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Hypnotist stops pregnant woman’s labour pains

How bedside therapy helped a phobic mum-to-be to an easy birth

Posted: 8 April 2010
by Tessa Watkins

A new mother has praised bedside hypnotherapy for helping her get through a painful birth, reports the Daily Mail.

Louise Walker, 30, was six hours into labour at the Jubilee Birth Centre in Hull when hypnotist Paul Hazell came to her rescue.

A needle-phobic, with a fear of gas and air, Louise had been worried about how she would manage during the birth if she needed pain relief.

Her husband, Gareth, suggested hypnotherapy and Paul agreed to help out. “All he did was get me to picture my wedding. I’ve no idea how it works,” said Louise. “But as soon as he started talking to me, I felt like a completely different person. The pain was gone.”

The couple’s baby boy, Harrison, was born four hours later, weighing 7lbs 80z.

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