I came to yours for some hypno therapy for my preganancy last October & wanted to give you an update.
I had my little girl on Good Friday. She was a bit too comfortable and had to be induced in the end. Having never had an induction before I didn't realise how intrusive it would be! Once they broke my waters my contractions came thick & fast. Last time each contraction was really really upsetting, but this time I felt I managed the pain much better with less need for the drugs as last time.
I also felt a really strong urge to push which I didn't feel last time, making my labour happen much quicker.
Unfortunately the placenta was retained and after 3 hours of several people trying to get it out (and me feeling a bit like a plucked chicken!) I went into theatre to get it removed. While I was being 'plucked' and, with the help of the gas & air, I took myself away & imagined I was in a field at a festival (!) Whilst in theatre, I imagined myself on a beach on my holiday and really managed to relax while they sorted me out. It was almost a pleasure to lie there!
Despite all the medical trauma I had (her heart rate dropped dangerously low at a couple of points and they had to press the emergency  button) I was calm and found the whole experience much more positive than the last time and I put this down to the hypnosis - so thank you!
I am also listening to my other cd, when I get a moment to help me catch up on rest. I call it my power nap!
So thanks again. I would reccommend it to anyone else...
Hope you are well & enjoying the sunshine!
Rebecca (and Pippa) 

Using Hypnosis for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Women are constantly bombarded with negative stories about childbirth – told that it is the most painful thing they will ever do in their lives – told all the gory details of births that had complications – told about all the medical intervention that could occur. It’s no wonder women get anxious and worried about it. It’s no wonder they are tense and unable to relax. It’s no wonder that the "pain" of childbirth becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy!

But, it need not be like that. Childbirth is a natural process – one that women’s bodies were designed for. Hypnosis helps you:

  • to put things in their true perspective.
  • to relax, stay calm and in control. In a calm, relaxed state your muscles and skin can stretch easily and naturally in a pain-free way.
  • to stay focused on the process that your body is going through and be in tune with what your body and your intuition is telling you.
  • to be healthy and sleep well,
  • to heal quickly and recover faster,
  • to be happy and have confidence in your abilities as a mother
  • to experience Post-Natal Happiness!!
  • to boost the power of IVF or help you to conceive naturally.

Babies in the womb benefit when the mother is relaxed and calm - a mother's anxiety can be transmitted to the unborn child - so naturally, a mother's calmness can be transferred too.

Pregnancy and childbirth are remarkable and wonderful. So, enjoy it and give your child the best start you can.  Enjoy your pregnancy and have wonderfully natural childbirth.


For practical advice on Birth Preparation Services, Yoga during pregnancy, and Doula Services, I can recommend:

For more information about Childbirth and Hypnotherapy follow this link to the hypnotherapy directory: www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/articles/childbirth.html

Charlotte Holloway, Relaxed Birth and Parenting Educator (Solihull 07876 577639)
Or see Charlotte's website: www.mindbodyandbirth.com.

For all other Active Birth Information go to www.activebirthcentre.com

For books on self-hypnosis for childbirth see :

Dr. Steven Reid's book "Good Childbirth".  Click here to go to his website to view and/or order his book.

Paola Bagnal's book "Birth Made Easy" available at Amazon.co.uk

Look out for my Hypno-birth story in the July 2002 issue of Mother and Baby Magazine