Hypnobirthing: Can it really make labor less painful? | Hypnobirthing is a programme that teaches expecting moms simple yet powerful techniques to ensure that they are able to remain emotionally and physically relaxed during labour enabling their body to work at its best.

Hypnobirthing: Can it really make labor less painful?

The first time I heard about hypnobirthing, I was pregnant with my second child in Thailand. I attended a talk that explained the benefits of this method, however, I never tried it myself as my first pregnancy and labor went pretty well and I didn’t see the need to implement any process for my second birth.

But I have met a few women who have tried hypnobirthing and who found it pretty helpful during labor as they were confident and relaxed.

As this method is available in Dubai, and gaining in popularity, I’ve asked Babies and Beyond to answer a few questions below, so you can get more familiar with it, and determine if it’s the best fit for you and your baby.

So, let’s get started…

The answers below are provided by Babies and Beyond

What is hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a programme that teaches expecting moms simple yet powerful techniques to ensure that they are able to remain emotionally and physically relaxed during labour enabling their body to work at its best. This in turn will also ensure that they are able to remain calm and in control throughout their labour no matter what turn their birthing takes. It is also for birth partners/husbands to learn tools and techniques to be able to support moms more effectively during pregnancy and birth.

Who should consider this method?

Hypnobirthing is for all women. There is an assumption that women only attend a Hypnobirthing course because they want a natural birth without drugs. However, many women also attend classes because of their intense fear about how they are going to cope.

Even women with the most extreme fear, who perhaps attend a course without any intention of saying no to the pain relieving drugs, go down the route of not having any simply because they didn’t need them. If they do need drugs or intervention they can use the techniques and tools to remain calm and in control no matter what path birth may take. Parents learn how to make the right decisions for themselves and their babies based on what happens and how they are feeling on the day.

Is it really less painful for the mom?

Some hypnobirthing moms had a pain free birth.

However, with the programme we can’t guarantee a pain free birth because it depends on a lot of things: confortable and safe environment, the right team, mom’s expectancy, the couple home practice, mom and dad state of mind, etc.

But, it doesn’t have to be pain free to be a positive experience. Moms learn how their mind and body interpret and affect the sensations they experience. For some that leads to laboring in complete comfort and for others they learn how to distance themselves from the more intense sensations. For most, they report a positive experience no matter what path their birthing takes, one in which they remained calm, relaxed and in control.

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How does the baby react to hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing babies have normally a calmer experience when they are at the womb of their moms and more gentle births. Therefore, they are more alert, relax and usually they don’t cry when they are born.

How are moms trained to successfully implement this process, and how long does it take to train them properly?

Moms and birth partners/husband attend a 4 week programme. Couples also have a workbook to read and they access to mp3’s, music and resources to practice at home.

During the programme we cover 3 breathing techniques, labour & birth positions, birth physiology, 3 birth stages, relaxation techniques, visualizations, guided relaxation sessions, birth plan/preferences, birth partner script and practice, birth partner role, baby bonding, breastfeeding, hypnobirthing real birth videos, etc. 

How long does labor take when using this method?

The length of the labour depends on each individual woman. Normally, hypnobirthing women have a shorter, calmer and more comfortable labour and birth free of intervention.

Should we talk about natural instincts and the role they play in the birthing process?

It is very useful for a woman to follow her instincts and connect with her body and baby to have a more confortable and positive experience. When a woman follows her instincts and connects with her inner self, her body will open softly and baby will move down smoothly.

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Is there a right way to give birth?

All women have their own unique concerns and aspirations for their birth.

There is no one right way to birth and birth preparation needs to reflect that and adjust to each individual woman.

What should a mom do to benefit from hypnobirthing?

It is very important that birth partner/husband attends the classes with mom and they do a lot of practice together at home so it becomes second nature for them and they are very connected on the day.

What are your best tips for moms who are too anxious about giving birth?

Learn how to breath properly, if they can control their breathing, they will be able to control their emotions and remain calm during the whole process.

Also, we recommend moms to continue reading evidence based information and resources and be well prepared. The more informed and prepared the couple is the more in control and calm they will be during labour and birth.

Does hypnobirthing work for everyone?

Yes, as long as the couple is committed and serious about the programme and they do practice at home.

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How does a medical emergency during labor affect hypnobirthing?

In case there is a medical emergency during labour, the hypnobirthing tools and techniques are even more useful and effective to keep mom in a calm state as moms are generally more tense and anxious during these special circumstances.

Does hypnobirthing work better when the mom has a birth plan?

We prefer to refer to the birth plan as birth preferences as it is important to focus on the birth each mom wishes but be open to any path that birth takes. It is fundamental for the couple to prepare a birth plan/preferences and then review it with their doctor so all of them are on the same page.

Are there any birthing myths that pregnant moms should know about?

We focus on birth being a normal natural event and hypnobirthing will help moms to achieve the birth they want. It is not a medical event, but sometimes nature needs assistance and moms will learn how to manage and cope with special circumstance if need it.

Additional Details

Hypnobirthing & Childbirth Preparation classes by Love Parenting UAE

Duration: 4 week sets of group classes run on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-10pm with Ana Piera or Fridays 10am-2 pm with Jasmine Collin.

Location: Office of Babies and Beyond in Dubai Media City

Websites: www.babiesandbeyond.ae

For bookings: info@babiesandbeyond.ae | |+971 04 430 8900

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