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Published at Natural Awakenings Northern & Central New Mexico

Hypnobirthing

 

by Jean D. Stouffer

HypnoBirthing was created by Marie Mongan in 1989, as she taught her adult daughter the method of calm, safe, relaxing, and even joyful, birth.  It was not new, but is rather a rebirth of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read.

Dick-Read was an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to promote the concept of natural birthing. HypnoBirthing teaches women that severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor, and that woman can, in the absence of fear, tension or special circumstances, birth their babies calmly, comfortably and in joy.

What gets in the way of a calm birth?  Fear.  Fear is the enemy of peaceful birthing, sending women’s bodies into fight-or-flight, causing their uterine muscles to constrict rather than relax. HypnoBirthing not only addresses the issue of fear, it also teaches women how to achieve a deep state of relaxation so their birthings can be calm, serene and comfortable.

HypnoBirthing can be utilized in home births as well as in hospital maternity units.  Women’s demands for better choices and more personal freedoms have been instrumental in popularizing HypnoBirthing, and today, all of Albuquerque’s hospitals are supportive of the program.  From a humble beginning in 1989, HypnoBirthing is now available in 45 countries throughout the world.

Jean D. Stouffer, CHt, HBCE, can be reached at 505-269-8423.

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