Will Royal Baby Spark 'Hypnobirth' Craze?

Monday, 22 Jul 2013 05:04 PM

By Charlotte Libov

Kate Middleton was widely reported to have used a technique called hypnobirthing to ease labour pain while delivering her new son. Now the question is, in the wake of the most-hyped celebrity birth in years, will hypnosis become a hot new trend in childbirth?

Robert Atlas, M.D., chief of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore tells Newsmax Health that the delivery method is not as far out of the mainstream as you might think.

“Hypnobirthing, like other forms of hypnotherapy, puts you in an alternate state of consciousness,” said Dr. Atlas. The prestigious Cleveland Clinic has recently started teaching the pain-reducing technique. “It uses hypnotherapy techniques to induce a state of deep relaxation during childbirth,” Dr. Atlas said. “Music and affirmations may also be employed.” Hypnobirthing is already becoming popular in Hollywood, with actresses Jessica Alba & Tiffani Thiessen having reportedly used it. Kate Middleton gave birth to an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy on Monday after about eight hours of labour.

Self-hypnosis has been used for centuries to ease pain, but only in recent years have birthing programs using the technique sprung up. Although they go by different names, what hypnobirthing methods have in common is the contention that fear leads to the pain during labour. This fear ignites the “fight or flight” syndrome in which hormones are released that raise blood pressure, heart rate, and ultimately direct blood to the large muscles, draining it from where it is needed in the uterus, making labour less productive and more painful. Hypnotherapy is designed to combat fear and to help the body release endorphins, the so-called “happy hormones” that relieve pain.

Hypnotherapy is not promoted as a method that will make childbirth completely pain free, but some mothers say it enabled them to use less medication or none at all                              

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New hypnobirthing techniques can help women achieve pain-free labour

9 Jun 2013 13:17


HYPNOBIRTHING is the new, revolutionary method of coping with the pain of childbirth... we meet a mum who has already successfully used it.

WITH royal mum-to-be the Duchess of Cambridge reported to be learning hypnobirthing, Clare Johnston meets two women to find out why they decided to use the technique – and whether it really can help overcome the agony of labour pains.

Lucky Kelly Signorini has managed to achieve what most women believe to be the impossible – she had pain-free labour with both her children.

What makes this all the more incredible is that Kelly gave birth to her first child, Taylor, five years ago when she was in her mid-30s and he was in the awkward occipito-posterior position – lying back-to-back with her.

She used hypnobirthing techniques throughout labour, which involves deep relaxation and an understanding of the muscular contractions that most women find so painful.

Kelly, 41, of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, became interested in hypnobirthing as a way of avoiding taking drugs during labour.

She said: “I was a bit nervous about the birth as I don’t even like taking pills if I have a headache so I didn’t want to take drugs to get me through it.

“I’d read about hypnobirthing and after a bit of research online, I found a local teacher, Estelle Cole.

“One of my friends was also pregnant so we halved the cost and had four three-hour sessions with Estelle with our husbands coming along too.“We were also given a book and a relaxation CD to take home

“Estelle recommended we listen to it as much as possible so it was easy to relax when we were actually giving birth.”

Kelly, who also has a three-year-old daughter Amber, soon found herself feeling more relaxed about the birth as she learned the different stages of the delivery and how best to work with her muscle contractions. She added: “Estelle took us through some deep relaxation methods and described what was going to happen in the body. “We learned the physiology of birthing and why your body was doing what it was doing.

“This meant we could understand how certain pressures meant the baby was moving through the channels and the way the muscles contracted to push the baby down. “I understood what my body would be trying to do and that gave me more confidence.”

In fact, Kelly was so relaxed it took her some time to even realise she had gone into labour.


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