Giving birth: Is hypnosis for childbirth right for you?

Page Four: Find out the benefits of hypnosis for childbirth

Page Five: How do you get started?

Page Six: See what 9 questions you need to ask a prospective instructor

Benefits of Hypnosis for Childbirth

  • Fewer drugs or no drugs at all means less risk of side effects on mother and baby.
  • Shorter labors. Resistance of the birthing muscles as a response to pain is minimized or eliminated.
  • An awake, energized mother, due to total relaxation throughout the birthing process.
  • A calm, peaceful birthing environment.
  • Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis.
  • Fewer interventions and complications during labor.
  • Babies who are better sleepers and nursers due to fewer drugs in their systems.

    Page Five: How do you get started?

    Page Six: See what 9 questions you need to ask a prospective instructor

Where Do You Start?

There are choices open to couples who are ready to begin their hypno-journey, and it will benefit each one to research all of their options to find one that allows them to achieve their goal.

1. Seek out a qualified Hypnotherapist in your area. You will want to make sure to interview them beforehand and ask what type of program they have for childbirth using hypnosis, as not all of them already have an effective program in place in their practice. A good one will include at least four sessions in the office (six to seven are optimal), with the last one done one week before the estimated due date. It should also include at least one tape or CD to listen to at home by yourself, and one or more cues for the birth companion to learn and practice that helps you to relax and go deeper into hypnosis.

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