I’m sure many of you have heard about hypnobirthing, just as I am sure many of you think it’s a bunch of hogwash. Bear with me. This is for the women who believe in the power of their bodies and their minds, but also understand that the birthing process is as unpredictable as it is ancient.
What I would like to share with you is my own personal journey as a subscriber to the, ‘fluff’ in the hopes of instilling a little more belief in us women about the fierce power of our minds and bodies. This is not about being naive to the pitfalls that may arise, but prepping your mind body and soul (yes, we have those and they count just as much as science), for the best and the worst. That’s what I got from it anyways.
Straight from Marie Mongan’s mouth (M.Ed., M.Hy)…
‘A unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques, HypnoBirthing provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby.’
Yes, it still hurt. Was it as extreme as I had heard about? Did I think I was going to die? Was I terrified going in? Did I doubt myself or my body? Nope. Not even with the back labour. Did I have a higher understanding of what my body could do? Did I have months of practice on my own and with my partner learning different relaxation, breathing and deep meditation techniques? Yes. Did I become a part of a community of other like-minded parents/source of support? Did I bond incredibly with my man throughout the process? Definitely. Tell me. How can any of this be dubbed, ‘fluff’?
I still ended up getting an epidural 7 cm dilated due to the back labour. But I can honestly tell you, that if it weren’t for the hypnobirthing, I would not have had the outstanding birthing experience I had. Even in the face of complications wherein we ended up at the hospital and then many hours later, ending up not having a natural child-birth. Hypobirthing empowered my mind and body so that I did not feel guilty, or powerless or afraid in those moments.
And we’re doing it again. In about 5 or less/more weeks…aiming for the water, aiming for au naturel. It may not work out that way for me, just like last time – and then again, maybe it will. The point is, that I feel like I have some powerful affirmations about what my body can do under my knickers and my brain and I are pretty tight with letting go of the fear. For now. Do any of you other pregnant momma’s out there have positive experiences with hypnobirthing? Even if it didn’t go down exactly as you might have wanted? What about other types of birth classes? Are we really moving into the future not believing in the benefits of any of it?
I found these videos incredible and thought provoking to say the least. One might go so far as to say inspiring testaments.