Pain management during labour – Hypnobirthing – The Mongan Method

By: Linda Clarke  11-11-2011
Keywords: hypnotherapy, Hypnosis

HypnoBirthing® and The Mongan Method

Hypnosis and Childbirth

Using hypnosis you can capture the power of the mind-body connection, and use it for a more joyful, pain-free childbirth. Hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation that eliminates fear and anxiety from the birthing experience. This is done by changing your mind’s perception of pain, so that what you experience is interpreted by your mind as pressure rather than pain.

Fear and Anxiety around Childbirth

In our Western culture we have become removed from the mind-body connection. Women no longer rely on instinct and listen to their bodies to experience natural childbirth. Western culture teaches us that childbirth is an agonising experience to be dreaded. This fear creates tension, which increases the pain as your muscles contract rather than relaxing:

  • Fear and anxiety create adrenaline which tightens the cervix causing the birth process to slow down.
  • Fear causes your breathing to become shallower and faster, reducing the oxygen circulating in your body and getting to the baby.
  • The result is that your heart pumps more quickly, raising your blood pressure.

Hypnosis and Pain Management

During labour and childbirth you will use hypnosis to move into a deeply relaxed state. This will help you to breathe deeply and rhythmically, increasing the flow of oxygen in your blood system. This oxygen helps to keep your baby calm and stable, and stimulates the production of Oxytocin – the hormone responsible for contractions. As well as keeping you relaxed, the use of hypnosis techniques makes use of the body’s own chemicals – known as endorphins – to block pain. Using hypnosis, you will be able to tap into the brain to release the natural ‘pain killers’ as needed.

Your training in hypnosis will help you experience one or more of the following:

  • A totally pain-free labour – most people are capable of achieving hypnotic anaesthesia, if they are willing and able to work at it.
  • Minimise your need for anaesthesia – this amount is significantly less with women who use hypnosis.
  • Relaxation and minimal anxiety – some women use hypnosis for deep relaxation. The reduction of fear and tension increases the pain threshold of the mother.
  • A shortened first stage of labour by several hours.
  • Decreased shock and quicker recovery.

Research in obstetrics has shown that, when women use hypnosis during childbirth, there are fewer forceps deliveries, and much less need for an episiotomy. This is due to the mother’s relaxed state in the final stages of labour, which results in very little tearing as the muscles are not in spasm.

Research on Pain Management during Labour & Childbirth

Using hypnosis for pain management during labor and childbirth is not a new idea. In 1955 the British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment and an effective form of pain management during childbirth. The American Medical Association approved hypnotherapy in 1958. Hypnosis is so widely accepted in America among physicians, psychologists and dentists that it is considered mainstream. Clients who are allergic to anaesthetics have successfully used hypnosis to undergo medical surgery with no drugs and no pain.

What you can do with Hypnotic Anaesthesia

  • Glove Anaesthesia - It is possible to numb any area of the body using hypnotic suggestion. This is called Glove Anaesthesia. The hand is first numbed using hypnotic suggestion and this numbing sensation is then transferred by the hand to any area of the body.
  • Dissociation –With this approach you imagine your pain as something else and you transform it using your imagination.
  • Visualization – This technique allows you to imagine yourself in a soothing, comforting setting. You cannot feel pleasure and pain simultaneously, so you close out the experience of pain by maintaining a vivid mental image of a comfortable setting.

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Keywords: Hypnosis, hypnotherapy

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