Katharine was recently asked to join the expert panel for Mother and Baby to answer a question often posed to her:
What is hypnobirthing and how can it help me during labour?
Breathing exercises, visualisations and relaxations have been around for years, and they are helpful. But what sets hypnobirthing apart and makes it so much more effective?
The most important thing is the way it works on fear. Remember the story of The Princess and the Pea? The princess couldn't sleep because the pea under her mattress irritated her constantly. Even when the servants added more mattresses, she couldn't sleep because the pea still irritated her. The pea is like fear. Every woman, however much she is looking forward to giving birth, will have seen a TV programme or film which showed a less than positive birth experience. This may be buried deep in her subconscious, but it is there.