The A to Z of hypnobirthing

If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly hypnobirthing is, we give you a brief overview.

Since the 1930s, various forms of hypnobirth have been practised all over the world. But it is only in the last few years that it has become an increasingly popular way to deliver your baby as naturally and painlessly as possible. 

A – Awareness of your surroundings is not diminished during hypnobirth.

B – Breathing exercises help you reach a calm state.

C – Classes will teach you and your partner what you need to know months before delivery.

D – Delivery is said to be less traumatic for both Mom and child.

E – Eliminates pain caused by fear and anxiety.

F – Fight or flight responses are numbed, helping you feel calmer.

G – Give yourself enough time to master the techniques.

H – Hypnosis increases your level of comfort.

I – Include your partner in the process of hypnobirth.

J - Just through your sense of calm, your chances of needing a C-section decrease.

K – Keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.

L – Labour is said to be shorter than average.

M – Music forms part of creating the right atmosphere.

N – Non-pharmaceutical pain relief is a big part of the method.

O – Obstetrician. Find one who is aware of hypnobirthing techniques and effects.

P – Practice mastering the techniques. This can take a few months of regular practice.

Q – Quietism is a calm acceptance of things as they are without attempts to resist or change them.

R – Relax.

S – Stress relief can be equal to pain relief.

T –The Mongan Method is named after Marie Mongan, the founder and author of hypnobirthing methods used today.

U – Uterus relaxes, opening the way for an easy birth with less pushing.

V – Visualisation helps with the meditation.

W – Water birth and hypnobirth are often used together, but they don’t have to be.

X – eXperienced and certified teachers will benefit you the most.

Y – Years of good childbirth memories.

Z – Zero use of pain relief medication.
 
Hypnobirthing is a relatively new concept here in South Africa, but studies show that it is becoming more popular every year. Have you used it? Can you share your experiences?

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