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Effective Birth Preparation (Hospital or Birth Centre): A Self Hypnosis CD Programme (Natal Hypnotherapy Programme) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Maggie Howell , Natal Hypnotherapy
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Book Description

1 Mar 2009 Natal Hypnotherapy Programme
"The Natal Hypnotherapy Effective Birth Preparation CD" will enhance your pregnancy and birth experience, by helping you to develop and use your natural skills and inner resources. The CD uses a combination deep relaxation and guided visualization to help you overcome fears, create a state of calm and relaxation, maintain your health, increase bonding with your baby and maximize your bodies potential to give birth naturally. This CD is also part of the "Natal Hypnotherapy Programme" which won the 'Pregnancy Product of the Year'. Benefits of listening to the "Birth Preparation CD" (Hospital or birth centre) include: reducing fear of giving birth; increasing your ability to manage pain; developing a deep trust of your body's ability to give birth naturally; feeling calm, relaxed and prepared for the birth; increasing your sense of being in control; increasing your chance of having a drug fee labour; and, reducing the chances of having post natal depression.

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  • Audio CD: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Natal Hypnotherapy; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905220502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905220502
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liz Rider 16th January 2006 QEII Hospital Herts Listened to the Birth preparation CD 20+ times "I started with cramps on Sunday evening which developed into contractions on Monday lunch time. I was having 20-30 second contractions every 2 minutes. The hospital told me to call back when they were really painful, at least 60 seconds long and 3-4 minutes apart. I was told my baby was trying to get into labour. At 6pm my waters broke and the hospital asked me to come in saying they would probably send me home but needed to check me. I arrived at hospital at 7pm and was told the water birth expert would arrive in 1 hours which wasn't a problem unless I was a miracle case. A while later the midwife confirmed I was fully dilated! Officially active labour was 2 hours and 27 minutes. A very positive experience. Pain - what pain?!!!" Elizabeth McGowan 28th October 2005 Rotherham Hospital Listened to the Birth preparation CD 6-10 times "I was one of those women who was totally terrified of the thought of birth from the age of seven. My sister who is a midwife was present and couldn't believe her sister was being so calm, relaxed and in control throughout the whole labour. I went into a totally hypnotic world of peace and calm - I closed my eyes throughout, breathed deeply at each contraction and was sprayed with water to cool me, and a flannel on my forehead. My sister and I have been praising and verbally selling the amazing attributes of the CD to produce a most wonderful birth experience. I can honestly say I enjoyed yes enjoyed the birth with the aid of the CD. I cannot thank you enough - 28 years of worry (worry is wasted energy)." Kim Walton 19th January 2006 Huddersfield Royal Hospital Listened to the Birth preparation CD 20+ times "The CDs had a huge impact on me during the labour and birth itself. I felt very calm and in control - especially my breathing. (The birth music was very relaxing). Before hand I didn't feel I could relax and be hypnotised but it appeared to work! My labour started on the Wednesday late afternoon and my baby was born at 5pm on the Thursday. I used the TENS machine for approximately 12 hours on Wednesday evening and also kept mobile during contractions. I went into hospital at approximately 5am when contractions were approximately 5 minutes apart. I was 3cm dilated when I arrived but then things slowed down. I then continued with aromatherapy massage from my partner and walking/keeping mobile. I was sent home at midday and my waters broke at 12:30 and it then all started. Back in hospital I managed on gas and air and although I wanted a water birth they decided against it because of my blood pressure. My daughter was born at 4:50pm. I coped mainly by focusing on my breathing - mainly the out-breath. At no point did I feel I needed more pain relief. I'm confident the CDs did help - I was so calm! It was a very positive labour and birth for me."

