When your mind is free of fear and tension, your body can be free of pain and will function as it was created to do so. HypnoBirthing- Give your baby an opportunity to arrive into a calm and peaceful environment
“When thinking about your pregnancy, I imagine you are very aware about how healthy eating and the right sort of exercise will help. How many of you stop to think about how your mind or mental attitude throughout your pregnancy will affect your labour? It simply isn’t mentioned antenatally until your labor begins and the midwife is telling you to relax or calm down. How much better do you think you’ll be if you had had an opportunity to learn how to achieve deep relaxation and a state of calmness before your labor begins?
We all know that our brain controls our body and it is no different when we labor. Our mind is in charge, and influences, ideally positive, but more commonly, negative have profound effects. Throughout our childhood, adolescence and adulthood, women are bombarded with frightening images of childbirth, we have to listen to awful experiences and believe that labor is just something to get through. When it becomes our turn at motherhood we may love the experience of being pregnant but have huge anxieties and fears about the birth. Whether we like it or not, our mind absorbs negative information which will ruin the chance of our mind, body and baby working together in the natural state it must be in, in order to have a straightforward, natural yet overwhelming beautiful birth.
With my first pregnancy, I didn’t really understand what was going to happen or what effects drugs had on the baby or me but thought I would see what happens. It wasn’t until I read about pregnancy and birth that it dawned on me that my number one priority was to give my baby the best possible chance of having a natural birth because in the absence of medical necessity, this is undoubtedly what was best for her.
In order to achieve this, I went on a HypnoBirthing® course on which you learn a variety of simple relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques which prepares the mind for birth. Learning these techniques and being able to think positively about birth, realizing that this is a huge and immensely exciting time in your and your family’s life, helps your mind to replace all associated negativity and re-wires it with excitement, confidence and a calm control about what will most definitely happen.
Fundamental to the HypnoBirthing® philosophy is the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read (1890 – 1959). He was an obstetrician who dedicated his professional career into exploring natural birth and as a result developed a theory of childbirth which in my opinion is amongst the most important ever hypothesized in this field. He began to explore whether the nature of labor was responsible for the emotional state of the woman or was the emotional state of the woman responsible for the nature of her labor.
His theory is that the fear of pain produces true pain through the medium of pathological tension. This is known as Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome.
When the body begins to labor with unresolved fears the mind instead of being calm switches into the fight, flight or freeze state. For the laboring woman, the uterine muscles which must work together along with the body’s rich hormonal cocktail are all affected and her chances of a normal, natural birth diminish from this point.
Because of his work, Dr. Grantly Dick-Read concluded that confidence, understanding and fearlessness are essential factors in easy childbirth and from my two experiences of birth, I wholeheartedly agree.