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  • Audio CD: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Natal Hypnotherapy; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905220537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905220533
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 paracetemol - 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™, 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™ 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™ 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 personaly 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 acorss 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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Lindsey Whitehead 28th May 2006 Hospital Prepare to conceive and the Natal Programme "Thank you so much for producing such excellent CDs which are the sole reason I was able to have a quick and totally manageable labour with my first child. I had been recommended your CDs by my friend, but I was sceptical that I would be able to use them in my labour when the pain got bad, as I am such a "control freak" in my life that I struggle to relax, but I gave them a go - on the basis there was nothing to lose. I suffered a miscarriage last year at 13 weeks- my husband and I were devastated. The same friend sent me the preparing to conceive CD - I got pregnant immediately but was then incredibly stressed at the thought of losing another baby. I listened to the relaxation CD every day, and it really helped me calm down and remain positive about the pregnancy, and connect with the tiny baby (now 8lbs 8!!). Thankfully everything went well and I began listening to the birth prep CD from about 33 weeks onwards. It helped me relax, but I never really believed it would be able to take away or help me control the pain of serious labour, as I'm a real wimp. I hoped however it would get me through the initial stages so when I got to hospital for some "proper" pain relief I wouldn't be sent home and told I was only at 1cm, as had happened to friends. When my labour started I remained calm, relaxed and focused on breathing; I relaxed as much as possible during and between contractions and reminded myself of the things on the cd. I thought I would stay at home as long as I felt able to manage the contractions, but as I've said, I always intended to go into hospital for drugs when they became necessary. I listened to the CD constantly for about 4 hrs lying down in a dark room with my husband using the 3,2,1 relax technique, then suddenly decided to go to hospital - I don't know what changed, as the contractions were always bearable if I breathed through them and relaxed, but I just wanted to go in. When I got there I was amazed to be told the baby's head was right there and I was ready to push! The midwives were amazed at how calm and relaxed I was, given this was a first baby, and that I'd managed the contractions and then the pushing without any drugs - I was even fully dressed at this point, having not had time to take off my shoes or jewellery! About 10 mins later my son was born, looking very lively and after a remarkably quick and painless labour. I am sure that none of the above would have been possible without the relaxation CDs taking away the "fear" of labour and pain. As I have said, I never set out to have a natural labour and was convinced I would need pethidine at the very least, but had no problem with that. I also thought I am the least susceptible person to hypnosis as I'm so manic, and never imagined I would be able to entirely manage my pain and the whole labour by concentrating on the breathing, relaxing as much as possible and reminding myself this was nothing to be afraid of and my body would manage this by itself. I cannot recommend these CDs highly enough or thank you Maggie for making the thing I'd spent at least the last trimester worrying about pass amazingly easily and manageably." Diane Whittinghall 7th January 2006 Chelsea and Westminster hospital Listened to the full Natal programme 20+ times "I was induced at 38 weeks and 4 days due to high blood pressure/pre-eclampsia with prostaglandin gel (2 times). I went into labour 12 hours after the second lot. My waters broke at 8:15am and at around midday I went to the labour ward. I stood up for the contractions and lent over the hospital bed, breathed and listened to the birth music on mp3 player. When 8cm dilated, baby's oxygen levels dropped. I was told to lie on my side with an oxygen mask on. The registrar was concerned but I felt in control and felt that if I breathed deeply, everything would be okay. It was, baby's oxygen levels went up and I stayed on the bed with the oxygen mask on. I gave birth in a semi-squatting position leaning over the head of the bed at 7:20pm. It wasn't actually painful at all! The head of the labour ward (midwife) said that I didn't look like I was in labour and that they should give your CDs free to everyone!" 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?!!!" "My midwife was amazed how clam I was without pain relief. One of the doctors was sure I had had an epidural based on my calm demeanour." Ann McNeeney "Excellent CD. I know now I should have purchased them earlier and listened to them a lot more. I refused all painkillers, I knew I could get through with breathing correctly and remembering what you said on the CD. I was so tired but amazingly positive and kept my sense of humour throughout." Fleur Shaw "I often listened to the CDs at night in bed, consequently so did my husband. We both slept well and he was equally as calm. I was lucky enough to have the kind of birth experience I only dared to dream about. I am fully aware that these things don't always go to plan. I felt no anxiety during the labour and did indeed trust my body to do the right thing...which it did. I was able to have micronaps whilst in the bath between contractions - I do feel the CD had a big part to play in that." Angela Dawson "The CDs are perfect the way they are. Thank you for enabling me to have the type of birth I really wanted. Third baby and the first with no drugs". Kathy Evans "Really relaxed me whilst listening to them and helped me sleep in the day, which I normally can't do. We arrived at the hospital at 12.30. Midwives commented on how calm and relaxed I was. I was 5 cm. Within an hour and a half I was fully dilated. After about 6 pushes Evie was born. As she had the cord around her neck I had to stop pushing, which I managed easily - again by breathing techniques and visualizing - so thank you! Midwives commented on how calm and relaxed I was". Rachel Kellar

