Devon News 24 - 27 September 2008
A 40-year-old East Budleigh mum-to-be turned to hypnotherapy when it came to giving birth to her first child.
Dawn Robinson, now 42, said natal hypnotherapy helped control her pain levels when she gave birth to her daughter, Alice.
Mrs Robinson learned about the natural method after reading an article written by clinical hypnotherapist Maggie Howell.
Getting hold of a CD, Mrs Robinson listened to the recording some 25 times before the big day arrived.
When she gave birth at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital her labour lasted three-and-a-half hours and was relatively pain free.
Mrs Robinson, who apart for gas and air did not use drugs during labour, said: "I was totally unaware of what was going on around me.
Hypno-birth or natal hypnotherapy provides mums to be with a safe, chemical free and relatively pain free birth. Hypnosis has also been known to speed up the birthing process. Mums to be undergo a series of hypnotherapy sessions and are taught self hypnosis to aid pain relief during the birth. To find out how hypnosis can help you have a pain free birth, talk to one of the hypnotherapists at The Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic in London.