About the Author

Maggie Howell Founder of Natal Hypnotherapy Having learnt self-hypnosis while pregnant, to help with the birth of her first child, Maggie Howell went on to give birth to her eldest son, Joseph, at home in a relaxed and comfortable environment: "When Maggie first mentioned that she was going to use self-hypnosis for her first labour, I was sceptical as to whether she would be able to achieve this. During her labour I was happy to be proved wrong. Her ability to remain relaxed, totally in control, yet fully communicative throughout the experience was impressive." Judy Aitkin, NHS midwife. Ria Haydon, NHS midwife agrees: "Maggie's demeanour was calm. She appeared to be 'sleeping' during most of her contractions, breathing slightly more deeply as they peaked. She used no pharmacological methods of pain relief and conducted her labour and delivery entirely under self-hypnosis. She appeared to experience no pain and very little discomfort throughout." The midwives were so impressed with the effects that they asked Maggie to talk to local antenatal clinics about her experiences. Maggie then decided to give up a successful career in the events and conference industry and train to be a Clinical Hypnotherapist. The aim then, and now, was to use the power of hypnosis to help women overcome their fear of birth and enable them to be more in control and manage the physical sensations involved in child birth. Maggie developed the Natal Hypnotherapy CDs as a result of her research and hypnotherapy work with individual mothers and antenatal groups. She has since used the techniques herself for the births of her second and third son. Maggie is a Doula (trained birth companion) and currently works with midwives, antenatal groups and hospitals running workshops and classes. She also runs 'effective birth preparation' courses for couples teaching them how to use hypnosis for an instinctive birth as well as training workshops for birth professionals. Cont/... -2- Maggie Howell Media Experience * TV - This Morning, London Tonight and The Baby Channel * Radio - BBC Radio 2, Woman's Hour, BBC London, BBC Solent, County Sound, Radio Leeds, Radio Belfast, Radio Dublin * National newspapers - The Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express * Articles/comments written for magazines - Prima Baby, Mother & Baby, I'm Pregnant, NCT New Generation, Flying Start, ABC, The Mother Magazine, Doula UK Newsletter, Boots Parent * Speaking appearances - Birth Professional Training at Royal Surrey Hospital, Hull Regional Midwives Conference, National Childminding Association Conference, Parent Craft workshops at Basingstoke Hospital, attachment parenting groups and home birth groups * Resident expert - Maggie is the "natural birth " expert for the Pregnancy & Birth magazine Maggie is also currently writing a book 'Calmer Birth, Calmer Baby' which will cover key areas including: Hypnotherapy (clinical and natal); birth preparation; doula; breastfeeding; baby sign language; communication skills; attachment parenting; co sleeping and instinctive parenting.

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 lb 2 oz baby and no pain relief! 16 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had an awful, very painful delivery with my first child who was 8lb 10 oz. I had gas and air, morphine and in the end forceps in theatre. I was left so traumatised i was on the waiting list for NHS coucelling and was expecting my second child, which was planned but i was having major panic about the birth (unfortunately betime i got my first appointment for councelling through it was a date way after i had my second child! cheers NHS!)

With my second baby i listened to Maggies cd system. Had a much better birth, only had gas and air, and only when i reached 8-9 cm dialated, before that i sat listening to the relaxing birth music that accompanies this system, sat on the edge of the bed, legs swinging chatting away! I went from dreading the birth before listening to Maggies cd, to enjoying giving birth so much i used to go around telling everyone i wish i could do it again, everyone thought i was mad lol! My second baby was 9 lb 8 oz

With my third child i listened to Maggies cds yet again, i enjoyed the birth the second time, so i was in no doubt that i would use the cd system again (i used the birth prep cd + relaxing birth music cd whilst in labour)
Well my labour was just inder 4 hours from start to finish, it was very intense and i almost ended up having my baby in the car, as we are several hours drive away from the hospital! I only had the music cd to listen to in the car on the way. I ended up giving birth to my 10 lb 2 oz 22.5" long Son in the nurses office down stairs as i couldnt make it up to the ward in time. Once i got into the hospital i didnt even have the music to listen to as there wasnt the time to get it from the car! I think Maggies system is pure genious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked wonders for us. Repetition is key! 15 Oct 2012
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What a great excuse it was to put my feet up everyday and relax for 40 minutes! I used this CD on my lunch break everyday at work, and as I worked right up to the due date, it was a godsend to be able to retreat into my own little bubble everyday. I would come out of it feeling refreshed, content, and really connected to my bump and baby - excited about the birth ahead!

