This state of self-hypnosis is claimed to decrease the pain that a woman experiences at that time.
Now, many women are choosing to take this route after a traumatic experience with their first child or just because they are anxious about what lies ahead during childbirth.
So we have found out more about what hypnobirthing classes involves and why you might consider using hypnobirthing in your childbirth preparation. They are also available online now, making it easier to access and use in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Hypnobirthing techniques are great for first-time mum's who are suffering anxiety surrounding the birth because they've never done it before.
It also helps some mum's get over a previously traumatic birth – many use it for their second and third child if they had a bad experience the first time.
If you are pregnant, and looking for an alternative childbirth preparation programme to taking lots of drugs to deal with the 'inevitable pain' mindset, then hypnobirthing techniques could be for you.
This state of self-hypnosis means that you apparently experience less pain, have less reliance on pain-relieving medication and a decreased average length of labour. Hypnobirthing techniques & self-hypnosis can be used no matter what type of birth you are planning – home birth, hospital, birthing centre or birthing pool.
The hypnobirthing childbirth preparation classes are all antenatal – during your pregnancy – and cover teaching both mum and dad about hypnobirthing techniques, relaxation strategies and non-pharmacological techniques such as meditation, self-hypnosis and visualisation.
The hypnobirthing techniques & classes also educate women about the way the uterus functions and how the fear-tension-pain-cycle makes labour worse.
Before, your delivery date a hypnobirthing teacher will teach you how to put yourself in control of your birth rather than leaving the control with the midwife or doctor.
You will still be aware of everything going on around you – able to chat and be in good spirits – self-hypnosis allows you to be fully relaxed and totally in control, able to 'tune out' the negative feelings and concerns.
Experts say you can expect to 'experience birth in an atmosphere of calm relaxation', free from tension or fear about the birth.
Hypnobirthing techniques doesn't require that you believe in anything spiritual and according to the experts most mum's and dads are incredibly skeptical before beginning the classes.
Hypnosis is completely safe according to the proponents of hypnobirthing.
A 2004 study found insufficient evidence to prove that it reduces or eliminates pain in childbirth.
They cannot guarantee a completely pain-free labour – 65-70% of hypnobirthing mum's don't need any pain relief. Around 20% only require something mild like gas and air.
Jessica Alba, who has two daughters Honor and Haven, is also a fan; 'Basically, my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. So he's saying - you're relaxed and you're floating on clouds,' while you're going through labour and your contractions.' The Royal Family in the UK, are massive advocates of Hypnobirthing Child Birth Preparation Classes too!