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BBC Woman's Hour asks 'Does Hypnobirthing Work?'

I was delighted to be invited to take part today in a discussion on Woman’s Hour about hypnobirthing. Jenni Murray was also speaking with Professor Soo Downe who is well known in the field of midwifery and birth, and Michelle Olley who has recently given birth using hypnobirthing at Colchester Hospital where we trained the midwife who set up hypnobirthing in the hospital.

Sometimes radio or television will allocate a couple of minutes for someone to fire questions at you about hypnobirthing. On Woman’s Hour we had 10 minutes to discuss hypnobirthing not exactly in depth, but at least with time to give a better impression of what hypnobirthing is and how much it can help women and, possibly even more importantly, their babies.  You can listen to the interview again here.

One area we touched upon was a trial conducted by childbirth expert Professor Soo Downe who led the largest controlled trial on the use of hypnosis during labour in the UK.

This trial had 680 first time mums who were birthing out of 3 different NHS hospitals. The results for the women who were randomised to self-hypnosis during their pregnancy had a reduced rate of epidural (27.9% in comparison to 30.3%) and post birth had a reduced anxiety and fear about childbirth. Read the full report here.

Why did the trial statistics not demonstrate how effect hypnobirthing actually is?

As a teacher of hypnobirthing and of hypnobirthing practitioners I know how effective hypnobirthing is. I have overwhelming daily feedback from many women and teachers about the positive effect it has on their childbirth. Yet the trial statistics do not demonstrate how effective hypnobirthing actually is. Why is this?

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Privileged to be a Doula in Italy

What has my holiday in Italy got to do with hypnobirthing?

Last year I was invited to Italy by Alice Parkinson to train a group of KGHypnobirthing teachers. One of the joys of the course was Giorgio, Alice’s baby son, who held out has arms and insisted on a hug every time I saw him.

Alice and her husband Gavin have restored a beautiful stone farmhouse in the hills of Tuscany and they let out self-catering accommodation http://cavalenzano.com/  and they are now expecting their second baby. At very short notice I had an invitation to stay with them for a week and rather jokingly said, ‘If the baby arrives when I am there I will doula for you.’

As I arrived Gavin came out to the car with the news: ‘She’s in labour!’  Perfect timing.

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Breech Baby says No to Cesarean Section

Birth stories are one of the highlights of this job, but even more so when the baby arrives upside down!

Many breach babies are now routinely delivered in hospital with a caesarean as this is deemed the safest option. However this should not always be the case. I know many hypnobirthing mothers who have delivered breech babies naturally and safely and strongly believe that this over medicalized stance on delivering breech babies is wrong.

I will not launch into this debate now, but just share this heart-warming story of the baby who was not going to wait for a caesarean.

Tracey had been advised that with her babies bottom was fully engaged in a breech position and therefore she had no option but to book in for a caesarean. This she did reluctantly as she had wanted a natural birth.

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Is cost cutting forcing women to beg for a caesarean in hospitals?

Recent press articles have highlighted issues with NHS policies regarding caesarean births.  

Highlighted in the BBC is a warning by the coronor that there is 'a risk of future deaths if the NHS favours vaginal delivery over Caesarean sections on the basis of cost.'  The full article is available here.

The Daily Mail talks about ‘NHS policing pregnancies to put women off caesareans.’  The full article is available here.

In 2011 NICE guidelines stated that all women can have a caesarean.  This was controversial with many criticising some mothers for being 'too posh to push.'

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Midwives from Royal Albert Edward Infirmary NHS talk about embracing Hypnobirthing

We were very happy to hear about the progress of hypobirthing at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan.  They have a launch event upcoming and we wish them great success in using hypnobirthing in their hospital. 

Below is an interview with two of their midwives, Lesley Price and Karen Colquitt, talking to Wish FM News about their uptake of KG hypnobirthing.  They are embarking on a comprehensive program with eleven trained midwives.

Here they discuss the benefits:

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KG Hypnobirthing Proud to Support the Doula UK Conference

KG Hypnobirthing is very proud to be supporting the Doula UK Conference being held on 19th March in London. This precedes World Doula Week which commences on the 22nd March.

Any birth professional, from doulas to midwives, hypnobirthing and antenatal teachers, health visitors and other persons who support women in the perinatal period would find this event a true learning experience.

They have a fascinating line up of talkers and workshops including talks from:

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Breast Feeding Report from The Lancet

The first of a series of two reports published by The Lancet has revealed the extent that breast feeding could benefit mothers, babies and the global economy.

Around the world breast feeding rates vary dramatically, significantly, higher-income countries having much lower rates. One of the lowest levels being in the UK where at 12 months less than 1% of infants are breastfed.

Modelling conducted details how substantial some of these benefits could be. Putting some significant figures in the report, including that scaling up breast feeding to almost universal level could:

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Singer/Songwriter Sandi Thom Chooses KG Hypnobirthing

It was a privilege to recently teach KG Hypnobirthing to Sandi Thom and her husband Matt Benson. Sandi, a singer/song writer from Scotland is expecting her first child soon and is relishing this opportunity to learn about Hypnobirthing.

Sandi and Matt’s baby will have heard lots of singing during the pregnancy, I am sure these songs will be very soothing for baby when they arrive in this world.

Sandi’s new single, ‘Earthquake’ can be downloaded or streamed from here. http://www.sandithom.com/earthquake/.

Tom and Giovanni Fletcher Enjoy Hypnobirthing

Lovely to have an alert arrive in my inbox this morning with a picture of The Hypnobirthing Book being shared on Instagram by Tom Fletcher with some lovely positive comments.  Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna enjoyed a Hypnobirth with their first child and planning a second hypnobirth.  Good luck to them both and thank you for taking the time to share their story and help spread the word about how wonderful hypnobirthing is.

View their latest blog in Hello Magazine here .  

Hypnobirthing Teacher Training Course in Dubai

I have recently returned from a wonderful trip teaching KG Hypnobirthing to a group in Dubai.  A fascinating city and as always I felt honoured to teach such a lovely group.  Sharing insights into different challenges that varied cultures experience during childbirth can be very educational for us all.  The demand for Hypnobirthing keeps growing and growing and we are happy to keep helping spread the word.    

 

KG Hypnobirthing at the RCM Conference

KG Hypnobirthing are delighted to be at the RCM conference, It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with new and established midwives and to have a friendly chat about KG Hypnobirthing.

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