THE HYPNOSIS OF THE LECLAIRE METHOD
The center of the Leclaire Method is to keep the mind out of the body’s way so that the body can do its work, and this requires psychological, spiritual, and emotional preparation. Once some of that work has been done, you can let go and allow yourself to be hypnotized, making your labor easy and nearly pain free. Hypnosis for labor and birth is a state of deep concentration of your mind and deep relaxation of your body, which permits the easy passage of your baby through your gradually widening birth canal. Your mind and body can do amazing things, and when we take the time to observe and remain mindful of what they can do, we can harness that power to give the baby a magic carpet ride from womb to mother’s arms. For these reasons, I hope you’ll take the time to learn these techniques of hypnosis for pregnancy and labor.
The word hypnosis derives from the name of the Greek god of sleep, Hypno. It conveys the idea of the ease and rest of sleep, of letting go and allowing the body to do its natural work. Hypnosis also enhances the progress of your labor and allows you to positively participate and calmly assist in the birth of your baby.
With hypnosis, you can easily get through labor without chemical anesthesia. The choice is always yours, of course: You may ask for and receive drugs if you like. Be aware, though, that new evidence indicates that children of mothers who receive opiate derivatives during labor have a higher incidence of drug abuse later in life. In contrast, mothers who experience severe pain and feel out of control can later in life experience an increase in suicidal ideation. In contrast, hypnosis gives you full control.
The Leclaire Method of preparation is the best anesthetic for optimal short- and long-term benefits of pain relief and continued emotional serenity for both mother and baby. The hypnosis of the Leclaire Method offers demedicalization of labor and birth by creating a natural physical anesthesia in the mother. This allows her natural and instinctive ability to birth her baby to become manifest. Hypnosis also allows the mother to move about freely in a comfortable, natural manner. She is able to change her position as needed, which in turn increases her comfort and facilitates the progress of her baby’s birth.
It is important for you to begin preparing for birth by playing your Hypnosis and Pregnancy tape (see Store in this website to place your order) throughout your pregnancy. Practice will increase your confidence in your ability to imagine desired outcomes and to relax deeply. By preparing early in pregnancy, you will foster your expectancy for a comfortable, easy pregnancy, labor, and birth.
The Leclaire Method is your baby’s inherent way to come into your world, and it is your inherent right to believe that you can have a healthy, comfortable birth. You do not have to learn how to birth comfortably. You only have to be allowed to do what is the nature of your body-that is, to progress through labor unrestrained by chemical anesthesia, unrestrained by confinement to bed, unrestrained by continuous electronic fetal monitoring, unrestrained by the beliefs of the medical culture. All you need to do is to remember, silently, to reconnect to your nature. It is your body’s nature to know how to respond to your contractions, and it is the nature of your body to know when to push. If chemical anesthesia or the direction of others (except in a medical emergency) takes away your sensations, you are not honoring yourself. We have the right to vote; we have the right to work; we must now have the right to squat and move about freely during labor and to follow our bodies’ instinctive wisdom to know when to push. Hypnosis is your baby’s easy way out.
More next week.
While meditation may be defined as emptying the mind to make space for our inner self to speak to us, or clearing the mind of clutter, there are other ways to use the power of our minds. One way is through imagery. Imagery could be defined as a formalized approach to daydreaming; we’ve all used it, whether we are aware of it or not. Have you ever found yourself smiling as you think of a pleasant time you have had, for example? Have you had a very clear vision of the way you would decorate the baby’s room if money were no object? Both of these are forms of imagery. In the Leclaire Method, I have used imagery to help many women sort through and come to terms with negative thoughts or emotions about pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood.
Emotions and thoughts can have a profound effect on our bodies. Our emotions affect the flow of our blood, constricting or dilating our blood vessels. Likewise, our bodies can limit the expansion of our minds. Even if our minds want us to, we can’t necessarily “leap tall buildings in a single bound” or fly through the air, for example. If our bodies say stop, we can’t continue reading or working on mental challenges endlessly. We can’t memorize the encyclopedia. If our mind goes in one direction, then, will our body follow? If our mind does not want pain, how can we create that reality?
The goal is to become conscious of our behavior and thus to direct change and redirect our biological responses. I have observed that our unconscious reactions to our experiences are “habits.” It is necessary to redirect these habits at a time when we are not stuck in a situation, at a time when we are relaxed and are not pushed to alter our behavior at that very moment. The purpose of trying to change unhealthy mind/body responses during pregnancy is to allow for the free flow of blood supply to the brain and uterus and uborn.
Using imagery is one good way to do this. It seems that imagery can be used to train the autonomic nervous system so that its two branches do not act as antagonists. The first of these branches, the sympathetic nervous system, regulates the function of the body as a result of unconscious thoughts or involuntary or habitual reactions; it enables us to mobilize in reaction to emergency situations, creating the fight-or-flight syndrome we all have heard about. This system allows us to use our adrenaline instead of letting our adrenaline use us. It mobilizes our neuro-transmitters in a true emergency situation.