What is Hypnobirthing?

Written by Jane Pelham on .

Hypnobirthing is a method of natural childbirth which uses relaxation, breathing and a range of related techniques to help mothers to give birth more easily in a natural, comfortable calm and relaxed manner.  

This feeling of calm and relaxation helps release any fears and anxieties about childbirth, and instead helps build confidence in yourself and trust in your body to give birth naturally. Hypnobirthing also helps to minimise unnecessary medical intervention and trauma for you and your child.

You may have heard hypnobirthing referred to in several different ways, but we all have the same goal in mind – to help empower you to give birth naturally, in as calm and relaxed a way as possible.

Because you and your baby are the most important and wonderful people.

Hypnobirthing-related terms:

  • Hypnosis for birth
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing
  • Hypnobirthing Original Method - (Leclaire method)
  • HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method
  • Hypnobabies
  • GentleBirth
  • Lamaze Childbirth
  • Natal Hypnotherapy

Hypnobirthing Explained

Hypnobirthing uses the techniques of hypnotherapy to help mothers achieve a state of calm and relaxation during the different stages of childbirth, by releasing your body’s natural anesthesia (endorphins). These replace the stress hormones that create the pain normally associated with the 'labour' of childbirth.

With hypnobirthing, we remove the negative terminology and associations, and replace them with strong, positive and empowering words and language

Hypnobirthing practitioners will also teach you the exercises, breathing techniques and visualisations you need, to help you achieve a state of deep, contented relaxation.  

We also help you understand how to prepare your baby and body for birth, including how to perform effective pelvic floor exercises and perineal massage techniques.


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About the association

The Hypnobirthing Association has been set up to establish and support ethical standards in Hypnobirthing teaching.


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