While some people believe that hypnobirthing can help to induce labor, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.
While these techniques may help to relax the mind and body, and potentially reduce pain and anxiety during labor and delivery, they are not a means of inducing labor.
The timing of labor and delivery is determined by a complex interplay of factors, and it is ultimately up to the baby and the mother’s body to decide when it is time to begin the birthing process.
If you are concerned about the timing of your labor and delivery, it is always best to discuss your concerns with a healthcare provider.
How Hypnobirthing can help
Hypnobirthing uses the natural state of hypnosis, deep relaxation and the power of suggestion to enhance your pregnancy and birth experience. Using hypnosis, you tap into the subconscious. (This is the part of your mind that is responsible for all your bodily functions including your heart rate, hormone production and elimination system, as well as the part which stores your emotions, fears and anxieties.) To deal with fear, overcome anxiety associated with pregnancy and labour, to increase self confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to give birth. Using and applying hypnosis techniques can therefore greatly reduce, if not eliminate the fear and tension which leads to severe pain during the birthing process.
The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination (ever had déjà vu or a dream that felt as if it was real?). Therefore through Hypnosis (similar to guided visualisation) you have the opportunity to “experience” a calm natural birth over and over again in your mind. In this way, once the actual birth begins, your body is familiar and comfortable with the rehearsed responses and so reacts accordingly. During the birth you remain relaxed, involved and in control, being conversant and alert of the experience. You will be aware of your body’s contractions and will flow through the sensations using deep relaxation, breathing and your natural ability to tap into your body’s own pain killers (endorphins). Being able to enjoy the experience in a calm and relaxed way leaves no room for tension and fear which are the main causes of pain.