Pregnancy and Parenthood

Hypnosis for Childbirth / Hypnobirthing

We run a choice of one-to-one appointments, introductory nhs-funded workshops and group advanced courses.

Birth has the potential to be one of the most wonderful experiences of your life.
Childbirth is a natural physiological process that a woman’s body is fully equipped for.
Each birth is unique, and easibirthing® is about empowering you to manage your individual experience, not fear it.

We train you to use self-hypnosis, relaxation, visualisation and breathing methods to prepare mind and body for birth. The easibirthing® method teaches you how to use hypnosis for pain management and aims to boost your trust in your body so you enter labour feeling calm, confident and in control.

This is about reaching a state of deep relaxation, maintaining perception of control over the process and developing a positive attitude.

It is about changing your expectation of birth so that you help rather than hinder the natural process, and develop valuable life skills for parenthood.

We work closely with the Salisbury branch of the  National Childbirth Trust in Salisbury. Many of our women and couples also choose to attend a local nct antenatal  birth preparation course. easibirthing and nct attended together complement each other to build your confidence to give birth and to prepare you for feeling empowered to make the right choices for you during birth. 

Below are some Salisbury women's descriptions of their childbirth experience following attendance of the advanced course:

“I knew exactly what to expect and was able to imagine what was happening. Felt calm during labour and know I can do it again.” -Amanda, 1st baby

"Wonderful, amazing-a testimony to hypno & faith!" - Joandi, 1st baby

“Very moving, amazing bringing our baby into the world. Strengthened mine and my husband’s relationship, we were a fantastic team." - Sarah, 1st baby

"An absolute essential-as necessary as a birth plan. I couldn't birth without this course in my armoury." - Kelly, 3rd baby (attended course for all 3)

What are the benefits of using the ‘easibirthing’® method?

  • Reduce or eliminate fear
  • Produce pervasive relaxation
  • Significantly diminish or eliminate the need for medication; thereby eliminating its risks and post-delivery effects for both mother and child
  • Increase the rate of spontaneous vaginal birth, reducing the need for intervention
  • Shorten the period of labour; by reducing anxiety during each stage
  • Make it possible the management and control of sensations of discomfort
  • Promote a steady recovery
  • Foster and increase positive emotions during the entire birth process
  • Help you create of an experience which has positive memories attached
  • Reduce incidence of post-natal depression
  • Stimulate and maintain a strong energy level into the post-delivery phase
  • Promote lactation for breast-feeding
  • Calmer, more laid-back baby

Enhancing Fertility / Infertility

Once a couple/woman decides to try for a baby, all too soon as the months pass it can become all encompassing, all consuming, often obsessive. You can find it difficult to focus on other aspects of your life. If month after month it continues not to happen-both of you can experience feeling detached and isolated from the world, a profound sense of sadness, scared of ‘what this might mean’. It is all about time-time seems to be running out. The uncomfortable reality is that there is a window of opportunity-a limited optimum fertile period in our lives.

The mind has enormous power over the body, which is constantly influenced by our emotions, thoughts and beliefs. There are many factors responsible for infertility, and our emotions can affect the delicately balanced hormonal system, which in turn controls ovulation, sperm production and pregnancy.

There is a wealth of research showing that hormone levels, ovulation and other reproductive factors may well be affected by what is going on in your mind. By consulting a specialist hypno-psychotherapist you can increase/maximise the chances of conception and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

As that clock is ticking, as a client you may be consulting me as an alternative to medical fertility interventions-to increase your chances of conceiving naturally or using hypnosis alongside medical treatments such as drug therapy or IVF.

As these treatments are not contraindicated with hypno-psychotherapy, maximum chance in conceiving is in taking advantage of all. One (body) without the other (mind) can be ineffective.
To aid natural conception, hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and increase feelings of calmness and relaxation. Hypnosis can also help to restore confidence in yourself and your body. Being in a state of hypnosis can be useful as a means to resolve any issues around managing stress or unconscious blocks that may be affecting your ability to conceive and become a parent.

