I should start by saying I am not a hippie. I love my iPhone. I love my car. I love central heating. I am a city-chick through & through. I don’t even really like walks in the countryside.
However, since quite early in my pregnancy, I knew I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. The idea of watching what I eat, avoiding alcohol, not taking anything stronger than a paracetamol – it all seemed fruitless if I was just going to pump myself full of drugs right at the last minute. I know very little about babies & child birth, but it just didn’t seem right to me.
It wasn’t until I went for dinner with a friend, however, that I found out there was a possibility that childbirth could be comfortable & relaxed – i.e., not terrifying.
She spoke of a friend who had also fallen pregnant unexpectedly who had a ‘Hypnobirth’. Apparently she too had been nervous about the birth but that through this method, had managed a short, stress free labor. I was intrigued.
I started to look into this mysterious method. It sounded too good to be true after my own mother’s talk of a 36 hour labor, filled with pain & fear & stress & discomfort.
I discovered it was essentially about getting back to basics. Trusting your body to know what to do. To not fear birth but embrace it. To learn breathing & relaxation exercises to help yourself through the birthing process rather than relying on drugs & technology. It was about bringing you & your partner closer together, about going through the birth together rather than taking orders from a host of medical professionals.
I spoke to a midwife who runs hypnobirthing classes & she recommended the Mongan Method. Well, my hypnobirthing book arrived last week. I’m 30 pages in. And I’m already an advocate. I haven’t started any of the exercises yet as I’m waiting until Bump’s dad & I move house this weekend so we can start them together.
Once I know more I’ll update. But on my very basic introduction so far, I would recommend any other moms-to-be out there
who aren’t sure about modern medical births or who are nervous about the birth regardless to look this up. Already I feel much more relaxed about the whole affair.
Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method
– Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy.
click to order the book (it comes with a CD)