In general, research on birth methods is lacking. However, this does not apply to HypnoBirthing. The effectiveness of self-hypnosis during pregnancy and childbirth as well as research on the HypnoBirthing technique exists.
Several studies have shown that women who use HypnoBirthing delivery recordings are more likely to describe their birth as a positive thing. They also reported less anxiety, greater levels of control (compared to those who did not use self-hypnosis), and reduced use of medical interventions.
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A fairly small study found that women who used HypnoBirthing felt more focused, more confident, calmer, less anxious, and more in control. In this study, 51% of participants did not use pain medication during childbirth.
On the other hand, other studies on self-hypnosis and childbirth have not found a definite benefit. A study published in BJOG compared women who were given hypnosis training at birth (but not specifically HypnoBirthing) and women who did not receive this additional training.
Self-hypnosis training consists of two 90-minute group courses and home-listen audio. Epidural use was the same in the hypnosis and control groups. However, women who had completed self-hypnosis training reported less postpartum anxiety and restlessness.
Although any method of delivery takes practice, with HypnoBirthing you need to take the time to practice and listen to the sound. Group environments can motivate you to train and offer automatic options in your training calendar.