Hypnobirthing is an effective form of natural pain management in childbirth. When practicing a hypnobirth, self-hypnosis is used to train the mind to experience pain as pressure and relax the mother into comfort.

The HypnoBirthing method was created by Marie Mongan and is based on the work of obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. Dr. Dick-Read believed the use of hypnosis during labor helps laboring women break the “fear-tension-pain syndrome” which makes labor more difficult.

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He coined this term for a syndrome that he believed caused blood to flow away from nonessential organs such as the uterus to large muscle groups in the legs. Hypno birth advocates believe that if women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones from fear, they can learn to release the fear, creating endorphins in its place.

Hypnobirthing is essentially based on the power of suggestion. The mother uses positive affirmations, suggestions, and visualizations to relax her body during labor. Most women take classes to learn how to guide their thoughts and control their breathing.

Physical relaxation is practiced daily in preparation for birth using guided visualizations followed by positive hypnotic suggestions. Sometimes a woman may choose to bring a hypnotist to the birth center, progressive hospital, or home birth to aid her with visualization. Some visualizations may incorporate images such as a flower opening its petals.