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CASE STUDY 3. HYPNO-BIRTHING
Jan 17, 2024

CASE STUDY 3. HYPNO-BIRTHING

Meet Rosie – not her real name:
 
Rosie was pregnant with her second baby. The first time around, the birth had not gone to plan, and baby was born at home shortly after returning from the hospital with a diagnosis of ‘early labour’.
 
With this pregnancy, Rosie was understandably not only anxious about the birth but also about not being believed by the maternity staff regarding her progress of labour. She had set her heart on a waterbirth in the hospital with her partner present. Her hypnotherapy goal was to be calm, to be more present and to not worry about the what if’s. Rosie wanted to feel she had control over any given situation, and to be able to make informed decisions throughout her pregnancy and during the birth. She also wanted to allow herself to rest physically and emotionally, and to feel clearer and calmer about the present and the future.
 
Ultimately, she wanted a calm birthing experience; to have time for a water birth, and to have a stronger sense of control.
 
As is often the case, the second pregnancy can be an even more anxious time. Birth is traumatic – ask any woman who has given birth – therefore an important aspect of the pregnancy and birth is to feel like there is a joint element of control over any given situation or decisions to be made, and to be prepared for all eventualities.
 
Process:
 
We had 6 hypnotherapy sessions.
 
We began the sessions when Rosie was 28 weeks pregnant. We started with three 2-weekly sessions, followed by three 1-weekly sessions. Her partner was present for the first couple of sessions, but after that they decided for Rosie to have the sessions on her own. He was fully supportive of Rosie’s care and her goals.
 
The first 3 sessions focused on reducing general anxiety, and whatever else Rosie was thinking about at that time. After these sessions, we focused more on and around the birth itself and whatever else came up during these sessions. This is a natural part of hypnotherapy whatever the reason and in trusting the process and going with the flow, means that whatever the subconscious mind needs to deal with is the right thing. For Rosie, it meant that she was then able to create the space needed in her brain so to reduce anxiety giving clarity and calm which is so important during pregnancy and birth. By understanding this process helped Rosie to have gain control and therefore to be able to understand and trust both her mind and her body. Importantly, she was able to relax which contributed to her birthing experience.
 
Outcome:
 
Rosie had a calm and safe birth experience. She had her waterbirth and because she was so calm throughout, managed without much pain relief. There was no physical or emotional trauma, and she had the most beautiful baby girl.
 
I asked Rosie to answer some questions –

Why did you choose hypnotherapy and what was your initial understanding of hypnotherapy?
 
I chose to do hypno-birthing, because, after the birth of my first child, I was anxious that I would have a similar experience. My first child was born unplanned at home and very quickly. I didn’t have any techniques to stay calm and it was a bit of a shock. 
My understanding of Hypnobirthing was breathing techniques, being able to separate myself from the pain and be calm. 
 
Did your goals change throughout the process?
 
Yes - after the first session Pen identified some other anxieties I had, and we worked on those before continuing with birth specific sessions. 

Has hypnotherapy helped you to reach your goal/s?
 
I was able to have a calm complication and intervention free water birth with only a small amount of Gas and Air.  I still use some of pen’s audios as I enjoyed the experience. 

How has hypnotherapy changed your life?

Hypnotherapy has changed my life as prior to the course I had a tendency to catastrophize and had difficulty relaxing. More often now I am able to take things in my stride, and one thing at a time rather than jump to the worst possible outcome.

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Fear of flying & Anxieties: After having a difficult year I decided to try hypnotherapy with Penny and it was the best choice I have made for myself! I'm now able to live more in the moment and have a better understanding of how to cope with or even eliminate my anxieties. I also had 2 sessions dedicated to helping to reduce my phobia of flying which helped me tremendously as I was able to get on a plane again without feeling terrified! Pen is always very positive and relaxed during our sessions and always makes me feel comfortable.

