What is Fearless Birthing?
Fearless Birthing is a birth preparation approach that is entirely focused on helping the mother (and the father) to clear their fears so that they can approach birth fear free. A fearless mama will be much better able to stay present and connected to her body and her baby during labour. By developing her emotional resilience before birth, she is also much better placed to respond flexibly to the demands of labour, and so improve the chances of her having a positive birth experience.
The technique at the heart of Fearless Birthing – the Head Trash Clearance Method – offers a direct and focused fear-clearance action that works deeply and quickly to clear fears from the mind and body. In removing the mental distractions and helping the mama develop trust in her body’s ability to birth her baby, the power of the birthing body can be allowed to take over.
Fears are cleared instantly and there is a speedy version available that can be used in between contractions during transition which helps mamas to clear fears as they arise.
Typically, each individual fear can take between 5-20 minutes to clear. Some take longer and some take less. It depends on how strong and deep they are.
It can be used by mama on herself, or by a birthing companion or birth professional to help and support her. Its broad scope means that it can be used before, during and after birth to manage emotions, beliefs and emotional triggers.
It can be done over the phone or Skype which means support can be offered more easily.
It works via audio
The fear-clearance action of Fearless Birthing can be delivered via audio which means women can benefit from experiencing some fear-clearance by listening to a fear-clearance meditation. This also offers additional revenue opportunities.
No hypnosis involved
Due to lack of self-hypnosis, Fearless Birthing doesn’t encourage mamas to fall asleep or trance out during birth which means they’re better able to stay present and connected to their body and their baby.
Also, there is no need for them to repeatedly listen to meditations throughout their pregnancy.
Benefits of using Fearless Birthing
The mother can use the emotional clearance technique herself, or have someone “do it” for her.
It can be used during labour by the mother to help her overcome fears as they arise, and a speedy version is available that can be used in between contractions during transition.
The mother can receive fear-clearance support by her birthing companion or birthing professional even if she doesn’t know the technique. No previous knowledge is required on the part of the mother to receive help and support in this way.
Fear clearance can be delivered via audio or MP3, thus enabling you to support your mamas even when you’re not physically present.
The lack of hypnotic state helps women to better able remain present and connected to their baby and their body which means they’re more likely to detect things that don’t feel right.
Fearless Birthing can also be used to address limiting beliefs which can help the mother to build trust in her body’s ability to birth her baby.
Fearless Birthing can be used on the baby in utero to help clear their negative emotions that might impact on the birth experience. A fearful baby might prefer to stay in their mother rather than come out!
The mother can use it to help her to communicate directly with her body (to help her to relax certain muscles for example) during labour or post birth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does Fearless Birthing differ to Hypnobirthing?
At its simplest, hypnobirthing is the use of hypnosis to help mothers prepare for positive birth. However, since its inception, it has evolved and is now widely understood as being a holistic approach to birth preparation. This broadened scope now includes things like birth education for both mother and father, the use of positive affirmations, breathing techniques and visualisation to help parents prepare for birth. Fearless Birthing does not use hypnotherapy but instead primarily uses the Head Trash Clearance Method, which is derived from a powerful therapeutic technique from the field of Energy Psychology.
The Head Trash Clearance Method is an ideal technique to use within birth because it works with the energy system (which acts as the interface between mind and body). Negative emotions often become trapped within the body and so if we are to clear these emotions from the mind, we must clear them from the body too. This is especially important when it comes to birth because of the role of the body.
At what point should Fearless Birthing begin during a pregnancy?
For best results, Fearless Birthing should start as early on in a pregnancy as possible.
- In addition to fears, the clearance technique can also be used on emotional triggers, which makes it helpful in reducing the overall stress level of mama. Helping her to de-stress is good for both her and baby so the earliest this can start the better.
- In working to clear her fears mama will familiarise herself with the fear-clearance technique and will be much better able to integrate this into her day-to-day life, but also, crucially, in labour.
- Some women choose to use Fearless Birthing BEFORE they’re pregnant to help them to clear their fears of pregnancy and birth. It is an ideal approach for women suffering from tokophobia (extreme fear of pregnancy and birth).
What does Fearless Birthing look like in action?
Step 1: Identify the fears to be cleared
Identify any fears and stresses that are present. These fears and stresses include the mother’s, the father’s and the baby’s. This work can also be done on baby, while they are still in utero.
Step 2: Time to clear
Neutralise them one-by-one using the Head Trash Clearance Method. Neutralise means that we remove the excessive emotional charge and create neutrality. Once we achieve neutrality, we are no longer triggered emotionally in the way that was once automatic. If there are any traumas affecting mama, say from a miscarriage or a previous birth, then these are addressed too.
Step 3: Identify the desired positive birth experience
This is for both parents to build up a strong mental and emotional idea of their desired positive birth. This is solidified with visualisation work and using the Head Trash Clearance Method to remove any potential sources of self-sabotage.
Step 4: Emotional Birth Preparation
This stage is in two parts 1. Emotionally letting go of the desired birth experience 2. Emotionally making peace with the least preferred birth experience This helps both parents can respond flexibly and calmly to the path that birth takes on the day.
What are the ways that I can use Fearless Birthing to help someone?
The technique at the heart of Fearless Birthing can be used in a number of ways;
- Face-to-face individually
- Face-to-face in groups through workshops and classes
- Via Skype or phone
- Via pre-recorded audio mp3s