Hypnobirthing: All you need to know
What is hypnobirthing?
In this article

What is hypnobirthing?

First start with what it's not: it won't make you spaced out, it won't put you in a trance, and it won't make you get up and cluck like a chicken.

Katharine says some people are put off by the "hypno" word, but all it is really is a collection of breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques that you can use throughout pregnancy and labor.

"It's based on the premise that fear causes tension, and if you're tense then your body doesn't work properly - and then you feel pain," she explains.

"We’ve been programmed for many years to be afraid [of childbirth]. Some women are so frightened, they never get pregnant!"

But as Katharine points out, all other mammals get through birth perfectly fine - and our bodies are made for it too.

"Hypnobirthing helps us let go of the fears and stress and worries," she says, "so our body can work the way it’s designed to, which is effectively and comfortably."

Parenting Editor
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
The ultimate Valentine's Day gift ideas for your man: Give him what he wantsFamous Capricorns: Celebrities with Capricorn star sign
Gift guide for every man in your lifeWhat can you do with a pineapple that will give you a total body workout?
Latest… 24/10/2016
What New Moms Can Expect During the First Month of Pregnancy
How to Determine the Sex of Your Baby & Why It Can Help You
The Final Stretch: Everything You Need to Know About the 7th Month of Pregnancy
Traveling while pregnant
See all Parenting guides
Child immunization - Dr Miriam Stoppard tells us what she thinks
See all Parenting videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...