Hypnobirthing – Classes taught in Hamilton

Guest author Caterina from Koru Self Development shares Hynobirthing

What is HypnoBirthing?

Do you want to approach your labour and birth calmly and with confidence?

Hamilton based Caterina Findsen of Koru Self Development is a trained clinical hypnotherapist , and one of only 13 registered HypnoBirthing® practitioners in New Zealand.  She teaches HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education Classes to parents and says her clients are split 60/40 between first time parents and couples having their second or subsequent child.

Caterina says, HypnoBirthing is a simple, straightforward programme, thoughtfully developed over the years to remind mothers of the simplicity of birth itself.  It is designed to teach women to trust in nature’s way of birth and to relax and let their bodies do what is needed.  By practicing a few key techniques, mothers programme their minds and condition their bodies to birth easily.  Fathers or birth companions are also given tools to assist the mother through all stages of labour, instead of being a helpless bystander

Unlike other childbirth preparation methods that teach you how to cope with and manage pain, HypnoBirthing is based on the premise that childbirth does not necessarily need to be painful if the mother is properly prepared and relaxed. When women understand that pain is caused by constrictor hormones, created by fear, they learn, instead, to release fear thus creating endorphins-the feel good hormones.

HypnoBirthing does not promise painless birthing, though many HypnoBirthing mothers do report having a relatively pain-free birth or one that they were able to manage easily.  HypnoBirthing mothers may still experience sensations of tightening or pressure; but most describe their birth experience as working with their body through the sensations, and thus avoiding the excruciating pain that is frequently spoken of by women who choose other methods of preparation for birthing.

Some mothers ask if HypnoBirthing is useful to them if they don’t opt for a natural childbirth or if circumstances necessitate medical intervention or a surgical birth?

Caterina says that  HypnoBirthing classes will help mothers to learn relaxation skills that will be useful to both them and their baby, regardless of their birth experience.  In the event that medical intervention of any sort is needed, they will find themselves better able to remain calm and in control.

HypnoBirthing® classes are designed to be taught as five 2 – 2 ½ hour classes. Occasionally weekend workshops will be offered and classes are kept small with a maximum of 4-5 couples.

Caterina says, it is fortunate that more midwives are now seeing the positive benefits of HypnoBirthing for both mother and baby and she believes that it is important to find a midwife or LMC who will be supportive of their aim to have a HypnoBirth.

Caterina  also offers private sessions for mothers who require help to release fears of birth or previous birth traumas; turn a breech presented baby; stop pre term labour; bond with your baby; positive breast feeding; post natal depression and much more.  For lots of interesting information, have a look at  http://www.facebook.com/Koruselfdevelopment
For free advice phone Caterina on (07) 859 2995 or 021 258 4418 or go to www.koruselfdevelopment.com