IS HYPNOBIRTHING A LOAD OF OLD TWADDLE OR WILL EVIDENCE SHOW IT WORKS? MAGGIE HOWELL OFFERS AN EXPERTS OPINION
16th July 2014
With the rumours that the Duchess is pregnant again, plus the eagerly awaited results of the first major UK trial into the efficacy of hypnobirthing (SHIP trial) due out any day, the question of whether hypnobirthing is a load of old twaddle or if it really works is likely to become a hot topic. Maggie Howell, the UKs leading expert on the use of Hypnotherapy for pregnancy and birth is available for comment.
The increase in the use of hypnobirthing has risen steadily over the last 10 years as, more and more women have heard, mainly through word of mouth, that learning and practicing a few simple techniques can help them reduce pain, feel more in control and reduce the need for medical intervention.
The increase in awareness went sky high last year when it was reported that the Duchess of Cambridge used hypnosis to help overcome morning sickness and then again as a method to prepare for labour. Some may argue that the hypnobirthing techniques enabled her to stay super calm and have a natural birth whilst under the scrutiny of the world's media in a hospital where the overriding majority of women have epidurals or caesarean sections.
However - is this just wishful thinking or is there any clinical evidence to back this up?
In realty there is little clinical evidence to show if it does or does not work. However, in the next few weeks, the results of the SHIP trial (funded by the NHS) will be published which will provide much needed clinical evidence to either support or refute the efficacy of this growing trend.
For an expert opinion and insight into the conclusions of the trial, Maggie Howell is the UKs leading and most established clinical Hypnotherapist who has dedicated the last 12 years into the development and use of Hypnobirthing. An experienced, articulate broadcaster and media spokesperson, Maggie will be available for interview to answer questions about the use of and reported benefits of hypnobirthing, especially on the impact that it can have on a mothers' ability to reduce fear and anxiety in the lead up to and during the birth.
Maggie Howell has been a leading force in the UK, helping women move away from a fear fuelled approach to birth to one which promotes confidence and normality which recently earned her the title of finalist in the "UKs normal birth champion" awards. Her Natal Hypnotherapy range of hypnobirthing CDs, book and classes, the training for which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, have been used by over 100,000 parents-to-be in the UK and around the world. She works closely with a network of high profile midwives and antenatal educators and has trained over 1,000 midwives on the concepts, uses and benefits of hypnobirthing and on how Midwives, doulas and doctors can support women choosing this method. She is also mother to 5 sons, all of who were born whilst she practiced what she preaches.