Hypnosis And Birth...Best Alternative To An Epidural!
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
My wife and I took a self-hypnosis class given by a local (yet world class) family doctor, who only follows expectant mothers now because the demand is so high!
She is a certified hypnotherapist as well, and has developed her own self-hypnosis program called "Hypno-Vie" or "Hypno-Beginning".
So we took this course which is 4 sessions of 2 hours each. This course comes with the CD's to practice at home and use when giving birth, as well as a booklet to guide and explain the process.
We took the courses and realized quickly that this really works...even if the course is geared towards "eliminating pain at birth" I was able to use the course for simple relaxation (Still do today).
So when my wife gave birth we really put this to the test and I have to say, with all due respect to women who have done this naturally or taken the road of an epidural, this experience has taught US that giving birth does NOT have to be painful and RISKY!
Risky? An epidural involves many risks and side effects...self hypnosis has none. No risk of dying, or blood clots, or head aches etc.
Just a calm, relaxed, and joyous moment. My wife never screamed, never complained (except that she was hot...so I put cold compresses on her forehead). Let me tell you...what you see on tv and movies of a woman birthing, is the COMPLETE opposite of our experience.
So hypnosis and birth really are the best alternative to an epidural, at least in our case, and many others who took the course as well.