At my Kidderminster practice I see many couples who are unsure how their midwife may view hypnosis for childbirth. I am pleased to be able to tell them that midwives support and many encourage hypnobirthing.
Many couples interested in hypnosis for childbirth are concerned about what their midwives will think about hypnobirthing. The use of hypnotherapy in pregnancy is, however, no longer a rarity on maternity wards. I myself am delighted to see more and more NHS providers including natal hypnosis in their maternity programmes
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS trust introduced a hypnobirthing midwifery practitioner in 2009. Their initiative was recognised by a national ward for innovation. the midwife explained:
“This method supports keeping birth normal and changing attitudes towards birth for both women and midwives, giving women the confidence to trust their body’s ability to give birth calmly and safely."
Further afield theHampshire hospitals NHS trust offers confident birthing workshops for parents which included elements of hypnotherapy. Colchester Hospital University NHS trust provide full hypnobirth training delivered by midwives who are specially trained. They strongly back the training stating:
"Hypnobirth is for all births"
North Tees and Harlepool NHS trust run classes over five weeks. Their website clearly supports the programme:
"Women who use hypnobirthing experience less pain and therefore need less pain relief. It helps the mind’s messages which are sent to the brain to be much more positive, which helps women to relax and remain calm."
It is clear that across the country hypnosis for childbirth is firmly supported by NHS providers and midwives. Jacqui Tomkins, British Journal of Midwifery Midwife of the Year, 2014 heartily expresses her own and midwives feelings about the technique:
"We LOVE hypnobirthing! More and more of our clients are using it and we always discuss it as a resource with when we book our clients and explain the huge benefits to both parents and babies."
If you are considering training in hypnosis for your childbirth experience then you can be confident that midwives recognise the positive influence it can have. Unfortunately our local hospitals do not yet provide classes but hopefully this will soon change. If you would like to know more about training please do contact Breathe Holistic Therapy for more information. Training using the easibirth method is provided on an individual (couple) basis in our Kidderminster treatment room. The full course is five hours and can be delivered timed to suit your needs. For more information please do contact me.
Quoted from the Tao te Ching, a classic chinese text written in around the 6th century BC, I feel this poem expresses how midwives aim to support women to birth their own babies. This empowerment is very much reflected in hypnobirthing.