How HypnoBirthing® works – the science behind the method


The programme is based on the idea that when the mother is afraid, catecholamines or stress hormones are secreted. Most of the oxygenated blood in her body moves to her arms and legs so that she can fight or run away (“fight” or “flight” response).

As a result, blood is directed away from the uterus and the cervix, the muscles tense and constrict and the body experiences pain. This lack of blood flow to the uterus means that the muscles start to work against each other and can result in baby’s head pushing against hard unrelenting muscle.

Conversely, when the mother is completely relaxed and free from any fear, her body is able work naturally to help her birth her baby. The two sets of uteran muscles are able to work together to open and draw back the neck of the cervix so that the baby has a smooth path down. In this relaxed state the body also secretes endorphins, a natural painkiller 200 times stronger than morphine.

HypnoBirthing® – the benefits