Having a baby is one of life’s greatest treasures, and being able to create, nurture, and eventually bring a brand new human being into the world is a miracle in itself. Yet the first thing that comes to mind for many women about the actual process of giving birth is the undeniable fear of pain (and how to avoid it at all costs). Healthcare providers typically provide drugs to help alleviate the pain or take the edge off, but for those soon-to-be mothers who’d rather take the natural route, there is another method — and it goes without saying that the pain involved may be less than what they expected.

Through the art of rehearsed deep breathing, visualization, encouragements from their partners, and labor comfort measures, mothers learn to train their brain to draw out a deep relaxation response whenever it’s necessary.

Instead of enduring pain, Hypnobirthing moms normally describe what they experience as nothing more than some slight pressure and use words such as “surges” or “waves” to describe contractions. In a nutshell, it’s all about putting mind over matter, and plenty of women have proven it effective.

Through hypnosis, a woman gains the power of bringing her body into this state of deep relaxation where the body’s muscles can function the way they’re supposed to during childbirth. It should feel similar to daydreaming, or the sensation you get when you find yourself lost in a book or movie. People who have taken advantage of this technique mention feeling calm, collected, aware, and in control.

The process of Hypnobirthing has to do with the power of suggestion. The laboring woman utilizes positive affirmations, suggestions, and visualizations to loosen up her body, oversee her thoughts, and control her breathing. She can either do this on her own with a self-hypnosis or receive guidance from a hypnotherapist. In order to perform self-hypnosis, the women would have to meet with a certified hypnotherapist and be taught the ways. Usually, they put on a tape of verbal affirmations that helps achieve this calm state of self-hypnosis. As an alternative, the hypnotherapist might encourage the use of visual stimulation, such as a flower opening its petals, in order to picture what’s happening to them and allow themselves to fully relax.

A hypnotherapist may or may not be with you during the birth, based on the laboring woman’s wishes. For some individuals, self-hypnosis is easy to accomplish, while others may have a better response with the support of a therapist.

Note that there are several benefits as there are myths in regard to hypnobirthing and hypnosis.

Many people are convinced that hypnosis is a type of mind control or brainwashing, or that it puts you in a deep sleep. Other common myths say that those who’ve been hypnotized no longer have free will, are unable to function even with simple tasks, and are completely unaware of their surroundings.

As for the benefits, hypnobirthing is meant to be a natural approach to manage the pain without the use of medications that have potential side effects for you and your baby. It also allows you to feel comfortable, calm, and relieved throughout the process of labor. It can lower your levels of stress and fear during childbirth while also letting you stay sharp and cognizant.

Hypnobirthing is a good option if you’re looking to have a better postpartum experience. If a woman feels comfortable in her choices fitted for her specific situation, regardless of how the birth plays out, she has a much easier postpartum period. If her baby is more relaxed and nurses better due to hypnobirthing, it makes it easier for both mom and dad. It’s when a mother is submerged in the euphoric birthing hormones that nature laid out, that it appears easier on everyone, and mothers end up feeling transformed and empowered. If a woman experiences labor and childbirth where her voice is heard and she receives the proper support, she is less likely to go through postpartum depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you’re interested in Hypnobirthing or want to learn more about how it works, ask Dr. Ghea, a top female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, to explain what you should expect during this process. She will gladly recommend what’s best for you based on your particular needs and help you plan for the most natural childbirth upon request. To make an appointment, call 954-473-2011 or visit her Plantation obgyn office at Westside OB/GYN Group.

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