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What Is Hypnosis?

Simply put, hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation. But it is not a state of unconsciousness. In fact, you’ve probably been hypnotized many times without realizing it. If you’ve ever been so deeply engrossed in a book that you weren’t aware someone was talking to you, then you’ve been under hypnosis.

Hypnosis allows you to shut off the active, conscious part of your brain and tune into your subconscious. The subconscious is the area of your brain that makes a lot of decisions that you don’t realize. As a result, hypnosis allows you to gain more control over your life since you are dealing directly with the subconscious mind. In a way, you are reprogramming your mind to act in a way that you find more beneficial.

Pauline helps you relax and enter your subconscious and also coaches your partner on taking her place in your practice sessions and on the birth day. However, all hypnosis is considered to be self-hypnosis. Even though you have Pauline or your partner guiding you into hypnosis, you are the one doing all the work and you are always in control.

Contrary to what most people have been led to believe, you cannot do anything in a hypnotic state that you have a serious moral or ethical objection to. You actually do have control over your actions and what you say while under hypnosis. There is also no reason why you cannot remember what you have said or done unless your mind has decided to "forget" about it. While your subconscious mind will always be aware of what happened, your conscious mind may not.

Hypnosis and Childbirth
More and more, pregnant women are deciding to use HypnoBirthing to deal with labour pain rather than using conventional medications. Through HypnoBirthing classes, you learn self hypnosis techniques that will help you better deal with the pain. HypnoBirthing allows you to provide yourself with a natural anaesthesia that won’t cause any harm to you or your baby. Plus, you’re completely in control of your pain management.

How Is the Pain Eliminated?
HypnoBirthing will help you dismiss any of your negative preconceptions about pain. Pain is usually produced by a combination of fear and tension. When we are afraid, we react by closing up. This tightness causes our uterine muscles to contract and we feel acute pain. And the more pain we feel, the tenser we become. HypnoBirthing teaches women to relax. As a result, their bodies open easier. The birth is often faster than regular births, it is less exhausting and the labour can actually often be pain free  Women who use HypnoBirthing report feeling little or no pain – just a tightening sensation and a feeling of pressure.

HypnoBirthing teaches future parents that childbirth is nothing to be afraid of. Parents end up losing their fear and thoughts over the immense pain they have been led to believe comes with childbirth. In place of the negative thoughts are positive ones that evaluate childbirth as a wonderful and natural process that a woman’s body is able to do with ease and comfort.

You and your partner will attend classes together so that you can both learn the technique. Classes can be taken in a group or privately.

Empower Yourself
Giving birth is one of life’s most incredible moments. When you feel calm and confident during your labour, you will enjoy it and will remember it as a joyous and positive experience. In fact, HypnoBirthing will also give you a sense of peace throughout your pregnancy. And once you master self-hypnosis, you can continue to use the technique to help you through many of life’s stressful moments.

This practitioner is affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute and is currently certified and authorised to teach the complete HypnoBirthing Program.

HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method



Parents' comments on classes

"It was a great experience and it really gave us both the confidence to trust in ourselves.
I couldn't think of a better way of welcoming our child."
Carmen, Edinburgh.
(First baby)

"Our hypnosis sessions really helped me to believe that I can bring myself into a very relaxed, deep state.
I believe in hypnosis for childbirth and look forward to my birthing."
Jenny, Edinburgh.
(First baby)

"Pauline is very relaxed, warm and friendly natured and inspired a lot of confidence in us. The classes were a very positive experience which dramatically reduced my fears and helped me relax through my pregnancy."
Denise, Edinburgh.
(Third Baby)

"The classes changed my very negative birth views and experience to an empowered, healing, positive experience."
Shunyata, Edinburgh.
(Second baby)


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