Hypnosis. For most of us, hearing the word hypnosis can trigger images of a man swinging a pocket watch in front of someone else’s face, closely followed by them clucking like a chicken. If that’s you, you’re not alone. We have movies and TV shows to thank for this misrepresentation. But hypnosis can be powerful, so I want to clear up some of the common misconceptions.

YOU are in control

Hypnosis is a state that you can only enter if YOU allow it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so you have to be a willing participant. If you don’t want to go there, a facilitator can’t force you, so feel comfortable knowing that you are in control. I view it as a state of ultimate relaxation, where you can access your subconscious mind and reprogram it with new, positive stories and habits. It can be like a guided meditation. You can also opt to listen to the recorded tracks by yourself, and not just for birth preparation. Check out the different tracks available through Hypnobirthing Australia here.
 
The Hypnobirthing AustraliaTM course will help you release any negative stories or beliefs in your subconscious. These stories may come from family and friends, social media, movies or TV shows. You may not even realise they are lurking there, but they can still pop up at the least expected (and most unwanted!) times. You can then replace these stories and beliefs with positive and empowering ones. The mind is powerful, far more powerful than we often give it credit for. By using it fully and in such a positive way, you can transform your birth experience.

The Zone

When you are able to enter such a deep state of relaxation, you can focus your attention on things other than pain. Your perception of many things can change, including time. This isn’t to say your birth will be pain free and quick, but the intensity and your ability to manage the intensity will be different. The length of your labour might surprise you, especially if you were ‘in the zone’. Even in special circumstances such as c-sections and inductions, you can enter the zone. If you practice, practice, practice, and apply the tools taught in the course, you will be able to enter this deep state of relaxation quickly and easily, even with external distractions. Please always contact me if you have a change of circumstances so we can talk about how you can best prepare.
 
I hope that this has helped you understand how hypnosis fits into the birth experience. If you have any questions or want to book in for a course, get in touch. Helping you to prepare for a positive and informed birth experience is my jam!