We are bombarded with fear and negativity about how painful birthing a baby is, but if women got the opportunity to learn about the physiology of their body, they would understand that birthing is a natural process and it is fear that gets in the way.
Hypnobirthing is as much a philosophy of birthing as it is techniques. When a mother and her birth companion are able to approach their birth without fear and with knowledge, good support, and tools for the birth – then their birthing can be a positive and empowering experience.
However, the biggest factor inhibiting clients is the lack of understanding, incorrect information and the uncertainty which creates fear which then activates the sympathetic nervous system and stress hormone called catecholamines and the blood vessels constrict and go into fight mode.
We teach clients about the physiology of the body and impart relaxation techniques. With this, the body will then have access to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and release endorphins; which are the natural feel good hormone and the body’s natural relaxant.
At Feeling Healthy our Naturopath Rosanna practices what she preaches and has successfully used Hypnobirthing whilst giving birth to her 2 children. Read her story below:
Hypnobirth, A Mama's Story
I share my story to inspire, give hope and release fear.
“Do you know what you said to me last night” asked my husband. Still waking up I replied “What, no, what are you talking about?” “You woke me up and said, we are going to have a baby” and then you went back to sleep” Apparently this is what I did, but I did not remember a thing. I though how strange, but then did not give it another thought. Three weeks later, my period hadn’t come, but I blamed it on being busy, I had just done my book launch. However in the back of my mind I remembered what my husband had told me a few weeks earlier. On the 19th September I did a pregnancy test and it was…positive. I was quietly excited as I felt deep down this was meant to be and this will be a viable pregnancy. I felt quietly confident even though I had a few miscarriages previously. I knew this was going to be ok.
It wasn’t until my first appointment with the Dr that I felt fear and doubt. When I told him I was 44 he raised his eyebrows and preceded to tell me the risks that increased because I was older. I left his office with fear and questions, will I go full term, will I have a healthy baby, will I get pre-eclampsia, will I get gestational diabetes will there be complications and so on.
As the weeks passed and the pregnancy progressed past week 12. I worked through my fears, had all the genetic testing I could have and decided I needed to hope fir the best rather than think the worst. I connected to my original feeling which was that all was going to be ok.
I had the perfect pregnancy, no gestation diabetes, no pre-eclampsia. I felt energised, all ultra-sounds were great, all blood tests were normal.
As a Naturopath I have supported hundreds of women through pre-conception pregnancy and post natal. Just a few months prior to becoming pregnant I ran a Detox group with my clients and I participated in it as well. I was going regular exercise with a personal trainer and felt in great shape physically, mentally and emotionally.
You see I always wanted 2 children but when I turned 40 I accepted that is may not happen. This was a belief I accepted unconsciously that is common for women over 40 to find it more difficult to get pregnant. I was most disappointed for my daughter who was 8 and really wanted a brother.
My beautiful baby boy was born on 11th May 2015, naturally, no drugs, no intervention, no tearing. My first stage was 8 hours. I birthed at home for most of that time then went into hospital when I was 5cm dilated, second stage was 14 minutes and third stage was 4 minutes. He latched on easily and breast feeding was so much easier than it had been with my daughter. Overall I feel like a much more relaxed mum and my baby Edson is also very chilled and I attribute this to his relaxed birth.
I used HypnoBirthing techniques birthing my daughter and wanted to do the same for this baby. HypnoBirthing is a technique I teach my clients who want to give birth naturally. It involves specific breathing techniques at different stages of the birth and teaches you how to work with your body during birthing and not against it. We are bombarded with fear and negativity about how painful birthing a baby is but if women got the opportunity to learn about the physiology of their body they would understand that birthing is a natural process and it is fear that gets in the way. Women in comas have given birth, the body was built for this. Unfortunately lack of understanding, incorrect information and uncertainty creates fear which then activates hormones called catecholamines and the blood vessels constrict and go into fight or flight mode. With understanding of physiology, relaxation techniques and fears dealt with and released the body will then have access to and activate the parasympathetic nervous system and release endorphin’s which are the feel good hormones and the bodies natural relaxant. I believe every woman needs to know about this and then how they choose to integrate it in their pregnancy and birth is their choice.
Edson is now 5 months and I am thoroughly enjoying him. I know he will probably be the last baby i have and we feel so blessed to have him. I can’t say that its easy but I can say that giving birth is so much easier. The every day care for a baby demands every bit of you and when sleep is compromised looking after self, baby, family and a business can become challenging. But I remember to keep it in perspective and that the job I am doing is an important one and if it means I devote my time to be present to him and have a cleaner to help me then so be it. I arrange my priorities to have people in my life to support me. The old saying it takes a village to raise a baby is so true.