From your next-door neighbour to the royal family, hypnobirthing is becoming an increasingly popular way to give birth. But what exactly is hypnobirthing? According to the Royal College of Midwives, it is about experiencing birth in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Free from fear and tensions that prevents our birthing muscles from functioning as nature intended them to.
Here at Bump & Mind, we are fully qualified hypnobirthing instructors. We use the renowned KGHypnobirthing training with all of our clients. Here is our breakdown of the hypnobirthing programme and how it can benefit you and your birth partner.
What are the methods and techniques used in hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that can be used alongside or without traditional pain relief methods. It specifically focuses on breathing and meditation. This helps you remain calm and reduce labour discomfort.
While you might laugh at the idea of meditating during labour, it can help you feel more positive and prepared. The meditation aspect of it helps you concentrate on your body and baby during birth. It also helps to ignore any extra noise or distractions that are going on around you.
Does hypnobirthing work?
Some women find that hypnobirthing can help manage your stress hormones and have a calmer birth. Others found it helped them to cope with the anxieties from a previous traumatic birth experience and even lower the chance of postnatal depression.
Are there disadvantages to hypnobirthing?
When it comes to childbirth, things do not always go to plan; some babies have ideas of their own! A birth free from medical interventions or complications can never be guaranteed. However, keeping calm and learning to relax may help you feel more in control during labour if things don’t go to plan.
Hypnobirthing classes are usually taught in small groups or one-to-one sessions. While you don’t have to bring your birth partner with you, it has been developed with your birthing partner in mind. This is so that they have a more active role when bringing your baby into the world.
Before booking a class, look for an accredited teacher. Or check with your midwife to see who offers classes in your area. You can also book a hypnobirthing retreat, to give you (and your birth partner) the time and space to prepare you for labour in a relaxing environment. It also gives you both a chance for a quick babymoon before your baby’s arrival.
At Bump & Mind, our luxury pregnancy retreat is hosted at a 5-star hotel in the Isle of Wight and overseen by a qualified KGHypnobirthing teacher; so you feel relaxed and ready for childbirth. For more information, get in touch today.