Hypnobirthing and Birth Doula
The HypnoBirthing® Childbirth method is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. HypnoBirthing® teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen or eliminate discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same will-designed manner that it does with all other creatures.
You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® films showing laboring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can know when you are free of the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome.
HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.
HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. With HypnoBirthing®, you will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.Teaching mothers and birth companions techniques for safe and satisfying birthing through guided imagery, visualization, and special breathing.
- How the mind and emotions affect the body
- Why labor hurts and why it doesn’t have to
- Releasing fear, the enemy of labor
- Preparing your mind and body for birthing
- Avoiding artificial induction and episiotomy
- Developing ultimate-depth relaxation
- Understanding the stages of labor
- Preparing your Birth Plan
- Tapping Nature’s own relaxant
- Breathing your baby down for birth
What is a Doula?
The word ‘doula’ is Greek for “woman servant or caregiver.” Currently, the term doula refers to a woman who provides support for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Doulas love the birthing process and trust that it is a normal, natural and instinctive process that should be honored and respected. They are essentially protectors of the laboring woman’s birth space. Doulas are hired by expecting parents to help create a positive birth experience and make sure their wishes are honored. Studies have shown that having a doula present can reduce the length of your labor and reduce the need for medical interventions such as pitocin, epidurals or C-sections. They DO however support all types of births- including natural births, epidurals, C-sections or V-backs.
Doulas do not perform any clinical tasks such as cervical exams, checking fetal heart tones, or administering medications or provide medical advice. Instead, a doula provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and information to help families make informed decisions.
In a nutshell, hiring a doula for your birth gives you more emotional support and ease during this sacred and transformative experience of welcoming your baby into the world.