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Hypnotherapy is gaining greater recognition as an effective coping and behaviour modification tool. Joanne Mathon, proprietor of Mother Nurture, is a certified and registered Master Hypnotherapist, and offers hypnotherapy services through Hepworth and Associates in Markham.

What is Hypnosis for Childbirth?

Hypnosis is a safe and effective way to prepare for childbirth. It is a naturally induced mental state that focuses your attention so that the subconscious mind can accept positive and beneficial suggestions. Hypnosis is similar to the relaxed state you feel as you play a musical instrument, exercise, meditate or practice yoga. It is not sleep. Participants report that the hypnosis sessions are pleasant and deeply relaxing.

Research indicates that hypnosis promotes:

  • Shorter labours
  • A self-reported reduction in pain
  • Reduced epidural and analgesic use
  • Reduced intervention (i.e. fewer forceps and caesarians)
  • Higher Apgar scores
  • Fewer cases of postpartum depression.

Hypnosis for Childbirth promotes a positive pregnancy and birth. Women who practice self-hypnosis in pregnancy report feeling better both physically and emotionally: they sleep better and have more confidence before the birth. With an average of 3.6 hours of active labour (see Research), women remark that the birth seems easier, they can remain in control, while at the same time, relax deeply.

Hypnosis during pregnancy is also helpful with nausea, high blood pressure, breech presentations and other pregnancy related complications. Contact us for more information.

Research Findings

Hypnosis: practical applications and theoretical considerations in normal labor.
Jenkins, MW and Pritchard, MH. Br J of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1993 Mar; 100 (3): 221-6; Wales.
Two statistically significant findings include a reduction in the length of active labour (first time mothers using hypnosis had 6.4 hours; the control group had 9.3 hours, p<0.0001); first time mothers had a significantly reduced incidence of pain medication use (96% in the control group had nitrous oxide and/or Demerol vs 74% in the hypnosis group, p<0.001).
Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combined with childbirth education.
Harmon, Hynan and Tyre. J Consult Clin Psychol 1990 Oct; 58(5): 525-30; Milwaukee.
This randomized control trial reported shorter labours, less medication use and less reported pain, higher Apgar scores, more frequent spontaneous deliveries and reduced incidence of postpartum depression.
Hypnosis for Childbirth: prenatal education and labour outcome.
Shawn Gallagher, unpublished, October 2000; Toronto.
This retrospective survey for 31 low-risk first time mothers notes average active labour of 3.75 hours (vs 12 hours for the general population), an epidural rate of 16% (vs 40-90%, in Toronto and outlying areas), caesarian section rate of 6.5% (vs 20.1 to 36%, Toronto and outlying areas), reduced maternal pain perception, reduced intervention and a higher incidence of planned homebirths delivering at home (92%).

Mother Nurture's Mind Over Labour Classes

  • Four 2.5 hour classes over three weeks (each class is 2 1/2 hours) plus,
  • Course fee of $200 includes the four sessions, the Hypnosis for Childbirth book and all the audiotapes.
  • Parents find the best results occur when the first class is booked at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, or earlier.
  • Classes are small (1-3 couples) in order to focus more on individual needs.
  • Individual, private sessions are available, as well as accelerated sessions for late pregnancy.
  • Long distance training is also available in some circumstances.

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