Is HypnoBirthing right for me?
What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a birth education programme, which aims to support the mother keep calm and relaxed during and after the birth of their baby. It is a unique antenatal education option, in that it considers the psychological and physical wellbeing of the mother, birth partner and baby, helping to release fear, develop self-belief, and equip mum with the tools and knowledge for a more positive birthing experience.
Watch the video below for Claire Barraud, our specialist midwife and HypnoBirthing teacher’s description of hypnobirthing and how it can help you:
The sessions include education, alongside HypnoBirthing techniques which include visualisation, breathing techniques and labour relaxation exercises for a better birth. The HypnoBirthing programme provides the mother with a complete set of tools to be used during (and before!) labour which in helping her (and birth partner!) feel calm and in control, will support the making of informed calm choices.
The benefits of HypnoBirthing
There is no wrong way to birth, but HypnoBirthing is about developing mums belief in herself and her body, preparing her with calming techniques, and enabling her to feel more in control throughout the labour. If we enter the birthing process with a high level of stress and stress hormones, this can lead to muscle tension and a decrease in those vital birthing hormones, such as oxytocin. HypnoBirthing helps the mother remain calm, trust her natural processes and thereby can lead to a reduction in fear, pain, tension and stress.
Some of the reported benefits of HypnoBirthing include:
· A reduction in the need for pain relief methods
· A reduction in length of first and second stages of labour
· A reduced rate of surgical intervention
· An increased rate of maternal satisfaction and wellbeing
Visit this link for a research overview from the NCT on the benefits of HypnoBirthing:
HypnoBirthing is a vital tool whether you plan on having a calm homebirth, calmer natural birth, or a calm birth with intervention, such as a caesarean section. It aims to support mothers with birth fear, to have confidence in their birth experiences and thereby experiencing a better birth where they feel more in control.
HypnoBirth with us
Claire offers a range of HypnoBirthing options in Surrey, around Guildford and Godalming and West Surrey, including individual sessions, a Complete package and fear release sessions. HypnoBirthing sessions are personalised for each individual couple. The price includes a book and MP3 download as well as all handouts.
Claire has a special interest in helping women with anxiety related to labour and birth. She is an expert in releasing childbirth fear, and preparing pregnant women for a calmer birth. Visit HypnoBirthing for more information and request your free consultation by completing the call back form on the page.
‘When the contractions properly started I seemed to manage to get myself into the breathing where that was all I really focused on, meaning that I remained totally calm and with less focus on pain. I think the sessions with Claire were amazing and I think everyone should do HypnoBirthing.’