25 May Hypnobirthing
Hypno…what? This is the common response from pregnant Mum’s and their partners when I explain that I’m a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner (Angela Vincent – Bellerive Health Hub – contact details below ).
Hypnobirthing is a method developed to empower Mothers and their birthing companion with a positive antenatal mindset in the lead up to their Baby’s arrival. The Hypnobirthing Australia program’s success comes in the strong focus on group and private participation and has been compiled with practical resources and educational components.
The ‘Hypno’ in Hypnobirthing refers to use of an altered state of consciousness for a therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis. Women in present day western society are frequently exposed to negative stories or behaviours that can lead them to be less than confident about experiencing a positive birth. Clinical Hypnotherapy is characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom.
Hypnobirthing aligns the relationship with the mind and body while intensifying the bond between mother and Baby. Our bodies are innately conditioned to accept behaviours and emotions that build us up and the power of the group environment helps to ease, release and ‘undo the birth fear’, promoting focused, calm breathing and relaxation techniques to establish a positive mindset are taught. This is achieved by replicating healthy affirmations, self-hypnosis training, and lighting, sense of smell, music and tips to assist in the movement from one surge to the next.
The four antenatal sessions are held over three hours and outline the models of care available for birthing in Australia, strategies on how to enable couples to make safe and informed decisions during their pregnancy and birthing experiences. The educational component covers how the baby forms and the importance of antenatal nutrition, fitness, the role of the uterus in birth and antenatal and postnatal psychological wellbeing. The concept of ‘good’ pain in birthing is explained and self-hypnosis skills are practiced by each couple during each session.
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and registered nurse I have seen the impact of negative and positive words and the power-shift that can play out in the hospital setting. Hypnotherapy empowers the couple and allows them to bypass the language of ‘labour’, ‘contractions’ and ‘pain’ and choose to endorse ‘birth’, ‘tightening or waves’ and ‘surges’.
Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner certification gives you the assurance of a nationally recognised program developed by a clinical hypnotherapist with midwife support. The program consistently receives positive feedback from the birthing couples’ success stories. Birthing Mother’s and their companions come away feeling connected with the needs of their partner and display great confidence in knowing they can be supportive, assist in informed decision making and fully engaged in their Baby’s birth.
Angela Vincent | 0412 502 853
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Registered Nurse
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