If you are pregnant, I have no doubt that you will have already experienced, or will at some point in the near future, have some well meaning person tell you of all the childbirth horror stories they have ever heard. These people are trying to help, really they are! They do actually mean well – trying to prepare you for what’s to come, but it doesn’t really help, does it, because it just gets you worrying all the more about the unknown!
However, all the pre-conceived notions of childbirth (if you’ll excuse the pun) that you have about labour and childbirth, should be put to one side. Over the years, I’ve helped many pregnant ladies, using hypnobirthing, to help themselves prepare for a really positive birth experience. By combining self-hypnosis, coaching and imagery, they can manage any difficulties that they may experience as their labour is progressing. That way, when it’s all over, and they look back on the experience, they can be pleased at just how well they coped – not at all like they may have been lead to believe by those well meaning friends, neighbours and relatives – bless them!
I have two children of my own and I really wish I’d had access to some sort of hypnobirthing when I was pregnant. Unfortunately, that was some time ago for me, and I had no idea that anything like that might have been available. I think it would have really helped me to cope with the anxiousness I had about the birth.
As well as running a successful general hypnotherapy practice in London and Langley, Berkshire, I have completed further training that allows me to specialise in hypnobirthing as a Confident Childbirth Practitioner, so that this invaluable and much needed service can be offered to women from the surrounding areas.
There have been numerous studies into the benefits of hypnotherapy during pregnancy undertaken. One five-year medical study was carried out in Wales. It compared the labour and childbirth experience of two groups of ladies. The first group had a number of pre-labour hypnotherapy sessions, whilst the second control group was given only the usual pre-natal support. The study reported that the time for first stage of labour was generally reduced by an average of several hours for the hypnotherapy group when compared to that of the control group. It also said that the hypnotherapy group needed significantly less chemical pain relief. Other studies have noted that having pre-labour hypnosis tends to mean that ladies need less medical intervention (forceps/caesarean etc) and that their babies have a higher AGPAR score. This is all good news, at a time when midwives in the NHS are under more and more work load pressure due to staff shortages.
I find it really sad that mention the word ‘childbirth’ to most people and one of the first things they think is ‘pain’. It doesn’t have to be this way – just because we seem to have expectation in this country that childbirth will hurt! Perhaps it will, but you can learn to manage that in the best way possible for you.
I’d really like to help you have a great experience giving birth to your baby, so why don’t you give me a call and find out more. Or click here to take you to my Confident Childbirth page