Hypnosis and HypnoBirthing®

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a mental state or imaginative role-enactment usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject, or may be self-administered ("self-suggestion" or "autosuggestion").

Contrary to a popular misconception - that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep - contemporary research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility, with diminished peripheral awareness. In the first book on the subject, Neurypnology (1843), James Braid described "hypnotism" as a state of physical relaxation accompanied and induced by mental concentration.

According to the National Hypnotherapy Training Center:

  • Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, where the subconscious level of the mind is open and responsive to receive suggestions.
  • The ability to access specific trance states with the intention to create change in the mind leading to changes in the physical body and in living life.
  • A narrowing state of attention.  A heightened state of concentrated focused attention.
  • A process that relaxes, then bypasses the Critical Conscious Factor to establish acceptable selective thinking. 
  • A process of accessing the subconscious mind with suggestions to achieve a specific outcome.
  • A natural state of the nervous system that is characterized by increased suggestibility. 
  • An altered state of consciousness that can be purposefully induced in which access to sub conscious material, heightened suggestibility, and focused attention take place.
  • Hypnosis is something you do for yourself. 
  • No one else can hypnotize you.
  • Hypnosis is an inside job, it changes us from the inside out.

How Jenny Became Interested in HypnoBirthing©

class photoI was unpacking from a trip in Florida when Dateline (September 1999) had a piece about pain-free childbirth with hypnosis.  I stood and watched the whole story with my arms crossed, sure that this would be 'one of those stories' that was a crock!  I was not convinced by the end that hypnosis could offer up comfortable birthing, but I did like the part about being able to control your own bleeding... enough to look this story up on the computer. 

I found HypnoBirthing® listed and it was coming to my hometown!  A 'sign' for sure I should look into this 'new' method of childbirth preparation.

I have been teaching HypnoBirthing since 1999 and also get to see exactly how it works, as I am often in the birthroom with the very clients that took class with me.

What is HypnoBirthing©?

(Excerpted from the HypnoBirthing® website)

HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather a "rebirth" of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.

You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony--as they were designed to--when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.

When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.

You will be conversant and in good spirits--totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body's surges and your baby's progress; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body's natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

Trained HypnoBirthing® educators are successfully teaching women and their birthing companions to trust birth and release all fear and limiting thoughts. HypnoBirthing® practitioners can be found in 34 countries throughout the world.