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.

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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.

Photo: ROSE CAW­LEY

Fear fighter: Hyp­no­birthing ed­u­ca­tor Es­ther Croft says her work is noth­ing like ‘‘stage hyp­no­sis’’.

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