What it is, how it can help & Why you should be doin' it
Hypnobirthing is a program designed to educate expecting parents with highly relevant and helpful information related to many aspects of pregnancy and birth. Hypnobirthing incorporates techniques such as self-hypnosis and relaxation methods to allow a calm and empowered birth experience for the mother and their birth partner. The Hypnobirthing Australia™ course in particular, covers elements such as creating and maintaining a positive mindset throughout pregnancy and birth and most importantly offers a ‘toolkit’ for birth. It allows preparations & choices for empowered birthing and all of the knowledge gained from the course to be brought together at the end and put into practice. It delves into the mind-body connection and how the different parts of the brain play a role in birth, such as the Neocortex, Limbic system and most importantly the ‘Reptilian Brain’.
The ‘Hypno’ side to the program explores the role of the conscious and subconscious mind and how they affect pregnancy and birth as well as ways to control the subconscious and use it for a positive birthing experience. Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness, so it is likely that you have experienced a Hypnotic State in your day-to-day life. Have you ever driven home from somewhere and when you arrive you cannot recall the trip? Or felt emotionally connected to the characters in a film… that is your imagination allowing you to feel emotion for something completely fictional- yet relatable. Our thoughts affect our physiological state and this is something we can have control over during birth.
The ‘toolkit’ for birth in the Hypnobirthing Australia course provides the mother and their birth partner with multiple techniques for reprogramming the subconscious for a positive birth and conditions endorphins to be released during the birth. These tools include using positive and empowering language, affirmations, creating a positive birth environment, self-hypnosis (techniques, tracks and scripts), music and scent. There are also touch techniques such as anchoring, light touch and acupressure. Visualisations, breathing techniques, movement, instant relaxation and vocal cues like triggers, scripts, prompts and using vocalisation during labour.
A lot of information, right?
Well this is exactly why the course has such a fantastic reputation- It is an abundance of information that they don't always share with you in other antenatal classes. The Hypnobirthing Australia™ course allows expecting mums to be educated and filled with the knowledge they need to make empowered choices about the type of birthing experience they desire! If you are after a Happy Birth Day and want to reap the benefits of Hypnobirthing, click the course outline and available classes tabs to find out more.