We associate giving birth with pain and how it's the hardest thing your body will go through.
But forget gas and air and epidurals, hypnobirthing puts you in a place of calm and reduces some of the fear and pain you get with labour through self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques.
Hypnobirthing is a way to put yourself back in control of your birth, and, even better, you can now practice these techniques on your phone. Have a scroll, and find the best app for you.
Best hypnobirthing apps:
1) Birth Made Easy - Hypnobirthing
Birth Made Easy covers all possibilities of birth and how to help your baby arrive if overdue. You can also create your own playlist to suit your preferences.
2) Freya • Surge Timer
The Positive Birth Company brought out Freya, an app that helps you relax with visualisations and guided meditation. Freya provides coaching and a timer you can use to keep track of your labour surges. The app will also notify you when to contact your midwife.
3) Calm Childbirth Hypnobirthing
Calm Childbirth Hypnobirthing aims to release tension and anxiety around mothers giving birth by reducing the belief that childbirth is extremely painful. Nicola Haslett and Samantha Redgrave, experienced hypnotherapists, helps thousands of listeners through this vocal app.
iHypnobirth is a birth and pregnancy hypnosis app. iHypnobirth teaches you that birth does not have to be full of fear, and equips you with tools that will help your mindset to see birth as a positive experience, both mentally and physically.
5) Christian Hypnobirthing
Christian Hypnobirthing brings you Christian hypnobirthing tracks to support and empower you throughout your pregnancy and birth. The tracks aim to make you feel more confident, in control and connected to God and your baby.
6) Pregnancy Music for Mom & Baby
Aiming to calm your baby's heartbeat, and put you at ease, Pregnancy Music includes a selection of audio tracks to listen to that will help you have an amazing prenatal experience.
Have a positive birth with GentleBirth, an app that combines brain science, birth science, and technology to empower your birth. It educates you on mindfulness, hypnosis, CBT, sports psychology and provides breathing techniques to help prepare you for birth.
8) Positive Pregnancy
Positive Pregnancy is the go-to app for all mums-to-be! It will make you feel more connected to your baby and so positive about childbirth. The tracks focus on the mind, body, and soul, and even include an effective morning sickness track.
While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country.