Anxiety/Stress: I went to see Penny as I felt stuck, struggling to cope & unable to move on in life. I had 12 sessions.  I had never really done hypnosis before & really struggled to focus on the words as my mind raced everywhere. Penny reassured me it would still work - which it did. It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I really appreciated the time taken to focus on the issues & Penny's positive attitude really filtered through. Slowly my positivity increased, the overthinking eased off & my sleep improved. This allowed me to problem-solve & plan more changes to make. It was like moving a large rock - once we got it moving progress started to happen & towards the last few sessions things started to speed up. I would recommend Penny to anyone who feels overwhelmed or near a crisis point.

Pain: I had 12 hypnotherapy sessions with Penny. The hypnosis was relaxing & reviving and seemed to link with my subconscious & bring me back to positive feelings. I still use the audio which acts as a kick-start if doubts start seeping in. I also found Penny's voice calming & reassuring. I have no reservations in recommending Penny. I liked her honesty in what the therapy could offer. I have been very happy with the outcome of the hypnotherapy.

Stop Smoking: Both myself and my husband decided it was time to stop smoking. My husband had smoked 20+ a day for 35 years and I had also smoked on and off for years. We can both honestly say we have never felt better thanks to Penny, she made us feel comfortable and was very reassuring, after just one appointment we were smoke-free.  We are now looking forward to extra holidays with the money we have saved and also stress free knowing we can travel and not worry about going without a cigarette.

Stress Buster/Body Image: Pen has helped me massively increase my resilience to stress. Tasks which seemed ongoing and impossible became doable. While work may still be stressful, the speed with which I bounce back is great and has allowed me to put in boundaries, both personal and professional. It has increased my self-confidence and assertiveness and has improved my sleep patterns so much. Penny has also taken me through several weight-loss sessions from which I am feeling the benefits and feel now that I am in the right place to start an exercise regimen and take control of my fitness.

Sleep Issues: I was slightly sceptical over hypnotherapy, probably because I was frightened of being made to do something I didn't want to. But my sleeping was all over the place and I'm a constant worrier, so thought I'd give it a go - I am so pleased with how relaxed I felt and how my sleeping has improved. I feel much calmer now and can rationalise things better than before. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with for a variety of problems or habits, and Pen's voice is greatly comforting when I listen to the recording when going to sleep. I know I can come for a top-up whenever I need to.

Public Speaking: I wanted to try hypnotherapy in order to deal with the anxiety I experience before speaking in public. My sessions with Pen have helped me reduce this in such a short amount of time it is really unbelievable how effective they’ve been. I now feel calm and focused and those waves of panic that tripped me up before talking in public have entirely gone away. I can’t stress enough how effective these sessions with Pen have been. She is calm and an intuitive listener who instantly puts you at ease. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending her sessions to anyone.

I would highly recommend Penny for helping and supporting anyone suffering with anxiety. My son Louie was suffering from panic attacks and it was heartbreaking watching him missing out on having fun with his friends because of a general fear something was going to happen. Penny was recommended to us by a friend who’s daughter was suffering from anxiety and was attending sessions with Penny to tackle this and couldn’t talk highly enough of her. So we thought it must be worth a try. Louie started having sessions with Penny and the difference was amazing, he started being more confident and less panicky and slowly started getting back to his usual happy go lucky self, which was a joy to see. I’m sure anyone who has a child, family member or friend that suffers from this realises how stressful this situation can be on a day to day basis. So get in touch with Penny, it could change your life.

Penny, thinking just how bad she was and how far she has come! I have no doubt in my mind that if anyone else’s child is suffering then you are the person to help! We are so thankful.

Hypnotherapy.... The final piece of the puzzle that completed and transformed my life. Amazing!

I had hypnotherapy to help me with my anxiety and depression and honestly, it changed my life for the better. I was in a place where I thought there was no escape from these feelings. However, hypnotherapy turned things around for me greatly. My OCD has also died down massively and it has also helped me through the very rough time at school. I'm extremely grateful for Pen's clear and kind understanding and I strongly recommend this to anyone who is having these similar feelings as well, as it will change your life for the better