The short answer is : Hypnobirthing Australia™ is a natural approach to a calm, gentle and confident birth.
The Long Answers is :
Birth is not meant to be overwhelming and scary.
It is meant to be so amazing we want to do it again.
Hypnobirthing Australia ™ is a complete childbirth education programme that will help you replace fear of birthing with the ability to birth in the calm, peaceful and confident way, no matter what turn your birth takes.
As a midwife and childbirth educator, I know fear is births worst enemy. It sets up all kinds of reactions in our bodies that can actually slow and stop labour.
It creates the “Fight and Flight” survival response which causes tension, constricts blood vessels and shunts blood away from the uterus to the areas, such as the arms and legs and brain, that are needed to either start fighting or run away.Fear of childbirth can also increase your risk of postnatal depression by 3 times as I do discuss in another blog. Read here
Hypnobirthing Australia™ explains the process of birth and will train you to work with your body rather than fight it.
Partners can also be fearful of seeing the woman they love in pain, and fear feeling helpless. Hypnobirthing Australia™ provide fathers to be with information and skills to be a real part of the birthing process.
Here’s what Dan said: “Hypnobirthing gave me all the knowledge, tools, confidence and positive mindset that I really needed to be an effective and supportive birthing partner when our little boy Ted was born in October. The classes were so much more educational than I could have imagined and the birth was such a team effort as a result. Thanks for everything !”
What’s the “Australia™” all about?
By now you may be wondering why I keep putting the Australia™ in.
Hypnosis for birth has been around for many, many decades. And there are quite a few off shoots, around the world, of the original hypnobirthing method devised over 25years ago.
Classes are presented in a modern and interactive way, with all material specifically designed to reflect the Australia experience of birthing.
So to receive the best, most up to date hypnobirthing programme, make sure your practitioner is a Hypnobirthing Australia™ Certified Practitioner.
But I am still not sure what you mean by self-hypnosis.
An hypnotic state is a naturally occurring experience and happens many times over a day. It is daydreaming, its is driving in the car on “auto-pilot”, it is being absorbed in a book or listening to music. It is the ability to shut out what is going on around you by concentrating hard on something else.
Hypnosis is when you use this state to effect change through suggestions and imagery.
As Hypnotherapists like to say “Shift happens”.
Hypnobirthing Australia™ teaches you how to reach this hypnotic state yourself and how to use it to create a calm, relaxed, safe birthing experience by embedding positive imagery and suggestion about labour.
And the great thing is that nature helps the pregnant and birthing woman reach an hypnotic state really easily if we let it. Nature wants you to be able to shut out everything else and just focus on your body and baby, so it floods your body with hormones that help.
Does it work?
Hypnosis for birth was used for centuries until chemical anesthesia was introduced to “knock” women out.
a US study has shown that hypnobirthing mothers have
- fewer medical inductions
- less IV fluid
- fewer artificial rupture of membranes
- fewer analgesia
- fewer episiotomies
- fewer epidurals
- use more birthing positions
- and have babies of older gestational age
An Australian study looking at Hypnobirthing showed that the programme had similar results to other research in hypnosis for childbirth, but had the added benefit of the majority of Hypnobirthing mother reporting feeling more confident, relaxed, less fearful, more focused and more in control. They also commented on the ease and comfort of labour and birth, and the satisfaction of having their partners involved and supportive.
Is Hypnobirthing Australia™ for everyone?
After 20 years as a Registered Midwife, and over 10yrs as a Childbirth Educator, I can honestly say that I have found THE package that really prepares couples for a calm positive birth experience.
Not only is it an excellent prenatal education course, but it also provides couples with the skills, tools, and confidence to better manage their own births, no matter what turn their birth takes.
I am also really proud to be able to offer the WORLD FIRST “Positive Caesarean Birth” Hypnobirthing Australia™ programme, for when a caesarean birth truly is your best option.
But don’t just take my word for it, read some amazing Hypnobirthing Australia™ stories here
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