Saturday, February 26, 2011

Birth As We Know It

Amazingly, nature is not that stupid to make you experience what you don't desire.

So use your imagination now, open your eyes and imagine the most idel birth of your child that you can imagine. Yes, yes! ideal!

Now add more detail to it: Peaceful surrounding, soft lighting, deep breathing, loving husband, helpful doulas and midwives, warm water, mild and strong compelling surges, sexual pleasure of baby moving through you, downward and outward, and bursting overflowing joy.

Watch Birth As We Know It by Elena Vladimirova-Tonelli.

Enroll in HypnoBirthing classes with Morrin Bass now to know what to do to have this kind of calm peaceful joyful satisfying birth.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Enjoy Your Post Partum Expression

In recent research I have done about moms reporting HypnoBirthing births, there is no mention of post partum sadness.

In fact, HypnoBirthing allows the mother to experience elevated levels of oxytocin, endorphins and relaxins - hormones and neurotransmitters creating loops of continuos good mood that has prevalently positive effect on their newborn babies development.

Stories of mothers who experience sadness after having a baby are so inconsistent, that made me think that depression is a modern lifestyle choice. And I wasn't alone in that thought.

The National Institute for Child Health and Human Development conducted a study by Dr. Duane Alexander, which pointed the results over 36 months with 1215 first time mothers in 14 universities around the country.

Randomly 55% of mothers were reported to have "never had depression", some others had various degrees or periods of "sad modes" which quickly dissipated by doing work, or exercises, or breathing, or meditations, and only 8% reported prolonged periods of sadness, which in all 8% of the cases was pre-existing before the baby arrived. Their choice was made!

The effects of mothers' sad and sometimes withdrawn behavior resulted in their children by 36 months being withdrawn and less responsive and prepared for social behaviors in school, which in turn lead to lower results in learning.

On the opposite, mothers, using positive language with their babies, optimistic approach to their babies development, methods of hypnobirthing, has shown the positive effects of babies and mothers post partum.The close replicating of the environment in the womb for the baby after the birth eliminates possibilities of birth trauma, and for the mother, who is relaxed and flooded with oxytocin because of her exciting bond with her newborn, creates an ideal environment for the baby to enter into the new world.


Since birth such babies exhibited abilities to hold prolonged meaningful gaze, calm demeanor and were using the cry very effectively. Babies develop quickly and physically well-formed, stronger and more able. By month 36 babies birthed consciously by mothers who deliberately created the thoughtful environment, exhibit leadership qualities and are able to assume responsibilities which lead to learning advancement.

Whaa-whoo, mommies! We are creating the next generation of leaders!


Once again, I am glad to discover that research shows numbers in favor of HypnoBirthing births, as expected. Now the choice is yours.

Choose peace in mind and practice it every day.

Morrin is available for fine-tuning your future ideal birth experience, hypnotic induction of labor, communication with the baby in utero, and removing limitations of the past, so you can have the birth of your desire. 


HypnoBirthing classes are only the beginning of your journey to a healthy and comfortable birth.


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Partner or No Partner - Birthing Your Baby with Confidence


