Preparing to welcome a baby is a life-changing experience, not just through pregnancy and birth, but for the rest of your lives. Hypnosis for childbirth can offer a simple, relaxed approach to this most important transition, as you step into your role as parents and become a family.

Giving birth to a new life is bound to evoke a number of feelings and emotions. Our expectations about giving birth can be influenced (negatively) by others, the media or perhaps a previous difficult pregnancy or birth. In our culture, birth has become seen as a medical condition.
In other cultures, childbirth is regarded as a natural, normal event in a woman’s life. The birthing women are 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 like their predecessors, without fear and sometimes without pain. 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 is many hours of painfully agonizing work, to be faced with fear and trepidation.
There is no doubt that childbirth can be a wonderful experience. The greatest factor influencing whether it is or not is your own expectations and attitudes. Fear and expectation can determine the outcome of your experience.

Origins of Hypnosis for childbirth

It is somewhat ironic that hypnosis for childbirth is becoming increasingly popular in the UK in the last 10 years, as it is one of the oldest uses of hypnosis.
Florence Nightingale wrote extensively about the mind-body connection in her 1859 nursing volumes.

As early as 300BC, Hippocrates and Aristotle, medical philosophers and leaders of the Grecian School of Medicine were using hypnosis with mums-to-be. The principles behind using Hypnosis for childbirth is tied to the way that birthing was practiced in ancient times – as a celebration of life
Aristotle & Hippocrates wrote that birth should be looked on as a beautifully orchestrated natural function. Interestingly, neither wrote of pain in their notes on normal, uncomplicated birth. They believed that the needs and feelings of women in childbirth were to be accommodated. Aristotle wrote of the mind-body connection and emphasized the importance of deep relaxation during childbirth. In the event of a complication, women were brought into a relaxed state so that the complication could be resolved and treated.
Superstition, civilisation & culture have influenced the minds of many surrounding pregnancy and birth and have brought justifiable fears & anxieties to women.

In the early twentieth Century, an English Obstetrician called Dr Grantly Dick- Read, whose principles would form the foundation of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), developed a theory called the “Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle”, suggesting that fear increases tension within the body, the uterus and that this tension inhibits the natural birthing process, prolonging labour, and causing pain.
His theory that something within our own bodies that, in the absence of fear and tension, could release a natural relaxant that could facilitate an easier, pain free birth was too radical for the time. It was more than half a century later in the mid-1970s that scientists discovered endorphins – neuropeptides in the brain and the pituitary gland that have an effect 200 times that of morphine. Endorphins produce a tranquil amnesiac condition.
This amnesiac condition occurs naturally in all mammals during labouring.

Hypnosis for childbirth (Hypnobirthing) shares the principles of natural birth and has been developed in collaboration with UK midwives to reflect current midwifery practices. Using hypnosis for childbirth is widely recognised by medical professionals as an accepted choice for expectant parents.
It’s principles advocates the belief that every woman has within her power a natural maternal instinct to birth her baby with joy and comfort in a manner that most mirrors nature.
Hypnobirthing can empower you to develop a calm approach to pregnancy and birth and enable you to prepare for a safer, easier, more comfortable and positive childbirth experience. This course will teach you the tools to reduce anxiety, build confidence in your body’s ability to nurture and birth your baby.

It uses self-hypnosis, relaxation, visualisation and breathing methods to prepare mind and body for birth. It teaches pain management skills and aims to boost confidence so you manage, rather than fear, childbirth. It is about reaching a deep state of relaxation, maintaining perception of control over the process and developing a positive attitude. It is about changing the expectation of birth. If women expect to be in agony they are likely to experience it. Mums using Hypnobirthing go into labour feeling calm and confident.
It can greatly increase your ability to recover, enhance confidence in parenthood, and support baby to be calmer too! Using hypnosis will not only help you during labour and birth but also potentially in other areas of your life for years to come.

It can help you frame a positive expectation and to prepare for birth by developing a trust and belief in your birthing body. We will be looking at the basic physiology of birth and explaining the adverse effects that fear has upon the chemical and physiological responses of your body. Practising the techniques during pregnancy will support you in achieving the birth that you desire and wish for both yourself and your baby……after all it is a unique event.

“No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception. The missing ingredient in easy comfortable births is fear”
Grantly Dick Reid – Childbirth without fear