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.
Hypnosis: practical applications and theoretical considerations in
Jenkins, MW and Pritchard, MH. Br J of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology 1993 Mar; 100 (3): 221-6; Wales.
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.
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.
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
- Individual, private sessions are available, as well as accelerated
sessions for late pregnancy.
- Long distance training is also available in some circumstances.