TherapistsEleanor CoppEmma Charlton
How can hypnotherapy help in pregnancy and during parenthood?
Hypnotherapy is well known and used in many ways , the NHS uses it for irritable bowel for example. But how can it be useful in pregnancy?
Well, it can provide a constructive way to manage worry, and all research says these days that more worry equals a less than great birth experience, it has an effect on the baby in utero and after birth and increases concerns when parenting which affects bonding, health and confidence in parenting decisions.
Everyone knows, worry less, and there are maximum benefits, both visible and invisible.
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"As a Midwife, I am well aware of the worries pregnant women have in their lives because they store them up and tell me in labour. Worries they have harboured for months and kept them inside. I say, "What are you worried about?" when they are saying they are frightened and I get a list which we then unpick one by one. They can then settle and give birth .
It is much better to deal with these worries as they come up though. They are all valid and they are personal to you. When Women and couples come to me we unpack them. They could be memories of a previous pregnancy and birth or seeds that friends and family have sown which grow into doubt and concerns .
Attending a session with me is a mixture of talking about whats happening today, what is the predominant thing eroding self confidence and interrupting the relationship with their unborn baby. We then discuss the pros and cons of that issue.
The hypnotherapy part is purely relaxing the mind and body and taking on new information whilst in a relaxed state . The work is in essence to support trust in yourself at a time of transition and uncertainty and concentrate on what you want to work on without distraction.
Worry may be about birth or it may be about having enough love for a second child, sadness about a bereavement, or coping if a partner works away . We are all different people, and so the work is unique to you.
After the birth I work with Mothers on managing fatigue and running a household and provide support during the transition back to work . Carving out a piece of time to look yourself is so important to your emotional wellbeing . Everyone benefits.
I work very flexibly dependant on need, sometimes from 6 weeks through to birth, sometimes 1 session at 38 weeks is all it takes. However taking action and receiving support like this gives huge rewards and I am always very happy to talk."