While every birth experience is different, some Australian mothers are claiming there is one simple technique that can ‘reduce’ discomfort and ‘mental pain’ throughout the process.
The trick? Hypnosis.
Australian lifestyle hypnotist, Mark Stephens, and new mother Eva discussed the benefits of hypnotism on Today.
‘Hypnotism gets rid of the fear that you have of the birth and prepares you, especially mentally, for the arrival of the baby,’ the first time mother said.
Australian lifestyle hypnotist Mark Stephens and new mother, Eva, discussed the benefits of hypnotism on Today
She also said that the technique helped with her contractions as it reduced her ‘mental pain’ – the mother claiming it’s ‘all in your mental state’.
Forget all of your preconceived ideas about hypnosis, as Mark said it has nothing to do with ‘clicking your fingers’ or ‘chickens clucking’.
Instead, it involves a type of meditation allowing women to focus and breathe their way through the stress and pain of childbirth and can result in women being a lot calmer.
‘It’s about learning how to meditate and changing the idea of pain into a feeling and changing the idea of a contraction into a wave,’ Mark said.
It involves a type of meditation allowing women to focus and breathe their way through the stress and pain of childbirth
‘As each wave comes along breathe with that so in between those waves (contractions) it’s a mindful breathing, a mindful meditation.’
Mark explained that when contractions come along, women should breathe deeply and when they are ‘deep into this state’ their ‘body releases serotonin and endorphins while also reducing the cortisol and adrenaline’.
‘My last one [contraction] I would call a tsunami, which my son learned to ride into the world so we really loved that experience,’ Eva said.
She also believes that using this technique reduced her pain by 80 per cent.
‘My last one [contraction] I would call it a tsunami, which my son learnt to ride into the world so we really loved that experience,’ Eva explained (stock image)
Mark encouraged the use of visualisation techniques and said that mothers should think about a happy place.
‘Obviously your doctor is the professional in the room and their main objective is to bring about the safety of the mum and the bub so you need to listen to them, but this technique can make you feel more calm,’ Mark said.
Although it ‘may not work for every single mum’, Mark believes that every mother could benefit from learning the relation techniques, the breathing and the meditation.