Having a comfortable, relaxing birth is one of the top priorities of mums-to-be. And that’s why Barnsley Hospital has introduced a brand new hypnobirthing service.
Hypnobirthing is a complete birth education programme which aims to put mothers and the fathers in control of the birth of their child.
The hypnobirthing programme teaches self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques. The techniques allow the mother to use her natural instincts and help her to have her baby easily in an atmosphere of calm. Severe discomfort does not need to be part of labour and childbirth.
Hypnobirthing is intended to help expectant mums have the most positive childbirth possible, and can be used whatever kind of birth they’re planning – homebirth, hospital or birthing centre. Research has shown that women who use the techniques have less caesarean sections, less pre term labours and less postnatal depression.
Following a successful pilot programme in 2009 with 28 couples, it was agreed to incorporate hypnobirthing into the hospital’s services. Seven Barnsley Hospital midwives have now completed the training to become specialist practitioners.
Angela Healey the first hypnobirthing practitioner at Barnsley Hospital, said, “This is a brand new service for the people of Barnsley and beyond. We are delighted that we can now offer regular hypnobirthing programmes which will extend the choices for our mums-to-be.”
For more information on the maternity services at Barnsley Hospital, phone 01226 433936.