Look Into My Eyes - Not
Unlike the examples of hypnosis seen on stage where the person who is hypnotized seems to be in the control of the hypnotist, therapeutic hypnosis is a state in which there is heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. The feelings experienced during hypnosis are usually calm and relaxed - it is a state where you are more open to suggestion, which means that perceptions, behaviors, sensations and emotions can be modified. With therapeutic hypnosis, the free will remains intact and control is never lost.
Hypnobirthing Catches On
As more and more women are opting for natural birth without the use of drugs or interventions, various methods of birthing are being developed and encouraged. Such methods as water birthing and hypnobirthing, which is the use of hypnosis to eliminate pain and fear from the birthing experience, are often used together. Many areas of medicine - including dentistry and personal therapy, are using therapeutic hypnosis as a means of attaining freedom from pain and to reprogram thought processes. While the essentials are pretty much the same, hypnobirthing techniques may include a mix of different strategies. Hypnobirthing classes are available that teach a woman how to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create her own anesthesia at will.
There are many wonderful hypnobirthing videos available to view and inspire women who are thinking about using the hypnobirthing technique to have their babies. A multitude of hypnobirthing stories can be read and viewed that give real life stories and experiences to help with the research process. Hypnobirthing wiki is a great place to visit to obtain hypnobirthing stories, information about hypnobirthing classes and practitioners. It is important that a couple do their homework in order to make positive, well informed choices when it comes to giving birth to their baby.
Finding A Hypnotherapist
When seeking out a hypnosis instructor for the birth, it is important that the person be a qualified hypnotherapist and that they have experience in childbirth using hypnosis. They should provide hypnobirthing scripts and hypnobirthing cds (at least one) to use at home to practice with their partner. Many hypnobirthing hypnotists have developed their own specific methods and have created their own childbirth hypnosis programs. Also, there is a plethora of books, tapes, cds, videos and teaching materials available online and in bookstores that give full courses on hypnobirthing.
Relaxation scripts are a valuable tool for pregnant women to use before they even go into labor. Practicing relaxation can keep a woman's body supple and comfortable during the pregnancy, and it lays the groundwork for the actual delivery when the time comes. Daily practice with a script or cd enables a woman to condition her body to release tension at will. It decreases the negative effects of stress, lowers blood pressure, increases blood flow to the body and the baby, and just plain feels great. When it comes time to labor, the labor-time is shorter and the need for medication is reduced or eliminated.
The Bradley Method
Relaxation techniques are part of the philosophy of hypnobirths. Dr. Robert Bradley, an American obstetrician who, in the 1940s, developed his own method to help women in childbirth. It is a popular program, called the Bradley Method, and it trains couples over a period of 12 weeks to be well prepared for the pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. Both partners are involved and it trains one partner to become an excellent coach, assisting with the birth. Couples are taught everything from nutrition and how it affects a growing baby, to the importance of exercise, relaxation techniques, stages of labor, what to do if a cesarean delivery becomes necessary and breastfeeding after the baby is born. The success rate is amazing and more couples are seeking the training in order to be well prepared for the birth of their babies.