What is Natal Hypnotherapy?
Natal Hypnotherapy is hypnobirthing by another name and was developed in the UK by clinical Hypnotherapist Maggie Howell, reaching well over 100,000 women.
Natal Hypnotherapy reduces anxiety and fear but also, and very importantly, encourages women to listen to their bodies, to birth instinctively. Pregnancy and birth hormones are encouraged to flow, leaving women feeling calm and confident.
We explore both the physiological and emotional aspects of birth. Practical techniques such as massage and the use of the birth ball are included along with hypnosis techniques. We introduce post-hypnotic suggestions and affirmations and show how to draw up an individual mind-map, a really useful tool, to help prepare and plan for birth.
The role of the partner
The contribution a partner/birth partner makes is really key, keeping women motivated and encouraged, supporting them by attending to their feelings and practical needs. The more partners understand the process of birth from an emotional and physiological point of view, the more confident women are.
How does Natal Hypnotherapy differ from other approaches?
Natal Hypnotherapy workshops are personalised and tailor-made, catering for each individual. No specific breathing techniques are taught but there is an emphasis on working with the body, finding out what works best. Other approaches emphasise the possibility of having a pain-free birth experience but we prefer to acknowledge that labour can indeed be painful, giving tools to women to help them turn down the pain, to control it themselves.
Whether you want a natural water birth at home or are open to having an epidural in your local hospital, what you learn on these workshops will give you the confidence and ability to work with your body no matter what your birth choices are or how labour develops.
For more background on Natal Hypnotherapy do visit the main website here. You will find more information on research and articles, top tips etc. written by Maggie Howell.
The Natal Hypnotherapy Birth Preparation CD was number one best seller on Amazon in their Pregnancy and Birth category towards the end of 2011! Click here for more information about the range of CDs available.
What people say about Natal Hypnotherapy
“The best part for me was understanding the emotional aspects of birth (not covered by other courses) the importance of preparation, really grasping how natural childbirth is and giving me the confidence and trust in my body. This course has really helped me! Thank you!’ Kate
“The key issues for me that came out of the course were all the ways to provide effective support for my partner, increasing my confidence to deal with the hospital environment and the relaxation techniques. The course was extremely useful. Men need to know this stuff.” Chris
“This course reaches the parts other courses can not reach!” Irena