January 2018 - dates to be announced
Cost: $230 - $265
learn how you can embrace the beauty of birth.
In a 4-week series, we offer hypnobirthing classes for expecting mothers and their partners. What to expect:
- Practical skills to enhance your labour progress
- Detailed explanation of labour and birth process
- Relaxation practice
- Self-hypnosis techniques
- Learn how to alleviate your fear
- Tension reduction
- Increase your comfort and confidence
Together with your partner, we'll help you explore your personal beliefs and their impact on how you approach birth. We have had many families benefit from these techniques and our years of midwifery experience. Our heart is for the beauty of birth—let us help you learn to feel that, too!
We offer a discount to former and current Ostara Midwifery clients. Have questions, or want to register? Give us a call or send us an email.
The Basics of Hypnobirthing
Opening Your Heart
Hypnosis is a wonderful technique to ease into deep relaxation, respond to labour and give birth with calm assurance. As you connect with the power of your inner wisdom, opening your mind and body and heart to your baby, you let go into the natural birth process. Connecting to your baby in loving awareness, you enhance your ability to work closely with your partner.
Opening Your Mind
Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of relaxed concentration similar to meditation or guided visualization. It is a natural state of the imaginative, intuitive mind, when you bypass the analytical, critical mind. Studies have shown many benefits for mothers using self-hypnosis techniques during labour including: reduced need for pain medication, shorter labours, less fatigue, increased sense of control and confidence and decreased postpartum depression. Mothers also have the advantage of being fully alert and present for immediate bonding with baby.
There is no magic to achieving this natural state of self-hypnosis. Anyone can choose to reach this level of deep relaxation, and re-directed focus. Daydreaming, or being deeply absorbed in reading a book, are examples of ways we frequently access this relaxed creative state of mind. With training and practice, self-hypnosis is a valuable life skill to reduce stress, manage pain, change negative beliefs, and prepare for birth.
Opening your Body
For birth, hypnosis creates a resource state allowing the mother to cope with whatever challenges arise during birth. Working in harmony with your labour, as contractions come, you will go quickly into focused relaxation. Your body’s natural anesthesia (endorphins), will replace the stress hormones that increase the perception of pain.
As labour progresses, you will be fully aware and may choose to be active and relating to those around you. Between contractions your mind body and baby will sink into rest and recovery. This is beneficial in reducing fatigue, and allowing energy for your full involvement at the time of birth. You will also have the advantage of being fully alert and present for immediate bonding with your baby.