Hypnobirthing - Benefits for Your Baby and You
You are likely to experience a more comfortable and sometimes pain free birth.
Your baby will arrive to a serene and relaxed environment, alert and ready to bond with you as nature intended.
Length of labour is often much shorter.
Less drugs and medical intervention are used in KGHypnobirthing births allowing your baby to develop naturally and easily after they arrive.
Mums often bounce back quicker after birth as the physical impact of giving birth is reduced.
Your birth partner will learn how to support you and have a central and active role in the birth. A truly shared and loving experience.
Hypnobirthing - When to start?
I am often asked when should I start a hypnobirthing course. Well, you can start at any time but we recommend starting in the second trimester so that you can enjoy the benefits during your pregnancy as well as at the birth of your baby. It is not so much a matter of learning facts so they are fresh in your mind, but more a matter of absorbing the information so that it becomes second nature and you have plenty of time for your sub-conscious to accept the information and plenty of time to practice. Practice is cumulative but even starting at very late stages of the pregnancy hypnobirthing works perfectly well.
When you learn how to hypnobirth you will ALWAYS make a difference to the way you give birth. Obviously, we cannot promise you the perfect birth but what we can do is teach you is how to make decisions, how to work with your body and your mind and how to give you and your baby the best possible experience however the birthing develops. These are skills that you can use long after you have given birth to create calmness and comfort.
Often, we hear mums who are experiencing their second or subsequent pregnancy say “If only …”. “If only I had known, I would have made a different decision.” “If only someone had told me.” When you complete the full course, it saves you from saying “if only I had known”. The relaxation and hypnotherapy techniques help you let go of previous negative experiences so that you can experience a wonderful and empowering experience. Our mothers who give birth using the hypnobirthing method after having a previously difficult and medicalised birth REALLY experience the difference hypnobirthing makes.
In 1957, after two years of study by eminent neurologists and psychoanalysts, the BMA issued a statement that ‘hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth’ and proposed that all doctors should train in hypnotherapy.
However, the seeds of the natural birth movement were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913 where the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and with no pain, Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
The mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field in the first world war and subsequently in hospitals as an obstetrician he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful.
Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today KG Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. Obstetricians are also beginning to understand the significance of the work we do and are coming to be trained too. KG Hypnobirthing is practised internationally and rapidly spreading throughout the world.
You can learn in the comfort of your own home with a qualified hypnobirthing teacher which will have huge benefits for you and your baby. Hypnobirthing always makes a difference. It is not a bunch of techniques it is logical, easy and the results are profound. Elizabeth is a qualified KG Hypnobirthing teacher and will help and support you to make your decisions with informative up to date information during this exciting time.