So following on from my post ‘What is Hypnobirthing?’ I thought I would answer… Well, how does hypnobirthing work then?
How does hypnobirthing work?
This is another common question I get when talking about what I teach and I thought it was worth sharing my response…..
The muscles of the uterus were designed to give birth, there is no reason that all other muscles of our body can work without ‘pain’ but the uterus muscle is painful to use. What we do know is that when we have an increased amount of fear in our bodies, we tense and tighten those muscles. This can cause an increased amount of pain.
As well as this, fear increases adrenaline within our bodies, this adrenaline sets off the ‘fear, flight and freeze response, this redirects all the blood flow away from our organs to our limbs to run or fight. The uterus is not a defensive organ and cannot work efficiently and without pain when blood flow is restricted. With the presence of adrenaline, the body’s natural pain relief hormones (endorphins) are unable to do their work and the oxytocin release slows down, this can lengthen labours, the baby may become distressed and in turn this can lead to interventions.
So how does Hypnobirthing help??
Over the years your subconscious mind has picked up on all the horror stories that we are constantly told about giving birth and in turn has allowed some fear to creep in. Hypnobirthing and the MP3s used, retrain the subconscious mind so that women go in to labour free from fear and are experts in relaxation. They do not need any unnecessary interference and are therefore able to tap in to their natural birthing instincts, allowing for a calm and relaxed birth. Being able to do this will allow your body to be working at its best; your endorphins will be flowing and will allow for a calm and relaxed birth.
For most it is as simple as that, however sometimes genuine circumstances do arise, having done the course you along with your birthing partner and the medical teams will be able to make the right decisions for you leading you to your right birth on the day!