Natural childbirth is a topic that can trigger vigorous debate.
While some mothers advocate childbirth pain reduction and childbirth pain removal (analgesic and anaesthetic) protocols because they see little reason to endure pain, others find that natural childbirth benefits include a great sense of empowerment and achievement.
The decision regarding which approach to adopt is one that few mothers take lightly.
It certainly makes sense, if adopting the natural childbirth approach, to prepare well. Even with the best-prepared mothers - there’ll be times when assistance from some medication might be required. One excellent natural childbirth preparation approach is HypnoBirthRite (a Birth by Hypnosis programme) developed by our principal, Alan Patching.
This programme teaches mothers to be a range of self hypnosis techniques in order to gain four key advantages form their birthing experience. These benefits are:
Most mothers using HypnoBirthRite for their birthing preparation report experiencing at least three of these benefits, and many report high scores on all four.
However, even when pathology or necessary use of labour inducing/accelerating medication make the intensity of contractions so severe that pain medication assistance is necessary, mothers generally report comfortable experience prior to those medications being applied.
Even Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, author of ‘Childbirth without Fear’, told mothers there will be occasions where various medications are necessary and we certainly recommend you take your birthing physician's (or other birthing professional's) advice in that regard.
The most often reported Natural Childbirth Benefits include:
Medication assisted births are not without their benefits and are sometimes necessary, especially for longer, more difficult labours or when the mother has difficulty relaxing (often, the second factor leads to the first).
Our advice is simply this. If you'd like to have a natural childbirth, then hypnosis can provide you with many benefits. However, before your delivery, talk with your birthing professionals and take their advice. Even if you use an hypnosis birthing approach, follow the advice of your birthing professional during your birthing experience.
And finally, remember birthing is not a competition or ego building experience, and any person who judges the worth of a woman as a person or a mother based on whether she does or does not use medication assistance during childbirth is a very shallow individual indeed.
Birth by Hypnosis and HypnoBirthRite are proven hypnosis childbirth protocols. You can arrange a chat or an appointment with our principal Alan Patching about HypnoBirthRite via our contacts page.
Due to strong demand on our clinical services, we are in the advanced stages of producing an audio and video based version of our HypnoBirthRite programme. If you’re interested in being kept informed about the benefits of birthing using hypnosis, please register here.
We’ll soon be preparing podcast and webinar material to describe the programme in full and to prepare couples for quicker use of the programme after its upcoming release.
Be sure to register here to be one of the first to be informed about the home use version of HypnoBirthRite via podcast and webinar description.