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What is Hypnosis?Hypnosis is a form of deep physical relaxation or meditation that quiets your normal conscious mind, and that, through guided imagery and visualization, allows you access to a deeper part of your mind including your emotions, habits, and motivations. When should I take my HypnoBirthing Course?Mothers are encouraged to take HypnoBirthing any time after the first trimester. HypnoBirthing not only teaches about the birthing process but about health in pregnancy and bonding with your baby before he/she is born. Also the theories and skills learned in HypnoBirthing only get better with more practice. Generally speaking, most women tend to take childbirth education courses around the 32nd week of pregnancy. Will I be unconscious or will I remember my birth experience?Despite misconceptions and misinformation, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. The HypnoBirthing mother is deeply relaxed, but she is also an active participant in the labor process. Though she is deeply relaxed, she is totally aware and may return to a conversant state or choose to become mobile whenever she desires. HypnoBirthing mothers often find that they experience time distortion and are not distracted by other people or their birthing environment, while they focus on their birthing and their baby. How does HypnoBirthing differ from other childbirth preparation methods?Unlike other childbirth methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins—the feel good hormones. They are then able to change their expectations of long, painful labor and are able to replace them with expectations of a more comfortable birthing. Rather than exhausting, shallow breathing and the distraction techniques of typical “prepared childbirth” programs, HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation, enabling the laboring mother to work in harmony with her body and her baby. This allows her to achieve a shorter and more comfortable labor for herself and baby. How is the Birth Companion involved?The Birth Companion of the mother’s choice is an integral part of the HypnoBirthing experience. He or she practices with the mother in helping to prepare for deep relaxation. During labor the Birth Companion guides the laboring mother through hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, deepening methods, and visualizations, provides comfort measures, and joins in welcoming the new baby, often by receiving the baby as he emerges. Will HypnoBirthing be useful to me if I don’t opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?Absolutely. The things you will learn in your HypnoBirthing classes will help you to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both you and your baby, regardless of your birth experience. In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, you will find yourself better able to remain calm and in control. Mothers who have needed scheduled cesareans for medical reasons report that they were totally relaxed before, during and after the procedure. Many report that they needed little or no medication following the birth, and they were able to return to normal functioning in a very short period of time. . HypnoBirthing can help you experience a happier, more relaxed pregnancy, will help with bonding with the baby, with breastfeeding and with life after the birth. Is it true that I will experience a pain-free birth with HypnoBirthing?HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily. When the cause of pain–fear that constricts the birthing muscles—is eliminated, birthing can be accomplished in a shorter period and much more comfortably. A relaxed mother’s body will produce more endorphins, nature’s own relaxants. HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing. What if my doctor/midwife is not familiar with HypnoBirthing? Can I still use this method and how can my healthcare providers help me to achieve my HypnoBirthing goals?More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of HypnoBirthing. Many hospitals offer HypnoBirthing as an option in their childbirth education programs, and HypnoBirthing is now taught in some schools of medicine to student doctors. If your care giver is not knowledgeable about HypnoBirthing, take the opportunity early in your pregnancy to discuss the techniques you will be using and the type of calm birthing environment that you desire. In class, you will learn how to create a plan of Birth Preferences, which will help you to communicate your birthing goals and preferences to your doctor or midwife. Also, your HypnoBirthing instructor will contact your provider with information on HypnoBirthing.What is HypnoBirthing® -- the Mongan Method?HypnoBirthing is a complete childbirth education program. HypnoBirthing teaches you to enter a totally relaxed state and allows you to experience the contractions of childbirth as pressure or tightening rather than pain. Because of this distinction we call contractions ~ surges. HypnoBirthing's philosophy believes that birth doesn't have to hurt, muscles doing their job properly do not hurt and the uterus is just one giant muscle, therefore a laboring woman shouldn't feel pain, the cause is psychological rather than physiological.How Can the Pain of Labor Be Psychological? Fear stimulates the production of adrenaline. Adrenaline causes the uterus to tense and blood to flow to the extremities leaving the uterus with insufficient oxygen, which in turn causes the pain commonly felt during a contraction. To remove fear is to remove pain. In HypnoBirthing you will be taught to experience a “surge” rather than a contraction, you will be working with nature, not against it, in a calm and fearless state of mind. Am I Asleep or in a Trance During Hypnosis? No, you are not asleep or in a trance during hypnosis. You are in a state of deep relaxation. You must still be conscious in order to hear the suggestions. It feels very similar to the first five minutes when you fall asleep. You may hear the dog next door barking or be aware of someone else in the room, but you don't want to open your eyes or move. However, if you had to open your eyes and get up, you could, because you are not asleep and are always in total control. Can Anyone Go into Hypnosis?There is no magic to achieving success with self-hypnosis. Anyone who chooses to can reach deep relaxation and redirected focus. Most people enter into a mild hypnotic state several times a day without realizing it, such as when driving a familiar route without thinking about it or when “zoning out” while engrossed in a movie or book.Can I Be Too Strong-Willed to Be Hypnotized? Many people believe only weak-minded or gullible people can be hypnotized. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reverse is true – intelligent and strong-willed individuals are generally very successful with hypnosis. However, success with hypnosis has little to do with willpower. Rather, it relies on your ability to use your imagination, listen and follow directions.Will I Still Be In Control? Yes! Lots of people worry that HypnoBirthing will be similar to stage hypnosis or the ones seen on TV where people are made to impersonate chickens and the like. The fact of the matter is, no hypnotist can ever make you do anything you don't want to do. People do funny things for a stage hypnotist at a comedy club because they volunteer to go on stage; they expect the stage hypnotist to ask them to do funny things. If they really don't want to listen to the hypnotist's suggestions, they don't. For example, if a hypnotist asked you to do something immoral or unethical (such as hit somebody or rob a bank) you would reject the suggestion. You have the same free will to reject "silly" suggestions at comedy shows.With HypnoBirthing you are in complete control and you will remain lucid throughout the whole birthing experience, just very very calm. After the birth, most HypnoBirthing moms talks about experiencing this birth much more than the previous ones. Because a HypnoBirthing mom is very much aware of the surges and in tune with her body, she works with her body and surges instead of trying to run away from them during labor. During Birthing, Do I Hypnotize Myself or Do I Have to Have Someone Else Hypnotize Me?All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You will learn techniques that easily bring you into the optimal state of relaxation. During labor, your birthing muscles work in perfect harmony – as they were designed to do – when your body is relaxed. All you need to do is to stay deeply relaxed so that tension doesn’t get in the way to interfere with the work of your birthing muscles. Your body and your baby know what to do, just like they know what to do to conceive and grow from a single cell to a little human being. You will either stay in a deeply relaxed state on your own, or your birthing companion can help you to remain relaxed and focused by providing comfort measures and gentle encouragement.
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