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The Athene Spa answers – What is Hypnobirth?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding hypnobirthing. When most people think of hypnosis they think of stage hypnosis and people being made to act the fool.

There is nothing mythical or magical about it. As far back as the 1950’s hypnosis has been considered for use within medicine by the British Medical Association(BMA 1955) as this extract demonstrates:athene 125

“In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a Subcommittee, led by Prof T Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second, and more comprehensive, report on hypnosis. The subcommittee consulted several experts on hypnosis from various fields, including the eminent neurologist Prof W Russell Brain, the first Baron Brain, and the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. After two years of study and research, its final report was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), under the title “Medical use of Hypnotism”. …

It concludes from a systematic review of available research that,… In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of Labour.

According to a statement of proceedings published elsewhere in the same edition of the BMJ, the report was officially “approved at last week’s Council meeting of the British Medical Association.”

Effectively what hypnobirthing aims to do is to give women and their birth partners strategies to help them work in tune with their body during pregnancy and labour.

Why choose a KG hypnobirthing course?

We are the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally.  You will learn about the 5 ‘C’s of hypnobirthing – Confidence, Clam, Choice, Control and Comfort. Your course includes all course materials including a copy of Katherine Graves book on Hypnobirthing.

For more information visit our website www.athenebeauty.com or kghypnobirthing.com.

Courses are generally run over 6 weeks and each session lasts approximately 2 hours. They are designed for pregnant women and their birth partner. Intensive weekend courses are available contact Lyn 07740 354465 for more information.

BMA(1955). ‘Medical use of Hypnotism: Report of a Subcommittee appointed by the Psychological Medicine Group Committee of the British Medical Association’, Supplement to the BMJ April 23, 1955: 190-193

A new course is coming soon here in Thrapston – call Lyn on 07740 354465  to book or to find out more information.


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