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The use of hypnotherapy in childbirth has been around for many years but only recently has it been recognised
as a valuable aid. Her Royal Highness the Duchess
of Cambridge used hypnotherapy during both her
pregnancy and the birth of Prince George
and had a seemingly very relaxed
birth experience.

Hypnotherapy for childbirth is a useful
tool which can help mothers prepare
for the birth by addressing any
concerns and fears they may have as
well as reducing the pain and length
of labour and can reduce the chances
of intervention.

Feeling relaxed during labour ensures a high level of oxygen is entering the body, which is not only good for the baby but also good for the production of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain reliever.

Many studies have also found that babies born to mothers who have used hypnotherapy to prepare and relax them for birth are more likely to
sleep and feed better.

Facts and statistics from the experts.

According to figures from the American
HypnoBirthing® Institute only 15% of
pregnant women who received
hypnotherapy for childbirth required pain
relief compared to 70% needing pain relief
in the non hypnosis group.

The evidence continues to support the idea
that hypnotherapy for childbirth is highly
beneficial with only 20% of mums who
received hypnotherapy requiring an epidural
compared to 70% in the group that received
no hypnosis.

Further evidence continues to highlight the merits
of hypnosis by showing that pregnant women who
had received hypnotherapy stood a 20% reduced risk
of experiencing an induction and a 16.5% reduced risk of experiencing a C-section.

In a different study British researchers found a significant reduction in the length of labour for first and second time mothers, with the 70 hypnosis patients spending an average of 6 h 21 m in labour compared to the 70 participants that received no hypnosis who took an average of 9h 45m.

Benefits of hypnotherapy for childbirth

Hypnotherapy for childbirth has a plethora of benefits which can help both during and after pregnancy. Listed below are a few examples of issues hypnotherapy can help to address:

  • Can reduce labour time
  • Can reduce fatigue in the mother during and after birth
  • Can reduce postnatal recovery time
  • Can reduce the risk of intervention
  • Increases the chances of babies feeding and sleeping better
  • Can help aches and discomforts during pregnancy
  • Can help morning sickness
  • Assists the natural birth process
  • Can speed up post birth recovery
  • Can improve oxygen levels in mother and baby.


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