HypnoBirth - Why it's a science thing
It’s important to prepare for birth.
Understanding the anatomy of birth and the physiological changes that happen in your body and your babies body is KEY to supporting it through labour and birth.
Here’s a quick science lesson!
Your uterus is made up of a group of muscles that work as a team to support your body and protect your baby in pregnancy. In pregnancy your cervix is doing the lions share of the work. Holding baby in! The longer muscles surrounding your baby are relaxed to allow baby to grow.
In early labour these muscles swap jobs. The cervix starts to relax and dilate so that your baby can be born. In order to do this the long muscles, surrounding baby, now need to contract and move upwards. This is known as the up stage. It’s tough going for your muscles, but they work like every other muscle in the body, so we should trust them to know what to do.
Like any working muscles in the body they need oxygen. Starving your muscles of oxygen during a surge (contraction) causes muscle fatigue, stiffness and ultimately painful cramping. Keeping a good oxygen flow to your uterus is key to working through surges in comfort and with less pain. Just like you would in the gym, by breathing deeply during a work out!
Birth also needs oxytocin. Oxytocin is the love hormone. We produce oxytocin when we fall in love, feel safe, calm and relaxed. Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for kick starting labour, building surges and getting us in to established labour, birthing the placenta and initiating breast-feeding. We need oxytocin to be present in birth.
Now, think about common thoughts of birth. They often include anxious thoughts and worry, even fear. When we feel frightened or worried our body enters survival mode. Our brain can’t tell the difference between a psychological threat and a physical threat so it treats them the same and our body reacts. A worried thought or fear tells our body to prepare to fight, or flight. This triggers adrenaline, which then diverts oxygen supplies from our core muscles to our hands and feet, so we can prepare to fight, or run. Totally unhelpful in birth!
Here’s the important bit…Our body can’t produce Oxytocin when it’s producing adrenaline – it’s impossible to feel calm and safe at the same time as feeling frightened or worried. So, if we become anxious in labour we can’t produce oxytocin. Without it, our labour takes longer to establish. Teamed up with a lack of oxygen to those muscles and birth becomes slow, tiring and ultimately, more painful.
HypnoBirth will help you understand the physiological changes happening in labour and birth so that you can effectively support your body. We’ll remove the fear and the unknown from birth. We know that we birth our babies best when we feel safe, protected, relaxed and calm, so with a tool kit of relaxation techniques, information and physical preparation you’ll be completely prepared for a more gentle, swifter birth.
But what if you aren’t planning a natural vaginal birth? HypnoBirth isn’t just for natural spontaneous birth. All of the tools taught in HypnoBirth are especially beneficial for families preparing for inductions, multiples and c-sections. The practice of relaxation and being able to focus your mind will help you navigate many birth situations. Enabling you to remain calm and prepared to meet your baby. We tailor all of our classes to suit your birth journey, so that you feel properly in control and ready to do it your way. If your birth journey changes, we will adapt with you, so that we answer all of your questions and help you to feel relaxed and excited. Our HypnoBirth classes provide practical information about birth choices, from where to give birth right through to pain management, intervention and the all important golden hour. Information that will help you to feel educated and informed, so that you are able to confidently make decisions for you and your baby.
If you have any questions about the techniques, or want to know more about other relaxation techniques for pregnancy & birth you could book a BIRTH HOUR appointment with us, for a short, effective and informative hour of birth coaching. Details can be found here.