Nourish Hypno Birthing
I offer a free 30 minute consultation where you can meet me, as I believe it is vital that there is a bond of trust between therapist and client. I can also tell you a little more about Hypno Birthing and what I can offer, and answer any questions you have. You can then decide if you wish to go ahead and decide how much input you would require from me. Support can vary from a few sessions where you learn the techniques and you then practice and continue yourself or with your partner, or if you would like a more personalised package with specific scripts tailored just for you. After this initial consultation you can take time to consider whether you wish to go ahead and also what level of support you require, which can be adapted and changed at any time to suit your needs. You may then book further sessions or you can decide that it is not for you.
As a fully Registered Nutritionist I am also qualified to provide you with advice about your diet both in pregnancy and after giving birth should you require this. Learn more in the Nutrition section of the website
Get in touch to book your free 30 minute no obligation consultation.
I have provided some information on Hypno Birthing below and also my own reasons for being so passionate about its value.
I have had five children and I believe that with each birth I actually used many of the Hypno Birthing techniques without even realizing it. I have had a variety of different experiences with each birth, but very quickly realised that if I relaxed when experiencing contractions they were no where near as painful as when I tensed up. I also learnt that if I listened to my body – it very clearly told me when to relax and also when and how hard to push – and I again found that the pain reduced dramatically. I believe that I actually put myself into a kind of self hypnosis. Hence why I believe that Hypno Birthing can be a very useful and powerful way to help reduce the fear and anxiety that most women naturally feel during the lead up to giving birth and during labour itself. I have personally never met a mother to be who did not have some sort of worries concerning the birth and this is normal and natural. However learning how to reduce and manage worry, fear and also pain can make
the experience of labour a positive and enjoyable one and this is exactly what a Hypno Birth aims to achieve.
Hypno Birthing allows the mother’s body to work at its own pace and facilitates an easier birth by using relaxation, visualisation and imagery to speed up the release of the body’s natural painkillers known as endorphins, therefore making labour shorter and free from fear and anxiety. Hypno Birthing teaches women how their body responds during labour when it is unencumbered by fear and anxiety. Hypno Birthing can also help to deal with issues during pregnancy such as nausea and anxiety. You may choose to utilize the range of techniques that are available in a Hypno Birth or you may simply choose just to learn and deploy one of the pain relieving methods – it is up to you how you wish to proceed. Trust your own instincts and decide what YOU want and feel confident with your decisions. You may choose to have drugs, gas and air or an epidural as well as employing the techniques of a Hypno Birth – there is no right or wrong – it’s for you to plan and to feel in control. The aim of labour is the safe arrival of a healthy baby with the mother having a positive birth experience.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind – we often drift into hypnosis when we are watching a film or reading a book, it is a bit like daydreaming. I always like to describe the feeling as a bit like when you are just about to drift off into sleep or when you first awaken in the morning. It’s a very comfortable place when we are not quite awake but we are not asleep either. People experience hypnosis in different ways, and many are very surprised at just how relaxing it is. Some are aware of everything that goes on around them and others may feel that they have drifted off to sleep. Your subconscious mind will take you into hypnosis in a way that is right for you. The more you get used to the experience, the more you will trust it and the more deeply relaxed you will feel.
We all have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is our “busy” mind with hundreds of thoughts going through it every minute, such as what we are going to have for our evening meal. Our conscious mind can only focus on small bits of information at a time. Our subconscious mind is where we store our memories and everything we have experienced in life. We unconsciously use what we have learnt from past experiences to make decisions about how to deal with, and how we feel about the situations we currently find ourselves in. It is very common for people to carry negative thought patterns from past experiences and therefore automatically look on new situations or experiences in an unhelpful way. We can also pick up negative thoughts from other people’s experiences, especially if they have been traumatic. The experiences and beliefs that you hold in your subconscious mind can also trigger automatic physical responses in your body, sometimes overpowering what you actually consciously want to experience. Hypnotherapy aims to change those thoughts and reactions to positive ways of thinking and then feeling. Learn more in the Hypnosis section of the website.
The role played by fear in labour
Past experiences, or negative stories told by others about birth, such as family or friends can give rise to worry, doubt and fear. Fear and an expectation of pain can actually cause us to create pain. In childbirth, fear causes the arteries leading to the uterus to constrict, become tense and therefore create pain. Fear can create changes in your body that can slow your labour down. Allowing your body to let go of fear, anxiety and tension enables the muscles to relax and become pliable, the cervix then naturally thins and opens with ease. If you decide to go ahead with a Hypno Birth or even choose to learn some of the techniques you will then be able to control any fear or worries by relaxing your body and muscles and this will in turn reduce any pain you were feeling.
