For some women, the experience of a calm, comfortable and controlled natural birth is not possible because of a recognised or evolving medical problems impacting on mother or her unborn baby, or indeed both. Planned or immediate interventions to meet the healthcare needs of mothers and the safe delivery of their infants often require instrumental deliveries, such as forceps or C-sections.

What is important is that expectant parents receive pertinent, unambiguous and unbiased information about the medical condition they are experiencing, including required treatment. This aspect is vital to address parental psychological, social and physical needs.

In my practice as a Hypnobirthing practitioner I have identified the usefulness of Hypnobirthing approaches, most often used in preparation for natural birthing, has much to offer mothers and their partners who require instrumental interventions to deliver their baby.

Mothers in my care undertaking Hypnobirthing classes have unfortunately required C-sections to ensure the safe delivery of their baby’s. In reported cases, the care parents received before, during and after delivery were exemplary, underpinned by respect for parental preferences, transparent information sharing and inclusion in decision-making.

Listening to parental preferences is important. It is possible that HypnoBirthing prepared mothers found the use of HypnoBirthing practices empowered their ability to make decisions contributing to the safe delivery of their baby. In reported cases, mothers identified HypnoBirthing breathing and ultimate relaxation techniques supported their ability to labour before their C-sections. Added to this was the confidence parents reported in their ability to ask questions, contribute to decision making and to care for their newborn infant in the period following delivery.

Such reported experiences highlight the potential for Hypnobirthing practices to support parents even when a natural birth is not possible. Exploration as to why learning to use Hypnobirthing strategies, even when natural birth does not transpire, requires exploration. Once again we need to consider that having a well-prepared child bearing population has the potential to improve obstetric outcomes, satisfaction of service users as well as improved infant-parent relationships.

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