I made the big mistake of watching my sister get an epidural and decided right then and there that no matter what, when I had children that WAS NOT happening to me. About five years later I was expecting my first child and it became time to start considering my real options for the birth of my baby. I was still convinced that no matter what the horror, I was going to try and have a natural birth.
When I first mentioned it to my doctor I was nervous at how he would react. Would he laugh at me, tell me to relax and just do what he told me to do, would he somehow know that I cry when I stub my toe and there was no way I could be serious? To my surprise, he said the following: well good for you, I am glad to hear that. If you really want to be successful with this then you should really check out HypnoBirthing®. Now I know it sounds a little cooky but hear me out and look into it with an open mind. Of all the deliveries I have attended I have seen the most success with my moms who have done HypnoBirthing® than any other natural method.
I have to admit that I did think it sounded a little “cooky” I mean really, hypnosis for having a baby. My only experience with hypnosis at this point was stage shows with people clucking like a chicken and and acting like fools. I wondered how this would help me have a baby. Then I started reading about it.
Of course I thought, this makes total sense. We trust our bodies to do all the things that it is supposed to do without any directions from us, that is until we decide to have a baby and all the sudden any trust we have in our bodies go out the window and we feel the need to schedule, control, manage, and monitor every little minute of our pregnancy. The more I researched the more I knew that this was the way Mother Nature herself would have brought her babies into the world.
The fact that you are here reading this means that you too think there has to be a better way than we have been taught through movies, tv, and all of the horrific stories we have heard. Well you are right, that way is HypnoBirthing®.
I have had three beautiful birth experiences using HypnoBirthing® with my two daughters and one son and am planning to do it with my last child as well, a boy due near the middle of June! I truly believe that with HypnoBirthing® you can have a calm, gentle, and serene birth with each of your babies and that it can be a beautiful experience that you treasure, not a memory that you share to the horror of anyone listening.
At this point you have to ask, well what is this amazing HypnoBirthing® then?
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows woment to use their natural instincs to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby. As a birthing method, HypnoBirthing® is a new as tomorrow and as old as ancient times.
HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosopy as it is a technique. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor. (crazy right?, not really!) You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony – as they were designed to – when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth.
You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene, and comfortable birth.
When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or asleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.
Sounds pretty good right? Not only will you be free of fear and tension but you will be in good spirits, be totally relaxed, fully in control and you will know exactly what is going on in your body. Not because you will feel pain, but because you will have trained your body to feel what is going on and to trust what is going on. Because what you are doing is what you yourself were born to do, and that is be a mother.