Written by Lyndsey Trueman, Trueway Hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing. Used by the public, celebrities and, if recent reports are to be believed, royalty but it’s still misunderstood.
Hypnobirthing has become a popular way to birth in recent years but as a Hypnobirthing Teacher I face one major problem. The term “hypno” confuses people. It conjures up images of stage hypnosis where people run around thinking they’re chickens, or are simply out of control. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Hypnobirthing is antenatal classes. Simple isn’t it? Our classes teach everything you learn in “normal” antenatal classes while also eliminating the fear that surrounds birth. This can only be done by combining information with showing how our minds and bodies can work together for a POSITIVE birth experience.
So why are there so many myths around Hypnobirthing? Let’s try to remove some of these misconceptions.
I will be hypnotised and out of control during birth
Hypnosis is just words. These words are spoken to you when you’re relaxed. You are therefore in complete control at all times.
There are no watches swung in front of your eyes or “3, 2, 1 and you’re asleep”.
All Hypnobirths are the same
This is impossible. When we think of our daily routine, it’s never exactly the same as another’s. We aren’t hungry at exactly the same time, we don’t need the toilet at the same time. Its the same for birth. No two births can be the same. All babies are different and each baby will have their own plan.
Hypnobirthing is for all births. Whether you have a home birth, hospital birth, birth in a birth centre, water birth, c-section, assisted delivery, vaginal delivery, etc.
Using Hypnobirthing means you can’t use pain relief
Hypnobirthing is about getting the birth that’s right for you and your baby. You can of course use pain relief if that’s right for you. We’ll talk about all the pain relief options on the Hypnobirthing course so you can make your own informed decision about it.
You might find you plan to use pain relief but actually don’t need it. Hypnobirthing doesn’t guarantee a pain free birth but interestingly most Hypnobirthing Mums don’t describe birth as painful, the term most used is “powerful”.
Hypnobirthing is just for Mums
If you choose to have a birthing partner, they may initially be sceptical about Hypnobirthing and think it’s just for Mums. This is perfectly natural but completely untrue. In fact, birthing partners often find they gain more than the Mums during our courses.
Birthing Partners are not good at giving birth but they are good at protecting. Mums are busy during birth and need their Partner to become their voice. A big part of Hypnobirthing is teaching the birthing partner about their responsibilities. The birthing partner is fully involved as it’s their birth too.
There’s no science in Hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course.
We work on eliminating the fear surrounding birth and this can only be done by having information. We will always fear the unknown so it’s vital that our clients are fully informed about birth. That’s why Hypnobirthing can only be taught as an antenatal course.
If you have any questions about Hypnobirthing please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Article from On the Doorstep Magazine May 2019.