As impossible as it may sound, it is quite feasible to give birth to a baby without experiencing any pain, of any sort.
Using clinical hypnotherapy to counter discomfort while giving birth is a tried-and-tested phenomenon, which has hugely positive health benefits for the mother-to-be and her new infant.
It makes sense that something as natural as childbirth does not need to be a traumatic experience. The body is perfectly equipped, with all the resources it needs, to move a baby, effortlessly and gently, from the womb and down the birth canal. A lot of the complications encountered by pregnant mothers in labour are due to the medical interventions and medicines imposed by doctors and hospitals, which interfere with the body’s natural processes.
The human body is equipped with the ability to diminish and eliminate acute and chronic pain, and can also therefore diminish and eliminate the pain of childbirth. By allowing her body to enter a state of deep relaxation during labour, an expectant mother can allow herself to feel only the gentle pressure of her muscles moving her baby out of her body, at a pace the body requires. When animals give birth they do not have a team of medical staff on hand, telling them what to do at each stage of the birth process. Their body instinctively knows what position to adopt, and which muscles to use when, and the human body is no different.
The use of clinical hypnotherapy in childbirth allows a mother to harness her own natural pain-killing abilities, by helping her to relax every muscle in her body, while in a deep hypnotic trance, so that the muscles required for childbirth can move effortlessly and fluidly when needed, with absolutely no resistance, and the womb and birth canal can be as open as it is possible to be, to help the baby move easily into this world. Because there is no tension in the body at any point, there is no pain, and labour is generally shorter than for medically-assisted births.
Contrast that with a normal, hospital, birth where the mother is generally scared, and extremely fearful of each crippling contraction. She tenses her whole body as she feels the pressure returning again and again, and that tension creates pain, as well as tight, resistant muscles which impede the journey of the baby through the body. Tension can also prompt the release of adrenaline, which makes already tense muscles even more tense, and that tension can actually slow or even halt labour, as the body goes into a “fight or flight” mode.
In addition, women can be ordered to push the baby out before the body has sufficiently softened the skin to allow a painless exit, and painkilling medications can interfere with, or even paralyse, normal internal muscle movement, just when it is needed most, leading to forceps and ventouse (suction cap) deliveries. In the worst of cases, the mother’s body is actually fighting against all of its natural impulses to expel the baby!
In a series of six clinical hypnotherapy hypnobirthing preparation sessions, ante-natal mothers are taught:
- How to relax their entire body from head to toe, to eliminate tension, and promote free muscle movement. How to use that deep state of relaxation to also lower their heart rate, temperature and blood pressure if need be.
- How to breathe properly for the different stages of labour, to ensure the right muscles are getting the optimum amount of oxygen at the right time. Increased oxygen stimulates the release of oxytocin, which controls the contractions (known as ‘surges’ in hypnobirthing), and endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers.
- How to create effective pain relief in any part of the body, at any time, for as long as is required, without the need for any analgesic medications. As well as being an essential skill for a comfortable birth, this skill can also help with eliminating many of the discomforts of the final months of pregnancy, especially backache.
- How to use visualisation skills to communicate with their unborn baby and promote pre-birth bonding, lessening the possibility of post-partum depression.
- How to use visualisation skills to prepare their body for birth; mentally exercising the essential muscles which will facilitate the baby’s entry into the world.
- How to eliminate insomnia, and how to use clinical hypnotherapy sleep techniques to ensure they get enough rest both before and after the baby is born.
- How to use self-hypnosis techniques to be able to reproduce all these skills instantly, without the presence of a clinical hypnotherapist.
The Beat Retreat Group Hypnobirthing Course is delivered online via videoconferencing, for maximum convenience, every Sunday evening at 8pm in Hong Kong, 8pm in London and 8pm in New York. The six classes cost a total of just $150 USD (payable by Paypal). This is a fraction of the cost of normal hypnobirthing courses, but at The Beat Retreat we know just how expensive pregnancy and childbirth is, and that you are going to need every penny to spend on your new baby. We also know that everything you will learn on this course your body already instinctively knows, so it feels wrong to charge you a huge amount for your own inner knowledge!!
The Beat Retreat Hypnobirthing courses this Spring 2018 begin on Sunday March 4th, Sunday April 15th and Sunday May 27th. We recommend you begin the course anytime after your 20th week of pregnancy.
FREE ONLINE CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY DURING DELIVERY: After taking the course, you will be able to induce self-hypnosis quickly and easily when the time comes for your baby to be born. But if you prefer to have a clinical hypnotherapist guide you in hypnosis during the birth we are happy to be present in the delivery room, via video conferencing. There is no charge for this service. We would be honored to be part of your big day and happy to provide the reassurance you might need for a totally pain free birth.
Clinical hypnotherapy can also be effective in diminishing or eliminating the nausea of morning sickness by calming the part of the brain which controls the vomit reflex; help prevent premature labor, and in some cases, even effectively turn a breech baby.
Just in case you are doubting whether hypnobirthing can work for you, approximately two thirds of all women who were taught self-hypnosis for childbirth at a hospital in Australia were able to use hypnosis as their sole analgesic for labor. They rated their labour pain at about 2 on a scale of 1 – 10, and said they generally felt pressure or mild cramping rather than pain.