A first Australian mother has revealed that the use of hypnobirthing techniques made her an easier birth and a completely drug-free birth.
The practice, which is said to be one that the Duchess of Sussex is considering preparing for the birth of her first child, is intended to help women have calmer, shorter and less traumatic birth adventures.
Haylie Middleton, 29, from Queenscliff, New South Wales, is a mother of Austin, a happy, healthy one-year-old who was born without complications after six hours of work.
& # 39; The hypnobirthing course I did by Rockin & # 39; Birth changed my attitude towards pain, it helped me to feel the pain as & # 39; useful & # 39; and there was an end in sight – my baby, & she told FEMAIL.
Haylie Middleton (pictured left with her son Austin, right) from Queenscliff, NSW gave birth to her child Austin without the help of painkillers
Rumor has it that the Duchess of Sussex (photo on the left with Prince Harry, shown on the right) is considering a number of alternative birth techniques, including hypnobirthing
& # 39; If I hadn't done the course, I don't think it would have been my way of thinking. & # 39;
The new mother said her midwife had suggested that she would try a hypnobirthing course in the run-up to the birth of her baby as a way to help her stay calm and focused. to stay.
& # 39; When my waters broke for 37 weeks, I initially panicked and wanted to call my mother, but my partner reminded me to breathe and stay calm and it went well, & # 39; she said.
The new mother said when her waters broke at 37 weeks. She focused on breathing and staying calm before going to the hospital
Baby Austin (photo) is a happy, healthy one-year-old who was born without complications after six hours of work
Mrs. Middleton did not have any contractions at the moment, although she decided to go to the hospital to make sure things were going the way they should.
& # 39; I didn't experience pain and I didn't know how dilated I was – this is a technique recommended by Hypnobirthing Australia, & # 39; she said.
After she and her baby were checked, the couple had the opportunity to leave.
Middleton, however, started contractions on the way home and by the time the couple arrived she said she was in active labor.
But instead of panicking, the mother said she knew she should put on her hypnobirthing spurs and calmly rock her body with a birth ball.
& # 39; My partner used the tips we learned all the time on our hypnobirthing course. He touched me lightly on my back to keep me calm and talk to me at every contraction and tell me how well I was doing. & # 39;
Baby Austin & # 39; s father Barry Murphy (photo) was also a very active part of Mrs. Middleton's birth process
After the couple returned to the hospital, Mrs. Middleton's partner began to ensure that everything was ready for her comfort.
This meant, among other things, that the waterbirth suite was set up correctly with speakers to play hypnobirthing tracks.
& # 39; The rest is a blur, to be honest, and I really wasn't as quiet as I would have liked – not like the women in the movie clips from Hypnobirth Australia!, & # 39; Middleton said.
Julie Vélina teaches women hypnobirthing techniques to help them have calmer birth adventures
& # 39; My midwife reminded me to practice what I had learned and to focus my energy on removing the child instead of roaring; the difference was noticeable.
& # 39; I felt calmer and more focused and after six hours of active work my little boy was in my arms. & # 39;
Australian hypnobirthing expert Julie Vélina, who leads Rockin & # 39; Birth, an Australian hypnotic center, said the techniques she teaches mean that mothers can expect calmer and less painful births.
& # 39; They can release fears and tensions and enter an area where they can tap into the body's natural ability to give birth comfortably. & # 39;
Mrs. Vélina said that, just like being more relaxed and in harmony with the birth process, they can also learn to release endorphins during birth.
& # 39; Endorphins (a naturally occurring hormone) are much more powerful and efficient than morphine and we can release as many endorphins as we feel comfortable during labor. & # 39;
In addition to the benefits for expectant mothers, Mrs. Vélina said that the techniques could mean that babies are calmer and more regulated from birth.
& # 39; This makes it so much easier for new parents to adapt to living with a new baby. & # 39;
What does a hypnobirth mean?
According to Mrs. Vélina, hynobirthing has four important elements for success:
* Knowledge – Understand the physiology of birth, how our body, mind and baby can work together, significantly reduce our fear of birth, and make informed decisions with confidence
* Tools for birth – Birth is like an intense training session, women learn tools and techniques to help them manage birth intensity, stay calm, relaxed and focused.
* Support – Women also learn how to find the right support team and how to communicate with them. Birth partners also learn how to support the birth mother and where necessary to advocate for her.
* Preparation – Preparation is central, women learn to prepare physically and emotionally for the birth of their baby. We have a lot of practice, including a birth rehearsal.
Source: Julie Vélina van Rockin & # 39; Birth
The techniques are not designed as a way to ignore potential complications or to solve problems.
Instead, they are a way to help mothers cope and make the best decisions they can make, Mrs. Vélina said.
& # 39; Hypnobirthing does not prescribe a way to pray about another. It is all about releasing fear and feeling calm and confident.
& # 39; If complications occur, we can use the same techniques to help us address the situation in the most positive way. & # 39;
Ms. Middleton said that one of the benefits of practicing the technique, according to her, was the ability to give birth without needing pain medication
Middleton echoed Mrs. Vélina's points in the techniques helped her to have a practically pain-free birth and gave her the means to work more calmly.
& # 39; I gave birth without pain medication and I believe I was able to work relatively easily and I think that is due to being calm and being (largely) collected.
& # 39; I have not used every tip or source, but it certainly helped. & # 39;