June 28th, 2012 by Cindy Locher
New research was published just yesterday in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology which concludes that increased fear of birthing leads to longer labors and more complications in the birthing process. It is estimated that one in five women has severe fear of birth; others to a lesser degree. It was noted that, in Britain where the healthcare system is strapped, women are increasingly turning to resources outside of their medical system (including hypnosis) to help them with both physical and emotional preparation for the delivery.
An extensive survey of more than 1250 women who learned self hypnosis as part of their preparation for delivery had a significant reduction of fear of labor and a reduction in complications. The survey included 853 first time mothers. The women were interviewed as part of the survey, and an significant number of them — 89%– said using the self hypnosis techniques had enabled them to overcome their fears; 72% said they felt calm during the birth; 61% reported that they felt able to manage the pain in labor. Of the women in the survey, only 15% required a caesarean, while the national rate in Britain, where the survey took place, is almost 25%. Overall, 95% of women felt they had received benefits from learning self hypnosis as part of the birthing experience.
Hypnosis is well known for decreasing or eliminating fears, reducing the perception of pain, and giving people a greater sense of calmness and control, and it has long been used in preparation for birth. Now this study confirms the effectiveness of this approach, which also has no negative side effects for either mother or child.
Are you pregnant and have fear of delivery? Try hypnosis!