Letitia Quaresimin

Have you considered Hypnobirthing?

Are you ready for the baby’s arrival? 

Is the nursery decorated? Check! 

Do we have the right car-seat? Got it!  

Did we buy the perfect pram? Yes! 

Okay, what about child birthing classes!?

We asked registered nurse, midwife and Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner Kelly Austin to explain a little about preparing for birth with hypnobirthing.

Preparing for birth

Being pregnant can be one of the most incredible things a woman can experience, while for others, it can be a challenging experience. Between morning sickness, fatigue and swollen feet, it’s a tough job – even for the strongest of women!

As pregnant women, we all want to be prepared for the arrival of our precious baby. So, why do we spend more time googling prams and stalking ‘famous’ Instagram-Mumma’s than we do preparing ourselves for the actual birth? Don’t forget, we have to give birth before we can use that perfect pram…

A quick Google search for ‘preparing for the arrival of your newborn’ resulted in advice like ‘Stock your freezer with prepared dinners’, ‘Lock in your preferred paediatrician’ and ‘Tour the hospital’. All great advice; Google can be a great resource after all but soon enough I was wondering: where is the advice on preparing yourself mentally, physically and spiritually?

Sure, it would be nice if this baby magically appeared in a muslin wrap, with a gorgeous glowing face and eyes full of wonder… and eventually they will, but before that moment, there are other things you need to consider first.

And that is why I am here to help, I want to talk to you about birth preparation and hypnobirthing!


Let’s talk hypnobirthing

As birthing women, we need to know how and why our body is about to do what it will inevitably do. Hypnobirthing can help you understand that.

Three of the guiding principles behind hypnobirthing is knowledge of the process, learning to avoid your fight or flight response (which doesn’t help the birthing process) and letting your body do what it is designed to do.

So, does it work?

Well, the Hypnobirthing Institute in the United States gathered data from 2000 Hypnobirthing women between 2005 and 2010, and the research showed women who utilised hypnobirthing techniques during labour, required far less intervention than those in other groups. In relation to Caesarean sections, the average rate is close to 32% in the USA, however, the rate for hypnobirthing women was only 17%.

Bringing it a little closer to home, a 2006 study published in Adelaide called “Complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour” showed women who participated in self-hypnosis techniques required less pharmaceutical intervention, than those who did not. And women who did opt for pharmaceutical intervention, as well as having participated in birth-preparation classes, experienced a greater level of satisfaction with their chosen pain management.


Questions to ask

So, when you’re planning for the arrival of your bundle-of-joy, remember to take some time to think about you. What do you want? What do you need?

The perfect pram is a wonderful thing, but it won’t be there to support you through labour. Birth-preparation will empower you with the knowledge, skills and confidence that you need for this life-changing experience.

Preparation is the key to a positive birth experience and with Hypnobirthing Australia, you can tailor your own perfect birth experience. 


Interested in learning more? Visit Empowered Pregnancy and Birth
 and chat to Kelly herself.

Photo credit @hypnobirthingaustralia

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