Hypnobirthing - pain free delivery for Singapore mums
We’re programmed to believe that childbirth is stressful and painful. Is there any alternative? We talked to Di Bustamante, a doula and childbirth educator and she told us about Hypnobirthing and how women can have natural and joyful birthing experiences. Read on to find out if this is really possible.
It sounds like crazy talk right? Pain free birth. That can’t be possible. Or can it? Did you know Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton used Hypnobirthing to help them through their labour and so have thousands of women? The premise is simple. Fear causes pain. Take away the fear and you take away the pain. Interested? Then keep reading.
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing was developed by Marie Mongan, a hypnotherapist from New Hampshire, USA, with more than 30 years of experience. Marie’s work was based on the teachings of Grantley Dick-Read, a British obstetrician who was a pioneer in his work on relaxation and childbirth.
Hypnobirthing uses self-hypnosis, guided imagery and special breathing techniques that can help to bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birth experience. Women can birth comfortably, awake, alert, and fully in control.
How does it work?
The uterus is a muscle with 3 layers. When women are fearful the muscles contract rather than open. Hypnobirthing teaches women to be calm and relaxed so that the cervix can open easily and gently. The pain in labour comes when a woman constricts her muscles when a having a contraction.
Di says “this is a philosophy in addition to being a technique. Mothers focus on the positive aspect of what childbirth was meant to be. Fear creates tension, tension releases pain”
“During hypnobirthing the focus is on oxytocin and endorphins. We teach self-hypnosis, light touch massage and specific breathing methods which release endorphins. We aim to flood the body with oxytocin and endorphins so you can have an easier birth” she adds.
Read about the benefits of hypnobirthing on the next page…
The benefits of Hypnobirthing
Parents who choose hypnobirthing can enjoy many benefits:
-A safer birthing for mother and baby;
-Shorter, more comfortable birthing;
-A special, integral role for the birthing companion;
-Fewer incidences of need for medication;
-Fewer breech presentations;
-Fewer complications and easier resolution in the event of complication;
-An awake, refreshed, and energized birthing mother;
-A better outcome for mother and baby;
-A calm, peaceful birthing environment;
-Good natured babies who are better sleepers and eaters;
-Happy parents who experience a serene, joyful birthing rather than a tense, stressful ordeal.
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Source: HypnoBirthing® Institute
Waterbirthing and hypnobirthing work together hand-in-hand. Water gives the mum-to-be freedom of movement, privacy and warmth.
But if you are considering a waterbirth, do keep in mind what Di says: “it’s (waterbirth) not for everybody, in some cases it slows birth. You will know water birthing is not for you through fetal heartbeat monitoring. If the fetus is in distress you have to get out of the water.
The water needs to be between 35 -37 degrees. Baby needs to be completely submerged when he comes out, and it is very important to have an attendant who is trained in waterbirthing with you.”
Find out about a mum’s story of hypnobirthing on the next page…
One mum’s story
We talked to a mum about her story. This is what she told us.
“I delivered a 3.98kg baby boy at the age of 40 without any drugs thanks to Hynobirthing. I had to send my mother, a trained midwife, home from the hospital as she kept thinking something was wrong with me as I didn’t act like a “normal” mother in labour.
I wasn’t showing any signs of pain or distress. I was walking around and having a good laugh with my husband as I progressed through labour.
When I was eventually ready and told the midwife the baby was coming, she refused to believe me, then she looked. Baby was definitely coming. She kept offering me drugs as this was a baby with an estimated birth weight of 4.2kg.
But I reassured everyone that I was fine. My husband was a star, he had read the crucial passages of the book on Hypnobirthing and he was telling everyone to leave me alone and that I was going to do it my way.
Baby was born easily within 2 hours of active labour and when they asked me to deliver the placenta, I was so in the zone that it shot across the room like a bullet! I highly recommend it. You do have to practice the relaxation techniques for a few weeks before the birth and you need your birth partner to be supportive.”
You can read more about Hynobirthing on this site and you can check out the book Hypnobirthing, The Mongan Method.
Di’s company Parentlink offers hypnobirthing classes in Singapore. Check out the Parent Link website if you wish to learn more about the classes that are on offer. You can also contact Di on 9451 7702 for any information you need.
If you have any experience in hypnobirthing or waterbirthing, we would love to hear about it! Please do leave us a comment below.