How do you work with fertility clients?

The focus of my work tends to not just about hopefully getting pregnant, but also about helping my male AND female client to re-establish control over their lives. It may be dealing with the emotional toll of the experience of infertility.

  • The goals for therapy are adapted to you as an individual, but may include:
  • Pursuing fertility treatment without feeling as if your life and body have been taken over
  • Reduce stress so enhancing chance of conceiving either naturally or with ART
  • Assist you in recognising that you have a life outside of infertility
  • Regain a sense of control over your life
  • Develop communication channels with your partner so that you focus on making decisions that are best for both of you

The impact of male infertility

It is statistically as likely that infertility will be due to a male issue as a female issue. If infertility is due to a male issue-male ideology can be challenged. This can create an emotional state of crisis-a man can often feel isolated, depressed, angry, have feelings of inadequacy-even impotence can result. Up to 25% of couples experience problems with sex when the male partner’s infertility is identified. All too often the psychological impact of infertility in men can be belittled or ignored. As a hypno-psychotherapist I can help deal with the emotional impact of infertility, whether male or female in origin. Talking to a stranger with an objective viewpoint and no agenda can be immensely liberating.

Pregnancy issues

Feeling anxious or low during pregnancy can be confusing and debilitating. Therapy can help you explore your thoughts and feelings and help you to enjoy the journey towards becoming a parent.

During early pregnancy, nausea, vomiting and tiredness are common symptoms. Around half of all pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, and around 3 in 10 women experience nausea without vomiting.Nausea and vomiting usually start to get better after the first three months of pregnancy, and you’ll feel some of your energy returning. However, some women experience NVP for longer than this, and about 1 woman in 10 continues to feel sick after week 20. People sometimes consider morning sickness a minor inconvenience of pregnancy, but for some women it can have a significant, adverse effect on their day-to-day activities and quality of life.

Additional issues we can help with in one-to-one appointments using hypnosis and/or psychotherapy:

  • Turning breech babies
  • Tokophobia
  • Hyperemesis
  • Needle or hospital phobia
  • Antenatal depression and anxiety
  • Stress Management in ante-natal period
  • Mental preparation for parenthood
  • PTSD from previous birth experience
  • Postpartum / Post natal depression and anxiety
  • Postpartum insomnia, headache and breast discomfort

Post natal support

Positive Mental Health in the Post Natal period

Parenthood is surrounded by myths. There are myths about what it takes to be a good mother or father, about how to ensure your child thrives, about what material things you need, and about how a good mother should think, feel and act so that her child is successful and happy.

So in the vulnerable period of the weeks and months after your baby is born into the world, it can feel like whatever you do is wrong or ‘not good enough’. The ‘I should be’ or ‘I shouldn’t be’ tendency can feel overpowering at times.

We talk about the birth of a mother, and the birth of a father. Whilst being a parent is the real you, it is a part of you that never existed before. It is a new role requiring new skills and a completely new set of rules.

It is important that you have the right support available to enable a smooth transition to parenting so that you can enjoy the experience with your partner, any older children and your new baby. If you would prefer to bring your baby along to the appointment, then you are welcome to do so.

Becoming a parent can be fulfilling and enjoyable. However for some women and men it can continue to feel very daunting and overwhelming after the initial few days/weeks. Perhaps childbirth or holding their baby for the first time was not the wonderful experience they were hoping for. The reality is that, throughout the world, postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety (PPA) disorders affect fifteen to twenty percent of new mothers; and 1 in 4 men can also show symptoms.  PPD and PPA can impact on individuals at one of the most pivotal times of life, it is vital that you receive appropriate support. We empower our clients to recognise and overcome them, and to regain a sense of control in their lives.

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Contact Us

Office 01722 321499
Sharon 07754 303987
Stewart 07917 432189

enquiries@mustardtherapy.co.uk