I’m strongly considering doing a form of hypnosis for the birth of this child. Specifically, I’ve been looking at Hypnobabies.
I’m attracted to this method for a couple of reasons:
- I would really like to birth this child without the use of medications. Last time, I opted for an epidural, and what followed was a predictable series of events: stalled labor, pitocin, breaking my water etc. I believe the epi necessitated the pitocin, and based on my research, the pitocin is probably a large part of what caused my milk to come in late. I just plain don’t want those interventions again. Personal choice.
- I want breastfeeding to start as easily as possible. See above. Getting started nursing the Grasshopper was terribly difficult. I know that I am perfectly capable of nursing another child, and I want to make the start of it as easy as possible.
- I want to be an active participant in this birth. That’s not to say I wasn’t an active participant last time, but I really was tied to that bed. The epidural essentially paralyzed me from the waist down. I want to be able to move, sit up, change positions, and do various other things. I don’t want to have to fight gravity and labor on my back.
- I am open to and intrigued by the idea of meditation and hypnosis in general. I used to meditate a whole lot. I loved it. It helped me feel really good mentally. I still meditate during yoga practice. Or I would if I could do yoga right now. The HG gets in the way of that.
Those are a couple of reasons for me being interested in hypnosis in childbirth. I haven’t completely gathered my thoughts on why I’m so drawn to this method. I just feel a pull toward it.
I like the idea that this particular method has a self-study course, which I think will work better for me. I also love the idea that this particular method teaches an “eyes open” form of hypnosis meaning you can move around open your eyes and do various other things while you’re under the hypnosis. I think that will really help me feel like a much more active participant in this process.
Have any of you used a form of hypnosis for childbirth? I would love to hear about your experiences!