Maggie Howell, founder of Natal Hypnotherapy and mum of 4, explains how hypnosis can help you have a simpler delivery
Hypnosis is a state similar to daydreaming, when your conscious (rational mind) takes a step back and your subconscious (feelings, memories, emotions) comes to the fore. With intended hypnosis, you purposefully take yourself into a daydream-like state using music, soothing images and visualisation. Once the analytical part of your mind relaxes, you become receptive to positive suggestions.
Your perceptions of birth, coupled with your confidence in your body, play a major part in your birth outcome. By listening to positive suggestions during hypnosis in pregnancy, you can deal with fears about birth and replace them with confidence and increased belief in your body’s abilities.
By learning deep relaxation, practising effective breathing, overcoming fears and understanding how to work with your body, you will greatly reduce tension. A calm state also increases hormone production, including your natural painkillers (endorphins), making contractions more effective and so often reducing the need for intervention.
You can learn these skills by attending a Natal Hypnotherapy course or by listening to a CD.
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