Hypnobirthing Information For Care Providers
Downloadable Information for care providers and the impact of Hypnobirthing for the NHS view pdf
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is an antenatal education programme, based on evidence preparing mothers and their families for birth which also provides positive outcomes ante- and postnatally. Course materials include a professionally produced text book and CD for the mother and course handouts and DVD for use in class as well as a structured course manual and certified training programme for the teacher.
The relaxation and breathing techniques taught are life skills that have a positive impact on the health and well being physically and mentally of all who practice them. Therefore, benefiting the birth companion and wider family members who engage with the pregnancy as well as mother and baby. The ongoing ability to control mental well being (e.g. relaxing to control temper and mood) as well as physical health (e.g. relaxing to reduce blood pressure) have wide reaching benefits.
Birth requires the mind and body to work together. To separate them is to create problems where they do not exist.
What does Hypnobirthing do?
*Teaches breathing techniques for deep relaxation and fear release to overcome inhibitions
*Reduces the need for medication and intervention
*Educates about physiology, healthy lifestyles and natural starts to labour
*Increases self-confidence and positive feelings of empowerment
“Ensure that pregnant women receive high quality care throughout their pregnancy, have a normal childbirth wherever possible, are involved in decisions about what is best for them and their babies, and have choices about how and where they give birth.” Department of Health, 2004
What is the impact for mothers and their families?
*Labours are shorter, less painful and require less intervention including less inductions
*Women experience higher levels of satisfaction, faster recovery, better bonding and feeding
*Babies have higher APGAR scores, are calmer, feed and sleep better
*Birth companions are actively involved, improving bonding and confidence
“Respect for a woman’s wishes and her involvement in decision making is essential to her care in pregnancy and labour (NICE 2007, DH 2004)”
RCM Evidence based guidelines for midwifery-led care in labour: 4th Edition. 2008.