HypnoBirthing for a Planned C-section

Can HypnoBirthing be beneficial to someone who has special circumstances or who must have a C-section?

From an article by Sharon Gourlay

Sacred Beginning, Ohio


HypnoBirthing is beneficial for mums who require a c-section!

Women who must have a c-section birth have used the HypnoBirthing® techniques throughout their pregnancies and found HypnoBirthing® helps in several different ways:

Prenatal Bonding

HypnoBirthing® encourages you to connect with your unborn child, embracing the idea of prenatal bonding which is helpful to ALL mothers.

Breathing Techniques

Why would I need to learn breathing techniques if having a C-section?

The point of the breathing techniques is to help slow the body down. Nerves and stress can impact the mother’s ability to take anesthesia and impact her surgery, improving her health, calm during the pregnancy and recovery after the birth.

Using appropriate breathing techniques can facilitate the body’s easier acceptance of anesthesia, allowing mum to relax and use self hypnosis effectively. Breathing deeply can also be a quick way to calm oneself to be consciously present in the moment without stress; this is an effective tool for parenting, breastfeeding and life.


The daily relaxation used with HypnoBirthing helps mum with:

  • Pre-natal bonding – getting better in tune with your body, and just relaxing.
  • Creating a calm, positive pregnancy, in anticipation of you baby’s arrival
  • If you are relaxed before, during, and after surgery your recovery will be easier, quicker, and hopefully filled with less pain or no pain at all. Donald Curtis said “Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being”.
  • The relaxation that this program teaches will bring a deep feeling of relaxation which is critical post birth for an easier breastfeeding relationship.

Birth Preferences

You might think, “I am having a Cesarean Section so I have no Birth Preferences, right?” That is not true at all.

Many of the same principles for a successful HypnoBirthing® birth can be used for a C-section birth and recovery (Pre-Admission, Prior to Surgery, Surgery and Recovery). If you must have a C-section, we encourage you to research your options for anesthesia, surgery, and recovery.

There is even a family friendly gentle C-section procedure that was developed in England for OB’s to use that mimics some of the sensations of a vaginal birth for the baby.

For more detailed information on your options for caesarean birth preferences checkout our Brisbane Caesarean preparation services.

Fear Release

In HypnoBirthing® we incorporate numerous fear release sessions to help parents leave their fears behind and feel empowered going into their births. Just because you are having a C-section does not mean you cannot be empowered.

Having a baby can cause parents to have some serious fears. If you couple those fears with that of the major surgery of a C-section you can end up with parents who are stressed, worried, and not relaxed to welcome their baby into the world.

Doing a fear/emotional release helps open communication up between couples, allow them an opportunity to resolve concerns, and participate in an exercise that helps them to release their fears. Through releasing these fears we are able to have parents who are calm and confident. This is a solid base to begin their adventure into parenting.

Faster recovery

Learning as much as possible about your choices is important, especially when presented with a special circumstance or a surgical birth. Parents are exposed to options to help empower and educate them on alternative holistic approaches which can be beneficial.

Hypnotherapy can have a huge impact in helping a mother through a c-section and during the post-natal recovery period. Parents who use hypnotherapy for pre and post-surgery preparation find their anxiety is greatly reduced. They are calm and confident which promotes healing and a speedy recovery.

  • Hypnosis will help to reduce pain and discomfort after surgery.
  • It will help reduce bleeding during and after surgery which is helpful for mothers recovering from birth.
  • Many mums report that it reduces the need for post operative drugs so they can breastfeed without the worry of drugs passing through to the baby.
  • From a recovery perspective, some mums walk after their C-sections between 3 and 5 hours after surgery.

You don’t have to “go it alone” if you are facing a necessary C-section. Many women who resonate with a HypnoBirthing® approach are now using this specially designed Hypnosis CD/mp3 download for c-section birth which supports post birth bonding and breastfeeding.

Are you located in Brisbane? Then checkout my Brisbane based Caesarean preparation services