I am often asked whether Hypnobirthing is anything like the hypnotists you see on stages, where participants behave like chickens or bark like dogs…
So today, I thought it was time to bust some myths and tell you what the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is not, and in doing so, also let you in on some inside goss on how it can help you achieve a more positive and calm birth – for both you and baby.
Hypnobirthing is not ‘just for hippies’.
Firstly, I don’t like labels like this, but if we’re going there… I’m not a hippie. On a scale between corporate and hippie, I like to think I sit somewhere around ‘citizen of the world’. It doesn’t matter if you are a whole-food loving, meditating, homeschooling type, or if you’re a high-flying, glass ceiling smashing, power-suit wearing woman – Hypnobirthing can assist you in your quest toward a more positive and calm birth. I think my approach has a nice balance of mainstream and alternative, and I also like to think I am fairly down to earth.
Hypnobirthing is not stage hypnotism.
I’m always ready with a response when somebody makes mysterious hand gestures and says to me, “look into my eyes”! I’m here to tell you that what you have seen from stage hypnotism is nothing like what you’ll experience in a Hypnobirthing class. Stage Hypnotists are showmen who are highly adept at making it look like they have people under their complete control, but the fact of the matter is, if those participants did not wish to bark like a dog, or cluck like a chicken they wouldn’t and they also wouldn’t volunteer to put themselves in that position. Stage Hypnotism can be a great example of the power of the mind, which is definitely an aspect of Hypnobirthing. It’s important to note here, that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis – I cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do (nor can anybody else).
Hypnobirthing is not about losing control.
In fact, you could say that it’s quite the opposite of this. Hypnosis involves a state of highly focused attention or concentration – and Hypnobirthing draws on this. Hypnobirthing women are in complete control. They are informed. They understand ‘normal’ birth. They know their options. They know about common medical interventions. They trust their body and they trust birth. Hypnobirthing women are active participants in their birth and the labour process, and are fully aware (even when resting comfortably in their birthing zone) of what is going on around them.
And, one final myth to bust is that…
Hypnobirthing is only for women who want a natural drug free birth.
There are certainly benefits to having a natural drug free birth – and we discuss some of these in the course – however, sometimes special circumstances arise. The skills you will learn when you undertake a Hypnobirthing course will also assist you if your birth requires medical intervention (I’m living proof of this!), or if you are preparing for a caesarean birth. Hypnobirthing prepares you for what ever turns your birthing takes. And here’s another piece of good news…it can also benefit you into early parenthood and beyond; I still use Hypnobirthing skills with my now two and a half year old…she even uses them!
So, we’ve busted some myths and we now know that:
- Hypnobirthing can benefit ALL women – no matter their background or proclivities;
- Hypnobirthing involves using the power of the mind, but nobody can make you do anything that you don’t want to do;
- Hypnobirthing women are in complete control;
- Hypnobirthing women know their options, and understand birth;
- Hypnobirthing can assist you whether you have a natural birth, or a birth with medical intervention.
If you’re still feeling a little unsure of what to expect from a Hypnobirthing Australia™ course, and would like some more information – feel free to contact me and we can have a chat. It’s also worth checking out the Hypnobirthing page, and the FAQs.
And if you’re thinking that you want a positive birth and are wondering if the Hypnobirthing Australia™ course is for you…it probably is.