Nowadays, birth is no longer a natural event in which we meet our babies enthusiastically, but a nightmare that we live with fears and tensions. Our cesarean rates have increased considerably and natural birth has become a feared act. However, childbirth is a part of life that already exists in the nature and genes of our women. Basically, there has been birth since the beginning of humanity. However, women started to fear this incident because of the wrong information we saw and acquired here and there on TV. The birth nightmare of a mother who enters and passes through pregnancy with this mind and fears grows when the birth approaches. In this case, hypnobirthing comes into play thanks to advanced medicine.
What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is actually intended to help a woman deal with any fear or anxiety she may have during childbirth. The idea is that when the body and mind are in a completely relaxed state, the birth can occur faster and painlessly as the body is not fighting the natural process.
Birth therapy with the hypnosis method is carried out during pregnancy. From the second half of pregnancy, 8 or 10 sessions are sufficient. These therapies focus on overcoming the mother’s anxiety, fears, and concerns. Hypnobirthing experts give training such as how to deal with labor contractions, relaxation exercises, and breathing exercises to mothers.
How Does It Work?
As the contraction increases during labor, the uterine muscle spends more power to overcome the obstacle in front of the uterus. This situation causes the mother to feel more pain during delivery. Here, it is this narrowing birth canal that causes real pain. But with hypnosis, the body relaxes. The mind attains peace and relaxation, attaining an eternal stillness. As the mind relaxes, the muscles in the body relax. The birth canal opens and the baby moves so easily, even with very mild contractions, that the mother goes through this process very easy.
Hypnobirthing includes several techniques. Here are two of them:
- Controlled Breathing
There are two types of breathing techniques in this technique. First, you breathe deeply through your nose. Then you exhale this breath through your nose. While breathing in this breathing technique, count to four and count to seven and exhale.
In the second technique, you follow the same deep breathing pattern. However, while breathing in, you count to seven and wait until seven to exhale. Breathing in this way give you calming sensations.
- Focus on Positive Thoughts and Positive Words
Focusing on positive thoughts and words is another useful technique. It is the use of words that can evoke good feelings instead of words that can cause bad feelings.
Instead of using the word “contraction” to describe the contraction of the prefix during labor, you can use the word “surge” for a more positive feeling. Another example, you could use the word “release” instead of “rupture”.