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hynobirthing coverWhat is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is calmer, natural childbirth with the use of enhanced self-hypnosis techniques. Hypnobirthing is designed to let the mother work in harmony with her body, and for her do that effectively she cannot be fearful. The basic philosophy is that in the absence of fear, and the chemical reactions fear causes that hinder the labor process, a woman can go through the birth experience not feeling the extreme pain that is so widely associated with birth.

In hypnobirthing the mother is not in a trance or asleep, but in a deeply relaxed state of the mind and body, more like daydreaming or the focus you might have when engrossed in something such as reading. The mother is fully aware of what her body is doing, how her baby’s birth is progressing. The birth process is still felt by her, but instead of feeling pain, a different set of chemicals come into play and relax the muscles and create a sense of comfort.

What are the Different Methods of Hypnobirthing?

There are several methods of hypnobirthing that have developed classes: 'The Mongan Method', 'Hypnobabies', 'The Leclaire Hypnobirthing Method' and 'Hypbirth'. Although there are a variety of education programs to choose from, the basic philosophy remains the same: nature intended for women to give birth relatively easily, and this is accomplished through the use of self-hypnosis.

Where can I Learn More about Hypnobirthing?

If you would like to learn more about hypnobirthing we suggest reading HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (24 May 2005) by Marie F. Mongan and Lorne R. Campbell or Hypnobirthing – The Original Method (5 Sept 2000) by Michelle Leclaire O’neill.

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