to feel most out of control at the thought that she could no longer use hypnobirthing tools to cope. It is suggested in this situation that expectant mothers have a variety of tools and methods on hand in addition to self-hypnosis.
Using positive language
PRO: Hypnobirthing classes use aspects of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) such as having the expectant the mother use words such as ‘birthing waves” instead of “contractions” and using “discomfort” instead of “pain” Not using negative words like these lets hypo birthing students use the power of the mind to achieve more pain- free birth.
CON: Hypnobirthing students can have a feeling of failure at the first sign of legitimate pain. Although positive thinking has immense power it is important that the discomforts of labour can be a real “pain” and it’s important to remember that there is nothing wrong with admitting that labour hurts. The key is to reframe pain tension and fear into one of coping positively.
Gaining trust in your body
PRO: Hypnobirthing encourages women to trust their bodies and to feel it on a deeper subconscious level. Hypnobirthing classes aim to get students to dispel any fear surrounding childbirth. This approach affirms a woman’s innate ability to give birth, giving trust in the power of her mind and body. Women are encouraged to embrace childbirth as a healthy and natural process.
CON: Some women find self-hypnosis and subconscious thought to be a little vague. Honestly, it’s possible to get a bit lost in the process of trying to tap into your subconscious mind. As self-hypnosis can be a very vague concept, some women prefer the more traditional exercise of focusing on perfecting their breathing techniques or new positions of comfort.
In summary, Hypnobirthing has its strengths and weaknesses just like every other childbirth preparation course. Keep doing research and try to find the best fit for you and your partner. The good news is that despite which childbirth course you choose, your willingness to practice and learn new labour coping skills will give you the confidence to approach childbirth in a more positive way.
Want to see if HypnoBirthing is right for you? The labour of love is running classes here in Christchurch. Check out the class details here.
The labour of love is currently giving away a FREE hypnobirthing guide that goes into the fine detail of what hypnobirthing is and how it can help you.