Hypnosis FAQs

Hypnosis continues to gain recognition as being a highly effective means of preparing for and managing the intensity of birth. Studies have show that hypnosis can shorten labor, decrease anxiety and be an effective tool for reducing pain. Hypnosis is a safe, natural way that leads to greater relaxation and calm during your birthing process.

What is Hypnosis?
Many people don’t realize that hypnosis is a normal, natural state of mind that we go in and out of on a regular basis throughout our day. Those moments when we’re completely focused and absorbed in the task at hand, such as reading a book, watching a movie, creating a beautiful work of art, or even driving the beltway and going right past our exit! When our attention is one-pointed, and the mind is fully focused in the present moment, it has less to do with what we’re doing, and more to do with the altered state of mind that we’re in. Much like a daydream, people in a hypnotic state can still move, speak and yes, even drive. During these altered mind states, no matter how relaxed you may or may not be, a part of your consciousness always has your best interest in mind,  remaining awake and available no matter what kind of challenge you face.

How does hypnosis work?
All hypnosis is self- hypnosis. It’s not something that someone else does for you, or to you. Although people in hypnosis can still move around and speak, they are at times profoundly relaxed and may choose not to. In many ways self-hypnosis is a choice, and like any skill, in most cases it does take practice to learn. Each time you practice, it’s like you’re literally mapping your brain to achieve this calm relaxed state more easily and quickly. During your labor, self-hypnosis becomes an invaluable skill for managing discomfort and riding the waves of each contraction, giving women greater access to their natural instincts for birth.  Because deep relaxation is often associated with hypnosis, many people don’t realize that you don’t need to look like your sleeping for it to be working. In fact, just the opposite is the case. The focused attention that’s achieved from your practice, enables you to stay calmer, more optimistic, and in control.  Then, when you need it the most, you’ll feel better equipped to just “let go”, surrendering to the powerful energy of birth. Every birth is different, and no two births are ever the same for any woman. Self-hypnosis is a practical skill that teaches you to trust in your body’s natural blueprint for birth. With practice that involves the support of your birth partner, you can approach birth feeling more confident, trusting and prepared to manage any challenge that comes your way, staying connected to this deep inner place of knowing, as you navigate the unknown.

Hypnosis is the safe, 100% natural way to enjoy a relaxed and calm birth. Studies have shown that it shortens labor and reduces pain and much more.

Hypnosis helps to:

  • Control sensations
  • Relax deeply
  • Shorten labor
  • Honor your instincts
  • Gets you in touch with spiritual, emotional and social needs
  • Deepen the bond with your baby
  • Release fears and increases confidence
  • Reprogram expectations
  • Create a subconscious blueprint for the desired birth
  • Reduce interventions and complications
  • Speed healing
  • Reduce post-partum depression

Hypnosis is also highly useful for special pregnancy-related conditions such as turning breech babies, helping to avoid artificial inductions, lowering blood pressure, and more.

More to come soon on the differences between HypnoBirthing and Blissborn:


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