Can a natural birth really be painless for the mother? For some, a new trend in childbirth may make labor a breeze.
"Relaxing and calm" is how Lauren Munk describes delivering her second baby girl.
"It was really neat to actually experience the birth and actually feel her entering the world," says Munk.
Little Hadley's birth is a far cry from her big sister's, where an epidural only worked on half of Lauren's body. This time she wanted a different experience.
Lauren decided to try "hypnobirthing," where a mom-to-be puts herself in a trance-like state using deep relaxation, imagery and breathing techniques.
Hypnobirthing Practitioner Joyce Poplar says, "When you're in a relaxed state, you've got hormones called endorphins just spilling through your body. The more relaxed and deeper you get, the stronger that gets. Whether you're pregnant or not, you're adrift, you drift off, you go into another place in your mind."
Hypnobirthing gets moms to think positively about labor and delivery right down to the vocabulary.
"We're not pushing the baby out; we're breathing the baby down," explains Poplar. "It's a little gentler on Mom and on baby doing this."
A little over two hours after Lauren started having contractions, Hadley was born - naturally. Lauren says this time was completely different thanks to hypnobirthing.
"It went quicker and smoother and it was a calmer, more relaxing experience for everyone involved," she says.
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