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Hypnobirthing is a term used in the hypnotherapy and medical professions for the use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy in childbirth. See ‘Commercial use of the term Hypnobirthing’ below.
The movement started with the work of English obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959), and culminated in his book Childbirth without Fear, first published in 1942. The work was further developed in 1987 by Marie Mongan in America.

The use of hypnobirthing has become widely known among women and in obstetric units as an increasingly popular means of achieving a natural childbirth. In 2011, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) began an 18-month trial study on the effectiveness of hypnobirthing, involving 800 first-time mothers-to-be. Hypnobirthing has been incorporated into the services provided in many NHS hospitals.

See also: Lamaze technique



Odent, Michel; Dick-Read, Grantly (2004). Childbirth without fear: the principles and practice of natural childbirth. Pinter & Martin. ISBN 0-9530964-6-7.

Mongan, Marie F. (1998). HypnoBirthing: A Celebration of Life. Rivertree Hypnosis Inst. ISBN 0-9663517-1-1.

Borland, Sophie (2011-02-14). “Mothers-to-be will be taught to hypnotise themselves before giving birth in NHS trial”. Daily Mail (London).


External links

Olson, Elizabeth (April 27, 2006). “You’re in Labor, and Getting Sleeeeepy”. The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2010.

Mahony, Emma (February 26, 2005). “Smooth delivery”. The Times (London).



VandeVusse L, Irland J, Healthcare WF, Berner MA, Fuller S, Adams D (October 2007). “Hypnosis for childbirth: a retrospective comparative analysis of outcomes in one obstetrician’s practice”. The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 50 (2): 109-19. doi:10.1080/00029157.2007.10401608. PMID

Abbasi M, Ghazi F, Barlow-Harrison A, Sheikhvatan M, Mohammadyari F (April 2009). “The effect of hypnosis on pain relief during labor and childbirth in Iranian pregnant women”. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 57 (2): 174-83. doi:10.1080/00207140802665435. PMID.

Cyna AM, Andrew MI, McAuliffe GL (August 2006). “Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth: a pilot study”. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 34 (4): 464-9. PMID.

Mottershead N (March 2006). “Hypnosis: removing the labour from birth”. The Practising Midwife 9 (3): 26-7, 29. PMID.

Odent, Michel; Dick-Read, Grantly (2004). Childbirth without fear: the principles and practice of natural childbirth. Pinter & Martin. ISBN 978-0-9530964-6-6.

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