Why Birth Hypnosis?
The use of hypnosis to relieve labor pains is nothing new. It was effectively used as far back as the early 1800s, saw a resurgence in the 1950s, and has been used for years by members of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, an organization that promotes excellence in the use of hypnosis.
Dr. Paul Schauble, a psychologist and a member of the ASCH and professor of psychology at the University of Florida, has been using hypnosis to treat patients since the 1960s and has seen first hand the effects it has on laboring women.
Schauble supervised a study in the May 2001 edition of the Journal of Family Practice titled "The Effects of Hypnosis on the Labor Processes and Birth Outcomes of Pregnant Adolescents." In the study, 42 patients were divided randomly between a treatment group that received childbirth preparation using the hypnosis techniques and a control group that received non-hypnosis supportive counseling.
The study found that women in the hypnosis group had fewer complications and surgical interventions, and less need for anesthesia. They also had shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.
What is Hypnosis?
It is a natural state we all enter in and out of everyday. Hypnosis is simply a state of profound relaxation and focused concentration. Hypnosis elicits the relaxation response within the body—a physical state of deep rest that occurs when a person is profoundly relaxed. It counteracts the body's physical and emotional response to stress, allowing it to return to a calm relaxed state. This causes a measurable decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, muscle tension, and stress hormone levels. This is especially important for conception, pregnancy, and birthing. The relaxation response also causes normal waking brainwave patterns to shift to predominately slower patterns and pave the way for the hormonal and immune systems to return to normal.
Hypnosis also enhances the mind-body connection. This allows the body to do such things as speed healing, increase a mother's milk supply, decrease stress, and even alter the perception of pain.
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Hypnosis has been proven to be one of the most effective means of bringing about the changes you desire in your life.
Can I be Hypnotized?
Anyone of normal intelligence who can listen to directions can be hypnotized. All that is necessary is imagination and a willingness to cooperate. The ability to be hypnotized is dependent upon the ability to relax and merely listen. Occasionally, a person may need several attempts before actually entering into hypnosis. Generally, this is due to the person holding onto a little bit of fear—fear of loss of control or a part of themselves resisting the positive changes they desire to make. The clients that realize the best results have a good reason for the hypnosis and a strong motivation to accomplish their goal or desire. This is certainly the case for mothers planning a natural birth.
Will I do Something Against My Will
or Get Stuck in Hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You choose to enter, stay, and exit this natural relaxed state at all times. Therefore, no one can ever be hypnotized against their will. The hypnotist is simply the guide that assists as you tap into the incredible power of the mind-body connection. A suggestion can never be given that would cause you to do anything against your ethics or moral values. Hypnobirthing assists clients in releasing negative programming about birth and creates a relaxation habit within the body. The suggestions given are to help you return to your natural birthing instincts. The proper use of hypnosis actually gives you greater control over all aspects of your life. Remember, hypnosis is a natural state everyone enters into every day, therefore it is impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. There is no danger of a person failing to come out of the hypnotic state. You are neither asleep nor unconscious, just profoundly relaxed.
How Well Does Hypnosis Work?
A Comparative Study:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 300 sessions
Behavioral Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery 6 sessions
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