A study conducted last year found what we with ‘hypnobirthing’ have known for years. Just like with animals who find a dark corner to give birth, or give birth when it is safer at night, it has been discovered that a hormone called melatonin plays a valuable role in birth. Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for inducing sleep and our bodies produce this in darkness. Melatonin and oxytocin both need to be present to produce labour so a dimmed hospital room or a low light room for a home birth will help to ensure labour progresses. Meditation and relaxation techniques also produce melatonin, so you can see how HypnoBirthing can really assist in a comfortable birth.
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