Hypnobirthing: All you need to know
  
What is hypnobirthing?
In this article

What is hypnobirthing?


First start with what it's not: it won't make you spaced out, it won't put you in a trance, and it won't make you get up and cluck like a chicken.

Katharine says some people are put off by the "hypno" word, but all it is really is a collection of breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques that you can use throughout pregnancy and labor.

"It's based on the premise that fear causes tension, and if you're tense then your body doesn't work properly - and then you feel pain," she explains.

"We’ve been programmed for many years to be afraid [of childbirth]. Some women are so frightened, they never get pregnant!"

But as Katharine points out, all other mammals get through birth perfectly fine - and our bodies are made for it too.

"Hypnobirthing helps us let go of the fears and stress and worries," she says, "so our body can work the way it’s designed to, which is effectively and comfortably."


Parenting Editor
08/12/2012
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
6th episode: Marie’s tips for staying in shape while working!Get ready for the summer!
8th episode: Marie's secrets for getting back in shape after the party season7th episode: How to stay in shape while enjoying the company of your friends
Latest… 28/06/2017
Guides
Videos
What New Moms Can Expect During the First Month of Pregnancy
How to Determine the Sex of Your Baby & Why It Can Help You
The Final Stretch: Everything You Need to Know About the 7th Month of Pregnancy
Traveling while pregnant
See all Parenting guides
Fiona Philips on 'Big Mothered Britain'
See all Parenting videos
 

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
  OK
Find us on...