Hypnobirthing Pain Control
It’s no surprise, really, that pain is the first thing that many expectant mothers and their partners associate with childbirth and that pain control is their key goal in hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing pain control skills can prevent you from feeling the fear-tension-pain cycle. The way this would work is that fear of pain produces tension in the body which in turn lowers your pain threshold. At the same time, that pattern potentially slows down the birth of your baby. Not a great result in the circumstances!
Using Your Mind to Control Pain
We tend to think of pain as resulting purely from what goes on in the body, but neuroscience tells us that pain is a mental thing, in other words that the mind influences how and to what level we experience pain.
With a short series of classes here in West London, you can learn several hypnobirthing pain control techniques which you can use to numb and dull childbirth contractions.
The sensations of childbirth become more manageable or simply part of the ‘background’ of the birth rather than your main concern and because you can make this difference for yourself, you feel a greater sense of control: you have less dependence on medical pain relief and instead can draw on your own resources. There is research which shows that hypnobirthing can make a big difference to the amount of pain relief used. See below. (Link to Research below)
This may sound like a big challenge, but all of us have the capacity to modify how much discomfort we feel. Have you ever ignored the pain of a blister or a sore toe because you wanted to keep going (at a party or on a walk)? Or been so absorbed in a film, a book or a conversation that you hadn’t realised you were cold or hungry?
Please contact me to talk about how I could help you with pain control for childbirth
Hypnosis is a powerful agent for pain relief and by the end of your short series of classes, you’ll know how to harness these natural capacities, so that you have a mental toolkit for your own personal pain control.
The techniques are easy and fun to learn, and the body has a way of giving you opportunities to test them out before the birth of your baby, often through the Braxton-Hicks ‘practice’ contractions as the birth date approaches.
It’s Your Choice!
You may of course choose to use medical pain relief, and we completely support your absolute right to choose what’s best for you. Having some mental pain control techniques can still be really useful as you can use them any time and anywhere – on the way to the hospital, waiting for the anaesthetist and so on.
I was in the pool from 2am until 7am but it honestly felt like I was only in there 10 mins. I had my eyes closed throughout and went into an inner place. I listened to my hypnosis CD continuously. For me personally I found only the contracting of the last centimetre of the cervix as “painful”, and even then it was only a three on a scale of up to ten. AH
At 10.30pm I lay down on the bed and used my self-hypnosis. The original recording that you did for me has always been my favourite so I listened to that whilst my husband massaged my lower back. Just 45 minutes later at 11.15pm my waters broke with an almighty POP and my contractions came thick and fast every minute or so. I was examined and I was 6cm dilated………………how fantastic……….imagining my cervix opening like a flower opening wide, wide, wide clearly did the trick. A further 1 hour and 40 minutes later I was fully dilated and just 40 minutes of pushing I gave birth to my son. No Drugs, No screaming just me in my safe place feeling confident and in control, turning down and making the pain dull with my old fashion dial in the sand.
I have never felt such achievement in my life. TS
My comment: this large study showed a big reduction in the use of medical pain relief amongst the women who had prepared with hypnobirthing as well as a reduction in the length of the first stage of labour:
Dr Mary W Jenkins and Dr M.H. Pritchard, Hypnosis: Practical applications and Theoretical Considerations in Normal Labour, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, March 1993, Vol 100 pp221-226. A 5 year-study, based on data recorded in the labour ward, comparing 252 women who’d had 6 sessions of hypnobirthing, with a control group of 300, same age to within 2 years. Only normal deliveries included in the control group.
- Average length of first stage of labour for women having first babies: 6.4 hours after hypnosis, 9.3 hours in control group
- Women who’d had at least one previous birth: 5.3 hours, compared to 6.2 hours
- Pain relief: first baby: 50%+ of control group had more than 100g of pethidine, compared with less than 10% of hypnosis group.
- pain relief (more than 100g of pethidine ) for women who’d had at least one previous birth: nearly 60% for controls/ 33% for hypnosis group
My comment: what we see here is that just a brief use of hypnosis at the start of antenatal education classes had the power to make significant differences, including a reduced need for pain relief, in 30 women as compared to the 30 who didn’t have the hypnosis.
TM Harmon, MT Hynan, TE Tyre, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
In 1990, the benefits of hypnotic analgesia as an adjunct to childbirth education were studied in 60 women having their first babies. They were divided into high and low hypnotic susceptibility groups before receiving 6 sessions of childbirth education and skill mastery. Half of the women in each group received a hypnotic induction at the beginning of each session; the remaining controls received relaxation and breathing exercises typically used in childbirth education. Both hypnotic subjects and highly susceptible subjects reported reduced pain. Hypnotically prepared births had shorter Stage 1 labours, less medication, higher Apgar scores, and more frequent spontaneous deliveries than control subjects’ births.