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The 'hypno' in hypnobirthing

I am sure that if you have mentioned hypnobirthing to your friends and family, there may have been a few frowns or the odd smirk.  You partner is probably sighing inwardly and putting this one down to those notorious hormones again.
 
People are apprehensive about hynobirthing because of the 'hypno' part.  However, rest assured there is no swaying pendulum sending you off to sleep, no one making you cluck like a chicken.  Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. This is not stage hypnosis but rather using hypnotherapy techniques to help you achieve a deep state of relaxation, where you will actually have an enhanced state of awareness.
“Where the mind leads the body follows”
 
In this relaxed state, the conscious mind is suppressed and you will be better able to facilitate communication with your subconscious mind.  It is here in your subconscious mind where you can positively influence the way you think about birth and labour, to reduce fear and build confidence. Being able to achieve this state quickly during labour will allow your body to work as it should - undisturbed, calm and in control.
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