The hypnobirthing method is currently one of my favorite childbirth relaxation techniques that I have been researching. I plan on giving birth without drugs or other unnecessary medical interventions, so, as a natural pain management technique, the hypnobirthing method is right up my alley. While reading my many pregnancy and birth in preparation for trying to conceive, I came across a number of childbirth relaxation techniques including the hypnobirthing method. Intrigued by the concept of the technique, I rushed to my library to find a copy of the book HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan. So, what about the hypnobirthing method do I find so appealing as one of many childbirth relaxation techniques?
My main interest in the hypnobirthing method is that this technique compared to other childbirth relaxation techniques focuses on giving an expectant mother the personal tools she needs to give birth as confidently, calmly, safely, and gently as possible. Unlike other childbirth relaxation techniques that require a labor partner to coach the laboring mother, the hypnobirthing method involves self-hypnosis that is largely self-directed by the mom-to-be. I find the self-direction of self-hypnosis to be particularly appealing. Although I know my husband would be well-intention as a labor coach, he cannot know what is happing inside my body and therefore could not offer me the exact kind of help that I needed at the exact right moment. Also unlike other childbirth relaxation techniques that use rhythmic breathing to manage labor pain, the hypnobirthing method allows a woman to look inside herself to manage the discomfort of the birthing process. I like the feeling of control over my body and my labor that the hypnobirthing method offers.
Based on my limited research about the hypnobirthing method, I think that I would be a good candidate for this childbirth relaxation technique. I can be quite susceptible to suggestion when I allow myself to be. (Television ads for food can be quite effective on me even though I am fully aware of how ad companies market their products.) More over, I would want the hypnobirthing method to work. I am fully against superfluous medical interventions during labor, so my determination to have the hypnobirthing method work for me and my labor would help ensure that the technique is successful. However, the biggest drawback to using this or other childbirth relaxation techniques is finding a local class with a trained instructor. So far, my efforts to find a nearby childbirth class that teaches the hypnobirthing method has been unsuccessful. But, like all endeavors I undertake, if I am determined enough to use the hypnobirthing method, I will find a way to learn the technique when the time comes.
Did you try a childbirth relaxation technique during labor?
Originally written July 20, 2010
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