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Becoming a parent is such an exciting time, whether this will be your first baby or a further addition to your growing family, but it can also bring along a few new emotional or physical issues that you might not have experienced before.

Antenatal conditions such as pregnancy related nausea and / or vomiting can become debilitating, whilst insomnia, reduced energy levels and hypertension can impact heavily on your day to day health and your experience of pregnancy. Postnatally, some women may struggle with bonding, breastfeeding, post-natal depression, or feel like they have lost their own identity.

Alongside the care provided to you by your midwife and other medical professionals, hypnotherapy can assist with all of these bumps in the road that you might be experiencing by helping you to enhance your physical and psychological wellbeing.
 
Maybe your thoughts are more focused on the birth of your baby? Welcoming your child into the world should be an exciting and joyous time, but often women and their partners (if applicable) feel nervous and even fearful about the process of childbirth. Hypnobirthing has become such a popular way of allowing a more positive childbirth experience for all involved, your baby included!

If you asked most people what's the first thing that comes to mind when they think about childbirth? you'd probably get the standard answer, "pain." If you even asked a small child this same question, they would probably give you that same answer. It is this cultural buy in or expectation that make us fear the pain of childbirth before we've even experienced it for ourselves. Alternatively, you may have had the unhelpful experience of a traumatic birth which is now making you fearful of going through this process once again. Often, the memory or the fear of pain can be worse than the pain itself, inducing so much anticipatory anxiety that it exacerbates any discomfort we may then feel.
 
In some cultures of the world the process of childbirth is left to doulas, non-medically trained women that have assisted in the births of hundreds of babies, naturally, and drug free. The women who these wonderful people help are not taught to fear childbirth, instead they are taught to view it as a natural process, a task which their bodies are perfectly designed to accomplish. These women are trained to trust themselves and their bodies to do exactly what they need to do. In this way, they are empowered to take physical and emotional control of their own childbirth experience.
 
The medical, paternalistic approach that is taken in the Western World can often leave an expectant mother feeling out of control of her childbirth experience and she may feel that she is being placed into the hands of others. But, this is your body and this is your birth experience, and it is only right that you wish to feel comfortable, relaxed, and excited as you welcome your baby into the world.
 
It goes without saying that when medical support during childbirth is required, it should be accepted willingly, both when everything is progressing as expected or if unexpected things should happen. Hypnobirthing is designed to be used as a complementary therapy alongside the care that your midwife and obstetrician will provide and many midwives are already familiar with the hypnobirthing techniques that you will be taught.
 
Using self-hypnosis to reduce fear and pain during childbirth alongside medical support has become increasingly popular over the past 20 years or so. Research suggests that learning and using self-hypnosis during labour can reduce pain, shorten labour, and reduce the need for medical interventions. Research also suggests that babies born to mothers who use self-hypnosis during childbirth sleep and feed better as they are born in less stressful conditions.

During your first and second trimester you may only receive hypnotherapy for stress, anxiety, relaxation, hypertension, or morning sickness and always with the express consent of your medical team / midwife. The process of relaxation and learning how to induce self-hypnosis at this stage can help to reduce your blood pressure to a normal level for you, help you to control nausea, sleep better, and allow you to really practise your new skill of self-hypnosis so that you can induce a relaxed state more easily when you come to the next stage of Hypnobirthing. You will also be sent voice recordings of your individualised scripts at various stages for you to listen to at home. This allows you to re-enforce what you are learning between sessions and provides you with ongoing support throughout your pregnancy.
 
During your third trimester, you can further strengthen your self-hypnosis skills as we begin to prepare you for the day that you will bring your baby into the world! Over four sessions, you can learn how to breathe effectively through all 3 stages of labour, what you might experience as labour starts and progresses, and how to manage discomfort, troubling emotions, and anxiety so that you can stay calm, empowered, and in control throughout the arrival of your baby.
 
You will be provided with educational materials to back up what you are learning in your sessions and once again, you will be sent voice recordings of your individualised scripts to listen to at home and practise as much as you need to until that exciting day arrives. 

Please feel free to contact me or to launch a chat if you have any questions and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you are ready, you can book your free initial consultation by clicking the button below.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you soon!