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Hypnobirthing | Natal-hypnotherapy
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What hypnobirthing involvesA combination of self-hypnosis techniques, deep relaxation and guided visualisation make up hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing such as Natal Hypnotherapy™ can involve one-to-one sessions or listening to CDs which teach breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis.
There are sets available for everything from successful conception to home hypnobirthing, hospital birth and C-section. UK Clinical Hypnotherapist Maggie Howell developed Natal Hypnotherapy™ in 2003 and it has now helped tens of thousands of women in the UK.
What hypnobirthing helps withHypnobirthing practices help women to overcome any fears and create confidence in their body's ability to cope with childbirth on its own. The aim is to have a calmer, more relaxed pregnancy and birth.
More than 2,300 midwives and birth professionals across the UK now recommend Natal Hypnotherapy™ techniques, including midwife and complementary therapy expert, Denise Tiran, who says hypnobirthing is very successful and changes the perceptions of pain.
Maggie Howell, doula, author and founder of Natal Hypnotherapy™ says "A survey by Pregnancy and Birth found that 87% of women are terrified of giving birth. Natal Hypnotherapy helps mums fight fear... 97% would recommend Natal Hypnotherapy to others."
The Pregnancy and Birth study studied a selection of Natal Hypnotherapy™ users and found that:
-80% of users felt they overcame fear and anxiety leading up to the birth;
-88% went into the birth with a strong belief in their ability to give birth;
-84% felt they were extremely or very relaxed going into the birth;
-77% felt relaxed or very relaxed during the birth;
-80% felt able to manage or deal with the pain during birth
Different forms of hypnobirthingThere are many different approaches to hypnotherapy when used in birth and getting pregnant. Grantly Dick-Read, author of Natural Childbirth wrote about hypnosis in childbirth in the 1930s and since then techniques have been refined and expanded on.
These are a selection of hypnobirthing methods available:
Words by Naomi Majid