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Hypnobirth experiences please!

All being well, I will be caring for a friend in labour in November. She is wanting to have a hypnobirth and is seeing a trained practitioner to help her achieve this. I have never cared for anyone having a hypnobirth, and while I am really keen and excited to have the opportunity, I am also a little nervous because I dont want to mess it up for her!!

I am wondering if any of you out there have cared for women having a hypnobirth, about your experiences and most importantly if you felt that your normal style of practice had to be adapted - and if so how!

Any top tips would be greatly appreciated! It would be great to hear some about some of your hypnobirth labours, so I can know what to expect.

Thanks very much,

Paula.

 

 

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This is more of a general comment that anything wildly helpful... I've had several people (both midwives who have looked after women wanting to go down a hypnobirth route and friends who have wanted to experience it) say that they planned it - went to classes and read up on it - but that actually when it came to being in labour, the whole notion went out the window! Of course I'm sure the practice has worked for lots of women - I think it really should be the case of if your friend thinks it'll work for her, then go for it, but just have a plan b!

Hi,

I have cared for 2 women who have used hypnobirthing in their labour. I thought it was really effective. It is so expensive to train in this, which is a shame. I didn't find it that hard to adapt care around their birth choices. We do that anyway as midwives, we individualize care. One woman had had a previous traumatic birth and she was thrilled with the outcome. She was very thankful, but really I did nothing. A quote from Nicky Leap comes to mind, "the less we do, the more we give". Hypnobirthing appeared to me to be a relaxation technique, or a method that helps women to allow their body to do what it needs to do. I would love to learn more about it. I think it is a great option for women.

Hi,

I have cared for 2 women who have used hypnobirthing in their labour. I thought it was really effective. It is so expensive to train in this, which is a shame. I didn't find it that hard to adapt care around their birth choices. We do that anyway as midwives, we individualize care. One woman had had a previous traumatic birth and she was thrilled with the outcome. She was very thankful, but really I did nothing. A quote from Nicky Leap comes to mind, "the less we do, the more we give". Hypnobirthing appeared to me to be a relaxation technique, or a method that helps women to allow their body to do what it needs to do. I would love to learn more about it. I think it is a great option for women.

Thanks for that Sheilst. Encouraging words. I like the quote you gave too. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. Am really looking forward to it!

Thanks for that Sheilst. Encouraging words. I like the quote you gave too. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. Am really looking forward to it!

hi, i have just qualified as a midwife in Manchester and have had experience of caring for quite a few women who have chosen to use hypnobirthing as a method of relaxation and coping in labour.  from previous experience, I would make sure I read through their birth plan in detail (ideally antenatally), picking up on any points that dont appear to fit with the principles of hypobirthing or that seem as though they may affect care in labour at any point. for example, a lady i was caring for a couple of months ago felt very strongly that she only wanted to baby listened in to once an hour as she was following the principle of 'minimal intervention'.  It took us some time to explain that this could be potentially dangerous in established labour and it would definitely have been useful to discuss this antentally had we seen the birth plan so that we could have discussed a happy compromise. eventually, we agreed to listening in every 20 mins. Our on call SOM was very helpful on this front.  But in general, my advice would be to maintain a calm, dimly lit, controlled atmosphere, using hushed tones and non medicalised language (make sure you read up on preferred language like 'surges' over 'contractions etc), give her and her partner time to 'be' so that she can focus on her breathing and get in the zone and use appropriate moments to encourage normality such as providing tools to mobilise (pool, ball, couch) and hydration etc as you normally would.  I must say i have had some testing but truly wonderful moments with women who are hypnobirthing and 'j' breathing at the end always restores my faith in our body's ability to labour and give birth like nature intended! Amazing! hope this helps a little! kind regards x

Hi kate128,

Thanks so much for those words - its great to hear your experiences and your advice. It all helps! I have been able to go through my birth plan with my friend which has been really useful in preparing myself in what I will be expected to do! I was a bit worried that my responsibilties would 'clash' with her needs, but like you say it is possible to compromise and be able to understand eachothers needs. I'm looking forward to seeing the J breathing in action!

Thanks again. x

Hi Paula, I'm a HB practitioner. Myself and Donna won the RCM award this year following the introduction of our HB service in 2009. I'm more than happy to chat on the phone and answer any questions or share some tips if you like. Im busy tomorrow but you can text or call me after that if that would be helpful :-) 07838250624 Warmly, Alison

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