Attending the recent Royal College of Midwives (RCM) conference was a good opportunity for us to highlight the KGH teacher training courses and raise the profile of KGHypnobirthing in hospitals. It is vital that midwives have up-to-date knowledge about all areas of their practice and the programme this year had an emphasis on challenges and how to overcome them – whether in leadership, quality assurance, addressing inequalities or supporting those most in need and the importance of multi-disciplinary teamwork in all aspects of maternal care.
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An evening with Lord Robert Winston
Last week I spent an enjoyable evening listening to Lord Robert Winston speak at Marlborough College. It was interesting to hear about his role in setting up the IVF service at Hammersmith Hospital in the 1980s and his work on fertility around the world, as well as his more recent appearances in the media.
Ahead of the lecture, I decided to take another look at the current research and found some insightful articles about the role of hypnosis in improving outcomes for IVF. We have saved them in our Hypnobirthing library for reference which can be found here.
Making Love on Valentines Day!
On Valentines Day, the focus is on love, love, love and lots of it! If you’re expecting a baby, then making love happen and not just in the biblical sense can support you and your birth partner in experiencing a positive pregnancy and birth.
Oxytocin Plays the Starring Role
This tiny little amino acid peptide known as oxytocin plays the starring role for all mums to be throughout pregnancy, birth and the post natal period.
Google trends is a fascinating place to view changes in interest for different search terms over a period of time. For our area of interest; 'hypnobirthing' it shows a healthy growth shown in the graphs below. Click on the link or the image to see the most up to date statistics.
These growth charts are a result of all the good work done by the different hypnobirthing groups. Word of mouth plays an important part in this as well as the many prominent PR stories we have seen recently. View some of these stories here.
The Mama Conference is always an inspiring event and KGHypnobirthing is delighted to support it. This year I had the privilege of being invited to speak on ‘Midwives Tuning in to Hypnobirthing with Mothers.’
It is a very heart warming to see the snowball effect that hypnobirthing is having with so many midwives now having first hand experience of a hypnobirthing mum and seeing how transforming it can be for women during childbirth. I discussed this alongside the common misconceptions about hypnobirthing.
One is that it is a method of pain relief in labour and the other is that it is a load of techniques that you learn to use in labour. Neither of this is true.
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 who has recently given birth using hypnobirthing at Colchester 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?
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.
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.
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.'
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:
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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