With increasing concerns over the use of epidurals, more and more women are taking an assertive approach to managing their pregnancy and birth experience with the award winning Natal Hypnotherapy range of CDs and courses. Encouraging preliminary research suggests that repeated pre-natal use could lead to a more positive birth experience and reducted need for drugs and interventionin during labour.
The powerful self-hypnosis techniques used by more than 20,000 UK mums are similar to those used by international athletes, combining deep relaxation and guided visualisation to prepare the mind and body for an easier, less painful and often less interventionist birth. As a result they are also being explored by many midwifery professionals in the UK seeking effective ways of helping women to prepare for and give birth more comfortably and as a practical antidote to the drug-dependent labour culture which is of increasing concern for National Health Service. The British caesarean rate soared to 22% from 9% in 1980 (12% higher than the rate deemed appropriate by the World Health Organisation), however the caesarean rate of women using Natal Hypnotherapy is only 15% in comparison.
Created by british hypnotherapist Maggie Howell, the Natal Hypnotherapy techniques serve as a complement to more traditional birth preparation techniques, allowing mothers to remain relaxed, involved and in control, being conversant and aware of the experience. Being so relaxed leaves no room for the fear and tension which contribute towards much of the pain of childbirth and increases the release of a women’s natural pain killers (endorphins) and blood flow, making contractions more effective so reducing the need for intervention and length of labour.
The courses and CD range address a women’s physical and hormonal developments and supports her emotional needs at all stages of the birthing process from conception, through the trimesters of pregnancy and post-natally.
The Natal Hypnotherapy CD range is available from retailers including the National Childbirth Trust, Foyles and the NutriCentre as well as directly from Natal Hypnotherapy. Individual CDs retail at £16 or £50 for the 4 CD pack. It can be ordered by calling 01428 712615 or online at www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk.