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Is Hypnobirthing a Good Option for My First Childbirth?

As doulas, we have seen so many labor and deliveries, including those of first-time parents. It is completely normal for first-time parents to feel anxious and overwhelmed by the process. It is brand new and it truly can’t be compared to anything you have seen or done before. With so many birth options and approaches available, choosing the right birth plan for your family can feel like a daunting task. 

You may have also experienced negative stories being shared about labor and delivery from other parents and you have even experienced some fear-mongering along the way. If your goal is to have as peaceful and positive of a birth experience as possible, hypnobirthing can be an amazing approach to consider. 

Hypnobirthing has grown in popularity and continues to, however, a lot of people don’t fully understand how it works yet. Keep reading as we explore what hypnobirthing is, how it works, and whether it’s a good option for first-time parents. 

How Does Hypnobirthing Work?

Hypnobirthing is a method that centers around the combination of meditation, relaxation, self-hypnosis, and breathing techniques. The process reminds you of your body’s natural capability to give birth with only a few minor accommodations. The preparation process is provided over the course of five weeks or so. This process not only prepares you for birth but also provides you with the comfort to tackle labor and delivery with confidence. By the time you are giving birth, your body and mind will be thoroughly equipped to control and handle the process. Instead of experiencing severe pain that is often described in the delivery room, you will often hear terms like “pressure” or “waves” to describe the labor symptoms when hypnobirthing is used.

Why is Hypnobirthing a Good Option for Your First Childbirth?

Like most things that you’re brand new to, giving birth can feel scary – after it’s a completely unknown experience for you. This fear in many cases can be heightened by a lack of preparation as well as being surrounded by an unfamiliar and uncontrollable environment. Ultimately, when your labor is out of your hands even the slightest bit, it can trigger a lack of confidence and severe hesitation. It’s important to remind yourself that giving birth is a natural occurrence that your body is designed to handle. The technique of hypnobirthing puts the control into your hands, allowing you to be fully aware of your body and mind as you are embarking on this journey of bringing your baby into this world. Hypnobirthing encourages you to release tension and embrace relaxation, that way your baby can be delivered as smoothly and painlessly as possible

CLEbaby is Here to Guide You Through Hypnobirthing for Your First Childbirth

We know that this journey can seem overwhelming, but we want to educate and encourage you through this process! We provide insightful and hands-on classes to thoroughly prepare you for the birthing process. Hypnobirthing is genuinely one of the most empowering approaches to having a baby, and we are prepared to guide you through it. 
Our next class is happening this May! We have limited availability so be sure to register today!

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Ashley & the team

CLEbaby was established in 2015 to help Cleveland area families have positive, supportive experiences during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Our wide range of services means that there's something for everyone. And our skilled, compassionate doulas, childbirth educators and sleep trainers deliver unmatched care, ensuring you're confident and set up for long-term success. At CLEbaby, we want families to not only survive early parenthood but thrive.