You’re pregnant. You can’t wait to hold your little bundle of joy in your arms. But, wait! For the baby to be in your arms – it needs to come out!!
For many women the thought of giving birth is one that is tainted by negative stories from family and friends or dramatized by TV and movies. Images of women screaming, shouting as many expletives as possible at their spouse and acting as if their body has been taken over by aliens.
However, the fact that you are reading this article on The HypnoBirthing Mum means that you are probably one of a growing number of women who believe (or at least hope!) birth doesn’t have to be this way. And thankfully, it doesn’t. Below are 10 reasons why choosing to do a HypnoBirthing Mum course will be the best investment you make for yourself and your baby!
1. Remain calm and relaxed throughout labour and birth
The fear-tension-pain cycle works on the concept that if we can eliminate fear, we will feel more relaxed and experience lower levels of pain. The hypnotherapy element of HypnoBirthing tackles these fears with self-hypnosis and positive affirmations. Alongside this, breathing and visualisation techniques are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. The result is a more calm and relaxing environment in which to birth your baby.
2. Benefits to baby
Babies born when the mum has been using a HypnoBirthing approach are often said to be calmer babies who sleep well and feed better. Studies also show that they have higher APGAR scores (these indicate how well a baby is doing outside the womb) in the moments after birth.
3. Involves the birth partner
The HypnoBirthing Mum course isn’t just geared towards the mum it also places a heavy emphasis on the role of your birth partner. Whether you choose your partner, mum, friend or a doula to be your birth partner, the course will show them how they can support you during pregnancy, how to be your advocate during the birth, and gives them real, tangible things to do in a situation where they can so often feel quite useless.
4. Be informed about your choices
When a mother and her birth partner can approach childbirth feeling prepared with the right knowledge, information and tools this results in a positive and confident mindset that can lead to the beautiful births that so many women hope for. The HypnoBirthing Mum courses cover many aspects of the birthing process that equips you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices about the options you have when giving birth.
5. Reduced medicalisation of birth
More and more research is providing independent clinical evidence that a HypnoBirthing approach to birth reduces the need for medical interventions including epidurals and caesareans, less drugs used during labour and shorter hospital stays following birth. Throughout the ages giving birth has been a natural event that woman would celebrate and embrace, and it is only in the relatively recent past that we have started to use increasingly medicalised interventions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that only approx. 10% of births require a caesarean for genuine medical reasons yet statistics show its currently more than 30% and is continuing to rise. It is time to go back towards more natural methods for supporting childbirth – the act of giving birth isn’t changing, our approach to it is!
6. Offers you strategies for childbirth
For arguably the most important event in our lives, women often go into childbirth unprepared, uninformed and unsuspecting of what is about to happen. A HypnoBirthing Mum course will provide you with tangible skills and techniques that you can weave into your birth-plan and builds a strategy for both you and your birth partner to follow – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin.
7. You can’t re-do the birth
Welcoming your baby into the world should be the most joyous occasion you ever experience. There’s no doubting once you are holding your new addition to the family in your arms you will be consumed with love and happiness, but wouldn’t it also be great to look back on the whole of your labour with fondness and affection. Investing in a HypnoBirthing Mum course where you develop the skills, techniques and knowledge for a positive and calm birth can help you achieve this and have the most empowering start to motherhood possible. “Childbirth education is one of the most important investments you can make for you baby. You can sell the pram if it doesn’t suit…but you don’t get to ‘re-do’ their birth” Melissa Spilsted, HypnoBirthing Australia Director.
8. Can be used regardless of how and where you give birth
Courses devised by HypnoBirthing Australia™ and run by The HypnoBirthing Mum have been created to support mother, baby and birth partners regardless of how and where you give birth. There is no judgment on one of our courses, in fact, there is even a course specifically designed for Caesarean births! The techniques you learn and the knowledge you gain will be invaluable to you whatever path your birth takes.
9. Techniques can be used before, during and after giving birth
You will learn breathing techniques, positive affirmations and self-hypnosis on a course. All of these can be used to help enjoy you pregnancy, to have a positive birth experience, and then also once your baby has arrived to create a beautiful bond with your baby.
10. Positive and empowering birth experience
The advantages of Hypnobirthing to you and your baby are endless. If you want the opportunity to have a positive and empowering birth experience with all the benefits listed above then visit www.thehypnobirthingmum.com.au for more information, course details and how to book into a course.
Kerry Sutcliffe is an award winning hypnobirthing practitioner based in Sydney. She provides group and private hypnobirthing and childbirth education courses to pregnant women and their birth partner, and can also offer online programs. She has a background in counselling and psychology and currently works as a researcher in the school of medicine at a Sydney based university researching how antenatal education impacts birthing outcomes for mothers and babies.
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