This article has been reposted with permission from the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep blog.
Childbirth is unpredictable, but that is all the more reason to prepare for it and embrace it. You will never have another chance to give birth to this child…
For some women, birth is a truly fearful event. For “hypno-moms” it is merely a challenge…
My first encounter with hypnosis was several years ago in non other than…Las Vegas. (Yes, the era before our family’s child-rearing project commenced.) The hypnotist was decked out in a shiny ensemble. His perky helpers sported less garments..actually way less…
Needless to say, the show involved several audience members being hypnotised on stage and finding themselves in peculiar situations (sometimes involving bananas) once Mr. Shiny snapped his fingers. Even right after the show was apparently over, one lucky participant who had returned to his seat experienced uncontrollable impulses upon each applause from the audience!
So what is hypnosis really?
Nowadays, it is common for hypnosis to be used therapeutically in many areas and with great success in medical and dental procedures by patients with life-threatening allergies to anesthetics, allowing them to have surgeries without any drugs or pain. We therefore know that the mind can indeed be trained to experience discomfort as only pressure and that is exactly what is achieved with hypno-birthing.
During labour, the more relaxation a mother achieves with hypnosis, the more comfort she will have. This physical relaxation is learned and practised daily in preparation for birth using guided visualisations. The inner mind is in effect trained to believe that birth will be a comfortable and joyous occasion!
Sadly, in our culture we are daily programmed to believe that giving birth will be an excruciating event and this is also why we experience pain. Because we expect to. On the contrary, in other cultures, giving birth is seen as a beautiful, natural event which should be celebrated and honoured. Young girls grow up with the belief that giving birth is positive and as a result, their births are without pain and fear.
Today however, the world is slowly starting to take notice and many women (yet still nowhere enough) are reaping the powerful benefits. Celebrity hypnobirthers include Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Pamela Anderson and many more. It’s great to see the message being spread.
I fell in the trap of our modern western culture. Believing I need to do everything in my power to eliminate this “expected pain”. I won’t bore you now with too many details (I will write about my birth experiences in detail at a later stage).
Instead of drawing on my natural resources, I eagerly opted to avoid this expected torture by eagerly accepting an epidural offered to me on a silver platter by the “wonderful world of medicine” today. Let’s just say that maybe should I not have had those epidurals, I would not have ended up with two cesarean sections which opened me up (literally) to a multitude of avoidable serious and life-threatening risks.
So why, didn’t I choose to use hypnosis for childbirth as pain management? To be honest, I did not know enough about it and did not realise and understand the enormous impact it can have. Where would I find it in Luxembourg, would I even find it English. Plus, with my Vegas experience as my only point of reference – the prospect was basically ruled out and I did not make much of an effort to investigate further. By the time I attended my antenatal preparation classes (the only English class available at that stage!) it was too late to start on a program and I don’t even remember it being mentioned in the actual class. Which proves a very important point. Don't wait for your antenatal classes before you investigate your options.
Today, following my baby planning/maternity coach studies, I have new insight. I can not deny the fact that hypno-birthing is real and it works. I have seen enough evidence.
My aim now is to educate mamas-to-be that there is a pain relief method that indeed works, without any risks for mother or baby. With no side affects. All that is required is an open mind and time to practice the skills so you are untouchable on this wonderful joyous day of your baby’s birth.
Here’s an interesting video clip showing how the world is slowly but surely taking notice of this powerful tool.
Read part II & III in this series:
The beautiful hypno-birthing experience of Angelique Supka from Mintmouse
Your guide to hypnosis for childbirth in Luxembourg by Marise Hyman
Were you a hypno-mom? Tell us your story!
More about the Author:
As mother of two darling babies, Certified International Maternity Institute Baby Planner Consultant, Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Practitioner and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide maternity and sleep coaching for expecting/future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence!
She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep offering a variety of social and educational events in Luxembourg designed so parents can make the most of becoming and being a new parent in the modern world today.