Developing confidence and learning and doing relaxation are key to a better birth, so learn and practice some practical ways to overcome your fears and get a positive focus. Help reduce or even eliminate any fears by talking about them, and/or listening to bespoke hypnosis that will help your subconscious release it. Close your eyes and visualise your ideal birth story unfold daily for the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
2. Learn ways to deal with pain
Relaxation, breathing, and other natural pain-management skills all help you cope during birth. Take time during your pregnancy to learn some techniques to help you cope with contractions. A simple technique to practice could be to simply stop, focus on your breathing and consciously relax each set of muscles in your body.
3. Know you can do it!
Pregnancy isn’t an illness or a medical condition women have given birth since time began and your body is perfectly designed to do it. Develop confidence in your body, learn about what is does during labour and birth and just as you trust it to grow your baby, trust that when the time comes it will know how to give birth too..
4. Prepare your birth partner
Yes, you’ll be doing most of the work, but don’t underestimate the support of others. The more informed your partner is, the more he or she can help and play an active part in the birth. Make sure your birth partner is fully prepared and knows how to work effectively with both you and the medical team. Learn together so you are both informed and confident.
5. Get practical skills
You don’t have to be a passive "patient" when you give birth. There are all sorts of practical steps you can take to increase your control, confidence and focus. Learn about the physiology and emotions of birth so you really understand what’s going to go on in your mind and body. Learning some physical exercises and different birthing positions can really help you and your baby during the birth.
So how can you achieve this?
It’s not easy to do all this alone, but my courses and birth coaching sessions are designed for mums just like you and your birth partner, and have been proven to help you achieve each of these five steps. But remember that hypnobirthing takes practice, time and focus.
As well as teaching you to overcome fear, deal with pain, and trust your body, the sessions teach you everything you and your birth partner need to know to have the birth that’s right for you - from visualisation and self- hypnosis techniques to being able to recognise the emotional stages of birth and how to cope if things move from Plan A to Plan B.
My courses are tailored to your specific needs, and will emotionally, mentally and physically prepare you and your birth partner for a better birth. Have a read of some of the birth stories from the couples that I have supported; if they can do it, so can you!