What exactly is hypnosis for birth? It is a safe, effective method to enable couples to embrace childbirth, so that it becomes a manageable, easier and more enjoyable experience. Hypnotherapy accesses the deeper parts of your mind where thought patterns and beliefs are stored away and enables elimination of non-beneficial thoughts in relation to birth and replaces them with useful ones. Hypnosis for birth, which uses visualisation, hypnosis, breathing and NLP, has a huge amount of scientific research backing it up. Studies demonstrate how the deeply relaxing effects of this method can allow for a smoother and sometimes quicker birth with less use of pain medication and less medical intervention altogether. Above all, the methods used often leave mothers (and fathers) in a good state of mind, more able to focus on and bond with baby.
From my experience as an Easibirthing ® practitioner, most pregnant women can benefit from hypnosis for birth. People in my classes have ranged from those who are simply terrified of birth or have specific medical issues they worry about, to those who are positive about birth and wish to learn methods to enhance their experience. Although not essential, partner involvement is recommended and can be instrumental to a successful birth.
There are many simple techniques that you can use to relax yourself deeply, so that your body has a greater chance of birthing your baby effectively. One of the simplest ways is by breathing deeply and evenly throughout your contractions. By breathing in this way you can enter a relaxed state, gain a sense of control over the process and focus on the amazing process your body is undergoing.
As a hypnotherapist and specialist hypnotic birthing practitioner, I run Easibirthing ® group classes and also one-to-one courses in Manchester. Easibirthing ® was developed alongside UK midwives and has been used successfully for over 15 years, to help pregnant women make childbirth what it should be – a happy, empowering experience.
Gouri Laher offers free, confidential, initial advice by phone or e-mail. For more information about hypnotherapy or Reiki in Manchester or to get an advice contact: