The 'Hypno' in Hypnobirthing; Just not sure? Give me a minute to explain...
So you know you want to prepare for birth in the most positive way possible right? You’re totally up for being in control of your birth experience and you’d like to do it as naturally as possible?
Maybe you want to get really clued up on what happens to your body during labour, find out all about the amazing cocktail of hormones your incredible body will produce, and how you’re going to feel (and I mean, really feel) emotionally, physically, and mentally. And actually, now you come to think about it, your partner would like to have a part to play in the whole birthing thing too…
So maybe (up until now?!) you thought you’d sign up for a traditional antenatal class, like most people do?! And that’s absolutely fine and dandy if that’s what you choose- I met a bunch of amazing, life long buddies through one of those classes. But the thing that has stayed with me through two pregnancies, two perfectly imperfect birth experiences and now well into parenthood, is Hypnobirthing.
Perhaps though, this is the bit you’re slightly struggling with, maybe you’re keen to know more but there is something that’s holding you back? People have told you how amazing hypnobirthing is but you think that it’s just not very ‘you’? Yes, you want the Birth Preparation bit, yes, you’d love a positive birth experience where you make the right informed decisions for you, but it’s just the…(go on, say it…) It’s the whole ‘hypno’ bit isn’t it?!
So what would happen if we took the “hypno” bit away from ‘hypnobirthing’, let’s just see how it feels, okay? How about simply calling Mellow Mumma Workshops ‘Birth Preparation workshops’? Or better still, ‘Positive Birth Preparation workshops’
You see I totally get that it’s the “hypno” bit that can lead people up the hippy-dippy, tie-dyed, hairy armpit path; I understand how you could possibly think the whole thing sounds a teensy bit scary, or a little bit too alternative.
I can also grasp that because of stage hypnotists, the mere mention of the word ‘hypno’ or ‘hypnosis’ conjures up less than desirable images, especially when thinking about giving birth. Maybe you've only experienced stage performances where some bloke has hypnotised people into quacking like ducks whilst eating raw onions whole as if they were lovely juicy apples, or running around the stage stark bollock naked without a care in the world. And this is fair enough; this is sadly what lots of people think of when they hear the word “hypnosis”. But these often humiliating stage shows are purely for entertainment. The people that go up on stage are massively prepped; they will all have done loads of susceptibility tests, and I think you’ll actually find that they are the kind of people that would do the same things at 4am after a few (or ten!) pints on a Saturday night!
So obviously childbirth, or even preparation for birth, has nothing what so ever to do with entertainment, nothing what so ever to do with clucking like a bloody chicken! Hypnosis, in its truest form is a completely natural state to be in.
You’ve been in it, loads of times, daily even. Have you ever driven to work and wondered how you actually got there? You were in a hypnotic trance. Have you ever been to the gym and spent 20 minutes on an exercise machine? You were in a hypnotic trance? Have you ever danced in a night club/gig/festival ‘til 2/3/5am? (Okay, you may have also been slightly under the influence too), but still, you were still in a hypnotic trance.
Hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness: When your body and mind is totally relaxed, your subconscious is so receptive to lovely positive suggestions, (and its way to clever to let anything that you’re not 100% happy with, in).
I know, I know, you’re probably worried about control, (or lack of) too. But you see, all hypnosis in a therapeutic context is self-hypnosis, there are no swinging pendulums, no magic fairy dust, just my voice, guiding you through some focussed breathing, taking you on a journey in your mind to somewhere utterly calm and gorgeous, and then giving you some amazingly positive, inspiring, motivating, trust and confidence enhancing suggestions.
You get there all by yourself, totally in control, and you’ll feel flippin’ amazing!
So really, the actual ‘hypno’ bit in hypnobirthing, is such a small but wonderfully powerful part. You'll experience five amazing, deep relaxation/ hypnosis sessions over the two days, and after each one you really will see all the powerful changes happening.
The rest is just informative, factual, super thorough and positive preparation for an empowered, instinctive birth. You’ll face your fears and replace them with confidence and trust in your-incredible-self, and your amazing, informed, assertive birth partner!
You get a set of 5 MP3s to listen to through the rest of your pregnancy to totally chill out, increase the trust that’s already blossoming, and to enable you to LOVE being pregnant and really FEEL EXCITED about giving birth! So what are you waiting for?! Get in touch to book your Positive Birth Preparation & Hypnobirthing workshop, I promise, you won't regret it!