Pain free or not pain free is a question that pervades in the tempering women’s hopes so they do not expect a pain-free birth, while at the same time tantalizing them with tales of women who rave about calm, even physically pleasant experiences.According to a HypnoBirthing Institute survey, more than 12,000 mothers completed the classes.
After a lengthy introduction mothers begin to practice a series of hypnotic relaxation and visualization exercises and work on breathing techniques. Over the weeks, they practice time distortion, they practice hypnotic anesthesia, making certain parts of their body go numb. And they learn to replace words common to labor like “contraction” — which with terminology deemed more empowering.
Relaxation takes work, and practice, women are encouraged to read through what they learn several times throughout their pregnancy so that when it comes time to labor, they are adept at moving themselves into a state of deep relaxation relying on the techniques they learned.
Hypnosis experts understand that positive expectation is central to that success, adding that anyone with direct personal exposure to hypnosis whether via smoking cessation or just a gimmicky stage act will have internalized expectations. Openness to the process is essential.
Indeed, in spite of claims of pain eradication that float around hypnobirthing, learning to calmly cope with contractions (or surges,” as they’re sometimes known) is at the true heart of the technique,which is why it appeals to many women.