Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal preparation which is simple, logical and profound. Designed to meet the need of every mother to have a gentle, natural birth for herself and for her baby. The in-depth training you receive teaches you how your pregnant and birthing body works. You will learn visualisation, breathing and relaxation techniques that will support you through pregnancy and labour.  Frequent practice will help you to let go of any fears you may have regarding pregnancy or labour, it will also build your confidence in your ability to quickly achieve a state of deep relaxation and you will be able to look forward to your baby’s birth knowing that you are able to relax very deeply whenever you need to.


Too often we have been programmed throughout our lives with a negative pre-conception about pain and trauma in childbirth; from the stories other women delight in sharing to the soap operas and ‘reality TV shows’ all are dramatised and edited to frighten & grip you! Sadly the cumulative impact of this means that many couples dread rather than look forward to the day their baby will be born. 


Your body has evolved to give birth efficiently and comfortably. Nothing is breaking or tearing- your body is gradually opening to allow your baby to be born- it is a normal physiological event … and your body is perfectly designed to do this.

 

If you would like to find out more about how staying calm and relaxed during labour positively affects the course of labour please read on...

The evidence for hypnosis during birth

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In 2011 the NCT commissioned a research overview of hypnosis in childbirth:

Research Overview: Self hypnosis for labour and birth- Amy Semple and Mary Newburn- NCT head of research and information.


The Cochrane Review (2006) concluded that self hypnosis is one of only two alternatives to pharmacological pain relief for which there is evidence of effectiveness in enabling women to manage pain during labour.



 The BMA commissioned a report into the use of hypnotism in medicine in 1955. They concluded that ...there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour.



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