Most of us have had this experience; you leave the house on the way to work or to meet up with your friends and half way there you wonder, “I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?” As you start to ponder that very possibility, you notice perhaps a tightness in your chest, your heart rate goes up a little and maybe you start to sweat as your thoughts swirl.

This is a wonderful (if not at all pleasant!) example of the the mind-body connection or, as we refer to it in Hypnobirthing, the law of psycho (mind) – physical (body) response. It shows us how closely connected our minds and bodies are and how a simple thought (“I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?”) can set in train a cascade of bodily responses. Now the good news for us is, just as anxious thoughts can create tension and unpleasant bodily sensations, so too can positive thoughts, images and suggestions cause the body to soften, relax and open in a way that allows labour and childbirth to be experienced far more comfortably. Through the regular practice of certain visualisations, affirmations and relaxation techniques, you can actually train your body to enter a state of relaxation at will. It doesn’t happen overnight of course, but since most of our HypnoBirthing mums-to-be join our HypnoBirthing courses a good few months before their due dates, they have ample time to begin this process of teaching their bodies to relax and open.

And it’s that knowledge and skill that changes everything.

Of all the many techniques we teach on our HypnoBirthing courses, we’re told by our mums that the birthing affirmations are one of the most powerful ways to change an anxious mind state into a positive one.

But what is an affirmation? An affirmation is a positive statement about your pregnancy or birth that works to replace the negative beliefs that have come to us through the media and other people’s birth stories. Indeed, the very fact that we feel frightened when we think about our birthing is evidence that we have been telling ourselves that birth will be difficult, painful or awful, essentially negative affirmations – negamations! When we internalise other people’s beliefs after birthing, they become our beliefs and give rise to the anxiety that so many mums feel around birth.

Affirmations such as those below, work to dislodge the negative belief and over time, can entirely replace it. Why not give them a go now:

  • I am focused on a smooth, easy birth
  • I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labour
  • I am totally relaxed and at ease

To start with, they might feel like wishful thinking or even a little soppy! But over time, through daily repetition, they begin to replace the old, negative patterns of thinking and give rise to the belief that yes, birthing is a natural, normal phenomenon and one that I can experience with comfort and ease.

Try repeating these affirmations to yourself once in the morning and once in the evening in a quiet place and notice after a week whether they don’t feel more believable to you. We’d love to hear how you get on, so why not let us know on our Facebook page.

As the founder of HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan says, “When you change the way you think about birth, the way you birth will change.”Affirmations may be your first step on the path to changing the way you think about, and ultimately, experience, birthing.

 

 

The Mind-Body Connection in HypnoBirthing

Most of us have had this experience; you leave the house on the way to work or to meet up with your friends and half way there you wonder, “I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?” As you start to ponder that very possibility, you notice perhaps a tightness in your chest, your heart rate goes up a little and maybe you start to sweat as your thoughts swirl.

This is a wonderful (if not at all pleasant!) example of the the mind-body connection or, as we refer to it in Hypnobirthing, the law of psycho (mind) – physical (body) response. It shows us how closely connected our minds and bodies are and how a simple thought (“I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?”) can set in train a cascade of bodily responses. Now the good news for us is, just as anxious thoughts can create tension and unpleasant bodily sensations, so too can positive thoughts, images and suggestions cause the body to soften, relax and open in a way that allows labour and childbirth to be experienced far more comfortably. Through the regular practice of certain visualisations, affirmations and relaxation techniques, you can actually train your body to enter a state of relaxation at will. It doesn’t happen overnight of course, but since most of our HypnoBirthing mums-to-be join our HypnoBirthing courses a good few months before their due dates, they have ample time to begin this process of teaching their bodies to relax and open.

And it’s that knowledge and skill that changes everything.

The Power of Birthing Affirmations

Of all the many techniques we teach on our HypnoBirthing courses, we’re told by our mums that the birthing affirmations are one of the most powerful ways to change an anxious mind state into a positive one.

