The important roles Birth Partners play in Birth is really understood and empowered with Hypnobirthing courses.
The usual perception and sometimes the internal feelings of birth partners are people in the birthing space not knowing what to do and saying the wrong thing or panicking and fainting during birth. Movies are particularly keen to portray birth partners in that light and as we know we often create our ideas from the stimulus around us.
However that is far from the case and in Hypnobirthing we talk a lot about the importance of the birth partner and it is the reason we recommend women attend classes with birth partners, as you both need to feel empowered
The first thing to note is that there are two environments for birth; the internal environment of women’s bodies that experience the physical changes and the external birthing space, which needs to be safe in order for the internal process to work at optimum.
It is this birthing space that is the vital domain of the birthing partner, as a birthing woman is allowed to get into her ‘birthing zone’ or ‘bubble’ she doesn’t want to be actively thinking and engaging about everything externally around her.
Birthing partners can facilitate a space that allows oxytocin to flow, is kept quiet and calm and feels safe and if they are empowered with tools and knowledge can feel confident about doing this.
Hypnobirthing courses provide that vital information as well as the tools that partners can use to navigate their own emotional and physical journey. Supporting others so fully requires our own cups to be full and for us to have tools to be able to help others but also ourselves. Birth is emotional for birth partners, often they are the fathers in the room and the process is one they are so physically invested in whilst at the same time not going through. Understanding the process and having tools to help women really empowers partners to be the vital part of the process that they actually are.
We know that birthing women, like all birthing mammals intuitively want a safe space that feels familiar and calm. When choosing your birth partner you have almost certainly intuitively chosen the person that creates this for you in everyday life, someone who you feel protected by and connected to. Their importance can’t and shouldn’t be under-estimated.
Evidence shows that women have better birth expeirence with a continuity of carer (i.e. the same people looking after them through pregnancy into birth and beyond). In practical terms that is not always offered through hospitals but can be offered through our birth partners, especially when they feel informed and empowered.
If you are considering using Hypnobirthing tools in birth, your birth partner is also the person who will help and coach you if your mind wonders, guiding you back to a place of calmer confidence; all possible and very effective if they know the tools.
Finally we all need a cheerleader through any physical process, birth partners offer this and when they have effective techniques such as affirmations, massage, breathing, relaxations they can really offer that boost. Imagine running 10k (that’s a long way in my mind) at some point you are likely to hit a mental block, having a crowd cheer you on can be the boost you need to push through and the same applies for a well equipped and confident birth partner.
Hypnobirthing courses offer a time to work together, learn together and have tools practice and use together in birth. Clear defined roles and expectations, worked through during pregnancy so that you and your birth partner can enter into birth feeling calm, connected and confident.
Want to hear more about the birth partners experience of Hypnobirthing? Here are the stories of some Hypnobirthing birth partners and fathers.
If you have any questions please do get in touch.
If you feel ready to take the next step with Hypnobirthing then check out the Tranquil Birth Courses that run monthly in groups or privately in South London (South Norwood, Crystal Palace, Beckenham, Addiscombe, Croydon and Dulwich) or online.