Hypnobirthing for pain free labour – New Research

More than 800 British women have volunteered to hypnotise themselves during childbirth to see if they can go without painkillers for a new medical trial.

The National Health Service (NHS) has launched an 18-month study into “hypnobirthing” to assess whether women can give birth without the use of epidurals and other drugs, the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported.

The trial will be run by the University of Central Lancashire and will involve more than 800 expectant mothers. The volunteers will attempt to use “self-hypnosis techniques” while in labour to achieve a “deep sense of relaxation”. The women will attend a 90-minute training session in the weeks before they give birth, and will be given a calming CD to listen to in the delivery room. Painkillers will be available for the women if necessary, but they will be strongly encouraged to rely on their newly taught relaxation techniques.

There has been a growing trend for natural births in the past year, and more expectant mothers are looking for drug-free methods of managing the pain of childbirth. According to HypnoBirthing specialist, hypnobirthing is one the increase with more women using self-hypnosis to give birth without drugs.

She has used the technique during all three of her pregnancies, and insists pain during labour is a “myth”. She says women only feel pain because they are scared and anxious after hearing “horror stories” about childbirth from other women.

“Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life,” the HypnoBirthing expert continues. “With hypnobirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

“Through private or small group classes, we will remove the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. It is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain.” Despite this, a recent study conducted by Britain’s Newcastle University found that most women underestimate the pain of the childbirth, and ask for painkillers despite previously vowing they wouldn’t.

Hypnobirthing is increasing in popularity, where new mothers are crying away from conventional drug and pain relief wanting a more natural whlseome birth. Hypnosis for childbirth has been around for many years, but now hypnobirthing is achieving headlines as celebrities and other mums are using hypnobirthing.

Hypnotherapy for labour benefits the mother in many ways, a pain free birth, quicker birth and more relaxing as you are taught to embrace childbirth and are able to deal with the pain. Hypnobirthing also involves the father in the birthing process.

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Another study Links High Stress Levels To Reduced Chances Of Pregnancy

The study — by researchers at Oxford University and the United States National Institutes of Health – is the first to link stress to a reduced chance of pregnancy. The results suggest that finding ways to reduce stress levels could play an important role in helping women become pregnant. High stress levels have long been believed to affect a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, however until now there has been no evidence to support the theory.

Researchers studied the ovulation cycles of 274 United Kingdom women aged between 18 and 40 who were trying to conceive. The women gave saliva samples, which researchers analysed to determine the levels of specific hormones which act as markers of stress.

“Overall, the 25 percent of women in the study who had the highest alpha-amylase levels had roughly an estimated 12 percent reduction in getting pregnant each cycle in comparison to women with the lowest concentrations,” said Dr Germaine Buck Louis, a director at the NICHD. She said stress levels often increased with the disappointment of failing to conceive. “The question is: ‘What do you do to help women to relax?’ People often turn to alcohol or tobacco to relieve stress, but these substances also reduce the likelihood of pregnancy.”

Comment from Sjanie: ‘Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to relax and reduce stress. Spending 20 minutes a day in a state of hypnotic relaxation can rebalance stress hormone levels and boost fertility. Learning how to enter a state of hypnosis is easy and everyone can do it.’

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Uses Hypnobirthing for pain free labour

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen claims she didn’t feel any pain when she was in labour with her eight-week-old son Benjamin. The Brazilian supermodel – who welcomed son Benjamin, her first child with husband Tom Brady, into the world in December – insists the labour didn’t hurt because she used hypnosis and meditation techniques.

She told Brazilian TV station Fantasticoshe: “It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought, ‘My baby is closer to coming out.’ “It wasn’t like, ‘This is so painful.’ So I transformed that intense feeling into a hope of seeing him.”

Gisele – who is also stepmother to Tom’s two-year-old son John – fell intensely in love with Benjamin as soon as he was born. She said: “It’s wonderful. Never in my life I thought I could love like this. You hear people talking about it, but you don’t know until it happens to you. I couldn’t be happier.” Gisele, 29, also revealed she is breastfeeding her son, and while it’s very tiring, she is enjoying every moment of it.

Hypnobirthing is increasingly being used by new parents that want a pain free and drug free labour. By using hypnosis for labour both mother and baby benefit from the hypnosis, the labour is shorter, less painful, baby is less stressed and following the birth the baby sleeps better as no drugs were used, as it is 100% natural and no side effects. Hypnobirthing has a positive effect on both parents and by using hypnosis the father can become more involved in the birthing process. Hypno birthing involves both the mum and dad in a fabulous experience and gives the dad more meaning in his role in the birthing process.

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How can hypnosis help fertility problems?

The effects of stress on health have been widely documented and have become recognised as one of the major contributing factors to poor health. Recently I read an article that said 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and that 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Since all the different systems of are body, are in constant relationship with each other and the environment, it is not surprising that anything which affects our overall health will have a negative impact on fertility. It is also know that stress directly affects the hormonal system.

The Hypothalamus regulates both the stress response as well as sex hormones and so prolonged periods of stress will create hormonal imbalances which can result in problems conceiving. During times of stress a hyper stimulated nervous system will send less blood to the uterus and ovaries, thereby impairing their optimal functioning. The fight or flight response, which is nature’s way of helping us to deal with the stress, will trigger the release of adrenaline which also inhibits the production of progesterone. After a prolonged period of stress and decreased levels of progesterone, the menstrual cycle will be affected and fertility may also be impeded.

Fortunately, when we enter a state of hypnosis by directing our attention on increasing comfort, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, giving rise to what is known as the relaxation response. When the relaxation response is activated we enter a state of deep physical relaxation. This response works in opposition to the ‘fight or flight response’ and counteracts the body’s physical and emotional response to stress allowing it to return to a calm balanced state. Whilst in this state there is a measurable decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, stress hormone levels and muscle tension and people experience a wonderful feeling of relaxation. So simply being in the state of hypnosis can help to increase fertility.

If however we don’t deal with the underlying issues that are maintaining these high levels of stress, the person is likely to continue feeling anxious. So whilst teaching people self hypnosis can be of huge benefit, it is equally important to address any unhealthy beliefs and lifestyle habits that may be contributing to high levels of stress.

Although reducing stress is an important goal during hypnotherapy, there are many other ways in which hypnosis can be useful. In order to increase fertility it is often necessary that people address their diet and lifestyle. We know that making fundamental changes to lifelong habits is most easily done using hypnosis since this tool gives us access to that part of us that stores these patterns of behaviour. Many couples are encouraged to follow a detox regime prior to undergoing fertility treatment, which can be really well supported through hypnotherapy.

When working with fertility problems it is important to always bear in mind that what the couple wants is to conceive and most importantly to go on to have a family and become parents. Helping couples to prepare for parenthood can be a vital part of the therapeutic process. Often couples have spent so much time ‘struggling’ to conceive and navigating through all the various medical treatments available that they have lost sight of what it is all about. Helping couples to prepare, includes helping them to feel they have all the tools and resources they need to for medical treatment, as well as helping them to prepare for pregnancy and birth. Sometimes during this work the woman may become aware that she is in fact terrified of giving birth. Helping her to address this fear so that she feels confident and comfortable about giving birth, can often help increase the chances of conception. Our fears are registered and acknowledged by our bodies, and we unconsciously work towards avoiding situations and experiences which we perceive as threatening or dangerous. Equally I have found that any strong fears about pregnancy, parenthood or their relationship can unconsciously prevent conception.

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