Childbirth can be a thrilling moment for expectant mothers. Starting from contraction, rupture of membranes, until the moment the baby is released from the uterus. Not to mention the pain felt before and during childbirth. The good news, now the pain during childbirth can be reduced or overcome with the hypnobirthing method.
Hypnobirthing is a method that uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help expectant mothers feel ready and reduce the perception of fear, anxiety or tension, and pain during childbirth.
Based on health research, the use of hypnosis during labor helps pregnant women overcome fear. When scared, the muscles become tense. As a result, the process of contraction and natural childbirth becomes disrupted, so that it will cause excessive pain during childbirth.
Why does it hurt when giving birth?
If you are worried or afraid during labor, your body will be flooded with adrenaline. Adrenaline will reduce blood flow to the uterus and digestive system, and more blood flow to the large muscles in the limbs.
As a result, the muscles of the uterus work less well because of lack of blood and oxygen. This can make the labor process more difficult and longer. Oxygen supply for babies in the womb can also be reduced.
In addition, adrenaline also makes the body stop producing the hormone oxytocin which facilitates labor, and reduces the production of endorphins which help you feel good and are more resistant to pain.
How Hypnobirthing Works
Hypnobirthing is based on the power of suggestion. The process can use music, videos, thoughts and positive words to guide the mind, relax the body, and control breathing during labor. For example, playing natural sound music, a video developing a flower, or thinking of statement sentences such as “I want to give birth normally”, “I relax, my baby also relax”.
Hypnosis in hypnobirthing can be done alone (self-hypnosis) or ask for help from a hypnotherapist, depending on the needs of the expectant mother. Before doing hypnobirthing, expectant mothers (and fathers) can take hypnobirthing classes when the womb is around 32 weeks old. The course will teach body positions during labor and birth, relaxation and self-hypnosis, and breathing techniques.
Benefits of Hypnobirthing
Potential benefits of hypnobirthing include:
- Provides comfort, relaxation and assistance during labor.
- Reducing stress and fear during childbirth.
- Allows expectant mothers to stay alert and awake during labor.
- Reducing the need for drugs to speed up labor and painkillers during labor.
- The first stage of labor was shorter.
- Pain when labor is reduced or even absent.
- Shorten the time to stay in the hospital after giving birth.
Is Hypnobirthing safe?
Hypnobirthing is safe to do as long as the treating doctor fully supports this method. Childbirth, either by hypnobirthing or by other means, is recommended to be performed in hospitals with emergency cesarean facilities and newborn care units, in case of complications.
Whatever method of birth you choose later, prioritize the health and comfort of yourself and your baby. Also do not forget to consult first with your obstetrician.