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  Midwives offer local mums-to-be a calm and natural Hypnobirth

A new antenatal programme which helps train women to have a calm and natural birth is now being offered across North Yorkshire.

Specially trained midwives from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are teaching mums-to-be Hypnobirthing, a technique where they learn self-hypnosis to induce deep relaxation for a stress free birth.

Karen Aston-Martin, Community Midwife, explained: “Hypnobirthing helps women to feel that they are in charge of their own birth which is really important for many mums-to-be. They are much more likely to experience a natural, calm and drug free birth – plus labour can be shorter and more comfortable.

“Fathers are also actively involved so can become an integral and important part of the experience. Baby can be born calm and alert as nature intended, able to bond quickly, and settle into healthy sleeping and feeding patterns.”

The course teaches massage techniques to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, and uses visualisation exercises and affirmations to keep women confident, serene and positive.

Karen added: “Increased knowledge and awareness helps women to have a confident and happy pregnancy and in many cases they need no pain relief. With Hypnobirthing techniques, childbirth can be an empowering experience that women can treasure for the rest of their life.”

Classes are being held in York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Selby and Malton and take place at evenings and weekends. The cost is £200 for a 12 hour programme.

To find out more, or to sign up for a course visit their Facebook page, York & Scarborough Bumps 2 Babies, or contact your community midwife.

10 May 2017

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