Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Self-Hypnosis Eased the Pain of Childbirth

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Self-Hypnosis Eased the Pain of Childbirth

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Byline: MARIE TURBILL marie.turbill@eveninggazette.co.uk

PREPARING for the birth of her fourth child Claire Marron was sceptical just how much help self-hypnosis techniques would be.

But describing herself as "very nervous" while pregnant the Marton mum was willing to give it a go.

Looking back she said: "I had a calm, positive, empowering birth with no problems and no pain relief. I could not believe it. I just managed the pain using the hypnosis skills."

Claire, 39, is just one of the many mums-to-be turning to hypnotherapy techniques to help them through labour.

Now South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering natal hypnotherapy workshops.

Those opting to take part will be taught about natural ways to reduce pain during childbirth, self-hypnosis skills to overcome any fears or anxieties and effective breathing and relaxation techniques.

Sue Symonds, community midwife for the trust, said: "It's about understanding how the body is working and how you can help it."

"Most people's perception of hypnosis is stage hypnosis but self-hypnosis occurs naturally to all of us such as when you read a page of a book but cannot recall what you have just read or when you are driving the car and suddenly realise you can't remember the last part of your journey."

She said fear and anxiety can have a negative effect on your body during birth but the self hypnosis helps reduce this. …

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