But what is an affirmation? An affirmation is a positive statement about your pregnancy or birth that works to replace the negative beliefs that have come to us through the media and other people’s birth stories. Indeed, the very fact that we feel frightened when we think about our birthing is evidence that we have been telling ourselves that birth will be difficult, painful or awful, essentially negative affirmations – negamations! When we internalise other people’s beliefs after birthing, they become our beliefs and give rise to the anxiety that so many mums feel around birth.

Affirmations such as those below, work to dislodge the negative belief and over time, can entirely replace it. Why not give them a go now:

  • I am focused on a smooth, easy birth
  • I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labour
  • I am totally relaxed and at ease

To start with, they might feel like wishful thinking or even a little soppy! But over time, through daily repetition, they begin to replace the old, negative patterns of thinking and give rise to the belief that yes, birthing is a natural, normal phenomenon and one that I can experience with comfort and ease.

Try repeating these affirmations to yourself once in the morning and once in the evening in a quiet place and notice after a week whether they don’t feel more believable to you. We’d love to hear how you get on, so why not let us know on our Facebook page.

As the founder of HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan says, “When you change the way you think about birth, the way you birth will change.”Affirmations may be your first step on the path to changing the way you think about, and ultimately, experience, birthing.

 

 

Most of us have had this experience; you leave the house on the way to work or to meet up with your friends and half way there you wonder, “I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?” As you start to ponder that very possibility, you notice perhaps a tightness in your chest, your heart rate goes up a little and maybe you start to sweat as your thoughts swirl.

This is a wonderful (if not at all pleasant!) example of the the mind-body connection or, as we refer to it in Hypnobirthing, the law of psycho (mind) – physical (body) response. It shows us how closely connected our minds and bodies are and how a simple thought (“I didn’t leave the cooker on, did I?”) can set in train a cascade of bodily responses. Now the good news for us is, just as anxious thoughts can create tension and unpleasant bodily sensations, so too can positive thoughts, images and suggestions cause the body to soften, relax and open in a way that allows labour and childbirth to be experienced far more comfortably. Through the regular practice of certain visualisations, affirmations and relaxation techniques, you can actually train your body to enter a state of relaxation at will. It doesn’t happen overnight of course, but since most of our HypnoBirthing mums-to-be join our HypnoBirthing courses a good few months before their due dates, they have ample time to begin this process of teaching their bodies to relax and open.

And it’s that knowledge and skill that changes everything.

Of all the many techniques we teach on our HypnoBirthing courses, we’re told by our mums that the birthing affirmations are one of the most powerful ways to change an anxious mind state into a positive one.

But what is an affirmation? An affirmation is a positive statement about your pregnancy or birth that works to replace the negative beliefs that have come to us through the media and other people’s birth stories. Indeed, the very fact that we feel frightened when we think about our birthing is evidence that we have been telling ourselves that birth will be difficult, painful or awful, essentially negative affirmations – negamations! When we internalise other people’s beliefs after birthing, they become our beliefs and give rise to the anxiety that so many mums feel around birth.

Affirmations such as those below, work to dislodge the negative belief and over time, can entirely replace it. Why not give them a go now:

  • I am focused on a smooth, easy birth
  • I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labour
  • I am totally relaxed and at ease

To start with, they might feel like wishful thinking or even a little soppy! But over time, through daily repetition, they begin to replace the old, negative patterns of thinking and give rise to the belief that yes, birthing is a natural, normal phenomenon and one that I can experience with comfort and ease.

Try repeating these affirmations to yourself once in the morning and once in the evening in a quiet place and notice after a week whether they don’t feel more believable to you. We’d love to hear how you get on, so why not let us know on our Facebook page.

As the founder of HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan says, “When you change the way you think about birth, the way you birth will change.”Affirmations may be your first step on the path to changing the way you think about, and ultimately, experience, birthing.

 

 

Our HypnoBirthing® Mums

Suz gave birth to Luca weighing 8lbs 4oz at home on 31st August 2010.

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What participants have said...

My frame of mind was so positive and I felt in control and not fearful at all.
Abigail
I don't think I could have asked for a better labour and birth experience.
Suz
Thanks for all you did to support a much more positive birth second time around.
Sarah