Morgan went through years of infertility treatments and lost the baby in the third trimester, but she persisted, and, at long last was pregnant again. This time she was slow to warm to the pregnancy and it wasn’t until the very end, when all the tests came back clear, that she allowed herself to name, and love, this baby. So, with all she had been through, it came as a surprise that she could allow herself to experience hypnosis. When she walked out of my office she wasn’t sure anything was really all that different—it’s often that way with hypnosis. She was afraid—and felt certain, that she was going to continue to feel terrified throughout labor. But when she went to the hospital to have the baby, she shocked everyone by sleeping between contractions just as I had suggested she could. She never once looked at the monitors; she just stayed in the zone, in trance— relaxed, calm, and focused. Her 18-hour labor seemed much shorter and she was fully alert and un-medicated when it came time to push. No wonder some people think hypnosis is witchcraft or magic. But it isn’t. If you’d like to learn more about preparing for childbirth with hypnosis this two-part episode of DateLine is accurate and will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Hypnobirthing with Dr. Sara
Dr. Sara Rosenquist has many years of advanced training and is certified as an approved consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, she is also a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, and Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology. DrSara is trained as a birth doula and has spent many hours as a volunteer doula at UNC hospitals. Besides using hypnosis to help women prepare for labor and delivery, DrSara helps families, couples and individuals with sex therapy, marital therapy, marriage counseling, sex addiction, postpartum depression, and infertility issues. She is the author of “After The Stork: The Couple’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Postpartum Depression”, and enjoys working with clients from her office in Cary, NC.