It is said that The Countess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, used natal hypnotherapy to help her remain relaxed throughout her pregnancy and during the delivery of Prince George. It is increasingly common for Mums-to-be to attend relaxation sessions, learn pain control techniques and self-hypnosis and even have a hypnotherapist present during their labour.
I have had the pleasure of working with several Mums throughout their pregnancies which have resulted in the births of healthy babies. All pregnancies and labours are different but hypnotherapy which allows you to be ‘in the moment’ rather than worrying about what is going to happen in the future, enables your body to work naturally, at its own pace, reducing the need for analgesia. There is a reduced chance of needing other medical interventions, too, when you are calm and ‘going with the flow’.
Breathing to ensure maximum oxygen flow through the body helps you stay in control and energised and helps baby as it is born into the world. Babies tend to be calmer as they experience less trauma – babies which are delivered either by vaginal delivery or by C. section to a calm mother in a calm environment tend to be better sleepers and feeders.
So why does hypnosis have such positive effects? Hypnosis is a misnomer. Its correct name is neuro-hypnosis as it is the nervous system which is calmed rather than the whole body. By turning off negative thoughts, making positive affirmations, visualising ideal outcomes and picturing calm scenes with beautiful colours when under hypnosis, nervousness, stress and anxiety can be eradicated. Without the release of stress hormones (which are released when anxious or nervous) which work against the body’s own birthing process, delivery can progress as nature intended. Pain is reduced when in the hypnotic state as the body is relaxed, and other mind-management techniques are taught to help should pain become more intense.
I am a great believer in arming my Mums with as many tools to help them during pregnancy, labour and the delivery as possible, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and self-hypnosis. I produce CDs which are tailored to each woman’s own needs from the bespoke hypnotherapy sessions which are held during the final trimester all to give the best possible chance of having a great experience during baby’s delivery.