How do you prepare for birth with hypnosis?
For labour and birth, hypnosis makes it easier for women to access the roots of their thoughts, beliefs and emotions (which they are sometimes not even aware of), and positively impact on how they approach and experience birth.
One of the main benefits of hypnosis is to remove the fear/anxiety barrier which is known to have a negative physiological impact on the experience by creating unwanted physical and mental tensions. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and birth make women naturally more receptive to hypnosis.
You can attend this preparation on your own, but involving your partner might be a plus. It is best to have completed session 1+2 before week 34 of the pregnancy so you have plenty of time to practice before the birth. A 3rd session closer to the birth is recommended, but optional (at week 37/38/39).
What the sessions include:
In the hypnobirthing sessions, you’ll learn all about the physiological principles of relaxation for birth, breathing and visualisation techniques in a way that will help you achieve a more relaxed state of mind before and during the birth.
Amongst other tools, you’ll be guided through a relaxation script bespoke to your own needs, written especially for you, based on prior discussion and exploration of the possible worries your feel could be an obstacle to a more relaxed pregnancy and birth experience. This birth preparation programme requires commitment to practice very regularly some of the exercises and techniques you’ll receive.
And in practice?
- Session 1: (ideally mother + partner) (usually 1h30). During this first session, we review the principles of hypnobirthing and how your partner can take and active part in supporting you during the birth with some simple breathing and massage techniques. At the end of this session, you’ll have a clear understanding of the various elements which can make your pregnancy and birth a positive experience, and how to implement them through the daily exercises you’ll have to integrate into your every day life.
- Session 2: (usually just for the mother) (around 1h15). Sophie will guide you through a script (think long/deep relaxation) which is written just for you to address any particular worries about the birth or to simply teach yourself how to quickly relax and focus. Then you receive your audio script for you to regularly practice at home, with all instructions for practice.
- Session 3: (around 1h15) (this session is recommended but optional). It needs to be attended at week 37/38 of the pregnancy and aims at giving you extra relaxation tools to help you engage positively with the very start of labour. Sophie will guide you through a relaxation script which will deepen the relaxation response in those very last days of your pregnancy, which you can use at the very start of labour. You receive an audio of the script with instructions on when and how to use it for the start of labour.
Please contact Sophie for fees.
The birth preparation with hypnobirthing is available as an in-person class in Brussels ( also online but best if we can meet). Contact Sophie for more details: email@example.com +32 (0)499 41 41 91 sophieyoga.net Book directly: https://calendly.com/prepareforbirthwithsophie
Sophie qualified in 2008 as an Active Birth teacher and has since been teaching prenatal/postnatal yoga and birth preparation sessions in London, then Brussels. She is also a trained Doula with Paramana Doula and a hypnobirthing practitioner. Her private and group sessions offer the pregnant women and couples she works with powerful tools to empower them through their birthing experience and the early stages of parenting.