Partner or No Partner? That’s the Question.
The Role of A Birthing Companion in HypnoBirthing.
I met Carrie (name changed) in a spiritual bookstore at a friend’s gathering for pregnant moms. Carrie had a shy smiling demeanor and was on her 29th week of pregnancy. Carrie was very happy about her pregnancy, except …she did not have a husband. She made a decision to go on having a baby all by herself, she knew she wanted a baby. She was struggling to make piece with the fact that she has no partner to bring to her HypnoBirthing class.
HypnoBirthing
HypnoBirthing classes are structured to involve a partner. And there is a great valid reason for doing that.
First let’s look at a concept of hypnosis.
Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention to the exclusion of anything else. In hypnosis, a person finds comfort in various stages of physical and mental relaxation following positive suggestions given by her guide. If she listens to a hypnotic recording, she is following a voice of her hypnotic guide on the recording.
However, a hypnotic guide isn’t just any person. It must be a person with whom she has deep rapport, agreement, trust. Such a person is traditionally her husband.
Many modern husbands realized that birth is a natural and normal event in their new family life and is not a medical event. So if there is no emergency, they tend to want to participate and are interested in assisting their wives in the birth of their child. They feel that there is something else they can do, other than just help conceive.
Hence, we invite a husband to be present in a HypnoBirthing class to get familiar with the techniques she is learning, in order to better assist her in her birthing.
If it is not a husband, father of the child, who is going to be a birthing partner, for the sake of this article, I am going to refer to the partner as father. This will invite non-traditional relationships to become open to the concept of partner in HypnoBirthing as well.
HypnoBirthing Techniques
HypnoBirthing Techniques are simple and easy. Just like with any techniques, the key to success is practice. In order for a HypnoBirthing mother to have a successful HypnoBirthing birth, provided all other areas check out as healthy, first of all, she needs to be open to the opportunity that it is possible. And then practice. At home, in class, instilling the habit of using hypnosis for creating her future, creating relaxation, creating unchallenged and peaceful birth. She also needs someone to guide her on that path of learning and practicing. Here is where her partner comes in handy.
Role of Partner
Her hypnotherapist is not usually available to be with her at birth. She can take a cd with a hypnotherapist voice guiding her with positive suggestions and affirmations for birth. Sometimes, listening to a cd becomes irrelevant during birth. So unless her doula is a HypnoBirthing practitioner as well, and can serve as a hypnotic guide, or she does not have a doula, the mom needs her partner to whisper the hypnotic instructions to her during the birth.
This is a function of mother’s birthing companion.
Birth with HypnoBirthing
Celia (name changed) wanted a natural and unassisted birth. She insisted that she is healthy and her body can do the work. She practiced with her partner at home and in class. She started her HypnoBirhting classes in her 20th week of pregnancy. She diligently did all that homework. This includes the reading of the textbook, the listening to the 2 cds, the writing down of her birth plan, some physical exercises, practice of positions, in addition to hypnosis practice, all required by the curriculum. This helps each of them install new skill and behaviors to facilitate the birth experience.
When she went into labor her husband was constantly with her using hypnotic techniques and positive language to help her relax, open and bear down. From time to time her husband instructed her to follow the sound of his voice and gave her hypnotic instructions. Those are the instructions he learned in class. She gave into that familiar and lovely guidance she had gotten accustomed to following.
She had a quick labor. With HypnoBirthing, her husband was giving her hypnotic instructions, but she was not a zombie, not laying helplessly, not needing to cope with pain, which she had none, not motionless. Instead, she was active in her labor. Even though in a birthing trance, she was able to communicate clearly and easily with her partner all her desires to change positions, walk, or take a bath. All natural behavior of a woman in the final stages of pregnancy.
She had her baby girl in 6 hours. Her surges were soft and smooth as if mild cramps. She was happy that she could do it – achieve the type of birth that she wanted, without outside help and solely with her husband.
Together they created their own beautiful loving HypnoBirthing birth.
What were those instructions he was giving her?
Hypnosis Techniques for Partner
Hypnosis techniques for partner are simple. Start by connecting with your heart, and find the place where love resides. Then let that love come through the sound of your voice. Direct that love to softly flow toward your wife and your baby, connect with them. Add strength to your voice showing the willingness and readiness to take the responsibility and make it a safe and comfortable experience for mother and baby. Then add the instructions for desired effect, be it relaxation, calmness, breathing, etc.
Importance of Practice Together
At first father is very unsure of himself in this role. When asked to read the material to the mom, in class, his voice trembles and he seems very tentative, even though the text is simple and clear. I once asked a dad why he is so unsure. He said that all of it is so unknown that he wishes he had that text at home to practice and prepare. To which of course, guess what I said, You got it! From now on and until the birthing time, you are the hypnotist for your wife. Learn the techniques and practice. Because of all voices on earth, if it isn’t mom’s voice the baby wants to hear, it’s dad’s!
How to Practice
Practice in class is a supervised practice in a couples format. At home couples practice both separately and together. Mom practices her own skills and dad practices his, and they practice together as well. More often than not, moms are more diligent in practicing, listening to cds, reading, researching, rehearsing and practicing hypnosis for self. Dads feel that providing for the family is more important and often forget to practice. Then comes labor time his voice is needed there. The HypnoBirthing curriculum requires practicing together is the environment of love and mutual bonding. At home, read scripts to each other, rehearse the voice and modulation, memorizing the language of the scripts and learning to let go and let the imagine soar high. At first practice in the quiet safe comfort of your home, at your own pace and at your own time (but make time to practice!)
According to Mickey Mongan the author of the HypnoBirthing method, it is also useful to practice peaceful behaviors and deep hypnosis in a crowded place with loud noises, where the mother can acquire the skills of quick and deep disconnect from the environment in simulation of when it is not conducive to peaceful progress of her labor (like bustling hospital.)
Testimonial from a Mother
Last week I heard from a HypnoBirthing student-mother making last minute preparations for her labor. A week earlier at her last sonogram one of her twins was in a wrong position threatening to create a necessity for a cesarian delivery. She called her HypnoBirthing professional for help to make her baby turn. In twelve hours after her hypnotic session the baby turned into the correct position. Now both of her babies were head down and ready for birth. She was excited and wrote: “This couldn’t have been done without the power of mind. I believe.” She was given a script for her partner to practice in preparation for her birthing.
Conclusion
Within the framework of the process of HypnoBirthing the partner plays a crucial pivotal role. Partner plays the role of the hypnotist as in a classic hypnotist-client relationship. It is the partner’s responsibility to occupy the conscious mind of the mother and direct and lead her so that her body can easily deliver the baby.
Fearlessly and confidently the HypnoBirthing partner uses the techniques of HypnoBirthing to create a safe and comfortable experience for the birthing mother.
Carie, who did not have a partner, had practiced with her best girl friend.
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Morrin Bass is Founder and Director of New York Awareness Center, NGH Board Certified Hypnosis Instructor, Certified HypnoBirthing HypnFertility Specialist, Childbirth Educatorhttp://www.NewYorkAwareness.com/HypnoBirthingNewYork.asp 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How To Have Joyful Labor


