Hypnotic Childbirth – NI Hypnosis

Nuala O’Kane

Modern prenatal care is roughly 100 years old. Over the decades, how woman have prepared for and given birth has changed dramatically but ultimately the end result is the same, to bring our baby safely into this world.


In the early 1900’s the majority of mums to be would have given birth to their child at home, this was as natural a childbirth as you can imagine! No antenatal care, no hospital no form of pain control! Yikes!


The following decade saw the emergence of the first maternity hospital and some form of “pain control” and by pain control I mean mum was completely knocked out for the entire delivery, this method was known as “Twilight Sleep” a dosage containing morphine and scopolamine, this brought in itself huge risks and the loss of life for mother and baby was extremely high.


By the 1920s giving birth had progressed ever so slightly, most births were now attended by a Doctor, problem being that Doctors believed that there was nothing ‘natural’ about childbirth so they intervened at every stage, and I mean every stage, forcibly dilating the cervix, using forceps and extracting the placenta to name a few!


Let’s jump forward a few decades and at this stage woman had begun to find their voice, they didn’t want to miss the entire delivery of their child and the medical profession was advancing and moving towards less evasive methods. They developed a better understanding of the workings of a woman’s body during labour. Feral ultrasounds were developed in the 1950s and were used to check for medical problems. By the 1970s a range of options had become available for pain control known as labouring techniques, these included relaxation, patterned breathing, HYPNOSIS, birthing pools and the Lamaze method. Epidurals were introduced in the 70s also.


For those woman who chose to have children, there is always the feeling of absolute joy and excitement when they become pregnant, all the plans can begin, boy or girl? Prams, nurseries the list goes on, but, for most, in the midst of all the excitement, is the fear of child birth, every woman has the battle stories of their labour, the word labour in itself instils fear, its something that has to be worked for and doesn’t come easy.


So from we were little girls, giving birth has been continuously linked with negative words, pain filled stories, television programmes filled with woman screaming and shouting in agony,  its astonishing we chose to have children at all!


So, how does hypnosis help? Hypnotic Childbirth helps in the following 4 ways:


  • Hypnosis removes the fear of childbirth
  • By teaching the Mum-to-be relaxation techniques that wok with contractions and birth
  • By teaching the Mum-to-be to go to a special place within their subconscious mind
  • By teaching Mum-to-be hypnotic anaesthesia so she can help herself when she feels discomfort


Hypnotic childbirth prepares you to embrace all the wonderful experiences that come with having a baby, instead of fearing what’s to come, you can enjoy the experience, being able to breathe through the contractions with the knowledge that this is your body preparing you for the birth of your baby, with each contraction relaxation will flow through your body. Hypnotic Childbirth enhances every stage of your babies birth, from the moment you feel the first twinge until you have your baby in your arms.

You will go through this experience with a calm and clear mind. Having a baby is such a rewarding and life changing experience, one that should be savoured and enjoyed, not feared. Hypnotic childbirth reprograms the way we think about having a baby, about contractions and delivery, it removes the negativity that has been associated with childbirth for decades. The techniques that mums-to-be will learn through this program will help bring a sense of calmness to them, it will enable them to ease the aches and pains that come with the later stages of pregnancy.

The power of hypnosis adds to this life changing experience making for a happy mummy, and you know what they say, a happy mummy a happy baby.