Hypnobirthing is a holistic approach to birth that prepares the mother, baby and birth partners towards a positive and empowering birthing experience.
The hypnotherapy aspect of hypnobirthing concentrates on eliminating any fears we associate with birth in order to break the fear-tension-pain syndrome. Alongside the self-hypnosis skills that hypnotherapy teaches, techniques including relaxation, breathing and visualisation are also incorporated so that both the psychological and physical elements of birth are covered. Further to this, people who undertake hypnobirthing are also provided with information regarding the choices they have during birth. Together this provides you with the comprehensive knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your birthing experience.
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.
Other benefits of hypnobirthing include its ability to create an atmosphere that supports a calm and positive birth with a reduced need for medical interventions. Importantly, the HypnoBirthing Australia™ programme takes a realistic view about birth though and the fact that sometimes medical intervention is needed or even chosen. Whilst many of us may wish for a natural, drug-free birth, if your birthing experience does not happen to follow this route then the hypnobirthing course and its content will greatly assist you in these scenarios too. It prepares the right mindset for a positive birth and the skills it develops can be used before, during and after in order to benefit mum, baby and people around them.
You can attend hypnobirthing classes at any point during your pregnancy. The ideal time is between 20-30 weeks so that you have time to practice the techniques and alter your mindset towards one that views birth in a more confident manner, however with the right level of determination and enthusiasm a mother can attend anytime up to 37 weeks.
All expectant mothers deserve the opportunity to birth their babies in the most empowering way possible and hypnobirthing can help mothers and birth partners achieve that.
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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