For most people, falling pregnant is a very exciting time. You wonder about this new little baby, will it be a boy or a girl, what will you name them? Maybe in the early days, it’s just a matter of surviving the morning sickness and tiredness.
Pregnancy is an exciting time - but many parents are full of fear about labour and birth. A HypnoBirthing class can aliviate this fear so you can give birth with confidence and joy
As the months pass by, you begin to think about what this new little person will need. A cot, a pram, a car seat, clothes. You start to think about the cost of these items. It’s all starting to add up! And then you think about going to one wage for a while and it all starts to hit home. Having kids is expensive!
Somewhere along the way you hear about this childbirth education course, called HypnoBirthing. Maybe your midwife or OBGYN mentions it to you, or a friend. You read that it can help reduce inductions, interventions and c-sections. You read that pain can be reduced and labour can be shorter.
But……it costs around $600! You have a think about it and decide that you just can’t make the budget stretch that far. Surely if it were that important, all hospitals would be teaching it! (BTW, we have 8 major Australian hospitals running the program!)
What almost all first time parents don't realise is, the cost of having a traumatic birth is even higher.
And statistics around birth trauma are pretty grim. One in 3 of women are left traumatised by their birth. In Australia 1 out of 4 new mums and 1 out of 7 new dads will develop postnatal depression (PND), and almost 1 in 10 mums will develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The number one cause of perinatal mortality is suicide, which is devastating.
Postnatal depression rates are high in Australia
When birth trauma occurs, often it is long lasting and hard to heal from. Individual counselling, couples counselling, sometimes medication - it all costs time and money at a time when those things are stretched thin.
Now is the time to sit with these questions.
Am I worth $600? Is my baby worth $600? Is my mental health worth $600? Is my relationship worth $600? Is my happiness worth $600?
Think about how much money you spent on your wedding, on your 18th, your 21st, your 30th birthday celebrations.... You spent that money because it was a momentous occasion, something to be celebrated and remembered forever. You knew you would cherish that day and look back on it fondly so you planned and organised, you researched and shopped around.
Why do we feel that the birth of a child doesn’t deserve that same thought, time and effort?
The birth of your baby will stay with you forever. The finer details may be hazy but how you felt on that day or night will be etched into your soul. How your partner acts and reacts on the day or night will stay with not only them but you too.
Also consider how much you will spend on baby items, and how long they will last
We are learning more and more about how babies start learning before they are born. What will they remember about their birth, maybe not consciously but in their subconscious, how will it shape the person they become?
HypnoBirthing stacks the odds in your favour so that you won’t be part of that 33% finding their birth traumatic. Instead you will realize that you are an incredibly powerful women, that you just achieved a huge thing and absolutely rocked it.
Karen (now a fellow HypnoBirthing practitioner in Queensland) moments after birthing her second baby
So for those who say it’s too expensive, I say, it’s so worth it, you are worth it and your baby is worth it.
Dig deep, ask for help if you can and a HypnoBirthing course would make a great baby shower gift....
To learn more about HypnoBirthing click here. Or to book into a class in Perth click here