Becoming pregnant for most mums-to-be is exciting and something to look forward to, but for some, actually giving birth brings feelings of great apprehension and fear. Well meaning friends and family often add to this fear by relaying stories of their own negative experiences leaving the expectant mother wondering if this could happen to her.
Addressing fears about the birth process through active education and preparation allows a mother to feel in control of what is happening to her body. Of course every woman is seeking to have the most gentle and easy birth possible, but this means active participation in the whole process of preparing the body and mind. Would you set about running a marathon without any previous practise or training or even warming up your body! Like any athlete the body needs to be warmed up and trained to build up strength and stamina. Giving birth too requires an understanding of your own body, how it works and preparation both mentally, physically and emotionally.
Learning to utilise the techniques presented at this workshop will start you on the road to achieving the most stress free and joyful birth, feeling in control and working naturally with your body.
By learning how to eliminate the fear – tension – pain syndrome using a combination of deep relaxation and self-hypnosis and breathing techniques mums-to-be can increase their feelings of control, release fear and work naturally with their birthing body.
Utilising these techniques offers many benefits such as:
- Shortening labour
- Reducing fatigue during labour
- Reduces the need for pain medication and consequent reduction of undesirable effects associated with them to mother and baby
- Reduces the incidence of instrumental/surgical delivery (i.e forceps, ventouse or caesarean sections
- Enhancing baby's well being
- Reducing the risk of postal natal depression
- Promoting speedier recovery after delivery
The following story from one of my patients which demonstrates how effective these techniques can be, even at a late stage in pregnancy:
“I met Jan when I was pregnant with my fourth child. All three of my previous births had had some kind of complication so I was feeling very anxious about my fourth birth. I had epidurals with all three births. The first was an emergency c-section, the second was a ventouse delivery and with the third I had a retained placenta. I was really frightened about what was going to happen to me this time. I have a history of big babies and after several scans, they confirmed that this baby was also big.
I was becoming more and more panicked as time went on. My midwife was doing stretch and sweeps every two days from 38 weeks to try to get the baby to come early because of his large size. I was starting to try to avoid these appointments because I was too frightened to go into labour.
Eventually, I decided to try hypnotherapy to try and calm myself down. I went online and found Jan who rearranged her diary to fit me in as soon as possible. We talked for a long time about my previous experiences, fears and anxieties. She taught me some breathing exercises and hypnotised me. She also taught me how to visualise what I wanted to happen which was very effective. She completely got rid of my fears and worries and after my appointment I found that I felt much calmer.
My fourth birth was a piece of cake. This is all down to Jan. The breathing techniques she taught me were so effective that I didn't need any pain relief at all. I had a few puffs of gas and air but found that I didn't need it so I put it down. All of the midwives said I was completely focused and in control at all times. My husband said he had never seen me like that before. It was different in every way to the other three births. I controlled the pain instead of letting it control me. I had a fear of going into hospital. Jan also dealt with that and I went there with no problem at all. It didn't affect me.
My baby weighed 10 lb 3. There is no doubt that if I had not seen Jan, I would have ended up having another epidural and disappointing experience. Instead, I had a 5 hour birth with no complications and was allowed home within 3 hours of giving birth.
To all those who are going to see Jan, good decision. I will always remember her and be so grateful for what she did for me and my family. I finally had the birth I wanted. To those who are considering it, pick up the phone. It is the best money you will ever spend.
When Sam rang me she was 10 days from her due date! She sounded so frightened and panicky that I felt I had to try and do something to help her. I was amazed that she had already had 3 children and wondered what I would be able to do in such a short time, thinking that she must know more than I did about child birth. Because of very negative experiences she had become conditioned to expect the worst and her fear had grown as her pregnancy progressed. She was to attend hospital 3 days after our appointment for a possible induction as they were worried about the baby’s size. She really did not want to be induced and so longed to have a baby naturally. She had not been taught how to breathe during any of her previous pregnancies so this was a good place to start. I dealt with her fears and negative conditioning and put everything into the session I could possibly pack in, as there was not going to be another opportunity for any more sessions. I thought about her all week, wondering if she had had to be induced. The following week there was an elated Sam on the telephone, so excited to tell me that she had a beautiful baby boy, born naturally and easily and giving her the memory of a wonderful calm birthing experience. She told me that she had decided against the inducement, after discussing the options with her doctor / midwife and preferring to wait for the baby to come naturally, even though it might be a big baby again. The joy and excitement she displayed made my day and makes my job so rewarding.