You are in control of your birth experience
Birth is a normal physiological body function. You are literally born to give birth! It is a life-changing event, and can and should be an amazingly positive experience, that leaves you feeling empowered and strong as you transition into parenthood.
However, in Australia 1: 3 women describe their birth as traumatic (1) and 1:10 develop PTSD. (2) This is unacceptable and can significantly impact your long-term health and family relationships. This together with the fact that intervention and caesarean rates continue to rise year after year, means there has never been a time where it has been more crucial for you to prepare and take control of your birthing journey. So, what can you do?
Well, labour is a powerful mind and body experience, so eliminating fear and ensuring you are mentally and physically prepared is vital! With media images depicting birth as traumatic and an ever-increasing number of traumatic birth stories circulating, it is no wonder that many women approach birth feeling anxious and fearful.
How does approaching birth unprepared affect you?
Approaching birth unprepared and from a place of fear can significantly affect the hormonal flow and can negatively impact your birthing outcome. Preparing for your birthing journey allows you to approach birth from an informed place of positivity and free from fear. Evidence has shown that when you approach birth in this way, you are more likely to achieve a positive birth experience, no matter what turns your birth takes. Hypnobirthing Australia passionately believes that birth can and should be one of the most beautiful and empowering times in our lives, and the Positive Birth Program will help you achieve just that.
How do Hypnobirthing Australia classes help you prepare?
The classes provide you and your birthing partner with the recipe for a positive birth experience: Knowledge, Tools, Support, and Preparation!
Knowledge is power, and during the interactive class, you will learn all about the birthing process, your options, and how to ask the right questions to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
You will learn self-hypnosis techniques to help you develop a positive mindset and eliminate any fears that you may have. These deeply relaxing techniques will help you to surrender to the birthing process and increase endorphin release, resulting in a more enjoyable birth.
You will also learn the power of visualisation and affirmations. These are important because where the mind goes the body follows! Birth affirmations are a really effective way of creating a more positive mindset. They are positive statements that, when repeated over and over, can help “rewire” your neural pathways, to overcome any negative thoughts which you may have about your pregnancy or the birth.
By learning how your body works during birth and having a “toolbox” of techniques and strategies to help, you are training your mind and body for birth. Then, when the time comes, you will feel prepared, and with the help of your birth partner, will be able to work with your body and surrender to the process. This will enable your body to do what it was designed to do – birth your baby. Your birth is not just one day, it is an experience that stays with you forever. So let’s make sure it’s a beautiful positive one!
This blog is written by Steph Oliver who is both a midwife and a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner on the Gold Coast. CLICK HERE for more details.
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