Hypnotherapy for Pregnancy & Childbirth in Salisbury, Christchurch and New Forest
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Pregnancy, Childbirth & PND
Hypnotherapy is renowned for its beneficial use in childbirth, also know as hypno birthing. It can, however, also be very useful during pregnancy and for any issues that might arise after child birth.
Having a relaxed, stress-free pregnancy and birth is advantageous to all involved; the mother, baby and those close to them.
Self-hypnosis, breathing techniques, pain control and maintaining a positive outlook can all be acheived with a view to experiencing a comfortable and enjoyable childbirth.
Fluctuation hormones during pregnancy and following the birth can on occasions, lead to emotional issues, affecting the mother, including post natal depression.
Hypnotherapy can be used during pregnancy to reduce stress and enhance pre-birthing communication.
Take back control, manage your pain and enjoy the birthing process through the use of techniques and tools I teach you within my six session package.
Post Natal Depression (PND)
If you’re expereincing PND, I can work alongside your medical practitioner to help you bond with your baby and change your thoughts and responses into positive, uplifting ones.
For more information on how hypnotherapy can help improve fertility, please refer to my separate page under Physiological or click here.
Everyone hopes for a relaxed, stress-free pregnancy, though this obviously isn’t always possible. Nausea, sickness, work stress, fatigue, anxieties, etc can all play a part and wreck havoc on your good intentions to remain chilled. The good news, is that hypnotherapy can be great in helping in all these areas and more.
Hypnobirthing is the term which describes using hypnosis in childbirth. The idea is that, as an expectant mum, you attend hypnobirthing classes to learn self-hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques. You can then take what you’ve learnt into the delivery room.
The ultimate goal of hypnobirthing is to provide you with a better birthing experience. Of course, all births are different and hypnobirthing is not a guarantee that all will run smoothly. Rather, it looks to give you back control and a better chance of feeling relaxed, calm and happier throughout.
It is an increasingly popular choice for mothers looking for a natural approach, i.e. those who would rather steer clear of medication/drugs during the process. It is also popular for those who feel anxious about giving birth. This may be the case if it is your first child, or if you had a stressful past experience during childbirth.
One breathing technique I learnt was to inhale for four and exhale for eight, which helps to control the pain during contractions. I still use the technique now, as it’s been amazing for easing any little bits of anxiety I get. When I went into labour, I used this breathing technique as well as listening to my hypnobirthing tracks, to remain calm whilst we travelled to the hospital.
The link between stress and pain
During labour, if you feel anxious, highly stressed or even scared – stress hormones (like adrenaline) will be released into your body. Adrenaline is the hormone that puts us into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This means your blood will be pushed towards the bigger muscle groups in your limbs, in case you need to run away from the impending ‘threat’.
In this case, the perceived ‘threat’ is giving birth, something that no matter how fast you run, you cannot get away from! With the blood flowing more readily to these muscle groups, your womb is not getting as much blood/oxygen, which can make the muscles less efficient.
Stress hormones can also make the body less likely to produce the ‘love hormone’, which eases the pain of labour. While stress is naturally going to happen when you’re in labour, keeping it at a low level can help your body better cope with the process and help reduce your perception of pain.
When should I start hypnobirthing classes?
As with most skills we learn, practice makes perfect. Hypnosis is no exception – the more time you have to practice, the more competent you will feel when you put your skills into action.
If you can, look to start hypnobirthing classes somewhere between 25-30 weeks to give you plenty of time to practice.
Don’t worry if you are further along, however, as many people say they benefited regardless of how many classes they were able to attend before giving birth. Just learning some of the basic premises and techniques can be immensely helpful.
What will hypnobirthing teach me?
One of the most important parts of hypnobirthing is looking at birth in a positive light. For some mothers, hearing horror stories of other people’s experiences, reading up on what ‘could’ go wrong and expecting pain can increase anxiety. Instead, hypnobirthing classes will encourage positive language, such as:
- ‘Surges’ or ‘tightening’, not ‘contractions’.
- ‘Practice labour’, not ‘false labour’.
- ‘Birth breathing’, not ‘pushing’.
With this foundation, your classes will be made up of self-hypnosis techniques, visualisation and breathing exercises. All of these are designed to help you gain a sense of control, reduce stress and ease anxiety. You may also learn about the ideal positions for birth to help shorten the length of labour and assist your body’s natural functions. You will likely be given materials to take home too so you can practice out of the classroom.
Post Natal Depression
Woodland View, Loosehanger,
Lover, Wiltshire, SP5 2PS.
M-F: 9.00am – 4.30pm