HypnoBirthing Techniques & Benefits
What are the Benefits of HypnoBirthing?
There are numerous benefits that parents gain from HypnoBirthing that can be felt during pregnancy, birth, and while parenting. One of the most common reasons parents enroll in HypnoBirthing is because they are afraid of the pain that can accompany childbirth and they are looking for ways to cope, but they end up experiencing so many other benefits from the program. While we cannot promise a pain-free birth, parents who take our course do have lower intervention rates, fewer surgical births, and – you guessed it – lower rates of pain medication use. In fact, those who take the class have reported shorter births, more comfort, and happier babies.
Fear is the greatest contributor to birth trauma. You see, fear and pain can lead to parents accepting unnecessary interventions that lead to other interventions and possibly feelings of disappointment, failure, and trauma. HypnoBirthing helps parents approach their birthing day with more confidence and less fear.
HypnoBirthing parents are educated in the physiology of instinctive birth to help them better advocate for their decisions and know what questions to ask in choosing a supportive provider. Partners also learn how to support the birthing person by tapping into their connection with one another.
HypnoBirthing parents report:
- Less Fear approaching birth
- Fewer interventions and surgical births
- Decreased use of oxytocics or AROM
- Shorter 1st and 2nd phase labor
- Fewer pre-term and low-weight babies
- Lessened or eliminated need for analgesia
- Happier and more content mothers & babies
- Babies alert; able to nurse almost immediately
- Few cases of post-partum depression reported
- Infants with higher than average APGAR score
your labor was shorter
you might not need to use any anesthesia
you feel energized after giving birth
you are comfortable and relaxed during labor and birth
you experience an empowering birth
your baby is calmer, more relaxed, and feeds well
you feel positive about your birthing experience!
What if you could birth comfortably and calmly?
- 77% of HypnoBirthing parents who birthed vaginally did so without epidural anesthesia
- 45% of HypnoBirths happened in eight hours or less
- 17% of HypnoBirthing parents birthed via cesarean-section, compared with the national average of 33%
- 9.5% of HypnoBirthing parents chose to birth in the comfort of their homes (the national average is less than 1%)
- 6% of HypnoBirthing parents chose to birth in freestanding birth centers (the national average is less than 1%)
*Data provided by the HypnoBirthing Institute, between 2005-2010
The overall effect of practicing HypnoBirthing® techniques is that birthing parents are better able to appreciate the benefits of calm, gentle birthing, making the experience a joyful one for mother, baby, and birth companion—benefits that can last a lifetime.
Contemporary women in our culture hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth, too often associating it with excruciating pain, thereby causing their bodies to become unable to perform what should be a normal physiological function. HypnoBirthing® is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education enhanced by self‑hypnosis and guided imagery techniques that allow women to use their natural abilities to bring about safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing.
HypnoBirthing® techniques teach women how to release all prior programming about birth to free themselves of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing®, a mother is not in a trance or asleep but instead in a state of deep relaxation—awake, aware, and fully in control.
In a series of five confidence-building classes, they learn what makes labor hurt; but more importantly, they learn the logic behind why labor doesn’t have to hurt and what they can do about it. Moms and their birth companions study the physical and chemical changes that occur over a period of time when fear and anxiety are allowed to accumulate. This awareness of the fight, flight, or freeze response helps them to choose calm. They practice HypnoBirthing® techniques in class, designed to help them see the relationship between fear and the possibility of pain. These exercises become life skills that also shore up their parenting skills. Armed with this knowledge, the pattern of calming techniques and steps that they learn helps them to create endorphins and avoid the effect of the negative hormones that cause their bodies to constrict, rather than open.
The five-week series includes a HypnoBirthing® techniques textbook, relaxation CD, and everything you need to know to reconnect with your birthing instincts and create an amazing birthing experience.
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The gold HypnoBirthing emblem is a sign of both credibility and professionalism for Educators internationally. This emblem is only given to those Educators who have pushed themselves to successfully complete the extensive HypnoBirthing certification classes and training.