Benefits of HypnoBirthing™

More and more people are now realising the many benefits of HypnoBirthing™ , which include among others:

  •           a positive birthing experience, whatever path your birth takes
  •           a calm, gentle birth that you can look forward to, not dread
  •           a birth where you are empowered, knowledgeable and in control
  •           vastly reduced rates of medication use during labour 1   
  •           much shorter  labour 2      
  •           less likelihood of episiotomy
  •           reduced rates of C-section 3      
  •           a wonderful bonding experience for you, your baby and birthing companion
  •           reduced rates of postnatal depression 4
  •           useful techniques for relaxation that can be used for a lifetime, in many different situations

1   23% of HypnoBirthing™  mums used epidural anaesthesia compared to the US national   average of 71%.  See www.hypnobirthing .com.  Also see Harman et al, 1990, who found reduced rates of medication use.

2   Research suggests that mums who use hypnosis have labours around 3 hours shorter.  (Hao et al, 1997;  Jenkins and Pritchard, 1993; Mellegren, 1966.)

3   In USA from 2005-2010 the C-section rate for HypnoBirthing™  mums was 17% compared to the national average of 32%.  See www.hypnobirthing .com

4   McCarthy (1998) found no occurrences of postpartum depression in mums who had had hypnosis sessions, compared to usual rates of 10-15%.  Even mums who had previously suffered postpartum depression did not develop it after a pregnancy during which they had hypnosis sessions.


Hao TY, Li YH, Yao SF. (1997) Clinical study on shortening the birth process using psychological suggestion therapy.  Zhonghua Hu Li Za Zhi. 32(10):568-70. (General Military Hospital of Jinan, P.R. China.) 

Harman, T.M., Hynan, M., & Tyre, T.E. (1990) Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combined with childbirth education. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 525-530.

Jenkins, M.W., & Pritchard, M.H.  (1993) Hypnosis: Practical applications and theoretical considerations in normal labour. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 100(3), 221-226.

Mellegren, A.(1966) Practical experiences with a modified hypnosis-delivery. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 14, 425-428.

McCarthy, P. (1998) Hypnosis in obstetrics. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 26, 35-42.