Maternity services and choices for labour and birth are fast evolving. Hypnobirth involves preparation for childbirth using tried and tested hypnotherapy techniques in harmony with midwifery best practices and increasing numbers of women are turning to the technique.
Written by two experienced practitioners, this is the first evidence-based practice book for medical professionals on this subject. Chapters include coverage of:
Throughout the book the authors provide health professionals working in clinical midwifery practice with information and evidence-based findings to support the use of hypnobirth. The book includes case studies, scripts and reflective questions to encourage a deeper understanding of the techniques and issues and to engage and inspire the reader.
Hypnobirth is essential reading for midwives, obstetricians, student midwives, doulas and any practitioner involved in preparing and supporting pregnant women for labour.
Foreword Denis Walsh 1. The History of Antenatal Education 2. What is Hypnosis? 3. Why Hypnobirth? 4. The Neocortex in Labour and Birth Hormones 5. The Power of the Mind 6. The Effect of Language 7. Relationships 8. Breathing Techniques for Birth 9. What is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy? 10. Can You Low Risk the High Risk? 11. Attitudes Towards Pain