Hypnobirthing - Change your baby's life before it begins

You already have the perfect system of giving birth formed in your body. The Western world has loaded fear and negative pre-conceptions on top of this system which prevent it from working properly. Hypnobirthing helps you release the fears and gives you the tool so that your body can give birth efficiently and comfortably in the way it is designed to do. 

Fully registered hypnotherapist & psychotherapist.  All client data is kept strictly confidential.

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Imagine giving birth peacefully, gently, relaxed and in control

Pregnant lady in a hypnobirthing session

Hypnobirthing techniques prepares you for childbirth and takes the fear and stress out of pregnancy and birth

Enjoy a stress free and relaxing pregnancy, prepare for a positive and natural experience of childbirth, the best for you and your baby.  Hypnobirthing techniques teaches you how to give birth normally, in an easier, calmer, and more comfortable way. Hypnobirthing will improve your confidence in your body’s natural ability to give birth. 

The power of the mind is astonishing.  Through an understanding of how our brains work and retraining of the brain the client and Hypnotherapist work together to enable the best possible outcome in childbirth.  When we feeling good about ourselves it has a positive effect on the people around us and this will also happen to the baby inside you.

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Can hypnosis and hypnobirthing work?

How can Hypnosis help?

The mind can be trained to experience discomfort as only pressure, and that is what is achieved in through hypnobirthing techniques used in childbirth hypnosis. In addition, with labour, the more relaxed the mother is, the more comfort she will have.  When the body is relaxed, birth happens more rapidly and with less pain. The brain responds to every thought that we have so if we feel anxious and fearful about childbirth, the body reverts to our primitive fight or flight mode and we produce the stress chemicals cortisol and adrenalin. Blood is then re-directed to vital organs such as limbs and away from the uterus, causing the baby to receive less oxygen and the uterus works less efficiently. These chemicals slow down the birth as the body becomes tense and there is more pain. The brain thinks in images so hypnobirthing makes a lot of use of positive imagery and visualizations to let the brain feel comfortable with the idea of giving birth. If the mum to be is relaxed, with positive expectations about the birth then the body will produce the chemicals necessary for an easier birth with fewer interventions.  The mum-to-be can respond to hypnotic suggestions so well that they release "feel-good" hormones, such as oxytocin, endorphins and serotonin, while giving birth. These positive chemicals relaxes the mother's muscles and nervous system to the point that she feels less pain – or even no pain at all. 

There is more and more research becoming available about stress that an unborn baby can experience whilst still in the womb. The following link to Imperial College London explains why relaxation for expectant mothers is important

Imperial College London News Release -
Stress in the womb can last a lifetime, say researchers behind new exhibit

Physical relaxation, using guided visualisations followed by positive hypnotic suggestions, is learned and practiced daily in preparation for birth. The subconscious mind is trained to believe that birth will be comfortable, easy and more enjoyable.

Can hypnosis and hypnobirthing work?
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Fears and Expectations surrounding childbirth

Fear and Expectation

In our culture, women are often surrounded by negative messages about birth and grow up expecting birth to be painful and traumatic. Often, these messages come through stories in the media or on television. Women are conditioned to believe that birth is perilous and fraught with danger.

It is precisely this expectation of fear that creates the tension in a birthing mother, which in turn creates pain. This often happens at a subconscious, primal level. If a birthing mother senses or experiences anything that is unfamiliar her instinct is to protect her young and herself. So often where there is fear or apprehension, even if it is subconscious, it will inhibit labour as no mother would want her baby to be born where there is a threat to their wellbeing.

Hypnosis works at a subconscious level, changing instinctive perceptions of birth so that it is seen as a positive experience, enabling birthing mothers to trust their body. It also make mothers aware of how they can be in control and manage their environment, keeping it free of threats.

In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The women in labour is given support from other women, and children are often present to witness the event. In this way, birth is celebrated and honoured.  Young girls then grow up with the belief system that birth is a positive event and their expectations of childbirth reflect this attitude.

As a result, their births are similar to their predecessors; without pain and fear. They have a positive expectation of childbirth. In our culture, it is very much the opposite. For many generations we have been told that delivering a baby involves many hours of painfully agonising work, to be faced with fear and trepidation. We have all heard stories from well-meaning friends and family that send shivers up our spines, and so the legacy continues. We experience pain in childbirth, in part because we very much expect to!

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Relaxed mother holding her baby

Self-Hypnosis for Childbirth

Hypnosis is a natural state of daydreaming that we go into many times a day. You are aware in hypnosis and cannot be made to do anything that you don't want to do. Hypnobirthing uses hypnosis to relax the body and distract the mind so that when you are in labour you can distance yourself during contractions and let the body do what it has evolved to do. Hypnosis is used to gain access to subconscious ideas and thought patterns in order to relax the body and teach the mind that childbirth can be successful. Many women are anxious about the prospect of giving birth and we see and hear many frightening images and stories of labour. Hypnobirthing addresses these fears and replaces them with positive thoughts and feelings. Each week you will learn a self-hypnosis technique to practice at home so that you are prepared for labour.

These sessions will teach you how to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create your own natural anaesthesia whenever and wherever you need it. You will have control over your body, and be able to be an active participant in your birth process. As labour progresses, you relax even more, trusting in your body’s natural ability to give birth with ease and comfort.  Creating a calm and relaxed birth throughout, allowing your baby to have a calm entry into the world.  Hypnobirthing also acknowledges the importance of the father’s role and gives him a specific role which brings the couple closer together and gives him the knowledge that he is an important part of how his baby enters the world, deepening his relationship with his child.

Relaxed mother holding her baby
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Relaxed mother using hypnobirthing techniques

Too good to be true?

Can women give birth without experiencing pain? They can, but there are many variables in labour and birth that can affect the outcome, and couples need to have a positive but realistic view of hypnosis for childbirth. Benefits of using self-hypnosis for childbirth:

  • Less or no use of analgesic drugs means less risk of side effects on mother and baby.
  • An awake, energized mother.
  • A calm, peaceful birthing environment.
  • Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis.
  • Fewer interventions and complications during labour.
  • Babies who sleep and feed better.
  • Calm and more contented baby.
  • Reduction in length of labour.
  • Less reported pain.
  • Reduced caesarean rate.
  • Deeper, more restful sleep both before and after the birth.
  • Feeling less worried and anxious about the birth.
  • Less worried about life issues in general.
  • Fewer digestive problems and less heartburn.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Labour more often than nor begins spontaneously.
  • Fewer, or no drugs used, means there is less risk of side effects for both mother and baby.
  • A shorter, more relaxed labour.
  • Enjoyable pregnancy – embracing birth.
  • First stage of birth likely to be shortened by several hours.
  • Promotes special bonding of mother, baby and birth partner.
  • More rapid post-natal recovery Creates a special, integral role for your husband or partner.
  • Your Husband or Partner will learn how to keep him/herself relaxed and to help you relax.

As Hypnotherapy is hands-off and non-invasive, it is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable and safe therapies to use during pregnancy and birth.

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How many sessions will it take?

FREE - Initial consultation (1 Hour).
Normally followed by 3 sessions.

£60.00 each session and price includes CDs.

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Fully registered hypnotherapist & psychotherapist.  All client data is kept strictly confidential.

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