Hypnobirthing – What You Need to Know
Giving birth is a miracle and yet, when many women think about the actual process of giving birth, fear of pain (and how to avoid it) is at the forefront of their minds.
Turns out the birthing process can be smooth and shouldn’t be agonizing thanks to a technique called hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing comes from two words, hypnosis and birthing. As the words suggest, there is a massive element of self-hypnosis, in labour and childbirth.
Hypnobirthing is a birthing method that uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared and reduce her awareness of fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.
Celebrity couple and Youtubers Shiko Nguru and Rama of the green calabash have supposedly used hypnosis and related techniques to prepare for labor and delivery. Check out the vid below.
HypnoBirthing Benefits and Myths
The Benefits of HypnoBirthing
- It’s a natural form of pain management. There are no medications with potential side effects for you or baby.
It can provide comfort, relaxation, and relief during labor.
- It can decrease stress and fear during childbirth.
- It allows you to remain alert and awake.
- It creates a better postpartum experience: “If a woman feels that she made her own best decisions for her particular circumstance, no matter how the birth then plays out, she has an easier postpartum period.
- Common Myths Associated with Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a form of mind control or brainwashing.
Hypnosis puts you in a deep sleep.
- A person who’s been hypnotized has no free will.
- You can’t perform usual tasks and functions if you’re hypnotized.
- You’re unaware of what’s going on around you when you’re hypnotized.
Where to get help in Nairobi if you’re considering hypnobirthing