It was only when I was in labour that the full benefits were visible. Within a few minutes of this CD being on, my body and mind were so used to listening to this and feeling relaxed, that during the birth, my husband said my whole body would literally go soft as soon as it came on. The 3,2,1 relax was the biggest tool we used from this cd, and also the time distortion - my contractions really did feel shorter than they actually were, and the time in between each one did feel long enough for me to re-energise and be ready for the next wave! I also have this memory when I was breathing the baby out - it just didn't hurt like I was expecting.....it was like "putty" as Maggie put it. Amazing!

I still listen to this now from time to time with my baby - the familiar voice helps us unwind, and it's a nice treat to go back to my special places during the visualisation.

My advice is to stick with it - make it part of your routine during your pregnancy, and you will see and feel the benefits for you and your baby. The mind is a powerful thing - and the body is an amazing machine. I don't think we give it enough credit.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please buy and use this! 18 Mar 2008
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This series of CDs is the most wonderful and effective preparation for a pain free, positive childbirth experience. I speak from experience as I have now had two children; one is hospital with the full horrors of modern medicine for a routine, healthy pregnancy: when I ended up having an epidural and ventouse delivery, and a second birth at home: using this series of CDs to prepare which resulted in an excellent, pain free home birth (nobody believes this but I swear it's true!) without medication and only using the TENS machine for what turned out to be the transition stage.
My older child (a boy aged 2 and a half) witnessed his sister's birth and it was amazing for us all as I was so calm and peaceful he was not in the least bit frightened and was a great help during the labour and birth (holding my hand during contractions etc!).
If only all women knew that it could be so wonderful! I implore every woman with even a vaguely open mind to listen to these CDs ALOT and give themselves the opportunity of a truly wonderful, peaceful birth.
(NB: I read alot to prepare too; I rate Ina May Gaskin's Childbirth book and the Grantley Dick-Dead classic Childbirth Without Fear.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please buy and read before giving birth!!! 16 July 2013
By SarahC
Format:Audio CD
I used the Natal Hypnotherapy CDs before, during and after both my pregnancies (and still use the General Relaxation one regularly now, particularly after a bad night's sleep - I feel like I get the equivalent of 2 hours refreshing sleep in the space of 25 minutes!) and they really helped me stay calm and enjoy the births. However, I REALLY wish I had read the book as it was this that completely changed my perspective on the process of giving birth. I now have a much better understanding of it as a natural process and I think that, if I had a chance to do it again, this time I would really tap into my instinctive side and let it take control. I'm not planning to have a third, but if I do, it will be because of this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and relax
Very helpful for general relaxation, supporting good breathing and instilling a sense of calm. There's a 30 minute program and a 15 minute on for when you have less time. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jo Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice way to relax
I enjoyed the relaxation time this gave me during pregnancy. I didn't end up having a normal birth so can't comment on how well it worked in labour but it was good for calming me... Read more
Published 4 days ago by becks
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed my labour & water birth!
I bought this as it was recommend by a friend, I used it regularly as my preparation for the labour/birth. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Martina Finn
3.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a little confidence
Its a nice to have, calmed me down a little bit but to be honest I didn't use it as often as advised
Published 26 days ago by Wum123
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneficial meditation
I do love this visualisation/meditation and how it prepared me for childbirth, I didn't fear the labour and used the volume dial technique to reduce pain and it also helped me to... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for birth preparation
I have to say I was not sure if this really would be a help but I found it a great help. When I went into labour I was able to practice put into practice what I learnt from the CD... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly fantastic
I used this quite early on in my pregnancy. I listened to it regularly as suggested.

I went on to have a truly amazing waterbirth and I do owe it to this cd as to how... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital to my positive birth experience
I was terrified of childbirth and desperate to try anything that might help. So desperate, I bought this CD on the recommendation of a midwife, but had no expectation that it would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MummyS
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this, even for sceptics!
I was unsure whether to buy into this whole idea but the Cd seemed cheap enough so I did. I didn't go the whole hog with hypnobirthing but I DID find this very relaxing during my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bridget
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
although highly recommended it didn't help me and is a long cd. took about an hour to go through the session found I couldn't find the time in the day to actually listen to it.
Published 2 months ago by Jenny
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