How to choose the best preparation for birth for you?
I am Maggie Howell, and I began developing Natal Hypnotherapy some 20 years ago after the birth of my first son. I continued to develop the program based on my experience of a further 4 home births, as a clinical hypnotherapist, doula at many incredible births in hospital as well as at homes, a birth educator and a trainer of over 1000 midwives and antenatal teachers. So I do relate to and understand how you feel about preparing for childbirth.
I remember with my first pregnancy having so many questions which you may relate to:
How bad is the pain of childbirth?
What do I need to know about having a baby?
How do I prepare for giving birth?
When should I start preparing for birth?
So where do you start?
To help you navigate your way, we have created a guide to choosing the best birth preparation that is right for you (see below)
It can be very tempting to feel like you have to learn everything there is to know, however being able to pass an exam on birth may not always be the best option. In fact, it can sometimes work against you as too much knowledge can lead to an increase in anxiety and even fear.
I remember seeing a woman who gave birth whilst she was in a coma. She would not have applied any conscious learning to giving birth so how could she do so?
The answer is simple - your body already knows how to give birth. It can do so itself. The challenge is to convince your mind!
Most books and antenatal classes cover a wide range of "information based" topics such as what will happen during birth, all the procedures and protocols, pain relief options, etc.
For the last 20 years, I have taken a different approach.
The Natal Hypnotherapy programme focuses on realistic, tried and tested techniques that teach YOU exactly what to do, to be fully prepared emotionally and as well as physically.
It is all about getting your mind and body in sync, as we already agree that your body knows how to give birth.
If you would like to join the 150,000 women who have benefitted from this approach to a positive pregnancy and birth, then I am here to help.
Using these tools and techniques I can guarantee you will feel so much more prepared, so much more confident and so free to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy