If you’re like me, you’ve heard of HypnoBirthing. But HypnoMothering? Not until I talked to Suzanne Vecchi, the Director of Maternal Wellness at Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness in North Andover, Mass. did I have any sense of what this technique could involve other than maybe… meditating when your baby bites your nipple during breastfeeding?
Here are five things to know about HypnoMothering that will help you determine if it can help you navigate your motherhood journey:
What is it? Let’s start with what this technique even involves.
“HypnoMothering teaches mothers easy and fast self-hypnosis techniques to make the most of limited sleep, keep calm and balanced on challenging days, and find focus and mindfulness amidst the myriad of feelings that mothers face,” explained Suzy via email. “We live in an environment of rapid fire information at our fingertips, which can sometimes be helpful and sometimes make a mom feel she is failing before she has had her cup coffee! HypnoMothering can help moms tune in to their instincts, let go of judgment, and find confidence in herself as mom!”
Who is it good for? Like, can I start now, even though my children are ages 7, 5 and 2?
The short answer: yes. Suzy says, “HypnoMothering techniques are lifelong skills! My children are 6, 9 and 10 and I utilize many of the techniques I teach to take the emotional charge out of some tough moments!” She adds HypnoMothering is ideal for pregnant women, new moms, and moms of little ones.
Do you have to have HypnoBirthed to do it? This is what I really wanted to know. If you missed the HypnoBirthing bandwagon, can you still hop on the HypnoMothering ship?
Suzy says the technique requires no prior experience with hypnosis or HypnoBirthing. “However, practicing hypnosis is a conditioning of the mind and the more you practice, the quicker you will be able to achieve self-hypnosis.”
What new motherhood problems can it help with? Okay, how can deep breathing help in a real situation, like, say when you’re so sleep deprived, you wear your slippers to work?
Suzy says new moms can actually use hypnosis to provide rest in the absence of sleep! She explains further, “The techniques can help moms keep calm and find balance or to get back on track on some of the most challenging days. Also, the program empowers moms to embrace their own unique journey free from judgment and expectations.”
No judgment? Sign me up for that!
“Many moms feel that if they don’t bond immediately with their baby, there is something wrong with them. HypnoMothering reinforces that bonding can take place over a period of time as well and both are perfectly normal. Also, a baby senses mom’s anxiety, which can make it hard to have a successful feed. HypnoMothering techniques can help keep mom relaxed which keeps baby relaxed. The techniques would also be a very useful tool for when you go back to work and pump. The relaxation and visualization, focusing on your little one, can help release oxytocin which leads to mom having a let-down and yield, potentially, more milk.”
How can we start? I asked Suzy to share a technique moms could try right now.
She recommends starting with HypnoMama Breathing. “The technique is simple and can bring mom an almost instant feeling of peace and balance.”
Here’s how to do it:
- Close your eyes.
- Find your breath by inhaling deeply into your lungs.
- Then clear your head by breathing all the way up into your brain.
- And finally, warm your heart by breathing into your heart space.