Hypnosis & Childbirth – The Benefits of Using Hypnosis During Labor

Nowadays the conventional way of giving birth is facing new alternative methods. Medication assisted delivery is now facing criticisms as safer methods emerge. Natural childbirth has been around for centuries before the introduction of anesthesia. Now this archaic method gets new attention with new techniques for pain management.

The discovery and development of anesthesia has changed the world of medicine. It has been used on all major and minor operations to relieve pain. Childbirth is no exemption. Women have gone through the conventional childbirth ever since.

Unfortunately medical interventions have been found to pose a threat on the health of the mother and the child. With the help of the internet vital information is disseminated. Medications used during hospital births have been found to cause side effects that can be fatal to the mother and child. Other medical interventions cause trauma to the baby and prolong the recovery of the mother.

Medical interventions have a snowball effect. If one intervention fails another one is used making childbirth more complicated. Epidurals can lead to a cesarean section which causes the mother to struggle afterwards in taking care of her child. Epidurals can prolong the delivery, so doctors are forced to do a major surgery to get the baby out. It can also lead to a forcep delivery and vacuum extraction, both potentially dangerous for the baby.

Cesarean section weakens the uterine wall of the mother. This poses a threat on the succeeding pregnancies of the mother. It can possibly rupture which can be fatal to the mother and the child. It is also expensive.

Due to these reasons natural childbirth has made a comeback aided with modern techniques. Medication assisted delivery primarily deals with pain. A new pain management method has been devised to let women give birth naturally and drug free.

Hypnosis for childbirth had been utilized for over a century. Due to the discovery of anesthesia the use of hypnosis for childbirth declined. Coupled with the misconception of hypnosis women chose hospital births than relying on what seems to be a magic trick. The fear and expectation of pain has suppressed the practice of natural childbirth.

Recent studies show that hypnosis can be utilized in childbirth. It’s a safer method for the mother and the child. Mothers can control their mind in perceiving and experiencing pain. Fear and tension is one of the reason why pain in childbirth doubles during delivery. If the mother can let go of this fear and concentrate she can have a natural pain free delivery without any medication.

Contrary to popular belief hypnosis is not just about controlling another person. The mother can go in and out of the hypnotic state without being controlled. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You cannot induce hypnosis on a person against her will.

Hypnotherapists only serve as a guide. The mother is the only one who can enter a hypnotic state. Using hypnosis she can control her mind and body for a natural childbirth. This will shorten the duration of delivery thus avoiding unnecessary medical interventions.