Mothers: adapt this script into 2nd person if you're practising with another birth partner or your doula, e.g. "your baby"
Birth partners: The benefits of reading out this script at least weekly are that mothers learn to associate YOU with an ever more familiar state of deep relaxation and confidence. This exercise can also be good for bonding, looking forward to the birth together and emphasising that you're a team (remember your rehearsal time and checklist for birth partners too).
Tips: Read this out quietly and slowly (listen to your birth partner MP3 track for inspiration)... Be open to feedback, and don't be surprised if you both get the giggles at first! Change and adapt this script as required (ensuring your affirmations are worded positively and in the present tense)...
“Beginning this session now. Feeling more and more calm and relaxed as I count down from 5 to 0...
5..... 4.......3......2......1.... 0.... Choosing to sink deep down into hypnosis
Taking a deep breath now, breathing out and letting go of all those things you just don't need
Replacing them with confidence as you breathe in deeply and fully
Slowing down your breathing to a gentle, natural rhythm
Able to focus on my voice and absorb these positive suggestions for birth...
... Remember that your body knows how to give birth ...
So you choose to hand control over to your body
You allow your primitive instincts to come to the surface
You relax your body, release... flow through birth
You accept all sensations...
Each one means we're one step closer to meeting our baby
We trust that our baby's birth has its own perfect timescale
You inhale deeply and fully to meet each surge, you exhale to release
Your body is loose, limp and heavy like a rag doll
Relax your face, your jaw, your shoulders release
You choose to let go of anything you just don't need
You feel strength and confidence
You listen to your inner voice and find positions and movement that feels good
We accept whatever path our baby's birth takes, with peace
I create a safe, quiet space for you to give birth
With each surge you are more and more relaxed, at ease and focused
You wonder at the amazing strength and power of your body
You ride each sensation and trust your body
You loosen, open, release
You're nurtured by those around you, quietly encouraging you...
You're doing an amazing job
Women all over the world are birthing with you...
You feel timeless strength and courage
There is nothing you need to do except breathe, relax, listen to your body
You allow love hormones to flood through you, wash over you
When the time is right, you surrender to increasingly powerful downward sensations
You meet the different energy of transition with courage and acceptance
We'll soon meet our baby!
You're doing such a great job
You breathe down to your belly and our baby
Or you can let go and roar our baby down!
You're open to all the different rhythms of the birth journey
Dig deeper down, even more focused
Your tissues naturally fan out and give way to make room for our baby
Our baby crowns with ease
We welcome our baby with open arms
[Run through the affirmations again if you want to extend the length of this hypnosis session]
Now in a moment we'll finish this session. So [*unless she's in bed last thing] coming up now on 1.... 2.... 3.... 4....and 5, eyes open / *drifting off to sleep"