Birthing my second baby was the greatest achievement of my life and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing, informative and empowering Natal Hypnotherapy.
Natal Hypnotherapy™ is a form of hypnobirthing that revolutionises womens birth experiences by teaching them to overcome fear and work with their bodies during birth. Natal Hypnotherapy is the UK’s leading approach to hypnobirthing. It was created by clinical hypnotherapist & mother of five, Maggie Howell in 2000 and has developed and changed alongside the UK maternity system.
Women learn Natal Hypnotherapy hypnobirthing techniques by listening to a series of relaxing CDs in the privacy of their own home and following the step-by-step Effective Birth Preparation Guide Book. Gemma Nealon, experienced midwife, therapist & mum, offers the in-depth Natal Hypnotherapy workshops from Mulberry House in Edinburgh’s West End. The comprehensive range of CDs & the Effective Birth Preparation Guide Book are all available from the Positive Birth Scotland shop.
Whilst listening to the CDs, the mother is guided into a deeply relaxed state using breathing techniques, guided imagery and visualisation. Once in a daydream-like state, she is taken through a detailed visualisation of the delivery from a physiological perspective – almost like a dress rehearsal of the birth. This way she can practice her labour and respond to any sensations and changes she might experience. By listening to the CD over and over again, her body and mind become more and more familiar with the processes of a calm relaxed birth, so increasing her confidence and reducing a lot of the anxiety. As the mind does not know the difference between imagination and reality, once you go into the labour for real the body recognises the sensations and triggers and says: “Oh yes, we have done this before – this is a sign for me to relax, stay calm etc..”.
As any midwife will tell you, the most important way to help yourself during birth is through relaxation and breathing. The two day Natal Hypnotherapy workshops teach more in depth self hypnosis skills plus a wide range of practical and informative tools and techniques to help both mother and her birth partner feel more confident and prepared for birth. I wouldn’t be offering Natal Hypnotherapy workshops unless I felt there was evidence to support this technique as a way to achieve a calm, relaxed birth with reduced and manageable sensations of contractions.
Self hypnosis is a skill, and as with all skills, it needs to be practiced. Once acquired it is a skill for life if practice is maintained. The facts speak for themselves: Natal Hypnotherapy users have an average Caesarean rate up to half the national average and are recommended by 97% of users. Medical research has repeatedly found that hypnosis reduces surgical intervention, use of pain medication, mum’s pain perception, and labour times. Read more research about the success of hypnosis in childbirth on the main Natal Hypnotherapy website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Natal Hypnotherapy™?
Is it the same as Hypnobirthing?
Is Natal Hypnotherapy™ recognised by the medical profession?
What do women have to do to learn the techniques?
Are more in depth courses available?
Has Natal Hypnotherapy™ won any awards?
Do women recommend Natal Hypnotherapy™?
What if my birth doesn’t go according to ‘plan’?
I keep hearing from everyone that labour is extremely painful. Can it make my labour pain-free?
I absolutely loved Gemma’s Natal Hypnotherapay course. I went in with no real expectations and have left feeling so inspired and positive about the birth. We stumbled upon the course by chance when looking at hypnobirthing courses, and feel so lucky to have found it. It all makes so much sense and I am now looking forward to bringing my baby into the world when he or she is ready to arrive. I’ve been listening to the birth rehearsal track every day and I can feel myself becoming more and more positive. Thank you!