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

Maggie Howell
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1 Mar 2009 Natal Hypnotherapy Programme
The CD teaches you deep relaxation and breathing exercises as well as powerful pain management strategies which enable you to be calm, in control and to manage the level of pain during the birth. It gives you the opportunity to "experience" a wonderful, calm birth in your mind, from the first contraction through to holding your baby in your arms. Once you have listened to the CD many times (we recommend you listen to it at least 20 times), your mind and body become more and more comfortable with the concept of a calm birth. As the mind does not know the difference between imagination and reality, once labour actually starts your mind simply responds in the way it has rehearsed over and over again. The suggestions on the CD put in place specific triggers so that all the way through the birthing process, you remain calm, relaxed and feeling in control. The CD contains specific suggestions based on birthing in the hospital environment. These include using the sights, smells and sounds of the hospital

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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 (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,003 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 didn't set out to become a birth expert - in fact, she's an unlikely convert. She was a busy international sales executive who only reluctantly attended a self hypnosis course to help her with her first birth. But she was blown away by the mind's ability to control the body's response to pain and 3 months later, she had a peaceful, manageable birth at home without so much as a paracetamol - to the surprise of her and her NHS midwife who said: "Maggie 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." It was the turning point in her life. Inspired by her experiences, she trained to become a clinical hypnotherapist and left her job to pursue her new life goal: to teach other women the techniques which help them have a positive birth. The result was Natal Hypnotherapy(t), the UK's leading provider of hypnosis for childbirth. The philosophy is simple: to help women have a better birth. Maggie's work is revolutionising women's birth experiences by teaching them to overcome fear and work with their bodies during birth. Maggie says: "In our society, fear has become the overriding emotion pregnant women feel about childbirth - something fuelled by TV depictions and horror stories other mums love to tell. We have not been brought up to see birth as a positive thing, so we've lost confidence in our own ability to give birth naturally and so go into it fearful and anxious - feelings which cause much of the pain and complications in birth." The facts speak for themselves: Natal Hypnotherapy(t) users have an average caesarean rate up to half the national average and are recommended by 97% of users. Medical research has repeatedly found that hypnosis reduces surgical intervention, use of pain medication, mum's pain perception, and labour times. Maggie says: "This could revolutionise the way women give birth. If we could give every pregnant woman in the UK a Natal Hypnotherapy(t) CD to listen to we could save the NHS a fortune and change birthing culture!" It may not be on prescription yet, but Maggie's work is already changing the birthing world. Thanks to Maggie, effective birth preparation is no longer only available for those with the luxury of money and time. Her range of self-hypnosis CDs for pregnancy and birth, and new book "effective birth preparation - your practical guide to a better birth" are accessible for everyone, and designed to fit into a hectic life. From terrified teenage mums to women planning their sixth home birth, the techniques have helped women from all walks of life have a more positive birth. Today, Maggie has personally trained over 500 midwives, has a network of practitioners who teach the techniques in comprehensive workshops all over the country, regularly appears as a birth expert across the media, and has used the techniques for the births of each of her five sons plus helping in excess of 100,000 women have a better pregnancy and birth experience!

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69 of 69 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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beneficial 20 Jun 2014
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I bought this CD on the basis of the good reviews so I feel it's only fair to share my experience. I listened to this CD daily in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Not only did it help me relax, it prepared me mentally and helped me practice my breathing which was vital when I actually went into labour. I had a fantastic water birth using only gas and air and used the techniques on the CD to help me deliver my son safely into the world. Highly recommended.
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53 of 62 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
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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 Really helped!
Loved this CD and even took it into hospital with me during latent phase of labour and it really helped me to keep calm and stay focused. Would definately reccomend!
Published 10 hours ago by Nimac
5.0 out of 5 stars A must! Would recommend to everyone.
I found both the Natal Hypnotherapy CD and book key to giving me my perfect labour. I used the techniques outlined by Maggie to help see me through labour without the need for pain... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Suzanne M Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, might help if you have a straight forward natural birth.
Used as relaxation during pregnancy which was nice. The women's voice is a bit annoying though. Didn't help one bit in labour as I had a horrible induction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by katie Seeside
1.0 out of 5 stars Have to be really hippy to enjoy this
I fell asleep to this a few times before the birth, but never had the time to listen and get into it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought this for my daughter who rates this highly
Published 1 month ago by VB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really relaxing
Published 1 month ago by Louise1864
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didnt work for me during the labour and i was practising for 3 months
Published 1 month ago by Joanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
It is very good but the hypnotherapy programme is quiet long. It takes nearly 40 minutes and one has to make sure to have the time to do it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katharina Psihoda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good. Not hypnobirthing but same principle.
Published 2 months ago by Alb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
repet of hypnobirthung mongan method
Published 2 months ago by magdalena
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