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How to (ghost)bust the birth fear this Halloween!

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 31 2017 09:00AM

Hypnobirthing teacher Clare Butler looks at the effect of fear on giving birth and how you can help yourself turn a scary experience into a positive one

I am not ashamed to say that I am a bit of a wimp. I jump when I see a spider, I can’t watch horror films and I was the one who always volunteered to hold the coats, bags and cameras (remember them?!) whilst my friends went on the rollercoaster. And so you can imagine how I may have felt about the unknown of giving birth….

Luckily for me though I heard about hypnobirthing when I was 3 months pregnant. I did not have much time to deliberate and overthink. I discovered that giving birth did not have to be as it was portrayed in the movies and that it can be an empowering and positive experience. Fear was only going to get in the way.

What would you do if you saw a ghost this Halloween? Freeze, fight it or run away? Well once labour starts you can’t run away. People who are afraid tend to freeze, the body tenses and adrenalin takes over. This counteracts the oxytocin that is an essential ingredient to giving birth. The tension also limits the flow of blood that was trying to carry oxygen to the necessary parts of your body to give birth.

So what is the secret to busting the fear?

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

We are more likely to be afraid of something that we don’t really know about or understand. Read and learn about the birthing process so that you have all the knowledge you need. Knowledge really is your super power here. If you have it, then you will have confidence and will be able to stay calm and relaxed.

Hear no evil, see no evil!

Walk away or turn your back on any negative birth stories. No two births are ever the same and there are just as many positive and inspiring birth stories out there as there are negative ones. If we fear something we are far more likely to focus on and remember the negative stories. Instead, surround yourself with positive birth accounts and visualise a calm and happy birth.

Don’t let fear get in the way of having the birth you want, book your hypnobirthing course today.

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