Overcoming Anxiety through Hypnosis
Reduced maternal anxiety is the psychological factor most significant in normalizing pregnancy, labor and birth outcome. High-anxiety states, which affect oxygenation and the flow of nutrients to the fetus, have been correlated with abnormal decreases in fetal movement.(1) Anxiety has also been associated with uterine dysfunction in labor,(2,3,4) other debilitating labor patterns,(5) as well as prematurity(6) and miscarriage. As anxiety levels drop, these conditions improve.
To effectively transform maternal anxieties, several researchers and practitioners now recommend the use of hypnosis. Some point to the need for hypnosis in contemporary obstetrics, primarily to address the psychological needs of the mother.(7) Others use hypnosis to address the needs of the family as they prepare for labor.(8) Still others recommend hypnotherapy to reverse the potentially debilitating emotional factors that can arise with pregnancy.(9)
Over the past 17 years, I have developed a body-centered hypnosis to help women prepare for childbirth. Using techniques that engage portions of the brain, I create a hypnotic experience of birth, including the sensory patterning of labor. I link the pregnant woman's experiential input with hypnotic suggestions for labor and birth that are based on her personal history. I also link the hypnotic experience of childbirth to the woman's individual needs, weaving suggestions for conflict resolution via Ericksonian storytelling