Coping With Pain
It’s no surprise, really, that pain control is often the number one goal for expectant mothers – and for their partners on their behalf! Fear of pain produces tension in the body and, paradoxically, is likely to increase the pain you feel, while at the same time potentially slowing down the birth of your baby. Not a great result in the circumstances!
Using The Mind To Control Pain
The Confident Childbirth approach offers a variety of powerful techniques for pain control – personalised and adapted ways of handling the sensations of childbirth so that the levels are lowered. This has the added advantage of giving you a greater sense of control, as you have less dependence on medical pain relief and instead can draw on your own resources.
This may sound like a big challenge, but all of us have the capacity to modify how much discomfort we feel. Have you ever ignored the pain of a blister or a sore toe because you wanted to keep going (at a party or on a walk)? Or been so absorbed in a film, a book or a conversation that you hadn’t realised you were cold or hungry?
Learning And Practising Pain Control Skills
Hypnosis is a powerful agent for pain relief. The techniques are easy and fun to learn and by the end of your hypnobirthing classes, you’ll have developed your own personal visualisations and techniques for pain control. I will have guided you to practise them as part of your regular hypnobirthing self-hypnosis at home so that you know how to harness your body’s natural capacities to turn down or block unnecessary pain.
You’ll have a reassuring mental toolkit for your own personal means of pain control during labour. As a bonus, your body may well give you opportunities to test them out before the birth of your baby, often through the Braxton-Hicks ‘practice’ contractions as the birth date approaches.
It’s Your Choice!
You may of course choose to use medical pain relief, and I completely support your absolute right to choose what’s best for you. Having some mental pain control techniques can still be really useful as you can use them any time and anywhere – on the way to the hospital, waiting for the anaesthetist and so on.
“I was in the pool from 2am until 7am but it honestly felt like I was only in there 10 mins. I had my eyes closed throughout and went into an inner place. I listened to my hypnosis CD continuously. For me personally I found only the contracting of the last centimetre of the cervix as “painful”, and even then it was only a three on a scale of up to ten.” AH