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HypnoBirthing Relaxation Techniques for Labor and Delivery

Sanford Clinic Maternal-Fetal Medicine

HypnoBirthing® classes are part of a growing trend across the country to give moms-to-be a new tool for approaching labor and delivery with confidence. The technique teaches moms-to-be to use their natural birthing instincts to help them experience the birth of their child. 

Instruction in HypnoBirthing helps women and their childbirth companions learn relaxation techniques to help them overcome the feelings of fear, tension and pain associated with childbirth and replace them with feelings of calm and comfort.  

“I chose to participate in the HypnoBirthing class because I was motivated to have a natural labor. HypnoBirthing educated me on the birthing process and taught me how to manage my labor without medication,” says Jocelyn Bratton.

HypnoBirthing techniques reinforce that birth is a normal, natural process – and gives women guided imagery, visualization and special breathing techniques to use during and after birth. The techniques reinforce a woman's ability to remain calm and work in harmony with her mind and body throughout labor. The goal is to replace stress hormones with natural endorphins that relieve pain and promote relaxation.

A woman using HypnoBirthing techniques is not in a trance during birth, instead she is highly focused and alert, allowing her to be fully engaged in the birthing experience.

“The breathing techniques I learned taught me how to focus the pain of labor elsewhere. HypnoBirthing enabled me to have the calm birth I desired,” says Jocelyn.

The advantages of HypnoBirthing include:

  • Reducing the cycle of fear-tension-pain before, during and after birth
  • Reducing the need for pain medication
  • Shortening the first stage of labor by several hours.
  • Decreasing fatigue, leaving the mother fresh, awake and with energy for birth
  • Decreasing the risk of hyperventilation from “shallow” breathing methods
  • Promoting special bonding of mother, baby and birth companion
  • Speeding up postnatal recovery
  • Creating an integral role for the birth companion

HypnoBirthing techniques can help a mom-to-be feel confident and prepared for her birth experience. To learn more, call the Certified Nurse Midwives at Sanford Clinic Maternal-Fetal Medicine, (605) 328-4600.