Dr Miriam Stoppard says that she believes hypnobirthing is the best option as it doesn’t involve drugs and allows a sense of control. It works by the mother-to-be entering a hypnotic state and mental relaxation, however they are still fully awake and in control. As well as helping control pain, hypnobirthing can also help reduce labour time, as well as reduce the risk of complications and developing postnatal depression.
Deciding to use hypnobirthing means that the mother must undertake at least five sessions before the birth and practice regularly to ensure she is able to enter the hypnotic state during labour.
Many mothers opt for hypnobirthing as there are no drugs involved, meaning they cannot interfere with the baby.
the article also highlights how important it is to plan ahead, particularly when using hypnobirthing, in order to fully learn the technique.