Control Pain in Childbirth With Hypnosis

hat surgical patients receiving hypnotherapy had better outcomes than 89% of controls. Not only that, the results also showed that people benefitted equally well irrespective of whether the hypnosis was a recorded session or an individual 1:1 live session. (Montgomery GH, David D, Winkel G, Silverstein JH, Bovbjerg DH. “The effectiveness of adjunctive hypnosis with surgical patients: A meta-analysis” Anesth Analg 2002 Jun;94(6):1639-45)

Clinical studies have shown that women in both first and second Michael Emery
Michael J. Emerystages of labor who use hypnosis in preparation for the birthhave an easier time than those in a control group.  For example in one published study the hypnosis group spent an average time of 6.4 hours in the first stage as opposed to 9.3 hours in the control group, whilst they spent 37 minutes in the second stage as opposed to 50 minutes.  In addition to this, the use of analgesic agents was significantly reduced in the hypnotized groups as opposed to the control groups.

It is great to see that the medical profession is now performing more research into holistic methods of pain control.  Years ago people in pain only had access to natural remedies.  As modern drugs have become more and more readily available, most people, particularly in the Western world, have turned a blind eye to the natural remedies used previously.  As time passes it is becoming ever more obvious that there is still a place for natural remedies in medicine.

Hypnosis is in itself a state of relaxation, which is both normal and natural, and whilst you are in hypnosis you have access to your subconscious mind – the part that knows just what to do and how to do it, the part that acts automatically and spontaneously.  Hypnosis allows contact with your inner mind; it allows communication with deep physiological functions.