Natural Fertility with HypnoBirthing Fertility
Mind-body assisted Conception
Our mind modulates the biochemical functions within the cells of all the major organ systems and tissues of the body via the autonomic nervous system. Most of us are familiar with the mind triggering a physiological response such as hearing a police siren when driving slightly too fast, or mistaking a stick for a snake. Perhaps you have a fear or phobia which can be triggered by a memory or thought.
This is how HypnoBirthing Fertility works; our emotional brain (limbic system) records and stores every experience from the womb through to adulthood either consciously or subconsciously. Family patterns related to pregnancy and birth, plus our experience positive or negative affect how we think, feel and respond now. Every time you’ve NOT wanted to get pregnant, or told DON’T get pregnant, the brain has stored it in the sub-conscious mind.
Our mind body interactions are circular in nature-each element affecting the other in both directions. This network of communication can increase blood pressure, control body temperature, regulate blood flow, increase or decrease salivation and gastrointestinal activity, regulates ovulation and sexual orgasm. Therefore all organs can respond from beliefs, and thoughts stored in the subconscious mind (psycho-somatically)
Yet all firmly held beliefs where once a new idea, and doubtable. All neural pathways are adaptable and can be changed. Change your mind and change your bodily response.
How stress affects conception
When we are under stress, our body releases hormones including adrenaline and cortisol as if we were truly in danger and in need of the fight or flight response. A continued flush of stress hormones tells our body: this is not a safe time to create a baby”. Cortisol has a direct impact on our reproductive system, if the stress response is activated often the body has little time to return to normal, resulting in continued and prolonged levels of cortisol associated with chronic stress.
Chronic stress has been shown to affect natural fertility and birthing:
- Impairing cognitive function
- Suppressing thyroid function
- Causing blood sugar level imbalances
- Decreasing bone density
- Increasing blood pressure
- Suppress immunity and inflammatory response
- Suppress or delay ovulation
- Interfere with implantation of fertilised ovum
- Reducing the sperm count
- Hypno Birthing Fertlity and counselling will assist you to reduce your stress levels, by teaching relaxation techniques and visualisation which assists the body towards reproductive health and well being.
- Hypno Birthing Fertility Program can help you remove subconsious blockages and limiting beliefs that hold you back. What the mind can perceive the body believes.
- Relaxation and visualisation assist with physical and emotional problems which stop you conceiving, and carrying a healthy baby
Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypno-Birthing)
Hypnobirthing is widely used for childbirth to eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome, assisting you to have a calm birth. Self hypnosis is easy to learn and everyone is capable of relaxing and hypnotising themselves. Calm Birthing is a natural process that your body understands how to do. Unfortunately we have recently turned birthing into a medical procedure and women are now in fear, anticipating the worst.
The Fear-Tension-Pain cycle theory was discovered by Dr Dick-Read. He found that labour itself was not inherently painful. He believed the pain in labour was largely due to fear of labour prevalent in today’s culture. Stress or fear produces the fight or flight response obstructing the birth canal to stop labour progressing. Unlike wild animals we no longer need this safety mechanism as we rarely encounter a threat, so stress causes labour to become dysfunctional. As the stress and pain increase more stress hormones (catecholamine) are released which cycles back to increase her pain and fear.
The stress hormone catecholamine decreases blood flow to the uterus and placenta, reducing uterine contractions, and decreasing oxygen to the baby. According to the Fear-Tension-Pain theory of childbirth, the pain of labour can be lessened by stopping the cycle at any point. To stop the cycle at the fear point, experts recommend preparing for labour through self hypnosis or relaxation and breathing education, visualisation and emotional release work.
Hypno Birthing uses deep relaxation and the power of visualisation and suggestion to enhance your pregnancy and birth experience. Hypnosis is a natural state which uses the subconscious mind to overcome fear and pain. The subconscious is responsible for regulating all your bodily functions including your heart rate, hormone production as well as the emotions. Hypnosis can help you to deal with, and overcome fear and anxiety and to increase self confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to birth.
The body reacts to reality and imagination in the same way; it cannot distinguish between the two. Hypno-birth therapy using guided visualisation gives you the opportunity to practice and experience your preferred birth over and over again in your mind. Now your body is familiar and comfortable with the rehearsed responses and so reacts accordingly during the actual birth. You remain relaxed, in control, and aware of the calm birth experience. You will flow easily through the uterine surges and sensations using deep relaxation, breathing and visualisation’s which tap into your bodies own pain killers (endorphins).
We did hypnotherapy and natural birthing with Heather which really helped our labour. I practiced with the hypnotherapy CD which was brilliant. In the end I was 2 weeks late and had to go to hospital to be induced. I managed to get to 10cm, fully dilated with no drugs, not even gas and air. I just used all the things we learnt, self hypnosis, the breathing, Labour TENS machine, and a bit of yoga. I didn’t even need to think about pain relief.
Hypno-birth training enables you to enjoy the experience in a calm and relaxed way leaving no room for tension and fear which are the main causes of pain. Learn self hypnosis for Calm Birthing in Sydney by attending a group or private classes. Heather is a registered HypnoBirthing Fertility Consultant and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. It is recommended that you take a course and practice with the free CD provided.
We did Heather’s Natural Birth & Hypnosis Course which was very useful. I laboured at home mostly, using the Labour TENS and breathing techniques to help me focus. I felt relaxed in between contractions, as I counted the length between them. I used the active birthing positions that we were taught, pacing and rocking, leaning over the bed and just focusing on the breathing. I also used the TENS at the start and then later I kept it on boost, until I arrived at the hospital. Then I got straight into the shower and used the spa bath. I was surprised when they told me I was fully dilated already, as I felt fine. Even the midwives didn’t think I was so far along as I looked so calm. 3 hours later our baby was born, drug free not even any gas and air.
Lara & Warren.
Natural Birth Classes are held at the Lotus Centre, on weekends every 6 weeks
$299 per couple. with FREE workbook & Hypnosis CD
Private classes natural birthing 2 hours $299 or 3 hours natural birthing & hypnosis – 399
FREE workbook (& hypnosis CD with 3 hour course).
To inquire or make a booking call Heather now on 02 8007 6380.
Heather Greer is a qualified and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist and counsellor based in Freshwater / North manly and servicing the Northern beaches area. Heather has further training in natural fertility and birthing and is a qualified Hypnobirthing fertility consultant. Heather will help you make those lasting changes you desire to live your life to its fullest potential.