Hypnobirthing-Does it work?

Hypnobirthing or using hypnosis to create a positive birth environment is growing in popularity.  More and more pregnant women are looking for a healthy alternative to the more conventional use of epidurals and other types of anesthesia.  Many find that by using hypnosis they feel comfortable and some even recall the experience as pleasant.

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal more and more women are asking to skip anesthesia in preparation for childbirth.  Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation in which a person is more susceptible to the power of suggestion.  In hypnosis you can also alter the brains perception of certain senses.  According to Dr. David Spiegel psychiatry professor at Stanford University, hypnosis can also be used for pain management, weight loss and smoking cessation.

I work with clients in my Atlanta, Georgia office to create a comfortable birth process.  I have a 5 session program to teach my clients  deep relaxation, slow breathing patterns and self-guided release of endorphins (the body’s natural relaxants),
which enables the  mother to enjoy an unmedicated, safe and gentle birthing for her baby.

Hypnobirthing is taken from the work of obstetrician, Dr. Grantly Dick-Read (who published his book Childbirth Without Fear in 1944).  It  teaches the  mother to understand and release the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome which so often is the cause of pain and discomfort during the birthing process.

Hypnobirthing works incredibly well for most women and is another welcome addition to a fast growing field of less medicated interventions for childbirth.