Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I am SO relaxed

"I put all fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby."  This is just one of the affirmations I listen to on my way to and from work. These affirmations are a part of hypnobirthing, which my husband and I are actively involved in to prepare us for labor and birth. We've got one more session before we've completed the "course" and so far I have to say that we both really like it.

The gist of hypnobirthing is that women's bodies are made to give birth and that much of western society has taught us that birth is inherently painful and terrifying and that we need drugs and hospitals to better "handle" birth. So, through affirmations, self-hypnosis, and the guidance of a supportive birth partner, hypnobirthing helps women rid themselves of their own birth-related fears and relax the body so that birth is smooth and joyful.

"I fully relax and turn my birth over to nature"
"My baby's birth will be easy because I am so relaxed and confident"
"I am prepared to calmly meet whatever turn my birthing may take"
"I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labor"
"My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier."

I absolutely love the affirmations! Aside from attending the hypnobirthing classes, hubby and I have to make sure we do the homework involved:
-We've watched seven different birthing videos, all of women who used hypnobirthing to birth their babies.
-I listen to my affirmations twice a day.
-We did an exercise where we each wrote down our fears about labor, birth, parenting, etc. and shared them with one another and tried to talk about ways to alleviate those fears and anxieties.
-I'm trying to do a daily self-hypnosis where I am completely relaxed.  Practicing this will help me for the real deal.
-I'm reading the accompanying hypnobirthing book, which is actually very interesting.

We have more homework and techniques that we haven't gotten to yet, but I am feeling very good about using hypnobirthing to guide myself through a calm birth.

I'll post again after a few weeks for an update on how the homework is going, and of course after the baby comes I will do a post-birth piece about how hypnobirthing played a role in labor and birth.
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