HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The HypnoBirthing concept is not new, but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstretician, who first forwarded the concept of natural birthing in the 1920s.
The method teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed.
You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birthing.
When you have your baby with Hypnobirthing, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body’s surges; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation. You will be able to determine the degree to which you will feel the surges.
You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to.
In this calm state your body’s natural anesthesia, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.