what is hypnobirthing?

The first use of the term hypnobirthing is accredited to Michelle Leclaire O’Neill in 1987, whose work is partly based on the research by English obstetrician and leading advocate of natural childbirth, Dr Granly Dick-Read.

Other people instrumental in the spread of Hypnobirthing include Marie Mongan who founded The US-based Hypnobirthing Institute, and Michel Odent who did a great deal in the 1970s to promote the cause of homebirthing, and the use of birthing pools.

Hypnobirthing is deeply relaxing and effective, and allows your mind and body to work in harmony, the way nature intended, enabling your body to produce endorphins (natural anaesthesia) instead of the stress hormones that create pain. Through practice and preparation you can be in control of your baby’s birth, enabling you to create an atmosphere so your baby will be born calm and alert, able to bond with you more quickly and settle into healthy sleeping and feeding patterns.