My baby's birth inspired me...
As I lie back bonding with my daughter, who I had received into my own hands and placed on my own chest only moments before, the feelings of love, excitement and empowerment washed over me in intoxicating waves. This was the birth I had imagined, the birth I knew I could have! When I had begun my HypnoBirthing® class only eight weeks before, I was determined to realize my goal of having a gentle and calm birth.
HypnoBirthing® changed the way I viewed birth and the way I gave birth. After the birth of my son 5 years prior, I knew there had to be a better way for me, a way that put me in control of my own birth. Those feelings were what ultimately led me to HypnoBirthing®. I had such an amazing and empowering experience that changed my life in many ways and inspired me to become a HypnoBirthing® educator.
For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them about the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labor; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function. The result is exactly what they feared most: long, painful birthing or unnecessary intervention.
People who are drawn to the Hypnobirthing® method of childbirth have long been searching for a way to give birth confidently and as calmly, safely, and gently as possible, whether they have chosen to birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home. Before the HypnoBirthing® method was conceived, this kind of birthing almost seemed unattainable for the general population.
Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, healthy, low-risk women, as well as women who need medical assistance because of special circumstances, learn to dismiss fear-based stories, misinformation, and birthing myths; and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.