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Hypno Beginnings

Hypon Beginnings - Pregant Woman's bellyHypnosis can be used as a pain relief method during labor. Obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read first wrote about the phenomenon in the 1930s in his work on natural childbirth and since the 1980s a range of different techniques have been developed that utilize hypnosis in natural childbirth. One such technique is Hypno-Beginning developed by Nathalie Fiset, a certified hypnotherapist and family doctor in Paris, France.

Hypnotherapy can also be used during pregnancy and childbirth to prepare a mother for birth and/or to attempt to treat a number of issues ranging from fears and minor health conditions related to the pregnancy, to the possibility of reducing or eliminating pain during labor.

Evidence suggests there may be value in using hypnosis for a wide range of pregnancy related problems, such as heartburn, high blood pressure and postnatal depression Practitioners believe that during pregnancy and prior to birth, the use of hypnosis can significantly shorten labor, reduce pain and reduce the need for intervention. Practitioners also believe that babies born to mothers who have used hypnosis to relax and calm themselves will sleep and feed better.

Hypnotherapists who specialize in hypnosis for childbirth can offer a tailored approach geared towards individual women. This is especially important if they have additional phobias or fears associated with childbirth. This can include needle phobias, fear of hospitals or even fear of pregnancy itself.

A post-review of patients who had used hypnotherapy for labor was published in 2004 in the British Journal of Anesthesia 2004 (93(4): 505-511) by A.M Cyna, G.L. McAuliffe and M.I. Andrew. The review suggested that there was evidence of the reduced need for pharmacological analgesia but a more substantial trial was required. Subsequently there is a major controlled trial currently underway in Adelaide, Australia which is seeking to conclusively prove that hypnosis can a make a significant difference to women in pregnancy and labor.

In 1993, a randomized control trial by M.W. Jenkins and M. H. Pritchard, “Hypnosis: Practical applications and theoretical considerations in normal labor” reported that hypnosis, combined with childbirth education: