Our expert says:
I think in some quarters "hypno" sounds cool and a good sales point. As you say, what you're describing sounds very much based on sound CBT principles, and not very "hypno"!
And of course as I have always said, SELF-hypnosis, in the sense of deliberate deep relaxation, has always been recognized as useful, and is empowering, in contrast to the typical self-qualified Hypnotherapist who takes control, and who is often sought out by people wanting just that.
Good preparation, knwoing what happens and how, and being encouraged to take control so far as possible of your reactions, has always been the basis of good midwifery.
I do agree, too, with your gynae about not reading too much ( as beyond the essentials, it tends to get one worrying about even wildly improbable rarities, rather than on becoming competent and the usual events.
And also not over-doing the planning. I never forget one of the first births I assisted at, just at the crucial mements, the mother clamped her knees together and announced : "I have changed my mind, and I do not, after all, intend to have a child". We had to rapidly and kindly persuade her that she had passed the point of no return, and actually everything went very well indeed.
Regards to you and jellybean.
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