Our bodies Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is responsible for the negative physical effect on fear during labour. The ANS interprets messages it receives from the body and then instructs an action, such as to lower our heartbeat, to the relevant system in the body. There are two subsidiary systems in the ANS – the Sympathetic system and Parasympathetic system.
The Parasympathetic keeps the body in a state of balance and harmony; it maintains calmness by reducing stimulation and reducing the heart rate and works at restoring and maintaining the normal healthy functions of our bodies, like digestion.
The Sympathetic system however is triggered when we are frightened, anxious or stressed, firing out hormones adrenaline and cortisol to act in defence of a threat to the body. This creates the fight, flight or freeze response where pupils dilate and the heart rate increases. The body is now prepared to deal with an emergency or danger whether this danger is real or simply perceived. So if a mother to be is anxious, stressed and fearful her body is on the defensive and because she is in labour the fight or flight response is not appropriate so the body chooses the freeze response. Blood is then directed away from the uterus as this is not part of the defence mechanism of the body and is sent to parts of the body involved in its defence. In response to limited blood and oxygen to the uterus, the muscles in the uterus begin to work against each other causing the uterus to tighten and constrict instead of relaxing and opening. This can cause a great deal of pain for the mother in labour, slowing it down and even can stop for a while. If this situation continues over an extended period of time it can mean intervention is required.
Employing Hypno Birthing techniques means that your Parasympathetic system is in charge and your body will automatically relax as your muscles relax and therefore your heart rate will be slow and steady leaving you feeling confident, calm and in control.
The role played by Hormones
Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for contractions of the uterus during labour. When labour starts, Oxytocin is present in small amounts that gradually increase throughout the duration of labour. Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which can stimulate a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her new baby. Oxytocin is known as “the love hormone” and is known to play a major role in social and romantic relationships by inducing a sense of calm, whilst reducing anxiety and fear. It's therefore not surprising that oxytocin should be directly involved in the process of falling in love, pregnancy and the nurturing of our children. Oxytocin also promotes a readiness to give birth and women who are free of fear and anxiety produce much high levels of Oxytocin during labour and birth.
Free flowing Oxytocin allows the release of endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers; they can have an effect 200 times that of morphine.
Endorphins produce a tranquil amnesia, which is a naturally occurring state in all mammals as the mother approaches the end of the opening stage of labour.
If a mother in labour is stressed or frightened, levels of Adrenaline (the fight or flight or freeze hormone) increase and levels of Oxytocin decrease. This then encourages the mother out of the lovely state of amnesia and brings forth the “worrying brain” which is activated under stress. The mother is no longer in the calm state when her subconscious mind was in charge of her body. High levels of Adrenaline also impact on a woman's production of the natural pain reliever endorphins. This all leads to a mother who then has more painful and less effective contractions.
When you learn Hypno Birthing techniques you will be able to calm your system down and relax, which in turn will slow your heart rate down, stop the production of Adrenaline and Cortisol and allow the production of Oxytocin to flood your body, providing a natural painkiller.
So how can Hypnosis help me during pregnancy and labour?
If you choose to learn more about Hypno birthing you will discover that you have many options. It may be that you choose to simply learn techniques that enable you to reduce any discomfort or pain that you feel during labour. You may also decide to learn how to put yourself into Hypnosis (you will need to practice this regularly) so that when you are in labour you can simply put yourself into your own world, relax and let your body get on with what it needs to do. Some women have their partner put them into Hypnosis and again you may choose to have personalised scripts written for you so that your partner can then read these to you whilst you are relaxing. You may also choose to have some recordings to listen to before you go into labour and then play these to enable you to slip into Hypnosis, or you may wish to write your own, once you are familiar with the techniques.
Everyone is different and a plan that suits you and your partner can be tailored individually – and of course this can be changed along the way if you should decide to want to try different methods.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation where you can meet me, as I believe it is vital that there is a bond of trust between therapist and client. I can also tell you a little more about Hypno Birthing and what I can offer. You can then decide if you wish to go ahead and decide how much input you would require from me. Support can vary from a few sessions where you learn the techniques and you then practice and continue yourself or with your partner, or if you would like a more personalised package with specific scripts tailored just for you. There is no obligation to book further sessions at the consultation and you are free to go away and decide what is best for you. Get in touch to book your free 30 minute no obligation consultation.
As a fully Registered Nutritionist I am also qualified to provide you with advice about your diet both in pregnancy and after giving birth should you require this. Learn more in the Nutrition section of the website.