Hypnosis as an Alternative to the Epidural
In today’s world, alternative pain management techniques
such as hypnosis childbirths are becoming ever popular. Many women
are more of aware of how many medical interventions carry a risk
of affecting their baby. Hypnosis childbirths are an alternative
to using an epidural. It is important to have a birthing plan and
if that plan involves hypnosis, then you should learn all you can
about hypnosis childbirths and how it is used as an alternative
to the epidural.
The general philosophy behind hypnosis childbirths is learning
how to distract your self from the pain of labor instead of using
an epidural. This takes a lot of practice to master; therefore,
you may want to start taking classes and learning hypnosis as early
on in pregnancy as possible. There are many classes, books, DVD’s,
and tapes available to teach you about hypnosis childbirths.
Still wondering how hypnosis during childbirth is an effective
tool that is an alternative to the epidural, well read on, as you
are about to find out. Hypnosis is very similar in its goal as Lamaze
or Bradley childbirths, in that you are teaching your self how to
relax your body. Hypnosis during childbirth makes use of visualizing
yourself in a calm place, while practicing breathing techniques.
This will help distract your mind and body from the pains of labor,
henceforth relaxing your body.
As you learn about hypnosis childbirths, you will see that there
are tapes and visualization techniques for each part or stage of
labor. As you focus on your breathing and visualize your calm place,
your body starts to relax. This, in turn, relaxes your uterus and
helps it as you are focusing your mind on something other than labor
pains, helping to alleviate the pain instead of using an epidural
to help alleviate the pain. Some of the most popular visualizations
include a “flower opening slowly” and the “pull
of ocean waves” during contractions.
Another reason that hypnosis during labor is becoming more popular
as it eases the mental stress and anxiety that come with childbirth.
The birth of your child is a beautiful time, but, during the labor
process, you can become emotional and anxious. These feelings are
completely natural because this is one of the hardest things your
body can go through, both physically and emotionally. Hypnosis will
help relax your body and mind because you are focusing on calm places
and breathing. This will also help calm your mind and help you to
be less anxious.
Hypnosis childbirths is a great alternative to the epidural as
it helps to calm your fears and anxieties, while easing the pains
of labor. Moreover, you will have the satisfaction of having a natural
childbirth and being completely able to experience and remember
all aspects of your child being born. Remember though, in order
for this alternative birthing method to be an effective pain reliever,
you must start practicing hypnosis and breathing exercises as early
in pregnancy as possible.