ThinkBaby – You say that learning self-hypnosis and relaxation for labour can make giving birth far less painful and much faster. How does it work?
Heidi Woodgate – As part of the survival instinct, our body knows how to delay giving birth at times of danger. The problem is that it cannot easily tell the difference between fear and stress caused by encountering a wild animal, for example, and fear and stress from expecting a long, difficult or painful birth experience.
Blissful Birth helps you overcome fears and worries about giving birth and teaches techniques to help you go into labour feeling relaxed, confident and in control – in other words, in the right frame of mind to give birth.
TB – So is your programme similar to HypnoBirthing?
HW – Yes, in some respects. We both share the same philosophy that most birth pain comes a is a result of fear and tension – though the techniques we teach are based on Cognitive Hypnotherapy, which can more easily be learnt at home.
TB – You are currently letting people “Pay What They Want’ for your programme – what is that all about?
HW – Well, we know that giving birth can be a stretching time (both financially as well as physically!), and with the current world credit crunch we know that many families are struggling more than before. So we are currently allowing women to pay whatever they can afford on two of our three products, as I would rather see women having a good birth experience than taking money worries into labour.
TB – Sounds great. So what do you say to those women who are sceptical about hypnosis?
HW – There is unfortunately a lot of mystique and incorrect information about hypnosis that mostly comes from Hollywood and the media. In fact, hypnosis is a natural part of every day living, except we usually call it ‘using our imagination’. For giving birth, self-hypnosis is about taking control of your imagination so that you can create comfort and relaxation instead of fear, allowing your body to get on and do what it is designed to do naturally.
TB – So if our readers want to find out more, what would you recommend?
HW – Well, with our "Pay What You Like" promotion and 30 day no quibble money back guarantee, I’d recommend ordering our programme and checking it out to see if it is right for you. Alternatively, we have a free introduction to self-hypnosis mp3 which ThinkBaby readers can download by entering their name and email address in the box to the right.