Collecting evidence for Hypnobirthing: new NHS trial

Is there evidence for Hypnobirthing? The NHS is trialling a study in Tameside, Greater Manchester. This news report below by BBC News covers the story…

Date: 19th May 2011

Source: BBC News

“Expectant mothers at a hospital in Greater Manchester will be able to try hypnobirthing, as part of an NHS trial.

Tameside General Hospital is introducing the technique to women who want to take part.

Women are not distracted from the pain but learn how to stay calm so their muscles relax.

Dr Soo Downe, a midwifery expert at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan), said: “The mind and body are actually linked.

“There is an effect in the way people think and feel in what happens in their body.

“The reason we are looking at this – apart from the fact women have asked us to look at it – is because it appears if you can reduce anxiety in women through the use of hypnosis we can then reduce pain because pain and anxiety are connected.”

Hypnobirthing practitioner Katy Redford, 37, is running the sessions at Tameside.

She said: “Hypnosis is really misunderstood.

“Before I’d experienced it I thought it was all about being in a trance and someone having to wake you from it.

“But it’s not like that at all and the women who do this are all able to take themselves into deep relaxation/hypnosis and are very aware and in control throughout. It’s very empowering.”

Studies have found self-hypnosis, which started in the United States, allows many women to give birth without pain, and without gas and air, it said…Read story on Hypnobirthing

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