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:
- What hypnosis is and the history of hypnobirth
- The power of the mind and the effect of language
- Relaxation and breathing techniques
- The neocortex and hormones
- Birth partners, relationships, women’s advocates and primary supporters
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.
Table of Contents
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
Teri Gavin-Jones is a specialist midwife in parent education for Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust. Teri trained with and taught for the National Childbirth Trust as an antenatal teacher for ten years. She is an active birth teacher and water birth specialist. She undertakes monthly midwifery training on normal birth and is a guest lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, in parent education. She is a hypnobirth trainer and co-founder of Hypnobirth Midwives UK which delivers in-house hypnobirth training for midwives at hospital trusts across the UK. Teri has spoken at conferences both in the UK and abroad on hypnobirth and the future of parent education in the NHS.
Sandra Handford is a member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She is a co-founder of Hypnobirth Midwives UK and teaches Hypnosis for Hypnobirthing in-house to midwives in hospital trusts across the country.