What’s it all about? Watch my short Vlog
……… so, hopefully, what you’ve gleaned from that is that I’m not a crystal-hugging oddball and I’m not going to be suggesting that we sprinkle some kind of fairy-dust over a pregnant woman, wave a magic wand and hope for the best – it’s waaaay more practical than that.
Hypnobirthing with Natal Hypnotherapy provides pregnant women and their partners with simple tools and techniques to help them feel more prepared and less scared of giving birth.
Over 100,000 women have used the Natal Hypnotherapy techniques and 97% of them say they would recommend this hypnobirthing method to others.
Around 2000 midwives regularly recommend Natal Hypnotherapy because they’ve seen that women who use these techniques are more relaxed, better able to cope, seem to feel less pain and have a more positive birth experience.
Blokes? Not sure? Read here what Olympic Gold Medalist, Greg Rutherford has to say!
The Hypnosis Bit
If you think you’ve seen a stage hypnotist ‘making’ people cluck like a chicken, bark like a dog etc. it’s because they wanted to do so! They volunteered to do it, and they were up for their 5 minutes of fame.
You can’t be hypnotised against your will. You can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to do. You are in control at all times.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness ……… you do it yourself, several times a day – think about when you daydream or ‘zone out’ whilst watching or listening to something. You’re not asleep or unconscious are you?
Hypnosis happens by agreement. You allow the practitioner to help you into that state of relaxation, something you know how to do anyway but right there and then with the purpose of achieving a goal, and here’s how Natal Hypnotherapy can help you achieve a positive birth experience.
You’ll just be sitting comfortably relaxing, I won’t be waving a pocket watch in your face and there’ll be none of that ‘look into my eyes’ Little Britain rubbish either!
Why I chose Natal Hypnotherapy
I first discovered Natal Hypnotherapy as a doula. I noticed that the parents I supported who had attended a course and then continued practicing at home had increased confidence as they approached birth.
I saw for myself how calm both parents were during labour – both believing in the woman’s ability to birth her baby, understanding that her body knows how to do it, in the same way that it has known how to grow her baby without instruction. Dads in particular, I noticed, were really confident that they had the ‘tools’ they needed to support their partner. Both parents appreciating how important the birthing environment is and what a huge part the mind plays too.
When I talked to them antenatally, those parents who had attended a Natal Hypnotherapy course had had an opportunity to really address any fears or anxieties they had about labour and birth, appreciate where they came from and address and reframe them so that they no longer existed or were understood and could be dealt with. I know the impact that fear can have on labour and birth and to be able to address it is monumentally empowering for parents.
There are quite a few other hypnobirthing techniques around. I was drawn to Natal Hypnotherapy for a few reasons that seemed to set it apart from other methods:
- It is self hypnosis, the woman is not reliant on anyone else
- There is no change of language (such as changing ‘contraction’ to ‘surge’). Practically, this means that those supporting the labouring woman don’t need to be given a list of words they can and can’t use.
- The ‘tools’ learnt are beneficial to parents whichever path their labour and birth takes, supporting them to have a positive birth experience.
- It has been developed alongside the UK maternity system so it has the backing of thousands of birth professionals.
- It is tailored to each woman/couple.
- The training is in-depth and is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.