We provide individual hypnotherapy sessions for mums-to-be, in addition to a service open to parents and parents-to-be, covering all aspects of pregnancy and parenthood. Some of the issues we have worked with include:
In 1953, Grantly Dick-Read wrote the book, 'Childbirth without Fear'. In this book, he theorised that the pain of childbirth was a result of three components: fear, tension and pain. Read believed that fear itself was the biggest part of this triad, and that misinformation about the birth process was the cause. Read also assumed that the pain of labour was a learned response, due to the subconscious conditioning of society over many thousands of years.
As a young doctor in 1913 Dr Dick-Reid was called to a slum area of London to deliver a baby, where he observed a young woman give birth, seemingly without pain. When he asked the new mother why she did not require any pain relief was to have a tremendous consequence. "It didn't hurt. It wasn't meant to, was it Doctor?" she replied.
His work inspired the formation of The Natural Childbirth Society, later to become the National Childbirth Trust.
The reasoning behind the use of hypnosis for childbirth is not to eliminate pain, but to put the client in control. Our hypnosis for childbirth programme is individually tailored to each client, but will usually include the following: relaxation techniques, self hypnosis, understanding the physiology & psychology of labour, hypnosis to enable a positive birth experience, rapid induction techniques, pain control, coping with problems and medical interventions, bonding with the baby and breastfeeding, how to trigger the body's own natural anaesthesia, rehearsal for labour, effective hypnotic strategies for complication, contractions and transition.
The use of hypnosis for childbirth will:
Post-natal depression affects about 1 in 7 women and may be due to stress caused by physical, hormonal and social changes following childbirth, a negative or traumatic experience of childbirth and high social expectations and beliefs about maternity and childrearing. Risk factors associated with post natal depression (PND) include: inadequate emotional & social support, previous incidence of PND, ill or premature baby, pre-existing stress (often to do with the pregnancy and birth, such as change of job and house move), issues from childhood, emotions linked to the birth itself (anxiety, worry, anger, disappointment, guilt) and a perceived inability to adjust to motherhood.
The use of hypnotherapy and CBT are effective strategies to treat depression, whatever the cause (please see our information page on depression). The addition of EMDR - eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing - is sometimes necessary in cases where there is past or recent trauma.
Sadly, postnatal depression many often go unnoticed. Some of the common feelings of the post-natal period, such as tiredness and feelings of inadequacy may be considered almost normal. Mothers with post natal depression, however, will usually exhibit other symptoms, such as:
Even more of a problem, pre-natal depression is a surprisingly common occurrence in around 15% of pregnant woman. Symptoms include sadness, anxiety and panic. This condition is particularly likely to occur in those women who have inadequate support during pregnancy, those who have experienced previous bouts of stress, and women with problems surrounding childhood, the death of their own mother and trauma of any kind.
'Baby blues' is the mildest form of mood disturbance following childbirth and is experienced by almost all mothers. It is more common in first-time mothers and those who previously experienced pre-menstrual syndrome. It is probably caused by the changes in female hormone levels following childbirth and only lasts a few days.
Postnatal psychosis, on the other hand, is the rarest form of depression specifically linked to giving birth, only occurring in 1 in every 500 women or so. It is most likely to occur in mothers who have previously had an episode of serious mental illness or in those who had a strong family history of serious mental illness.
Symptoms of the disorder are more extreme than in PND and usually include a disturbance of mood, such as mania or depression. Other symptoms include having muddled thoughts, delusions and hearing voices or seeing things that are not there.
Symptoms appear from a couple of days to a couple of weeks after the birth. This is a potentially serious condition, and requires psychiatric intervention.
As most pregnant and breastfeeding women are anxious to avoid medication, the use of hypnotherapy, CBT and EMDR are particularly recommended during pregnancy and the post partum period.
Carole is a hypnotherapist and Director of the Academy of Clinical & Medical hypnosis, a UK-wide training school, which offers externally, validated training in hypnotherapy, stress management and NLP. She has been a fully registered and qualified EMDR practitioner since 1996, and hold qualifications in clinical & medical hypnosis, NLP (neuro linguistic programming) stress management and energy psychology. She also teaches a masterclass in the use of CBT - cognitive behaviour therapy.
Carole was previously a breastfeeding counsellor and antenatal teacher for the Sheffield branch of the National Childbirth Trust, and therefore has a wealth of knowledge in this area. She has used hypnosis for childbirth for many clients, enabling them to enjoy the experience of childbirth, with less pain, fewer medical interventions or complications, reduced analgesia and a faster recovery. She has also worked extensively with many issues surrounding pregnancy, such as tokophobia (fear of childbirth), previous birth trauma and fears of needles and medical procedures. She has also assisted many mothers who encounter problems post partum, whether depression, problems successfully breastfeeding or sexual issues.
Through her work with the National Childbirth Trust and SANDS. (the Stillbirth And Neo-natal Death Society) Carole has worked with many families experiencing the trauma of termination, stillbirth and the death of a baby.
Carole used hypnosis, CBT, EMDR, NLP, EFT and stress management for many other issues surrounding childbirth, including IVF, issues surrounding adoption and sexual and relationship counselling. For further information please contact her on: 01246 416544 or email.
We will shortly be offering our three-day masterclass in hypnosis for childbirth and related areas, including IVF, as part of our 'LifeSolutions BirthSolutions' therapist training package. This will include an distance learning option ( for non-midwives) of the physiology of childbirth. Midwives and other health professionals who do not hold qualifications in hypnotherapy will be invited to complete our four day Certificate in Hypnotherapy before registering for this course. Completion of the certificate will be accepted as a foundation level training, suitable for entrance into the externally awarded Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma. Costs are as follows:
|Physiology of Childbirth||£50|
|Masterclass in Birth Solutions||£295|
|Certificate in Hypnotherapy (suitable for midwives & other health professionals)||£380|
Please contact us on enquiries@acmhl for further information or to pre-register at a REDUCED RATE of £280 for the masterclass and £350 for the certificate (saving up to £45).