Decades of birth stories, media portrayal and cultural expectations have led to many women, in the UK, approaching the birth of their baby with excitement tinged with anxiety and fear.
Mindfully preparing to welcome a new baby can be challenging when other peoples stories pop up all the time. How do we create our own stories and work with our own realities to ensure a personally authentic and congruent experience?
As preparation for birth Natal Hypnotherapy uses breathing techniques, guided imagery and visualisation to guide you through the birth process - allowing your body and mind to become familiar with the process long before labour starts for real.
Practising techniques before going into labour allows your mind to recognise intense physical sensations, emotional changes and triggers so that when labour starts the brain responds by doing what's been practised and you are able to stay relaxed and calm.
Many birth professionals use hypnotherapy to support women during labour and birth and NHS research is taking place to look at the effectiveness of self hypnosis on birth outcomes.
So if the only antidote to fear is courage we can find courage by - breathing, relaxing and visualising.