Childbirth is possibly the most natural thing in the world. For most women, it’s an exciting, positive and life-changing experience. But childbirth also comes with a plethora of emotion, and sometimes, a fear and anxiety about labour can get in the way. This fear and stress can affect the birth, prolonging labour.
Whether this fear is sparked by hearing horror stories, or a previous experience of labour, learning to relax and listen to your body can make for an easier birth.
Hypnobirthing is a method which aims to help women relax in the lead-up to, and during, childbirth – free from stress, anxiety or fear. The idea is that, as an expectant mother, you attend a course of hypnobirthing classes in the lead-up to labour. You’ll learn self-hypnosis and breathing techniques, which you can take with you when the time comes.
When should you start classes?