"You're using what during your birth?"
Hypnosis during childbirth is usually met with some confusion, a bit of skepticism and genuine concern for the mamas who use it. Most people come from a place of good intent, only wanting their loved one to have a "good" birth experience and rely on the tried-and-true methods people typically think of as helpful.
As a doula, and one who supports women who choose hypnosis during birth, I want to help people understand this tool and debunk some of the myths.
Hypnobabies: An Elevator Pitch
Hypnobabies is a full childbirth education and preparation tool leading up to your baby's birth, as well as the comfort measures you use during your birth. These differences are what set Hypnobabies apart from simply using hypnosis during childbirth.
Using Hypnobabies helps you train your mind and body to use hypnosis as a comfort measure during birth to make the experience relaxed and enjoyable. You do daily homework that helps remove fears and uncertainty about what your birth might be and frame the possibilities in a positive light.
This seems like a lot of work...
Preparing to be a parent, you're already doing a lot of work. Hypnobabies is the only childbirth education you'll use, so a mama isn't adding in additional to-do's. Mamas and partners listen to hypnosis tracks, practice reading prompts and using their hypnosis tools each day.
Daily preparation and education is both wonderful for the mama and her partner, helping them bond and prepare in a way that can feel super productive. Rather than worrying about fears or uncertainties, daily Hypnobabies homework helps address them and reinforce your plan for a wonderful birth experience.
So you sleep through birth?
No way! Hypnobabies helps teach mamas how to use both a deep hypnosis and something called eyes-open childbirth. When a mama needs to rest or really focus, she can use her training to sink into a deeper hypnosis, shutting her eyes and relaxing.
In between moments of focus, she can be in eyes-open hypnosis: still using hypnosis, but able to talk, laugh, walk around and do what she wants. This tool allows a mama to be completely present during her baby's birth, even while using hypnosis.
Okay, but does it work?
Each mama I've supported with Hypnobabies has had a different experience, which is exactly how birth is! What I can say is each has walked away from this tool feeling they've received positive assistance from it.
Some mamas really appreciate their hypnosis for comfort during their birth, while others don't know where they would have been without the preparation that helped them let go of fears and worries.
Seeing the positivity around Hypnobabies as a doula has led me to believe that for the people who choose this tool, it always feels positive and worth it.