Hypnosis delivers stress-free births
Using hypnosis to help women through childbirth is Ester Croft’s passion. Reporter Rose Cawley finds out what being a hypnobirthing educator involves.
safe and private to have a comfortable birth,’’ she says.
‘‘In a hospital setting where you can’t tell people to leave the room or turn the lights off we give mothers the ability to feel safe and private internally.’’
Croft says with more people moving towards a holistic lifestyle, hypnobirthing is on the rise.
‘‘Mothers are a bit older these days and a bit more used to being in control. Following orders just because a doctor said it doesn’t sit as well these days. It isn’t some outthere, weird idea. It is just taking it back to the natural way we were meant to experience childbirth.’’
Skeptical dads are one of the bigger challenges of the job, she says.
‘‘I actually enjoy them, they are usually won over by the end of the first class,’’ she says.
‘‘You can’t deny the power of it when you see the videos of hypnobirthing.’’
Croft says hearing positive birth stories reaffirms that she is in the right profession.
‘‘Some mothers come in for their first class and you can see they are almost visibly shaking. Then you hear how their birth went. Many mothers feel they can do anything after a positive birth and it sets parents up for a really great start to their parenting journey.’’
Croft teaches the classes privately and at Mother-Well Holistic Health in Mt Eden.
Fear fighter: Hypnobirthing educator Esther Croft says her work is nothing like ‘‘stage hypnosis’’.