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Hypnobirthing for a Calmer Birth

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth. From September, we’ll be offering a 4 Week Hypnobirthing course at our Islington centre – read on to find out more about the history of Hypnobirthing and how it can help you have a calmer, more confident birth.

In 1957, after two years of study by eminent neurologists and psychoanalysts, the BMA issued a statement that ‘hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth’ and proposed that all doctors should train in hypnotherapy. Although this is not the case today, many dentists train in hypnosis.

The seeds of the natural birth movement were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr.Grantly Dick-Read. After witnessing a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks in 1913 where the mother refused any pain relief and then proceeded to give birth quickly and comfortably. The mother’s comment after giving birth when he asked why she refused the pain relief was “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?”

This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field in the first world war and subsequently in hospitals as an obstetrician he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to the pain in childbirth. At the end of his career he wrote the book “Childbirth Without Fear”. He hypothesized that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited and becomes longer and consequently more painful.

Over the years his theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. His principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised. Today KG Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing. Obstetricians are also beginning to understand the significance of the work we do.

A KG Hypnobirthing Course not only equips you with the hypnobirthing information, but also gives you the knowledge to understand your options and the implications of the choices you make. As well as showing you the techniques you need for a successful hypnobirth, it gives you the information to navigate the system in which you find yourself so that you are able to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.

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Read more about Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course.