Hypnosis has long been used as a relaxation tool to rid the mind of fear and anxiety. It can be highly effective during childbirth for those that want unmedicated birthing in the form of a technique called hypnobirthing using the power of hypnosis by practising visualization and deep relaxation and breathing techniques, reducing fear of childbirth.
Hypnobirthing teaches relaxation techniques that relaxes the body, for some this can help turn attention away from the intensity of labor, because your focus is on breathing and relaxing. Breathing deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth, can help you stay calm and reduce discomfort in labour.
Hypnobirthing lifts your natural endorphins whilst relaxing mind and body, putting you in a relaxed state of mind and body enabling the body to progress, with the use of lavender oil making the experience more positive.
The uterus is made of two layers of muscles these two muscles contract drawing baby down – using your “fight flight”.
Contractions can feel like very strong menstrual cramps: You will likely feel pressure or a dull ache in your back and lower abdomen that moves.
These contractions become stronger, more regular and more frequent over time. They cause the cervix to open (dilate) and soften as well as shorten and thin.
Hypnobirthing triggers your parasympathetic nervous system predominates in quiet calm relaxed conditions while the sympathetic nervous system drives the “fight or flight” response in stressful situations.