“Labour isn’t supposed to hurt is it?” – How Hypnobirthing Began

Hypnobirthing is not a "new thing" by any means. Yes, we gave this form of birth preparation its name almost a decade ago now but it’s roots go back to the early 1900s.

Hypnobirthing is based on the work by obstetrician Dr Grantly Dick-Reid. During 1911, the young London doctor observed a woman giving birth. This woman had used zero pain relief and declined his offer of chloroform (a form of birth anaesthesia used at the time). When the doctor asked her about this, she replied: "It wasn’t supposed to hurt, was it, doctor?" This chance remark led the doctor to explore further the link between expectations and outcomes of birth, and the role fear plays in making labour and birth much more difficult and painful.
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f0 His research concluded that 95% of labour pain is as a result of tension and fear
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Hynobirthing is a complete labour and birth preparation course which aims to break the fear
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f0 pain cycle so that a woman in labour completely relaxes, lets go and enjoys a calmer and more relaxed birth. There you are…some birth history for you!

Love Rachel xxx

Photograph from the amazing Natalie Lennard.

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