Does Hypnobirthing Really Work?
Along with lots of uplifting positive birth stories from new parents I still also encounter misconceptions or negative responses from people about hypnobirthing.
AND MY LITTLE HEART SINKS EVERY TIME!
They're usually related to;
1) What they assume it is (they think it's just a way to deal with pain without drugs)
2) Why they don't think it's for them (they have preconceived ideas about what a hypnobirth looks like and they don't believe they are capable of 'that' type of birth, i.e. they don't want to 'fail')
3) Why it won't work for them (they are 'probably going to need to be induced' or 'are having a C-section', so 'what's the point'?)
4) It didn't work for them because X,Y,Z happened unexpectedly (any course that doesn't give people the tools to deal with the unexpected isn't worthy of the hypnobirthing name!)
Let's set the record straight....
Hypnobirthing is an umbrella term that covers various practices and the use of all sorts of birth preparation materials. For example taking a short course or reading a book and listening to a relaxation will go some way to helping you prepare but it is no substitute for a full accredited course with its resources and ongoing support.
KGHypnobirthing is a full antenatal course (accredited by the Royal College of Midwives). I also offer one to one ongoing support. The course helps everyone who takes the information and techniques on board, it can't not! It's a logical, evidence based education! Birth is a major life event that requires preparation and deserves your time and energy. Your hard work will pay off.
Knowledge is power as they say. You gain birth knowledge, techniques, critical thinking skills, communication skills and confidence. None of this goes flying out the window during labour and birth! Even if your circumstances change in pregnancy or labour, or you change your mind about what you want. KGHypnobirthing will help you remain calm, in control and ensure that you can navigate anything and still have that positive birth experience.
The point is that you need to know your choices. If you don't know them, you really don't have any! Learning your rights and choices makes it far easier to make your own informed decisions based on facts not assumptions. So many expectant parents are really surprised at the number of options available to them. This goes for all types of birth. Not knowing your choices, uncertainty and not feeling in control or supported increases fear. Fear is bad for labour.
We have been heavily influenced, controlled and conditioned for far too long to believe that childbirth is something we must endure and sacrifice ourselves for. Going into labour with that level of fear, uncertainty and disempowerment is not healthy or acceptable. It truly doesn't have to be that way. KGH will eradicate or at the very least hugely reduce any fear. It changes your mindset. You might even (sharp intake of breath) find yourself excited for labour to begin. Yes, really! That is how it should be!
What is KG Hypnobirthing?
KG Hypnobirthing is a philosophy and technique that teaches a simple, physiological approach to birth. Designed to release fear and build confidence, it enables our bodies to produce the hormones we need in labour so that our birth muscles can work in harmony with them in order for birth to progress optimally.
I teach the course in an interactive way and welcome and encourage your participation, questions and scepticism! Scepticism is natural, we should question things and reserve judgement until something makes sense to us. Scepticism towards positive births exists because of common misconceptions and assumptions rife in our society today that unfortunately play a part in perpetuating the cycle of fear. My course will unpick these and offer you that ‘lightbulb’ moment. Once misconceptions have been readdressed clients are very relieved and fear and uncertainty is replaced with confidence and excitement. The course sets a solid foundation to achieve an empowered positive birth to remember forever.
Learning and practising the breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques and listening to the audios provided throughout your pregnancy will fully prepare you for labour. You don't need to be planning an entirely natural drug free birth in a bell tent with fairy lights, whale music in the background and just the cat for company for these to be highly effective! They work for all labours and in all environments. They make a big difference to your perception of birth, as well as improve the overall experience for you, your baby and your birth partner when the time comes. Hypnobirthing also teaches and demonstrates the importance of the positive use of language throughout pregnancy and provides affirmations to encourage and help with this.
Hypnobirthing results in reduced intervention rates, reduced use of analgesia and increased natural births. It will help you have the best possible physical, mental, emotional and spiritual start to motherhood and the benefits to your baby are equally as valuable.
Click on the book to read the first chapter and click the audio to listen to the Magic Carpet relaxation.
The Magic Carpet. A Hypnobirthing Audio Relaxation
What do my KG Hypnobirthing courses teach?
THE 12 HOUR COURSE IS SPLIT INTO 4 SESSIONS.
S1 : THE LOGIC OF KGH
The physiology of childbirth, how your body works in labour and how the mind leads the body to either help or hinder your experience.
How the muscles of the uterus work to birth your baby during the process of labour and birth and the crucial role of hormones throughout this time.
S2 : PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TECHNIQUES FOR PREGNANCY, LABOUR AND BIRTH
All the hypnobirthing tools! Breathing techniques, relaxations, visualisations, affirmations and positive use of language are all taught to help prepare your mind for labour and birth. Information is also offered to successfully deal with negativity, toxicity and the misinformed concern of others so you can mentally stay on track for your positive birth.
Pelvic floor exercises, perineal massage, tension release and positioning are all taught to help prepare the body for labour and birth.
S3 : UNDERSTANDING YOUR RIGHTS AND CHOICES. HOW TO NAVIGATE THE NHS
Your birth rights and choices are fully explained, as are your options for where to give birth. Understanding the benefits and risks of each of these options.
Policy and procedure v’s evidence-based practise. There are many disparities between policy and procedure and evidence- based practise in maternity care. My course discusses the common reasons why these occur. An awareness of these disparities will better prepare you to seek personalised care from midwives and medical professionals that suit your individualised circumstances during pregnancy and labour.
How to feel confident in communicating your needs and wishes to health care professionals effectively to get what you want.
Natural and medicalised births. When a birth becomes medicalised and what that means. The benefits and risks.
Interventions and the benefits and risks. How to make informed decisions if any are offered to you (everything is an offer!) Membrane sweep, induction, vaginal examinations, monitoring.
Overcoming change in pregnancy and labour, dealing with eventualities and unforeseens, breech, big baby, passing your ‘due’ date. What to do if you’re told you’re ‘not allowed’ something.
S4 : WHAT TO DO DURING ALL STAGES OF LABOUR AND BIRTH
The benefits of hypnobirthing for all women and all births. Home births, birth centre births, hospital births, natural births, induced and other medicalised births as well as c-sections, gentle, planned or emergency. How to hypnobirth in every location and every circumstance.
The importance of the role of the birth partner. How they can support you practically, emotionally and physically. How they can prepare and practise with you during pregnancy and advocate with and for you in labour and birth.
How to write a concise, structured birth plan for the birth you would like. How to prepare and inform yourself for any eventuality in advance so you can navigate change that may or may not occur confidently and calmly during labour.
The importance of creating a birth space to feel relaxed, safe, comfortable and supported to enable you to maintain optimal hormone levels for birth. How to maintain this birth space if or when you transfer to hospital. When to transfer.
How to maintain your levels of comfort in labour and your pain relief options from holistic methods to analgesia. Tension release, positioning, water, TENS, gas and air, epidural. The benefits and risks.
The various 'stages' of labour from the early stages right through to birthing the placenta and the golden hour after giving birth to your baby.
A Postnatal Package to Support You
KOMU post-natal kits are a brilliant resource designed to offer you practical support throughout the first 6 months of motherhood. They contain 9 hours content from 20 midwives and post-natal experts. Read more about the areas of parenthood they cover via the KOMU page of my site.
KOMU kits are available to all clients at less than market price.