does hypnobirthing work

Hypnobirthing. Does it Actually Work?

does hypnobirthing work

  • Hypnobirthing? Amazing or a waste of time? What happens if you end up with a Caesarean Section? We would love to know what you think.
  • It’s becoming so popular and more and more women are choosing to do a course in addition to their antenatal course. Although I didn’t do any Hypnobirthing training I remember my midwife saying that my birth was like a Hypnobirth as it was very calm and controlled and I just concentrated on breathing and I shut my eyes (for about 4 hours) and went into a kind of zone.
  • Did you give it a go? Which brand of hynpo did you use and would you recommend it? This lovely quote above is from one of the 1000 of you who filled out our survey a few months ago! Thank you. 

Here are some great comments from some of our followers.

  •  I cannot sing the praises of hypnobirthing enough!!! I found it via The YesMum Instagram page. I was so so nervous about – not the birth – but anything vaguely medical! I (wrongly) assumed labour had to be hospital-centric with lots of pain relief, doctors and loss of control. I needed to feel in control and safe – and along came hypnobirthing! I didn’t do any ‘practical’ courses just read and re-read (and re-read!) a book I picked up at the library and practised the breathing techniques. When I went into labour I felt ready for anything! After 4 calm hours at home, we arrived at hospital, where I climbed into the birthing pool, closed my eyes and didn’t open them again for the next 5 hours. I was relaxed, comfortable and felt incredibly safe. I even fell asleep a couple of times! Sid was born in the water and it was all very in-traumatic and lovely! I try so hard to spread the word that labour/birth doesn’t have to be painful, gory and something to dread and hypnobirthing techniques are something which make that totally achievable! I LOVE IT!! #hypnobirthing
  • Used hypnobirthing techniques to remain calm and focused and to maintain the excitement and positivity about meeting my daughter even when I went into early labour and knew it would be a caesarean birth. The techniques helped me have a positive experience even in a highly medicalised environment. Would recommend the @theyesmummum cards as a good introduction through pregnancy and I read a lot of the testimonials and bought a book and practiced the techniques.
  • Totally recommend! With my first I didn’t really do much planning and felt pretty calm about it all. All went a bit tits up (he was back to back) and I ended up feeling quite lonely and scared throughout. When I find out was pregnant with two was determined to do things differently. I did a weekend course and listened to tapes each day. Did lots of work to help baby to right position. It allowed me to feel calm that the second experience would be different and have confidence in myself. My daughter was born at home in a pool after a 3 hour labour. Hugely empowering experience.

So Many Positive Experiences!

  • I wouldn’t feel a scrap of fear about giving birth again. I just wish THIS was the message which was most commonly given out to pregnant ladies. Too many women go into it assuming that it was to be blood, pain and shouting! Keep spreading g the good word! X
  • Everyone I’ve discussed it with who had a successful hypnobirthing experience did so for their second, or third – and it was the same for me. Maybe we have slightly more realistic expectations then, or at least you’ve got the whole “becoming a mother” bit over with! Not that the first was awful for me, but it was long, and pukey, and ventuse and just stepping into the great unknown. With my second I found an online course that included a section on preparing for theatre/c section. And for the moments AFTER birth. It included a lot about building trust with the people helping you, trusting their intentions and abilities etc. I ended up having a lovely birth in a dark calm room, just me hubs and one lovely midwife. But had anything changed, I’m sure I’d have managed to keep that sense of calm and purpose. I don’t see why hypnobirthing should promise something that could very well not happen – seems counter intuitive! It’s a useful tool for ALL situations. I now use the techniques when I get flying fear or even at the dentist!
  • Is watching ‘one born every minute’ while pregnant a form of hypnobirthing?! When I gave birth for the first time, I felt very calm and in control because I felt familiar with the hospital environment (which I’d never stepped foot in before). But also what the staff do, what I could do, and how many ways there were to give birth. Mainly because of that show. Call me crazy?!
  • Hypnobirthing is amazing. I cannot recommend it enough to any prospective parents. Even though my little one ended up in distress and was back to back and not to mention had his hand up on his face having not done hypnobirthing it would of all been very different. I know without a shadow of a doubt that hypnobirthing got me through it and giving birth was one of the most positive things I’ve ever done. I hate that women dread giving birth and that other women encourage that by actively saying how awful their birth was. If you were about to go into hospital for a major operation would you expect other people to tell you how horrific it was?!
  • I did hypno birthing (mainly as an excuse for a daily kip admittedly) and unexpectedly loved the theory of it. Ended up having a caesarean but I’m sure it helped me come to terms with that and realise that although I didn’t just breathe my baby out in a calm, sensory way but in a frantic, rush with scared midwives and anxious specialists all over the place I was able to appreciate my body afterwards. I had still done an incredible thing, different to what I’d imagined, the opposite of what I’d hoped for, but impressive all the same. I guess I hypno birthed my way out of any guilt or disconnection I may have momentarily felt about the section…?
  • I did hypnobirthing and found it amazing. In labour like you I went into a zone! The course was good and made some friends. My husband and I did have hysterics for about 50% of the session though! X
  •  Am EVANGELICAL about this…. but it has ENTIRELY the wrong name. I have seen Hypnobirthing work even in the most desperately sad times. It is the most empowering, practical and non hysterical tool. it is NOT Disney, a magical cure or a religion, but it IS empowering to women, calming and useful. just be realistic and use it to stay calm and focused.

And an amazing comment from one very brave lady- thank you for sharing this story of great courage and sadness.

  • I had hypnobirthing lessons and planned to hypnobirth my child. Then at 36 weeks, she died. I had to face a stillbirth, along with the increased physical intensity and pain (I was told) of induced labour. Realising that in my utter heartbreak I would have no endorphins to help my hypnobirthing practice, I opted for pain medication. But the hospital was busy that night, and no anaesthetist was available, so in the end I went without and relied on my breathing and the relaxation/meditation techniques that hypnobirthing had taught me. Despite the emotional trauma and heartbreak that I endured in the days leading up to birth and since, physically, the birth was not the painful trauma that we are all told it is. I was in a position where I was most vulnerable to stress and panic, and all the things that could make the birth a physically traumatic experience. But thanks to hypnobirthing, it was not. It was calm and it was peaceful. And the strength that I found that night and that my husband found in helping me through, has helped us to deal with the loss of our daughter in a way that I don’t think we otherwise could. And just to agree with a previous comment, I think the name can be misleading. Yes, if you practice hard and if things are on your side, you can achieve a trance-like state, but even if you don’t, hypnobirthing is about calm, mediation, taking control and just allowing your body to do what it is capable of.