Those of you who are interested in a calm and peaceful birth listen up!


The new brain research and discoveries open up a whole new realm of what is possible. 


There is a definite correlation between peaceful labor, your brain production of oxytocin and your state of mind.

Your peaceful labor depends on your peaceful state of mind which is caused largely by the amount of the neural hormone calle oxytocin. Oxytocin is produced in the brain triggered by the pleasant sensations, thoughts, affirmations, meditation, relaxation, touch, visual or auditory stimulation and in most cases, just deep breathing, that causes our brain to acquire more oxygen streamlining pleasure trance. 

The production of oxytocin depends on the polarization of cells producing oxytocin.
The more oxy-gen we have in our body, the more oxy-tocin is produced.
Then the process goes like this: 
The positive stimulation through posture or touch, or deep breathing etc., causes the body cells to become more polarized in the cerebellum that causes them to fire action potential in bursts, signaling to hypothalamus, which signals the pitutiary gland to produce more oxytocin that delivers out the affects to the rest of the body through spinal cord and nervous system which stimulates more positive feedback and loops to producing more oxytocin. This creates a continuous production of oxytocin, that peripherally starts up the production of endorphines, which as we know, have numbing effect, and work in any area in your body. 
Production of oxytocin inhibits adrenocrticotropic hormone and cortisol (hormones of stress) constantly triggering relaxation.  

As a result women begin to feel better, more uplifted and look for more positive signs in the outside which creates positive feedback which loops back to producing more oxytocin, etc.
Now, knowing this you can decide you want this, so make it your conscious choice. Once you made this choice, it is easy to continue in the positive feedback loop. So enjoy your labor!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

HypnoBirthing Classes - Why Start Early

HypnoBirthing(tm) is an incredible tool to get yourself in a desired peaceful and confident frame of mind by the time of arrival of your baby. And the earlier you start the better.

Often pregnant moms ask when is the best time to start their enrollment in the class.


As you may know, I am a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner, Instructor of comprehensive childbirth education classes for moms and dads that they take at New York Awareness Center.  I have instructed over 100 couples to have their peaceful birth. I have been teaching hypnosis professionally for over a decade. From experience and from what is reported by the Moms who gave birth in recent years, after attending this class, I concluded that

THE EARLIER YOU START LEARNING HYPNOBIRTHING TECHNIQUES THE BETTER. 

