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The principles of Hypno-birthing

Giving birth calmly, safely and gently is every woman's and every baby's birth right. A woman's body has been perfectly designed to give birth to her baby. Free of fear, stress and anxiety her body is able to work in synchrony with her baby to naturally produce a beautiful blend of birthing hormones.


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When a woman is calm and relaxed the muscles which assist in the birth her baby are able to work harmoniously and effectively which means she has an easier, more gentle birth that is often also accompanied by a significant reduction in pain. These wonderful birthing hormones and muscles help to ensure that a woman can have the amazing, beautiful and profound experience that nature intended birth to be.


If the birth is calm, gentle & drug free for you, it's also calm, gentle & drug free for your baby - K Graves

Hypno-birthing is not about training mothers to give birth. It is about helping woman to release fear and anxiety and it teaches them how to use self-hypnosis and relaxation so their bodies and minds can relax and they can birth their babies gently.

Hypno-birthing is now widely recognised by birth professionals and is regularly discussed in the media. Hypno-birthing is commonly accepted as an effective approach to childbirth with many midwives training in the technique having witnessed 'hypno-births' first-hand.



The History of Hypno-birthing

More natural and gentle approaches to childbirth including hypno-birthing began in modern times with the work, amongst others, of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an obstetrician working in England in the early 19th century. His careful observations of women giving birth led him to develop the theory of the 'fear-tension-pain syndrome'.



Having witnessed women giving birth easily, calmly and comfortably he concluded that what made the process of birth painful was fear. Fear caused tension in the woman's body and disrupted the natural processes of labour and birth. Dr Dick-Read documented the negative effect of fear on childbirth. In his books he argued that childbirth did not have to be the painful ordeal that women had been led to believe they must suffer. He suggested that when fear is not present a woman can give birth comfortably and pain-free.

My dream is that every woman, everywhere, will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable, and satisfying birthing for herself and her baby. Marie Mongan

Unfortunately the view that labour and birth are painful and traumatic continues to be one which is still widely circulated in the media. Even amongst well meaning friends and family the negative view often persists and pregnant women are frequently bombarded with negative and fear evoking images and stories..



Overcoming fear

One of the main elements of hypno-birthing is the removal of such fears and the use of positive images, positive language and positive affirmations about birth. Marie Mongon, an American hypnotherapist was one of the first people to use the phrase HypnoBirthing. She developed a teaching program for parents to be which she brought to the UK in the early 90's. Since then hypno-birthing has gained in popularity and many practitioners including Katherine Graves have gone on to adapt and enhance hypno-birthing techniques specifically for the UK. There are now many hypno-birthing practitioners and whilst each have a slightly different approach the key elements of hypno-birthing remain the same - free of fear and tension a woman can give birth to her baby calmly, safely, gently.



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  • teaches deep relaxation which keeps you and your birth partner free of stress and fear

  • facilitates your body's production of powerful, natural pain relieving endorphins and feel good hormones

  • helps to shorten the length of the first stage of labour

  • reduces the need for surgical interventions

  • helps to keep baby calm and well oxygenated

  • leaves you and baby feeling calm but alert and able to fully experience those special first few hours together

  • empowers you and your birth partner to remain calm and in control even if there are unexpected circumstances


My son was born at 4:50am. I sat back having been on all fours, and just stared at him swimming up on his back, eyes open in the water. The midwife had to prompt me to pick him up. I came out of this trance-like state and I scooped him up and suddenly the power of speech returned and I felt euphoric.
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