Hypnosis for Childbirth
What is Hypnosis for Childbirth? Hypnosis is a state of deep mental and physical relaxation that enables the hypnotized person to focus intensely on a thought or feeling, blocking outside distractions. In this state, the mind is more open to suggestions that change our beliefs and behavior. When a woman prepares for childbirth with hypnosis, these suggestions aim to replace fear and expectations of pain with confident expectations of a safe, gentle – even comfortable – birth. For example, a woman using this technique may concentrate on the sound of her deep breathing, taking her further into a hypnotic state, and visualize her baby easing downward with each breath.
In childbirth hypnosis teaches a new vocabulary to describe labor and birth, to break the traditional association of birth with pain.
How Hypnosis works in labor.
When a woman feels fear during childbirth, her body releases stress hormones that trigger the body’s “fight or flight” response. This causes muscles to tighten and interferes with the birthing process. By training the subconscious mind to expect a safe, gentle birth, they say, women can avoid going into the fight-or-flight state, allowing for a smoother birth.
What are the advantages of using Hypnosis for labor? Mothers using hypnosis in childbirth use less pain medication and rate their pain as less severe. Call Kelly Granite Enck, Hypnotherapist for a free consultation at 215-840-0684.
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