Founded in 2016 by Siobhan Miller, The Positive Birth Company is on a mission to support people as they embark on the most exciting journey of their lives: parenthood.
They are committed to empowering women, birthing people and birth partners around the world to create positive experiences from conception through to birth and the postpartum period with our unique, accessible and fully comprehensive approach to prenatal, antenatal and postnatal education.
Today, we have a special guest blog post from The Positive Birth Company talking about all things hypnobirthing – specifically, the science behind hypnobirthing!”….
Hypnobirthing, contrary to popular belief, is actually really scientific and evidence-based. This blog post specifically looks at the two hormones that are at play when you give birth; oxytocin and adrenaline.
Every single surge (contraction) you experience in labour is fueled by oxytocin. So much so that if you’re induced, the drug you’re given is called ‘Syntocinon’, which is literally just synthetic oxytocin.
Labour is designed to feel GOOD. Whether your labour is spontaneous or induced, you’ll be fueled by lovely oxytocin.
The other hormone that is at play is adrenaline, aka the enemy of birth (so to speak). This is the hormone the body releases when we’re stressed, anxious, frightened. Unfortunately for a lot of people, those of the emotions they experience when thinking about birth – so you can see how unhelpful that is.
So what happens when we produce adrenaline? First of all, the heart rate will increase. The heart will start pumping more blood. Your body enters what’s known as ‘fight or flight’ mode and will start pumping more blood to your arms (fight) and to your legs (flight). Which is great for some scenarios, but not for birth. This is because the blood is being taken away from the uterus (where it needs to be) and is being sent to your arms and legs, which isn’t helpful.
The blood needs to be in our uterus because it’s full of oxygen, which our muscles need in order to do their job (yes, the uterus is a muscle!). Without the oxygen it’s going to become really difficult.
Essentially, we want ALL the oxytocin and NO adrenaline. Oxytocin will fuel your labour, carrying blood with all of that lovely oxygen to your uterus so it can do its thing. This will make your labour more comfortable and quicker, too. Adrenaline will inhibit this process.
Check out The Positive Birth Company’s online Hypnobirthing Pack** to start your hypnobirthing journey and make your birth BETTER!”