Whatever gets you through birth, right?
Whatever makes a very personal and sometimes challenging experience a little easier, right?
But what if the latest trend is getting in the way of trained professionals doing their job?
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Hypnobirthing is the latest craze to hit the maternity ward in hospitals across Australia.
I spoke to a midwife who said, in her small team, she sees on average 10 women who have opted to give birth via hypnobirthing in the last 12 months. A couple of years ago, this would have been maybe two.
While there are no official statistics yet (the trend seems to be too new), it seems more and more mums are turning away from calmbirth courses (the previous zenful way to give birth) to hypnobirthing courses.
In a promotional video for hypnobirthing, Melissa Spilsted, Director of Hypnobirthing Australia, says, "It is the fastest growing childbirth education course. The reason for the popularity is that it is common sense and it works. It's about having a positive birth. To help you to stay calm through pregnancy and birth. Just as an athlete prepares for a major event, so do we. The goal is to be able to brag about your birth experience."
So what exactly is hypnobirthing?