What is hypnobirthing and how can it help you?
Hypnobirthing prepares you for that amazing, positive birth that every woman wants. It combines ancient intuitive wisdom with modern scientific theory, arming women with correct knowledge as they prepare for the birth of their baby. In particular, the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is a modern, evidence-based program specifically designed for Australian women and their birth partners.
Hypnobirthing may sound a little woo-woo, but in reality, the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is a comprehensive childbirth education program that can benefit women from all backgrounds in their birthing experience. In fact, hypnotherapy is just one of the many techniques you’ll learn to support you in your quest for a relaxed, empowered birth.
PREPARATION – TOOLS – KNOWLEDGE – SUPPORT
The Hypnobirthing Australia™ course also uses a combination of other modern techniques and ancient philosophies. Specifically, there are four cornerstones that are taught to women and their birth partners; Firstly, it helps every couple PREPARE for birth, be it natural or assisted/caesarean. The program supports positive birth and we prepare for whatever may or may not occur during labour. It’s most likely the birth will be natural, but through the course you’ll learn techniques that will serve you in any scenario. Secondly, you’ll learn practical TOOLS, such as breathing techniques, visualisation, self-hypnosis and birthing positions, for establishing and maintaining a sense of ease and even deep relaxation in what can be an intense birth. These tools are all used to release fears and condition women to release endorphins at various times during birthing, so it can be a calm experience and even reduce the need for medical interventions and pain medications.
Thirdly, the program arms you with KNOWLEDGE of birthing – the physiology and psychology of birth and the science behind medical interventions and procedures, should they be needed. You will gain a good understanding of how the hormones work in perfect harmony to direct the birthing muscles when your body is relaxed, so you’ll have more faith in your body’s ability to give birth. Finally, the course emphasises the very important role of your SUPPORT, your birth partner, and what they can do to help you through pregnancy and birth to make this an intimate, loving and beautiful birthing experience. This not only benefits the mother but is also very affirmational for the birth partner.
It’s important to note that when you have your baby with hypnobirthing, you are not in a trance or asleep. In contrast, your state of awareness is heightened – you’re awake but deeply relaxed. You are able to move around and may even speak and vocalise if it feels right. This heightened state of awareness allows you to be calmly in tune with your body and your baby more able to help direct the course of your birth.
In summary, when armed with such preparation, knowledge, support and tools, you’ll gain confidence and release any fears you may have associated with birthing – your birth can and should be a positive experience, the memory you’ll always want to cherish!
No time to attend the courses listed? You can still learn hypnobirthing! Please get in touch to discuss other options.