A comfortable birth, from start to finish. Isn't this the dream? What if it were possible to have a relaxing, comfortable, and confident birth, from start to finish? This is what we learn to do through childbirth hypnosis. Now, hold on a minute! I know what you're thinking...a swinging pocket watch, glazed over eyes, laying on a chaise in an office somewhere? I'm happy to report that it's nothing like that at all.
At Lowery Birth Services, we teach a wonderful childbirth education class called Hypnobabies. Just like other methods of childbirth education, you'll learn all about maintaining a healthy pregnancy, the process of birth, postpartum care, and newborn care. What you won't learn about with other methods of childbirth education, is how to have a comfortable and joyful birth. That's because with Hypnobabies, we spend six weeks using medical grade hypnosis to "re-train" your mind. It's nothing crazy, like how the media typically portrays hypnosis. You'll be asked to get comfortable in your chair, in a fully supported position. Then, your instructor or your partner will read a script to you. It's very similar to guided imagery or meditation, except hypnosis actually works to re-shape your thoughts on birth. It's a common misconception that childbirth has to be painful. This is why other childbirth education methods teach "pain coping" techniques and "comfort" measures. While there is nothing wrong with those who choose to grit their teeth and bear the pain, I often wonder if they know there are other options. When you choose to commit to a Hypnobabies birth, you are choosing to have a birth experience like no other--comfortable, awake, aware, and relaxed! Yes, relaxed! A wonderful side effect of hypnosis is relaxation!
The most amazing births I have ever seen as a doula have been the ones where the mother pushes her baby out with a smile, gasping for joy, not pain. I love seeing birth partners able to enjoy the birth experience too. So often, at traditional births, I see birth partners anxious or upset that their partner is in so much pain, and they feel helpless that all they can offer is a hand to hold. At a Hypnobabies birth, I see birth partners smiling, laughing, and involved in the process without fear! In class, your birth partner will learn cue words that instantly put you into a deep hypnosis. During intense moments of birth, your partner is actively able to participate and help you stay comfortable, simply by placing a hand on your shoulder or forehead and saying your cue word.
What about families who are planning to use an epidural? Birth goals differ for every family. Some families want to birth without pain medication. Some families prefer to use pain medication, like an epidural. Hypnobabies is a thorough childbirth education course that will prepare you for all birth scenarios, so you can have your baby happily, comfortably, and with confidence. Each birth is different, and every individual has their own goals. If you're in the Hampton Roads area, and you'd like more information about how our Hypnobabies class can fit your individual birth goals, please visit our contact page.