Better for whom? And how early is too early?

It is never too early. In my opinion, future moms need to be informed and educated, conditioned and trained even before pregnancy. And this time is not too far out in the future when women begin to put their attention to have their pregnancy prepared.

One of the moms started attending our class at 21 weeks of pregnancy. By the end of the class series of 5 classes 2 hours each, she was 26 weeks. When the baby gave her his first kick she was all ready for this communication. Most moms by week 26 just begin their research on what changes in their body does in pregnancy.

The baby inside you needs your attention. In large cities and stressful environments like New York, we do not usually take time to rest and revitalize ourselves, and when pregnancy begins we don't have a habit of rest and relaxation. Most moms don't even think about it, until later, but from the start regular relaxation is important. 

Learning to relax your body and your m ind you not only begin to be attuned to your body, you begin to know and direct your thoughts toward creating the reality you want. And this doesn't just true for birth. Most couples who took the time to master the self-hypnosis skill, now are more successful in their lives. It's true, you can drive your own experience. 

Most of you tell me they want peaceful birth, unmedicated birth filled with joy and excitement, like Amber's in the documentary with the memorable title - "Orgasmic Birth". 

How do you achieve that? What would you do to have that?

Starting to learn with an instructor and practice in class with your husband under the supervision of your instructor and then at home you begin to condition your body and your mind. Preparation exercises will include various visualizations, body relaxation, mind relaxation, facial relaxation, progressive body and mind deep relaxation, 3 types of deep breathings. From the first week of your HypnoBirthing training through the fifth week, regular practice at home gives visible, tangible results. It not only gives you a practical application in your life; results in physical and mental health enhancement become obvious over a few weeks, even after a few days of practice. 

One of the students father-to-be reported at our 3rd meeting that practicing daily relaxation with his wife not only gave him confidence that he can help her in labor, it influenced the way he is with others and in the world around him, so his co-workers noticed how calm and level-headed he had become at work, and his wife felt extra confident that she can rely on him in labor.  

Another mother-to-be told that deep breathing and relaxation allowed her to have longer days, accomplish more with less effort, keep positive and acquire clarity of mind.

In class we talk in detail about ANS autonomic nervous system, and the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of it. During stress your sympathetic system responds to stress, real or imagined, with "fight or flight" response, throwing into your blood stream a flow of hormones inhibiting all functions other than those necessary for your survival. This means that your baby does not get a chance when you are tired, in a rush, stressed, undernourished or overworked. 

Opposite is true for sensible physical exercise, rest, relaxation and breathing, well balanced nutrition and sleep. You body then produces hormonal supplements that help baby develop normally. Numerous research from the HypnoBirthing Institute in your handouts in class helps you understand and know that conscious preparation for your birthing ultimately creates your birthing.

So by the week 30-33-35 you are well conditioned and know enough about your body responses, and together with your husband you can say: I am confident.

You both are stepping into the unknown and this unknown will stay unknown until it is time. And contrary to those who had little preparation, you will have set the healthy and calm tone of your  birthing room and will have learned to operate and control your mind. 

I wish you a very peaceful satisfying birthing of your baby and hope to hear from you soon.
  
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Orgasmic Birthing

Not pushing in labor is something unheard of, particularly if you choose to birth in a hospital. Despite the orientation of your provider, and they might be very pro-natural birth, pushing is something that is "naturally" associated with birthing. Or is it?

What if you make other choices? Let's look at the most pleasant birthing selecting "Orgasmic" birth concept from the same title documentary.

What the orgasmic mother Amber tells us is that at the time of "Uterine activity" she made choices every moment to feel the pleasure of the baby's movement down her birth path, and at the height of this experience, and with the kiss of her husband, the baby just slipped out within that orgasmic release.

Natural Oxytocins - hormones of pleasure, released into the mother's system at the time of labor and birth, so flood the blood flow, that birth becomes the most pleasurable moment of your life.

By choice. So this means you have to make this choice.

Find out how you can have a pleasurable birthing in your HypnoBirthing class.


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