Well, globally, everyone knows hypnosis. I’m not saying that everyone has already been hypnotized, but I imagine that everyone knows what it is. Well to give birth, it can also work, to try to lay your heir serenely, like a little field rose (no).
1. There are four fundamental pillars
Breathing, relaxation, visualization and deepening. These are techniques that you must learn to put yourself in a state of intense serenity, which will allow you to tame the pain, so that you are no longer afraid of it.
2. It takes practice
It is prepared before childbirth, with training sessions that can give you the leads to follow so that self-hypnosis works during the labor period and even before it begins. These courses are given with specialists throughout the pregnancy.
3. It helps to get rid of stress around childbirth
Because stress comes from fear, and it’s normal to be afraid when giving birth. With this technique, you will know how to apprehend and control this fear of pain and childbirth, and be downright less stressed when it happens.
4. Mothers-to-be aren’t sleepy either.
You’re not freaked out with self-hypnosis, you’re just in a bubble, focused on your pain and what’s going on in your body. You let what you can’t control happen around you, and you focus on yourself and your unborn baby.
5. Positions are recommended for self-hypnosis
With a birth ball for example, by being astride it and by having so-called “touch” caresses made by the future father or the person who accompanies you, to secrete endorphins, hormones that promote well-being and relaxation.
6. It allows you to free yourself from fear, and therefore from pain
What hurts, very badly, is the fear of pain, even more than the pain itself. So yes, childbirth is not at all a part of pleasure, but with self-hypnosis, it allows you to take control of all that a little, and to free yourself from the fear that you may feel.
7. Co-parent involvement is important
Because he’s not just there to spray the face of the future mother with an atomizer or to send text messages to the family while waiting, the dad-to-be can have a real implication of this bubble of concentration and serenity that the woman in labor seeks to obtain, with massages, words, or breathing exercises.
8. It’s privileged in “natural” births, but not only
It is a technique that is increasingly adopted by those who choose not to have an epidural, or for those who cannot have one. But it can also be used by those who have this anesthesia, because it is not because we no longer feel the pain that we are not completely panicked and that we do not need to be reassured.
9. It separates body and mind
Make a real dissociation between the pain that is felt in the body, and that which we anticipate with our mind. With self-hypnosis, we can dissociate the two, and be more serene.
10. Kate Middleton used it for her first delivery.
So yes, she didn’t have the courtesy to tell us if it had helped her (how selfish), but we imagine that yes, otherwise she wouldn’t have made two more kids after that, if she had been completely traumatized by the birth of the Royal Baby.