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Hypnosis that can make childbirth pain-free

Hypnosis that can make childbirth pain-free


WASHINGTON —  Experts have claimed that a specific method of hypnosis, supposedly used by the likes of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian during childbirth, could make labor pain-free.

Cynthia Overgard, founder of HypnoBirthing in Connecticut, a prenatal education center, said that pain during labor is caused by fear and tension, Fox News reported.

Overgard explained that during labor, oxytocin causes contractions, but if the expecting mother is afraid or anxious then her body stops producing the feel-good hormone and adrenaline starts to rise.

Adrenaline redirects blood flow away from the cervix and the uterus, preventing the cervix from dilating and this slows down labor.

Overgard asserted that this is where hypnosis comes in with deep breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques that can help the woman maintain a calm body and mind.

During the hypnosis program, women also listen to guided relaxation to condition the mind and body to be calm and relaxed.

According to the HypnoBirthing Institute, mothers who used the method were less likely to have c-sections, interventions and pre-term babies.

Birthing outcomes from an Australian HypnoBirthing programme

Thanks Liz Nightingalefor sharing this info: Full study available through MIDIRS Database

1. Birthing outcomes from an Australian HypnoBirthing programme


Background and aim: HypnoBirthing, which is steadily increasing in popularity both in Australia and overseas, is a set programme consisting of 10-12 hours of instruction for couples approaching the later stages of pregnancy and birth.


A survey was carried out to investigate how Australian p articipants attending the HypnoBirthing programme between 2007 and 2010 compared to other studies where hypnosis was used for childbirth.


Results: The average length for both stages of labour was shorter in the HypnoBirthing group compared to general population figures. Caesarean section rates were lower, as was the use of gas and epidurals. Of the 81 participants, 46 (51%) did not use any pain medication at all and the overall discomfort level for labour and birth was 5.8 out of 10 with 32% of the participants scoring under 5.8, including two participants who recorded zero discomfort.


Conclusion: Women attending the HypnoBirthing programme demonstrated similar results to those found in other research in hypnosis for childbirth. However, the findings also demonstrated some added benefits of HypnoBirthing.


The majority of women reported feeling more confident, relaxed, less fearful, focused, and more in control.


They also commented on the ease and comfort of labour and birth and the satisfaction of having their partners involved and supportive. (44 references) ://

Hypnobirthing classes will be in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah,Mullumbimby,Byron Bay and Lismore

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Hypnobirthing classes will be starting soon in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Lismore.  Hypnobirthing classes provides you with the confidence to take control of your birthing experience.  If you are wanting a Natural birthing experience to give your baby a calm, safe and drugfree entry into the word, then these classes are for you and your birthing companion.  Learn how to put yourself into hypnosis to fully relax, focus and be tuned into your body and that of your baby.  Let your body and mind direct your babies movements and entry into the world.  You will learn how to give birth comfortably, calmly and with confidence.  Your birthing companion will learn how to deepen the hypnosis techniques you have learnt, give you key phrases to relax you even further and promote a comfortable birthing experience.  Give your baby the best start in life

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