I have recently attended the ‘Lets Talk Birth’ conference in London. How wonderful it is to be able to get together with other pregnancy and birth supporters and workers in order to help each other enable many more mothers, babies and their families in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period so that they have a positive birth experience
I chose to train with Katherine Graves to become a KG hypnobirthing teacher. Her programme is accredited by the Royal college of midwives and is, I believe, the most comprehensive hypnobirthing method.
Today Hypnobirthing is practiced internationally and is known by all the midwives in the UK, many have been trained by Katherine (including professors of midwifery and heads of midwifery) so that they can assist mothers that are practicing this method more effectively.
Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.
In 1913 Dr Granly Dick Read attended a homebirth in the slums of the London Docks. The mother refused pain relief and gave birth quickly and without fuss. This truly amazed the doctor and when he asked why she refused pain relief she said “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to, was it, Doctor?” this was a defining moment and he theorized that fear was the overriding cause that led to pain in childbirth.
He went on to write the book “Childbirth Without Fear.
Over the years his theories have been fully supported following research into how hormones work during childbirth.
Hypnobirthing is based on this principle and is the most notable and widely practiced natural birth method.