What exactly is 'hypnobirthing'?
KG Hypnobirthing is simply the use of language and meditation to reframe labour and birth. We use a different 'language', avoiding the words 'contractions' and 'pain', preferring to refer to these as 'surges' or 'strong sensations'. Yes, it may feel silly at first, but KGH works around the idea that because pain doesn't exist in childbirth, because it is simply your muscles working to move out of the way of your baby, much like any other muscle working in your body.
My partner is a bit sceptical, do they need to be there?
I'm afraid their job is not over yet... although, yes, they don't 'have' to be there, partners are usually the most sceptical at the start, but are our biggest supporters by the end! Men often feel useless in the labour room, not knowing what to do or how to help, so why not equip yourself with the tools and knowledge needed to support mum through pregnancy and in the labour room? Partners are important in being our key assistant during pregnancy, assisting with the preparation techniques, massage, asking questions and being the key protector of the birthing space whilst mum is busy in her oxytocin bubble. Birth partner, whoever you may be, Budding Mammas is here to give you the confidence to be an active part of this experience and give mum the support she needs.
When should I do the course? When is too late to start?
There is no correct time to start. The best time to start is usually between 20-30 weeks as this gives you time to practice the techniques you are taught in class, but earlier or even later have also worked. With hypnobirthing, it is what you put into it that you will get out of it, practicing helps you get the most out of the course.
Is this only for mums wanting a 'natural' birth?
Absolutely not!... what is 'natural' anyway? Hypnobirthing is a toolkit of techniques which help mums get into a relaxed state and information and knowledge to empower mums and partners to make choices which are right for them and their baby. Whether you plan to birth in a forest surrounded by fairy lights and chanting, or in a hospital with all the drugs going, Budding Mammas is simply about giving you the tools to have an empowering birth experience.
If it's hypnobirthing, does that mean you will be 'hypnotising' me?
I'm afraid clucking like a chicken and snapping fingers is not taught by Budding Mammas. The hypnosis we refer to is self-hypnosis, a state of deep relaxation where although you are not consciously thinking about what you are doing, you are aware of what is happening around you and you can 'snap out of it' whenever you need to. Although you might be thinking still, how does this work, think about how many times you have gotten in the car and next thing you know, you are pulling onto your drive, or binge-watching a programme on Netflix and suddenly hours have flown without you noticing... in fact, every time you fall asleep you enter a hypnotic state or relaxation. That is what Budding Mammas does, it uses language to re-programme your brain to move into that state using breathing, sounds, touch and visualisations. So at no point will you feel 'out of it', you are always in control.
Can you 'fail' if my hypnobirth doesn't go as planned?
There is no way to 'fail' at birth!! Did I say that loud enough for every woman who has ever felt like they have heard me? Any woman who develops, nurtures and births their baby, however that may be, is a goddess! (Yes, it's cheesy but sometimes the truth is) Budding Mammas is here to provide you with all the information and choices available to you. This gives you options so you can have plans A through Z so that should something happen, you can stay happily in your oxytocin bubble knowing that you have other options available to you. Birth is a miracle no matter how it happens.
Will I be supported with my decision to use hypnobirthing?
Absolutely! Hypnobirthing is recognised by NHS trusts, midwives and doctors around the country and some NHS trusts even offer hypnobirthing antenatal classes. Although midwives will be more experienced with supporting hypnobirthing at home births and midwife-led, home-from-home units, you will absolutely be supported to use the hypnobirthing techniques Budding Mammas teaching on the labour ward, and some techniques can even be used should you need a C-section. Budding Mammas will give you knowledge and information on the choices available to you and how to negotiate the NHS system and work with your healthcare provider to have an empowering and fulfilling birth experience.
So, I won't feel any pain if I use hypnobirthing?
Well... pain is subjective, everyone will experience it differently. Yes, some hypnobirthing mums will say that they felt no pain, but will say they still felt strong sensations and urges, which others may experience and perceive as pain. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will not feel any pain. Although some midwives and pregnancy books and websites will group 'hypnobirthing' in with pain relief, Budding Mammas is not about relieving pain but about using relaxations to cope with contractions and reduce stress, boosting your endorphin natural pain relief, allowing the muscles in your uterus to relax and work efficiently and easily.
Isn't it all a bit 'out there'?
Hypnobirthing has been around for a long time, its just that we used to call it birthing. Much like organic food, a few decades ago we just called it food. It is based in science with hypnosis for pain relief well documented in evidence-based medical journals. The basis of hypnobirthing is the removal of fear. Fear creates adrenalin and adrenalin prevents the production of oxytocin which is needed for the uterus to work effectively to open the cervix and move baby down. Adrenalin causes the body to tense up, preventing blood getting to the uterus, so it doesn't work as efficiently and causes lactic acid to build up, which causes cramp in the muscles and therefore pain and a longer labour. Hypnobirthing basically teaches mums to access a relaxed state, allowing their body to work instinctively to birth their baby. So... getting your conscious brain out of the way, so the body can work on birthing without interference.
Is this only for first-time mums?
No. First-time, second-time or however many babies you have had, each pregnancy and birth is unique. Budding Mammas is here to support you with all your questions as a first-time mum, or helping you move forward from your last birth experience into this new pregnancy.
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