Hypnosis for Childbirth

Hypnobirthing is a philosophy of birth that includes the use of hypnosis and other relaxation techniques during labor and birth to ease discomfort. Guided self-hypnosis is the most popular form of hypnosis used for childbirth.

Some relaxation methods that may be used alongside hypnosis include relaxation recordings and music, breathing techniques, and verbal suggestions.

Several programs exist that teach different methods of hypnosis for childbirth; Options for at-home study and local classes are available, and each program comes with it's own set of materials.

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Two popular programs are ‘Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method' and ‘Hypnobabies'.

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

Anyone can benefit from the use of hypnosis during labor and birth. You may be afraid that hypnosis is not for you; Perhaps you don't even believe in hypnosis. Having used The Mongan Method myself during labor and birth, I must say that hypnobirthing is more about teaching yourself how to relax than it is about hypnosis.

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When you practice with the relaxation CD or even your own music throughout pregnancy, you train yourself to immediately use the techniques you have learned and become relaxed when you listen to that music. When you bring the skills and training you have practiced to your labor and birth, you will be able to instantly put yourself into a state of calm.

When practiced, hypnobirthing programs can have an amazing effect on your ability to ease tension and pain during birth. The relaxation and positive affirmations also act as an ideal way to get rid of negative thoughts and emotions about the upcoming labor and make you feel confident about your ability to give birth.

Some women have even reported that they were so relaxed during their hypnobirth that they did not feel pain. No hypnobirthing program will promise you a pain-free labor, but it's certainly possible.

When to Start

If you are interested in using hypnosis during your labor and birth, it's best to look into it now and get started practicing the techniques as soon as possible. These techniques are best practiced throughout pregnancy so that they come naturally during labor.

You should practice hypnobirthing techniques with your partner or anyone else who plans to be with you throughout the birth. It's important that they know what to expect from the techniques that you will be using. In certain programs, your partner or Doula will assist you in hypnosis and relaxation.

Not Just for Natural Birth

Hypnosis for childbirth is not just for mother's who plan to give birth naturally. The best thing about these relaxation techniques is that they can be used in any situation. Women who plan to have an epidural or cesarean section can benefit just as greatly from hypnobirthing methods, using them to ease fears and tension.

Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS

6 thoughts on “Hypnosis for Childbirth

  1. I loved using Hypnbirthing for my first birth as it greatly helped me to relax and even sleep through contractions. I’m taking the Hypnobabies class for this pregnancy and love the classes! It goes more in depth for all aspects of pregnancy but I really recommend either one. They are both awesome ways to prepare for birthing.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Julia. I would love to try Hypnobabies this time around (I’m pregnant with number 4!) Did you do a homestudy course? All I have found in our area for classes is The Mongan Method. I have heard that Hypnobabies offers a lot more in the way of tracks and such, but I also really enjoyed using my own music for relaxation as well. 

      It was amazing to see hypnobirthing work during my labor, and the trance-like relaxation it provided. It was amazing. 

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  3. I used hypnobirthing in Cheshire for my second child and thought it was wonderful. I had classes with a teacher in the UK, followed up with listening to CDs at home to make sure I was totally prepared. The result was a very relaxed birthing experience and an amazingly relaxed baby!

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