'Hypnobirthing' makes giving birth easier

February 1, 2012 2:51:38 PM PST
Relaxing and calm?it's how Lauren Munk describes delivering her second baby girl. "It was really neat to actually experience the birth and actually feel her entering the world," said Lauren Munk, who used Hypnobirthing during labor.

Little Hadley's birth is a far cry from her big sister's where an epidural only worked on half of Lauren's body. This time she wanted a different experience.

"The first time was hectic. There was a lot of commotion going on. It wasn't very calm and it was still painful," said Lauren.

Lauren decided to try 'Hypnobirthing' where a mom-to-be puts herself in a trance-like state using deep relaxation, imagery and breathing techniques.

"When you're in a relaxed state you've got hormones called endorphins just spilling through your body," said Joyce Poplar, of Cleveland Clinic, "The more relaxed and deeper you get, the stronger that gets. Whether you're pregnant or not, you're adrift, you drift off, you go into another place in your mind."

Hypnobirthing gets moms to think positively about labor and delivery right down to the vocabulary.

"We call pain, pressure. We're not pushing the baby out, we're breathing the baby down," said Joyce, "It's a little gentler on Mom and on baby doing this."

A little over two hours after Lauren started having contractions, Hadley was born, naturally. Lauren says this time was completely different thanks to 'Hypnobirthing'.

"It went quicker and smoother and it was a calmer more relaxing experience for everyone involved," said Lauren.

Joyce says 'Hypnobirthing' isn't for everyone. It takes extreme dedication and daily practice to master the techniques.

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