Decreasing Pain with Hypnosis for Childbirth

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Can hypnosis help with childbirth? Can anything help with childbirth?

Yes! Hypnosis is actually very effective for childbirth. It brings down your sensation of pain from a 10 down to 2. This is not just theoretical. I’ve had clients who report this, friends . . . I did HypnoBirthing myself and experienced this. It’s a wonderful class that I always recommend.

I use the 4-8 breathing that HypnoBirthing teaches for the last 11 years! It’s actually a yoga breath, but regardless, it’s wonderful to control pain. I use the breath for all kinds of medical exams. It’s so effective, but particularly for childbirth.

It would take the pain from an 8 to 2 when I could go into a trance and put myself into a relaxed state. When you do that, it’s a cue to the body to decrease your pain sensation. It’s a cue that everything is o.k.

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How does Hypnosis for Childbirth Work?

That’s often how hypnosis works. We all have our own perception of pain. It’s been very well studied. It’s the perception of pain that’s important. Hypnosis is a physical cue to your body to relax and it tells the body that everything is o.k. There’s nothing “wrong” going on here. It tells the body:

Everything is going to be fine. There’s no need to panic. 

Often when you go into pain, the body tenses. The toes curl. That actually happens during labor and childbirth for some women. That’s a cue for the body to panic! “Oh no! What’s going on?”

The more that you can relax into it, relax the muscles, when the wave comes over, the surge . . . some people call those contractions . . . it’s a cue that everything is o.k. You can breath into it, relax into it and it’s a cue to the rest of the body to decrease the sensation of pain.

It doesn’t have to make sense to you. You can just be like, “I’m going to do anything I can to decrease pain during childbirth. I don’t have to understand it!” That’s totally fine.

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Yours in health,
Dr. Liz