Well, being in medical line, I learnt that during uterine contractions some mediators are released, one of it is PG (prostaglandins) which gives rise to pain. However, at the end of the day, hypnobirthing does not promise a pain-free labour, but more towards achieving a bearable labour. All mothers in the GBG who have shared their experiences using this method, gave feedback that their labour process was managed easily (without any painkillers).
I can't described it here, cos I haven't gone through the labour process myself. My intention here is not to boast around, nauzubillah, but being in the circle of positive people, really inspires me a lot. I pray hard everyday that I'll be able to achieve a gentle physiological birth (without any UNNECESSARY medical interventions that is!), or better still, an ORGASMIC birth! :)
Here you can read some of many of beautiful birth stories using HB during their birthing process, and they are all drug-free labour :)
Many woman have a perception that a natural delivery means a birth through vaginal canal, that is it. Where as a normal physiological birth means that a birth without any UNNECESSARY medical interventions. The common interventions would be like performing an episiotomy, artifial rupture of membrane (ARM) where the health staff 'help' you to break your waterbag, giving painkillers (which may be harmful for the babies and can hinder latching), coached pushing (where the health staff often tell you when to push, this is totally a wrong practice!), augmentation (by giving you a syntethic oxytocin via the drips to hasten the birthing process), and many more. When these interventions sets in, it is no longer a natural birth. I'm not saying that these are all wrong, sometimes in some situation, health staff have to intervene, but when it is done unnecessarily, it invites a risk in the labour process. And most of the time, you will find that these interventions has become a standard hospital practices!!
To my surprise, I was not aware of all these things (as my knowledge was very limited to what I have learnt during medical school and during housemanship). These group of amazing woman in GBG, they take their own initiative to really know all the medical terms used, the usual practises in our hospital, and they also read from journals/research etc about all these interventions, making them aware about it. I personally think that every women should equipped themselves with these knowledge so that they are aware of their rights and to have an informed decision on every step the health care might provide them. We woman should know what are the processes or stages that our body is going through during pregnancy and labour and if the need to intervene arise we know the reason behind it and not leave it all to the doctors without questioning whether it is really necessary or not.
The course covers on so many topics, not just concentrating on the labour process, but the pregnancy itself, preparing your mind and your body, how to connect with your baby inside you, and get your husband to be involve throughout the process. That's the part where I love most :) It also teach you on the birth position, best position for you to practise to promote correct positions of the baby, and many more..HB it is not just about laerning the breathing techniques, we were also taught techniques on relaxation, visualization and ultra-deepening techniques. The classes was held in a small group (5 couples maximum), very hands on and very informal and relax. We were educated, then we practise. Knowledge without action is like a boat on dry land, it becomes useless.
As a conclusion, HB has taught me so many things. It is really an eye opener, especially for me as a medical doctor, not all that we learnt are a right practice. The number of women whom are aware about physiological birth are increasing out there, be it locally, or internationally.
I learnt the beauty of physiological birth, it's like making love. Making love is like an art..no body teaches you what to do first, then what to do next..what u need is just your husband, a very familiar ambience...a nice dim place, a comfortable bed ( or where ever u want it), and the mood, also feeling of love....same goes to giving birth. You wouldn't want anybody to interrupt you, nobody to tell you what to do next and next...cos naturally baby knows how to make their moves into the birth passage without the need of any guidance....that's why we even hear about a mother in a comatose state is still able to give birth!..SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL :)
I also learnt that birth is not a medical incident. A healthy pregnant women is not having a DISEASE, and she is not ill. Our body is participating in the most amazing function of nature, it is CHILDBIRTH.
What's more important is, now I able to communicate with the baby inside me, and feel more connected to him. Husband who also enjoyed the courses, participating his best, and without fail offering me a Light Touch Massage, that we learnt from the course. I tell you, it is the best massage one pregnant lady could ever ask for!!..hehe. Scientifically, the 'goose-bump' effects by this type of massage, help to create endorphins, a feel good hormone :) that creates relaxation. SO it is good to practice prior to birthing and during labour itself.
I won't be able to share everything that I learnt from the HB course in just one single entry. It is a loooootttt, this entry pon dah terlebih2 panjang. InshaAllah I will write more from time to time, and if time permits!
p/s: I only have like 4-5 weeks to go before my EDD :)