Extra support for an induction

birth hypnobirthing inducton Jun 27, 2024
Induction

When it comes to an induction anxiety can build, particularly if you have prepared for a birth without intervention. Whether it's due to medical reasons or you are feeling pressured because you're being told your baby has overstayed their welcome, a suggested induction can bring a mix of emotions. Even if you have done a hypnobirthing course you might find that you want some extra support to guide you through the choices you have at this point, or to support you well during labour.

But before I get stuck in I want you to know that I strongly believe that many women are being induced because they are worried about induction.Let me explain. 

If you are getting anxious near your due date because you absolutely don't want to be induced adrenaline can rise, and that rise in adrenaline, and other stress hormones, can inhibit oxytocin. And if you've done your hypnobirthing homework, you'll know that oxytocin is needed to get contractions moving as well as getting the labour party started. If adrenaline shows up as an uninvited guest it can stop the party starting altogether. 

An induction is not something to agree to lightly. Before making the decision to have an induction (yes, it's your choice). It's important to do the research, ask the right questions and make the right decision for you. I write about this in more depth in my book Mindful Hypnobirthing. 

The Power of Hypnosis for Induced Labour

Hypnosis offers a unique approach to an induction, helping you stay calm, focused, and in tune with your body. This is particularly important if you're being induced, as it can help manage the stress and anxiety that often accompany this process. By using hypnosis, you can increase your natural oxytocin levels, which is crucial for a smoother labour.

I have a range of tracks to support you if you need to have an induction. They are included with my Mindful Hypnobirthing online course or are available to buy separately as my Induction pack.

These tracks include:

  • A long track to listen to before bed: This helps you relax deeply, reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep as you approach your due date. This creates the ideal emotional space for oxytocin to flourish and for labour to begin. I would encourage you to listen to this after week 37 to keep that oxytocin high as you move into the final weeks and days of pregnancy. 
  • A set of affirmations: Positive affirmations can reinforce your confidence and keep you in a positive frame of mind.
  • A general relaxation track: This can be used anytime to help you stay calm and centred. It's also great for your partner and can be useful even after birth.

Alongside these tracks, you'll receive supporting tips, videos, and hypnosis tools to ensure you have the most positive experience possible.

My Personal and Professional Experience with Induction

Personally, I’m not a big fan of labour induction without medical necessity, but in medical circumstances, it can sometimes be the best option. After my waters broke at 32 weeks I was given a drip for medical reasons, and despite the unexpected circumstances, I found that maintaining the right headspace made all the difference. I was able to have a successful VBAC, demonstrating how a positive mindset can influence outcomes.

A few years ago, I supported a couple through an induction as a doula. The mother stayed active, bouncing on a ball and using hypnosis techniques we had practised. Her labour progressed smoothly, and her baby was born without further intervention. The attending midwife was amazed and later commented on how calm the mother looked during labour and while breastfeeding her baby after the birth.

Tips for a Positive Induction Experience

  1. Prepare mentally: Use hypnosis or hypnobirthing to condition your body to respond positively to environmental cues like music, aromatherapy, and touch. Regular practice with your birth preparation MP3 can be invaluable.
  2. Choose your birth partner wisely: Ensure you have a supportive midwife and a strong, calm birth partner. Consider a doula or a friend to give your partner breaks when needed. Make sure that they are well prepared and are able to advocate well for you. In my course you get shown some brilliant frameworks for partners to do this well so it's less daunting. 
  3. Maintain a Calm Environment: Don't feel confined to the bed. Move around, use a ball, and adjust the lighting to create a calming atmosphere. Turn down the sound on monitors and focus on your body's signals.
  4. Keep Oxytocin Levels High: Use visualisations and deep relaxation techniques to stay calm and boost your natural oxytocin. Small things like smiles and gentle touches can work wonders.
  5. Stay Positive: Focus on each moment and how your contractions are working for you. Use positive suggestions continuously, especially to counter any negative comments from medical staff.
  6. Stay Nourished: Eat well before induction and keep healthy snacks and hydration close by. It’s easy to lose track of time and neglect your nutritional needs.
  7. Practise Effective Breathing: Learn and use birth breathing techniques to stay relaxed and in tune with your body during labour.
  8. Skin-to-Skin Contact: Even if you need interventions like syntocinon (pitocin in the US) which is also often referred to as a drip induction, ask for immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby. This can enhance bonding and relaxation for both of you.

Final Thoughts

Induction doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With the right preparation and mindset, you can navigate it smoothly and positively. My audio tracks and tools are designed to support you every step of the way, helping you stay calm, focused, and empowered throughout your journey. Embrace the power of hypnosis and create a positive birth experience, no matter what challenges arise.

 

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If you have any questions about hypnobirthing listen to Hypnobirthing: Twenty questions wherever you get your podcasts.

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