As an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist I've used hypnotherapy myself to alleviate pain potential. At the dentist I've had root canal recently performed without anaesthesia, so I know the power of the mind, using positive relaxing imagery can alter our perception of pain and reciprocally inhibit the fight flight response that exacerbates pain. One of the main problems facing mothers to be is the fear factor and having trained as a HypnoBirthing®practitioner I now understand that the HypnoBirthing®Childbirth method is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. HypnoBirthing® teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. Mothers to be learn to call upon their body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen or eliminate discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all other creatures.
HypnoBirthing® teaches mothers to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.
HypnoBirthing® teaches the art of using natural birthing instincts being aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.
There are HypnoBirthing® films showing labouring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can know when you are free of the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome.
What really said it all to me, when I was training, was the equal mix of delegates: Clinical hypnotherapists, midwives and HypnoBirthing®mum's all learning the Maria Mongan method of HypnoBirthing®, all with an educated belief, and of course the HypnoBirthing® mum's there living proof, that birthing can be a wonderful experience with minimal discomfort. http://firstname.lastname@example.org