Hypnotherapy for Childbirth
It is often said that some pain during labour is caused by levels of tension and fear, and this in fact can be reduced significantly by re-training pain signals using hypnosis.
The premise of childbirth hypnotherapy training is that childbirth is painful and anxiety ridden which causes would-be-mothers to fear the natural process. This fear during labour causes the brain to release stress hormones called catecholamines, fight-or-flight hormones. These hormones speed up the heart; pumping blood to the arms and legs and limits blood supply to the uterus that gives rise to excruciating pain. The labour period lengthens and the risk of blood loss or fetal distress increases.
The goals of hypnotherary is to replace fear with confidence and levels of relaxation. In a more relaxed state, the brain releases the hormones oxytocin, prostaglandins and endorphins, all which relax taut muscles and relieves levels of tension.
How does Hypnotherapy help?
Childbirth utilizing hypnosis has been around for many years. Many expectant mothers prefer to use this method to ease labor pains and blood pressure. Some women who have used hypnosis for childbirth have suggested the following benefits:
- Reduced labour pain and length
- Reduced risk of epidurals and pain-relievers due to the lowered need of use:
- Significantly reduced fear and anxiety about the process
Hypnobirthing has been around for centuries, but it recently that it has been studied. In the 1930s, Grantly Dick-Read, a British obstetrician, wrote about how hypnosis can greatly reduced the pain associated with childbirth. In 1942, he wrote a book, titled Childbirth Without Fear, which he co-authored with Dr. Michel Odent. The book introduced the use of hypnosis during childbirth. Different techniques of hypnobirthing have been developed ever since.
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