For many couples today, having a baby can be full of fear and apprehension.  Birth can be both exciting and frightening!  Every pregnant woman has her moments of doubt about the health of her baby. Talking about fear can help and even though it is impossible to allay all fears, sharing concerns with others puts problems into perspective.

Childbirth education involves the presentation of accurate, skills-based information to parents so they become well informed and take control of their pregnancy and birth. Understanding the body and its innate ability to birth is essential for reducing fear and encouraging relaxation.  HypnoBirthing discusses how the body’s “fight flight” response can create tension and subsequent pain and highlights the importance of relaxation for pain management and the early days after birth.

Why does pain in labour scare us so much? Everywhere a pregnant woman turns she is confronted by messages that she will need “something” to help her get through the trials of labour. Trying to “suffer” the pain of contractions without assistance is being unnecessarily “brave” now that there are so many ways to ease or even stop the pain altogether. There is no doubt that the majority of women giving birth today are offered drugs during labour – are these drugs safe for mother and the baby?  It’s important for parents to be aware of all options available from fully medicalised to complementary – childbirth education provides this type education.

One of the most important functions fulfilled by prenatal education program is to offer parents information about the many options and choices available to them during pregnancy and birth. It is important to ensure that parents are fully aware of the benefits and effects of treatments they are being offered, the subject of obstetric interventions is therefore a crucial part of childbirth education.  Too many times parents lack the information they need, are asked to make a decision under duress, or are presented with options in such a way that they are gently led to make decisions that fit comfortably with caregiver’s and hospital’s protocols, rather than the parents expressed needs or desires.

*****HypnoBirthing is a useful and thorough method for Childbirth education.