Your beliefs guide the way you see and interact with the world ~ if you believe birth is a challenging but manageable and potentially enjoyable experience it will have a huge positive impact on the way your baby is born.
Dr Shari Read
Fear and Expectation In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The birthing women are given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honoured. Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude. As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors; without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth.
In our culture, it is very much the opposite. For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby is many hours of painfully agonising work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience pain in childbirth, in part because we very much expect to! When learning about how the mind works with the body, the expectant couple is taught to surround themselves with only positive people and messages, to create a positive view of childbirth and the expectation that their birth will be the beautiful, peaceful experience that they want. Fear Release Sessions are integral to this process, as they allow each person (men and women) to address fears they have, work through possible solutions and then release them. Fear in labour creates muscular tension, which creates pain and makes labour more risky (increased stress hormones, reduced oxygen available to the uterus and baby, increase levels of fatigue), then more fear, and the cycle continues. Fear and anxiety also create adrenaline production in the body, causing the labour to become dysfunctional (commonly referred to as a ‘failure to progress’), a common reason for Cesarean Section surgery. Freedom from fear can make a huge difference to the birthing experience. Hypnosis for childbirth teaches a woman how to enter into self-hypnosis seamlessly during labour, and create her own natural anaesthesia (release of opiate-based, endorphin hormones) whenever and wherever she needs it. A woman with the skills of self-hypnosis, physical relaxation and breath control is in the driver’s seat, guiding her body calmly through the labour process and enabling her to be an active participant in her own birthing. As labor progresses, she relaxes even more, goes deeper inside herself, trusting in her body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort. Her mind is focused on thoughts, techniques and resources that will allow her to give her body exactly what it needs to birth her baby.