Hypnosis for Childbirth and Fertility

Seth-Deborah became a certified HypnoBirthing® practitioner in 2000. She combines her knowledge of the delivery process (having worked in Labor & Delivery as a Nurse Anesthetist since 1975) with her knowledge of the power of hypnosis to ease the birth process.

Hypnosis has a long history of being used to facilitate more comfortable births.

Cyna, McAuliffe, and Andrew (2004) found that women using hypnotic anesthesia for birth not only rated their labor pain as less severe, they generally required less opioid use, with some not requiring pharmacological analgesia at all in the labor process. Mairs (1995) found that women trained in the use of hypnosis reported significantly lower ratings of both pain and anxiety following birth. Moya and James (1960) found that babies whose mothers used hypnosis to facilitate birth had a during the first hour of life showed a significantly greater ability to recover from the asphyxia or deficient supply of oxygen which accompanies birth.

Since 1995 the National Institutes of Health has strongly recommended hypnosis as a treatment for physical pain

It has also been established that stress can influence one fertility. Stress can put the fallopian tubes into spasm and we all know that stress can stop the menses. Hypnotherapy is a way to deal with any stresses or fears and tension that may be getting in the way of getting pregnant or having a successful pregnancy. A study in Israel foudn that hypnosis helped in the implantation process during in-vitro fertilization.

"Fertility can be restored in women by the use of behavioral therapy, thus avoiding recourse to expensive medicines and complex procedures," cited Scientist and Professor Sarah L. Berga (Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.) Berga reported on her latest research in an address to the 22nd Annual Conference of the European Society of Reproduction and Embryology, June 20, 2006.

Stress "Harms Brain In The Womb," confirmed Professor Vivette Glover of Imperial College, London (1/26/07) who found high levels of cortisol in the amniotic fluid bathing the baby in the womb during situations of maternal stress. Her research demonstrated that the unborn child is an aware, reactive human being responsive to the mother's emotional states. Her work suggest maternal stress is a true risk factor in its own right and calls for interventions.

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