HypnoBirthing – Why you should give it a try

I remember, from a very young age, being terrified of giving birth. I grew up hearing my mom and grandma tell me how much they had suffered through childbirth. My mom, doctor by profession, had 5 children and I was her first one. She swore that the pain was so intense that she could have thrown herself out of the window. I heard things such as: “childbirth can be as pain free as possible for some women, and as painful as getting dismembered without anesthesia for others. See… my family was of the “others” category and my little self was certain of one thing – giving birth was going to be the most terrifying and painful experience of my life.

Naturally, when I finally got pregnant (after several months of trying), I was overjoyed! We had been dreaming of that line on the pregnancy test and I could already picture my husband and I holding our first born. Within hours however, I started panicking. Oh no, it wasn’t the first-time-mom type of panic. I was not worried about my life changing. Had no fear of caring for a baby – I was the oldest of 5 children and had pretty much raised my youngest sister the first 3 years of her life. No…. I was terrified of giving birth.

I kept everything inside. While my husband was ecstatic. I was regretting getting pregnant and felt that I could not share that feeling with him. I could not imagine giving birth to that child – the immeasurable pain I was going to live through – but felt stupid for it. I tried rationalizing myself. I started looking at everyone in the street, telling myself that they all had a mom who’d given birth to them. I was going to be fine. Our race wouldn’t have made it otherwise, right? Yet… I could not imagine a positive birthing experience. Fear was invading my mind and body.

Then came another terrifying thought…. My mom had spent over 24 hours in labor twice. While a common occurrence in Europe, they would probably wheel me in for a c-section in the US…

That is when I decided to get up and find a solution to my anxiety. I was going to get my acts together and give myself the best odds for success. I researched options and alternatives, until I came across HypnoBirthing. I knew this was right for me. I was going to learn to control my mind. That was the root of my problem. My mind was anxious, worried, and lacked confidence. My body was strong, healthy, and made to procreate. HypnoBirthing seemed like the perfect choice for me. While the technique preaches natural birthing, I knew that I wanted an epidural. I saw no reason to put myself through more pain than needed. My HypnoBirthing childbirth educator was very understanding and never tried to dissuade me.

I signed up for a class in my 4th month of pregnancy and asked my husband to join me. We were signed up for three 1.5 hour sessions with a doula who had been assisting moms with all aspects of pregnancy and birth. She spent a fair amount of time explaining the mechanics of birth during our first visit. By doing so, she helped me visualize the changes that would happen inside of me, and the journey my baby was going to take. This would be a joint experience where I would be in synch with my unborn child. She then went on to hypnotizing me.

This is where I am losing many of you… you are thinking black magic, trance, etc. My doula explained it best: have you ever driven down the highway and reached an exit sign but don’t remember how you got there? You might remember a moment 1 or 2 minutes prior to that exit. But you don’t remember actively driving your car down the road. If that ever happened to you, you are the perfect subject for HypnoBirthing. Without knowing it, you drove in a hypnotic state, where your mind controlled your body’s actions.

Now that I have you back, let me tell you what makes HypnoBirthing the most wonderful birthing technique in my opinion. The training you will receive, will give you the tools to approach birth with a calming mindset. You will learn to control your mind and let it pour positivity and relaxation into your body. You will be in full control and empower your body to give birth in a calm and gentle manner. The tension will be released through a set of practiced techniques, allowing your body to do the work in a natural manner.

Let’s be honest – that will require work. My doula gave me a set of tracks when I first met her. While she and I only met 3 times, I worked on my self-hypnosis skills every . single . night, from 4 months until the day my first daughter was born. The skills required practice. As I worked on it, I built up trust. I was in control of my emotions and my mind was going to enable my body to have that positive birthing experience. I listened to my 20 to 45-minute tracks in bed each night. While I always fell like I was falling asleep during the session, I somehow woke up at the end of each track to turn off my iPod. Once I had mastered the skill, I could not tell you what the voice had said. I remember the overwhelming well-being pouring down on me. I remember letting go and zoning out. I remember being woken up very gently at the end of the track. This was working!!

As we headed to the hospital that night, the first thing I did when I got there was to plug myself in. I had the lights dimmed down, requested minimal intrusion from nurses, and went on to relax and breathe. I did receive an epidural, which greatly helped the labor for my first daughter. I went on to delivering 2 more babies totally naturally after that. Simply using the power of my mind on the pain. No, giving birth was not pain free. I wasn’t even uncomfortable. I did feel pain and I did live in the moment. I don’t clearly remember the entire journey, but I very vividly remember delivering my children. I could not have asked for better experiences and attribute my success to HypnoBirthing. I only wish this was a more recognized option for women, as early as possible in their pregnancies.

Your first step will be to find a HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. Head over here to find one near you!

Today, I use my HypnoBirthing tracks before going to bed when I feel stressed, or am going through a rough time. The skills I developed will forever be with me. I know that I have the power to bring calm and quiet to my mind and body!

Please, let me know of your HypnoBirthing experience, or any other technique that carried you through a positive birthing experience! If you have any questions, please ask them here or use the Contact button to remain anonymous. I am passionate about birthing and would love to help answer any questions or concerns you may have!!

Happy birthing!

 

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