by Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt
Hypnosis is very simply: Focused concentration. It is a natural state of mind in which the body and mind are very relaxed and yet the mind is also highly aware and focused. The pregnant woman can choose to enter, stay in, or come out of hypnosis at will. She is totally conscious of what is going on and is in control at all times. Using hypnosis for pregnancy, labor and birth enables the laboring mother to have a shorter labor with fewer complications.
Hypnosis is a long-used method of directly speaking to the subconscious mind, bypassing our very active and critical conscious mind, so that we can learn new attitudes and responses more quickly and easily. Hypnosis allows the deepest relaxation possible, along with suggestions for pain and fear elimination, thus effecting a quicker and easier birth process for both mother and child, with less bleeding, fewer complications, and quicker recovery.
Some of these tips will be specific to hypno-birthing and some will be general for pregnancy/childbirth. Hope you all enjoy them.
Perineal massage can be done in the "breathing down" stage as well, by your birth partner or an experienced nurse or midwife. (Olive oil, brought by you in a small, unopened bottle is the best lubricant) Warm compresses on the perineal area, help also during this time, and remember to tell your birth attendant that you want to avoid an episiotomy, as this is a very common procedure and your doctor will need to be reminded when the time comes. (Birth Partner come alive!)
Disclaimer: Hypnobabies Network, and Kerry Tuschhoff assume no responsibility or liability for the outcome of any pregnancy, labor, or birth. The content of the above information is in no way to be represented as medical advice, nor as a prescription for medical procedure. As always, you should seek the advice of a medical doctor or midwife to answer any health-related or pregnancy-related issues surrounding your pregnancy, labor and delivery, or before starting any new pregnancy-related program.