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  • Writer's pictureClinical Hypnosis & Healing Arts For Women


Hello, you strong pregnant souls, you! Look at what a great parent you already are, thinking about how best to prepare for your big day. What a lucky baby to have you. Clinical Hypnosis and Healing Arts for Women has got you covered for birth rehearsal class! Let’s embark on an exciting journey into learning about the effective practice of birth rehearsal as a wonderful, painless tool to prepare for childbirth.

While childbirth can bring immense joy for expectant parents, it is also natural to feel some anxiety and apprehension about the process. Fortunately, there are various techniques like hypnosis and guided imagery that can help ease these concerns and prepare you for a very positive birthing experience. Our Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotist, Emily Medley, has had ten years of experience as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She has seen it all! She’s participated in hospital births, tub births, and home births, and has even delivered a baby in a parking lot! There is absolutely no birth scenario that could not benefit from a little inner practice, and she is here to help you navigate and daydream about any scenario you may wish. Since ultimately, we all do what we practice, let’s discover how clinical hypnosis can empower you with confidence, foster a deep sense of calm, and provide valuable tools for navigating the unique experience of bringing new life into the world.

Are you ready?

1. Reducing fear and anxiety: One of the key benefits of birth rehearsal is its ability to alleviate fear and anxiety associated with childbirth. Whether you are planning a home birth, a hospital birth, a medication free birth, or a scheduled c-section, or are just trusting the unknown…birth rehearsal can richly empower you to embrace your special day with strength. As confidence grows, so will your ability to make informed decisions and communicate effectively during labor about what you want and need. By practicing and visualizing different birth scenarios in advance, expectant parents can gain a sense of familiarity and control about what is to come, which helps promote a more relaxed state of mind, which naturally helps diminish stress and pain perceptions. Embracing your power to harness your sense of autonomy and control through guided imagery will be a spectacular way to enter into your special day where the very purpose is…letting go. Say goodbye to anxiety and welcome the peace that paves the way for a positive birthing experience. Wouldn’t that be nice?

2. Shorter Labor and Fewer Interventions: Studies have shown that clinical hypnosis can contribute to shorter labor durations and a decreased need for medical interventions. Childbirth is a harmonious interplay between the mind and body, and when they are in sync, birth progresses much more smoothly, reducing the likelihood of interventions such as inductions, epidurals, or cesarean sections. With clinical hypnosis, you take charge as the architect, strengthening your mind-body-spirit connection, and setting the stage for an easier experience.

3. Redefining Pain: Let's explore the narrative around pain. Clinical hypnosis invites you to redefine your relationship with the anticipated discomfort of childbirth, transforming it into manageable and even rewarding sensations. The shift in perception you will gain through our birth rehearsals will lead to a more comfortable birthing experience, allowing you to focus on the intuition and strength of your body, so you can look forward to the joy and excitement that comes with welcoming a new life. During our birth rehearsals, if you wish, you will also be given an opportunity to honor and thank all of your female ancestors, mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, who have all courageously paved the way for you, and who may not have had the benefit of adequate pain control. With their loving and encouraging hands upon you, you will be more than ready to not only face but embrace any anticipated pain that comes your way. Your body is 100% equipped to do this.

4. Creating a Positive Birth Script: Your unborn baby will take her/his cues from you. Just like a movie script, birth can be envisioned and scripted positively. Isn’t that nice to know? While no one can predict the exact turn of events each particular birthing experience may take, clinical hypnosis will allow you and your unborn baby to craft your unique narratives, filled with positivity, trust, and empowerment. By imprinting your subconscious with affirmations and uplifting imagery, you empower your baby to help set the stage for a birth story that resonates with joy and strength. Birthing is a relationship between you and your baby. You both have a role and through rehearsal, the two of you will have formed a trusting relationship even before your big day that will last and last and last and last.

Some examples of affirmations include the following:

  • My body knows how to bring my baby into the world, and I trust its wisdom to call my baby home to me.

  • I am ready to join the powerful women who have gone before me to pave this way. I am capable.

  • I surrender to the natural flow of labor, trusting the process.

  • I trust my instincts and my ability to make the best choices for my baby and myself.

  • My mind and body and my baby are all in harmony. We are working together for a smooth and easy birth.

  • I welcome each contraction as a sign of progress and strength.

  • I am resilient, and I can handle whatever comes my way.

  • I breathe in peace and exhale fear.

  • I trust my baby to know what is best for her/him.

  • I trust my bones, my pelvis, my whole body, and my voice.

5. Nurturing Your Support System: Birth is a shared family experience, and your support system plays a crucial role. Clinical hypnosis extends its benefits beyond the individual, offering tools for partners and birthing companions to actively participate. Together, you can create a harmonious atmosphere that radiates love and encouragement.

6. Cultivating Postpartum Well-being: The journey doesn’t end with birth; it transforms into a beautiful chapter of postpartum life. Clinical hypnosis lays the foundation for a smoother transition, nurturing your mental and emotional well-being. Embrace this holistic approach that extends its soothing touch into the postpartum period, promoting improved sleep, ample milk production, recovery, and resilience. Isn’t it comforting to know that your body already has a perfect plan to help you gently heal and nourish your baby?

7. Embracing Curiosity and Discovery: As you delve into the world of clinical hypnosis and guided imagery for birth rehearsal, let curiosity and a sense of fun be your guide. This is a fun and joyful journey of self-discovery, where you unearth the vast capabilities within you. Embrace the unknown with open arms, and let each session be a step towards unlocking the confidence within.

Friends, childbirth is a bit like a mental game…and you are already winning. The benefits of birth rehearsal go beyond a simple day of preparation; it offers you the chance to embrace the extraordinary aspects of your impending journey into motherhood and approach it with trust, humor, and a profound sense of confidence.

Let’s practice together how you will call your beautiful baby Earthside. S/he is going to love it here!

To learn more about how Clinical Hypnosis and Healing Arts For Women can help you during this special time in your life, and perhaps even join a birth rehearsal class contact Emily Medley here for a free consultation.


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