Pregnancy & Birth Issues


NVP (Nausea & Vomiting during Pregnancy)

80% of women report nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. 5% require treatment for fluid and electrolyte imbalance. Hypnosis can powerfully and effectively eliminate difficult or unpleasant experiences related to this issue—including the inability to keep food down. Princess Kate—on the advisement of Prince William—utilized these same methods early in her pregnancy with Prince George.

Breech Presentation

We are connected to our babies: nervous system to nervous system. For this reason babies respond brilliantly to the hypnotic process for the purpose of a breech turn. With other methods babies often turn back; hypnosis is highly effective (studies show 80+ percent) for a more permanent result.  

Previous Traumatic Birth Experience

When things go wrong (or not according to plan)—whether during the birth of your own child or during your own birth—the subconscious mind is seared with pain and fear that can powerfully impact the present pregnancy/birth experience. Hypnosis is the key to releasing and reframing such trauma so that a positive, gentle birthing experience may occur. Science has shown us that babies are very aware in utero and during birth. Any trauma can and will affect them if it is not addressed. 

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure during pregnancy is a leading cause of fetal loss in midterm and late pregnancy. If untreated, high blood pressure can cause the baby to grow inadequately, to be born prematurely, and to undergo fetal distress during labor. It also can seriously threaten the mother's health. About seven percent of pregnant women have high blood pressure. Your chances of developing it are greatest during your first pregnancy, especially if you're a teenager or over 30, are overweight, or have a history of hypertension. Other risk factors include diabetes, multiple births (such as twins or triplets), too much water in the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus and lack of prenatal care. An early tipoff to high blood pressure is any sign of fluid retention, such as a puffy face or swollen fingers, blurred vision, or severe headaches. Other symptoms are pain in the upper abdomen and a weight gain of more than 2 or 3 pounds in 1 week during the last month of pregnancy. 

Preeclampsia and Eclampsia

If you already have high blood pressure, this raises your chances of developing the condition known as preeclampsia. In addition to hypertension, the symptoms of this serious condition include water retention and protein in the urine, indicating a kidney problem. As a result, the baby may be premature, underweight, and weak due to poor nutrition and a shortage of oxygen. Untreated preeclampsia is a life­threatening condition that can damage the mother's kidneys, liver, eyes, and brain and may lead to coma or convulsions (eclampsia). 

Fears or Concerns about Selective Reduction

Though not considered abortion, because the intent is for the pregnancy to continue, many women are very distressed by even the possibility of this procedure. (This procedure is becoming rarer but the stigma and/or fear remains.)


Dilation, Pelvic Station during Labor

Hypnosis is a natural alternative to unwanted drugs in gently nudging the labor along. 

High-Risk Pregnancy

The definition of High-Risk Pregnancy can range from a woman simply being age 35 and up, to severe medical conditions and/or complications. Multi-fetal pregnancy is considered High-Risk, as are IVF cases. The most common reason for referral to High-Risk clinics is risk of pre-term delivery.

In such cases, upon confirmation of the pregnancy, a woman is immediately referred to a High-Risk Pregnancy facility. Sometimes this is expected, as in the case of known medical conditions or due to fertility issues, but sometimes a woman/couple is caught off guard by the High-Risk protocol, having been unaware that she should be considered High-Risk at all. 

Classifying a pregnancy as High-Risk ensures that it receives extra attention; however this can be very disconcerting for the mother. Fear can cause great stress and anxiety which can lead to difficulties that a calm, centered mother would not experience. 

Any well-qualified Certified Hypnotherapist will adjust the temperature of highly charged words or phrases with alternate language that creates a more positive attitude. Using powerful hypnotic techniques the worry and fear caused by the term High-Risk can be transformed to instead impact the subconscious mind with a more positive connotation. 

The Body is a Robot theory is a powerful metaphor that illustrates the understanding that what the mind thinks, the body creates. This is applicable to High-Risk Pregnancy in that because every thought or idea we have causes a physical reaction, we must consider what physical reaction is caused by the fear of those emotionally charged words. 

High anxiety states, which affect oxygenation and the flow of nutrients to the fetus, have been correlated with abnormal decreases in fetal movement. Anxiety has also been associated with uterine dysfunction in labor, other debilitating labor patterns, as well as prematurity and miscarriage. As anxiety levels drop—these conditions improve.

Multi-fetal pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage, preeclampsia, hypertension, asthma, thyroid conditions, and many other conditions constitute High-Risk Pregnancy. Most fetal deaths not directly due to congenital anomalies are associated with prematurity—often accompanied by abruptio placentae (placenta breaks away from uterus ahead of time), placental previa, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia and eclampsia, abnormal presentation and more.