Among the many birthing choices that a woman has to choose from hypnobirth is one.
This is a birthing method that uses focused concentration. This method of birthing is about the pregnant woman going into and coming out of the state of hypnosis at will.
It is not about being unconscious or out of control, but hypnobirth proponents claim that this birthing method can mean that the labor is shorter and there are chances of having fewer complications.
The principle upon which hypnobirth is based is that hypnosis bypasses the conscious and critical mind to access the subconscious to achieve deep relaxation, which in turn is able to facilitate quicker and less painful birthing. There is also, it is claimed, less bleeding and recovery is also seen to be faster.
The Mongon Method of hypnobirthing claims to be a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques and that through Hypnobirthing women can use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. The series of five, 2 1/2-hour classes is available at the hypnobirthing site
Hypnobirthing claims to reduce chances of having to undergo a C section: In 2007 15.5% of US Hypnobirthing mothers birthed via C-Section, compared to the national average of 32%.
Through hypnobirth techniques one is taught how to bond prenatally, by talking to your baby, and singing to it while still in the womb.
Breathing techniques are taught in order to slow down and relax the body. This can reduce stress and promotes a feeling of calm. This can be effective for parenting and breastfeeding as well.
There is particular stress placed on relaxation techniques and on helping the mother to be able to use her natural ‘expulsive reflex’. The aim is relaxation through “releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being”.
Through hypnobirthing techniques there is also the attempt made to help release the fear that many mothers may inevitably feel.
There is the attempt made to make women feel more empowered and in control. The idea is to have not just the mother but both parents feel calm and confident going into the birthing.
More women who opt for hypnobirth choose to birth at home or in freestanding birth centers. This method of birthing reduces duration of labor and consequently it is claimed that 70% of women undergoing hypnobirth have unmedicated births.