What’s Einstein got to do with hypnobirthing?

What’s Einstein got to do with hypnobirthing?

Pregnancy coach Suzy Ashworth’s recent blog shares how Einstein’s words of wisdom can be related to birth hypnosis. For example, Einstein encourages us to “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better“.  Suzy says we can learn a lot about the primal act of birth from other mammals who birth calmly and without fear.   A sentiment shared by extensive birth researcher Dr Sarah Buckley who believes we birth best and don’t disturb the important hormonal physiology of childbirth (e.g. we produce optimum levels of hormones that benefit childbirth, bonding and lactation) when we are able to birth like how our mammal cousins chose to birth: that is, finding somewhere they feel private, safe and unobserved. The impact of a disturbed birth, one where the elements of feeling private, safe and unobserved are interrupted, is perhaps most clearly demonstrated in births where labour stalls or even stops.  Countless labours proceed really well in the comfort and privacy of a woman’s own home, yet these same women that were progressing so well experience a stalling or stop in labour when they arrive at the hospital, a less familiar environment, or when an unknown medical attendant enters the room. Another Einstein insight Suzy relates to hypnobirthing is: “imagination is everything, it’s the preview of life’s coming attractions”.  This key neuroscience principal is the force behind many hypnotherapy techniques, including birth hypnosis.  Our ability to build neural pathways of what we want to have happen (e.g. feeling calm and in control during birth) is accessed via our imagination.  Using hypnotic imagination to rehearse an outcome is like creating a blueprint of how...
Can you have a Pain Free Childbirth without Drugs?

Can you have a Pain Free Childbirth without Drugs?

Is Pain-free possible? The research that says you can do-away with childbirth drugs While most women look forward to the birth of their child with happy anticipation, for many, this excitement can become countered with feelings of anxiety and fear about the experience of giving birth. Namely: the pain. It doesn’t help that often women are quick to share their own birthing stories with nervous expectant mothers, who are then also battling with perceived social judgement around the use of pain relief. This results in many women have fixed ideas about taking analgesics during labour, leading to an approach that they’ll just have to ‘tough it out’, pain and all. Trepidation: rising! Is there a different approach? While you don’t have to justify your choices to anyone, what many expectant mothers don’t know is that extreme pain relief doesn’t have to be the only option for experiencing a pleasant birth. While a small amount of fear is completely normal, particularly for first-time mothers, this anxiety can become a hindrance that has the potential to make the childbirth experience far more stressful than necessary. It is well known that this fear and anxiety can also slow down, or even stall, labour. Instead, hypnosis is increasingly being used by women to overcome those fears and remain relaxed during childbirth.  In a hypnotic trance, the mind is calm and the body is physiologically relaxed, as a result the body can create the optimum levels of birthing hormones. In addition, you can alter your sensory perceptions of pain so it does not reach awareness or does so with less force. Sound a little off-beat?...
Fertility & Childbirth – Julie’s Story

Fertility & Childbirth – Julie’s Story

One of my highlights this month was meeting the beautiful newborn baby of a fertility client.  Julie came to me last year for hypno-fertility sessions to create the optimum conditions for fertility and conception, and for support alongside the medical assisted reproductive treatment she was undertaking – which in itself can be pretty stressful. One of the great things about being a Hypnotherapist is you get to share in your clients joys and successes.  I was thrilled when she told me her wonderful news, they were expecting a baby!  And even more delighted and honoured when only a short time after his birth she contacted me to arrange a visit for me to meet her gorgeous son Sahan. Before his birth, she came to see me again, but this time as a birth client!   Because Julie had already completed the hypno-fertility sessions with me and had been listening to my pregnancy relaxation audio we were able to condense two sessions into one.  Unfortunately in the late stages of pregnancy Julie experienced complications and severe pain from pelvic athropathy – making it virtually impossible for her to walk (which I imagine was especially hard for the usually very active and energetic mother and business women)  so we never got a chance to do another birth hypnosis session. Not all childbirths go to plan Sometimes medical intervention is vital for the health and safety of the baby, mother or both – this was the case for Julie. Not all births go to the desired plan – no matter how much you prepare (with birth hypnosis, pregnancy yoga, etc), however these preparations...
Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes with Hypnosis

Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes with Hypnosis

One of the benefits of hypnotic relaxation is its effect on lowering blood glucose levels – helping you to prevent or manage gestational diabetes.  Simply adding quality deep relaxation to your daily routine can make a huge difference to the health of your pregnancy and give your baby the best possible start to life. Stress and pregnancy It’s quite natural during pregnancy to experience some stress about this huge life-changing experience – ranging from anxiety about childbirth to worries about the financial implications or readiness for parenthood.  Stress is “a state of tension that occurs when there are too many demands in the environment or when we experience or anticipate experiencing a situation that is perceived as threatening, unpleasant or unfamiliar” (Nejad & Volny, 2008). When we experience stress the sympathetic nervous system (in the central nervous system) arouses and activates the stress response, more commonly known as “fight or flight” designed to protect us from danger – although in modern society the stress response is more likely to be responding to juggling our family responsibilities and work demands than it is from predatory animals! Regardless of the stressor the body kicks into action, and part of that involves increasing and sending more glucose into the bloodstream, ensuring a quick source of energy to mobilise the body to take action i.e. fight or flee. So, when you are stressed your blood glucose levels rises, increasing the risk for gestational diabetes. The good news However, just as the body has the natural ability to arouse and prepare for action through the sympathetic nervous system, it also has a ‘recovery’ mechanism...
Let’s Talk Fertility ~Part 3 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

Let’s Talk Fertility ~Part 3 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

In the last part of my interview on If Only They’d Told Me, I talk with Natalie about how hypnosis can help with fertility, and share the results of an amazing study where hypnotic relaxation alone increased the success rates of an IVF procedure by 50%! Trying to get pregnant?  Hypnosis helps Fertility N. And fertility – can we just talk about that for a little bit because there are obviously lots of people out there that are wanting to get pregnant and are just struggling with it, some people going down IVF and other routes.  So you can help people that are struggling with fertility? R. Yes.  I do.  Whether that is working alongside them when they are doing the IVF process – for example: there was a study done in Israel where, just at the time of implantation, purely by being in hypnotic relaxation (none of the other hypnotherapy that you do normally with fertility sessions, but just being hypnotically relaxed at implantation alone) had a 50% success rate over the control group, so in other words the women who had had hypnosis at the time of implementation, 50% more of them got pregnant through the IVF than those who didn’t have the hypnotic relaxation. N. Yeah it seems (I haven’t been through it myself but I’ve got a lot of friends who have been) and it seems to be quite a clinical medical experience and so, having something like hypnosis to… R. It is.  And it’s a very stressful process.  And the way stress works is, if you think back to the day where we had to...
Let’s talk birth ~ part 2 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

Let’s talk birth ~ part 2 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

Here’s the 2nd part of my interview on If Only They’d Told Me, with Natalie Cutler-Welsh. We talk more about hypnosis for birth, and how it can help regardless of whether you are feeling reasonably relaxed about the prospect of labour or if you are terrified or if you have had a previously traumatic birth experience. If you missed part 1 let’s talk phobia’s you can read it here. So let’s talk about labour. What are the women that you work with afraid of and how do you change that for them? R. Well, pain is the biggest one, and it’s not surprising. We’re conditioned to believe through everything we see on TV, everything our well-meaning friends tell us, is that childbirth has to be painful. So pain is probably the biggest fear. I mean, there are some concerns about, you know, that their lifestyles are going to change, they’re going to be a parent, what are they going to do with the baby – but in terms of confidence, the biggest fear I see is the childbirth pain, and it’s a real thing. We are conditioned to believe it has to be painful, so our subconscious mind has that belief. For some people they might feel quite relaxed during the pregnancy about the prospect of giving birth, but because it’s something that’s been conditioned and tagged and imprinted on our subconscious mind, occasionally what you find is that someone, when in the onset of labour, it’s suddenly triggered and they become very, very fearful. Now when we’re fearful we’re producing things in our bodies, some chemicals and stuff,...