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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2005
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My wife bought the natal programme when she was about 5 months pregnant. At first I was very sceptical but she felt it would really help her. She had had a really hard time with our first child and she wanted to have a natural birth this time. I was not sure that just listening to a set of CDs would really make any difference, but I listened to the CDs a couple of times with her and have to admit that I found that I actually enjoyed them and felt more chilled about the birth. When it came to it she was amazing during the birth. She stayed so calm and coped brilliantly. She did not need any pain relief and seemed to be much more in control. She is sure that the CDs helped her enormously. I felt like I could help her as I used a lot of the words from the CD and the music only CD really helped keep the atmosphere really calm.
For any one who is not sure or is sceptical, I would definitely recommend you give them a go. They are easy to use, you do not have to “do” or learn anything and they really helped us.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AmazonShopper on 1 Mar. 2012
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I can't recommend this series strongly enough to anyone who's pregnant, it's brilliant! It's especially useful if you're anxious about the birth and/or want a natural birth.

CD1 - Pregnancy relaxation (use up to 31 weeks) - is great for listening to during those afternoon naps that you're supposed to have but just can't sleep through. Starts to address any birth anxiety and encourages you to do sensible things like drinking water as well as getting you used to the breathing you'll be doing during the birth.

CD2 - Birth preparation (use from 32 weeks) - again very relaxing, this one also 'programs' your brain to expect a good experience for the birth and gives you methods to reduce any pain you do get. If you're on a tight budget, just get this CD. Note that you ideally need to listen to it about 20 times for the full effect but just once could still help you. It comes with a booklet which explains the basics of how it works and how to use it.

CD3 provides the background music you've been listening to in the other CDs to remind you of them during labour. Also calms your baby afterwards!

CD4 is for the weeks after the birth, boosts your confidence in being a mother and helps you address any issues you might have. Use it as required.

My experience
- This was my first baby. I started using the CDs from around 30 weeks and they helped me feel much more confident and far less anxious about the birth. It complemented NCT antenatal classes very well.
- An unexpected benefit was that the CDs gave me the confidence to go for a home birth which I had wanted but had an irrational fear about. This was wonderful :-) Despite being for Hospital Birth, CD2 was still effective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lullaby22 on 8 Dec. 2013
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I had my first baby 2 weeks ago with no pain-relief. Like most first time mums I was terrified about the birth so decided to try hypnobirthing as a way to feel I had more control over the event. I was a bit slack about doing the CD relaxations so I was worried it wouldn't have worked properly but it actually worked a bit too well as I almost gave birth at home as I didn't realise I was so far into labour as I thought the pain wasn't strong enough. It was only when I felt the urge to push did I go to hospital and was told I was 9cm dilated. I am not someone who deals with pain very well, I think I'm dying if I get leg cramps at night and I attribute the lack of pain solely to the hypnobirthing. At one point near the end I did the 45 min CD and felt no contractions whatsoever. My only complaint is that CDs are fantastic for the contraction part of labour, absolutely brilliant, BUT you need a totally different mindset for the 2nd (pushing) stage of labour, which needs you to be much more aggressive and active. I wasn't prepared for the sudden switch in mindset and this threw me a bit. I wouldn't rely on hypnobirthing to help you through that 2nd stage and maybe look into breathing techniques as well. Good luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cparry on 4 Dec. 2012
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I was slightly on the cynical side to be honest but after an horrendous first labour i was determined that the 2nd was going to be how I wanted it to be and be a calm ish experience with no medical intervention. thats exactly what i got, with a little help from these cds. i listened to them a few times a week and they made me feel relaxed, like it was the most natural thing in the world and my body would know what to do if i was relaxed and listened to it. once i was admitted to the labour ward I listened at full volume on ear phones the relaxing birth music, i kept my eyes closed focused on the music and what id learnt on the cds and somehow managed to get through my labour on gas and air (back to back delivery after being induced twice and 72 hours in hospital by the time she arrived). i didnt even know what the midwife looked like until my daughters head was showing and i opened my eyes to see the time for some reason. my partner said i was on another planet and the midwife said she was gobsmacked at how calm i was. im not normally like that at all so the cds worked for me!!
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