Our Foremothers fought to bring their lovers into the birth space as we moved from woman centered care to medical centered care. Birth is the final act in the ultimate show of love and we want our partners there to experience it with us.
If you have heard anything about HypnoBirthing® you may have come across an idea that is is pain free. That sounds amazing - right a promise of a pain free birth in a culture where our expectations are for agony. So how is it possible that we can guarantee a pain free birth?
HypnoBirthing® Mama's do tend to have faster labours, quicker deliveries, less tears and less complications. We can't promise a pain free labour. But we do believe in the ideal physiological birth that it is unlikely you will experience 'pain'. Comes with a caveat that even the most advanced HypnoBirthing® Mama will feel some discomfort during the 'Ring of Fire'.
Now I can say this with confidence even though I DID experience pain during labour. I feel every period in my back and I suspected when I laboured I would feel it in my back. I did sixteen hours of my twenty hour labour feeling it all in my back. I got to sixteen hours and - hello transition! I wanted the bath and I wanted sterile water injections. Sterile water injections are exactly what they sound like - sterile water injected into your back to block the pain receptors delivering a message to your brain. Side effects to bub : NONE! Very low chance of maternal side affects as well.
So wait - what?! I'm a HypnoBirthing® Mama and I took pain relief? Heck yeah I did. I did my research and had that option in my tool kit and when I needed it I used it. This technique is not about judgement and it isn't about one type of birth - it is about empowerment and education.
Sorry I deviated from the topic a bit there... Once the sterile water injections starting working (immediately) I could feel my surges. I could feel the tightenings starting and stopping and I could breathe my baby down. What I did not feel, once I removed the abnormal physiological symptom of my labour was pain. How awesome is that. For the next four hours I laboured and birthed my baby using my body's natural expulsive reflex and some breathing. And until that baby was crowning and stretching my perineum, vagina and vulva, ie/ ring of fire and holy heck it is pretty fiery, I felt NO PAIN! Just the sensation of my uterus working toward getting that baby out.
What we are advocating for with the information we provide and the relaxation techniques we teach is that fear stays out of your birthing experience. If you can eliminate fear you can eliminate tension which leads to pain.
If you think this sounds like something you can wrap your head around then please drop me a comment below, call me, send me an email or a message of my Facebook or Insta. I am ready to help you birth POWERFULLY!