Sunday, July 31, 2011

All about HypnoBirthing

For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with birth; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension often prevents them from easily performing the normal, physiological function of birth. The result?—exactly what they feared most--long, painful, disappointing birthing.

People who are drawn to HypnoBirthing have long been searching for a way that helps women give birth as calmly, safely, and gently as possible. Until HypnoBirthing® was founded, it seemed almost unattainable. Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, women learn to release emotions tied to fear-based stories and misinformation, and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.

What is HypnoBirthing all about?
HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. This amazing program teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn how to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen, or even eliminate, discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, Nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all animal mothers in Nature. You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® films, showing laboring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can know when you are free of the fear that causes pain and tension. Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, and visualization, HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.

HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. With HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.

• Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and, thus, pain
• Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
• Shortens the first phase of labour
• Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
• Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
• Reduces the need for an episiotomy
• Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor
• Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
• Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
• Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
• Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing.

Class Structure:

HypnoBirthing is taught in 5 classes (total ~12hours), each 2.5 hours in duration

--Pratima Nagaraj

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Hypnobirthing Practitioner& Childbirth Educator

If you are in Singapore and interested to know more attend my FREE preview talk and meet me personally to get your queries answered.

Date& Time: Sunday, Aug 21st ,2011

Venue: ParentLink, 43 Jalan Elok, Singapore.

Entry: FREE!!

NOTE: Prior Registrations are required to reserve your place as there are limited seats

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Travelogue: Leh - Ladakh

I would list Ladakh as one of those must see places in a lifetime. What better place to visit in summer than this where the temperature gets sub zero in the night; where you can get a sunburn and a frost bite at the same time! It's also a photographer's paradise - you will never get satiated clicking photos till you exit the place :)

We made a 8 Night/7 Days trip end of May which was just the onset of summer and yet there were some snowfalls just before we reached. The best way to get there is to take a flight from Delhi to Leh, which is in the early morning and gives a breathtaking view from the top. It's truly a heaven on earth, with white snowclad mountains creating a mystical view!
We stayed at the Eco Poplar Resorts in the Leh town, very close to the main Leh market area. The resort was beautiful, nothing luxurious...just a room with basic facilities but in a lovely environment of green tall Poplar trees. The first day was spent just resting and acclimatizing as Leh is at 11,000 ft and it takes time for the body to get used to the low levels of oxygen, especially if you are taking a flight.

Day 2 & 3 were spent touring the Leh city - the land of the 'Gompas' (Monsatries). Am sure if you count you will find more than 50 monastries there! A couple of them were extremely beautiful like the Spituk & Thiksey monastry but frankly I had an overdose of seeing them and got bored the second day. Over these 2 days we also visited

- Magnetic Hill, Gurdwara of Patthar Sahib,

- Hall of Fame, Shey Palace

- Sangam , Shanti Stupa

- Sindhu Ghaat

- The Leh Palace

Day 4 was a journey to Nubra Valley (140kms from Leh, about 5-6 hrs) via the highest motorable road - Khardungla Pass at 18,000ft. Quite a difficult journey on those small mountain roads with snow on the path. Khardungla was full of snow and staying there for about 20 minutes gave a dizzy feeling due to the low levels of oxygen. Feels like being on top of the world, literally! It's definitely worth the experience!! We reached Nubra by late afternoon and stayed at one of the camps. The rest of day was spent resting.

Day 5 was in Nubra valley where we visited the white sand dunes at Hunder, where you can find the double humped camel to take a ride. Enroute we also visited the Diskit monastry but skipped the hot springs as all of us were dead tired by end of the day.

Day 6 was again driving back to Leh from Nubra via Khardungla pass of course! So we got more time to spend at Khardungla this time and eat more hot maggi at 18,000ft and play in the snow :-) If you truly want to realize the importance of oxygen in your life then you *have* to visit this place! The journey was extremely tiring as we reached Leh by late evening.

Day 7 was the round trip to Pangong Lake via ChangLa pass (at 17,000ft). We did plan on camping at the lake overnight but it was snowing there and extremely windy, so staying was not a good idea. Pangong is about 140kms from Leh (at the Indo-China border ), so the round trip was 280kms. Travelling 11 hours on the same day was screwing! So it's actually a good idea to spend the night at the lake and get back the next day. We spent about 2-3 hours at the lake and in those couple of hours, it snowed, it rained and it was bright & sunny. Such drastic weather changes!! So it's good to be well prepared and wear layered clothing :)

Day 8 was at Leh again. We visited the Leh market and did a lot of shopping. You get good wollen clothing, handicrafts, pashminas, handmade wall decoratives, gemstones and jewellery and lots more! You have to bargain well as it's a touristy place and prices are marked up.

Regarding food, Leh has a quite a few restaurants in the market area, so its a good idea to stay nearby. You get regular Indian food and tibetan cuisine...not to miss the steamed momos!

The important things to carry for the trip include - lot of moisturiser, layered clothing (wollen clothes are a must even if it is summer), cap, sunscreen, shades, lip balm, good pair of shoes and Diamox tablets (for acute mountain sickness). Good time to travel would be between May and September, which is summer time.

It's one of the most memorable trips that I have made so far! If it's not on your list then you definitely should consider visiting this land of mountains.