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Preterm Labor? Hypnosis can help!

I found an interesting study looking at how Hypnosis can help moms with Preterm Labor.

To be honest, I am not the best Stats person, so I asked my friend Kathy if she would read and interpret it for me.  She was wonderful and did.  Here is how she translated all the stats into completely understandable language!

The study showed that from initiation of hypnosis until birth the average time was 3/4 of the way to 40 weeks — if she started hypnosis at 30 weeks and gave birth at 40 weeks, it was 100%, but if she gave birth at 35 weeks, it would have been 50% (halfway between 30 and 40); if she started hypnosis at 34 weeks and made it to 35 weeks, it was 1/6 of the way to 40 weeks, so it would have been 16.7%, but if she made it to 37 weeks, that would be 50%. The average time of the control group (who got only “standard premature birth” treatment) was 50% of the time from initiation of treatment to 40 weeks. Both groups had the same average starting gestational age, which is good, because if the “hypnosis” group started at 30 weeks and made it to 34 weeks, while the “control” group started at 33 weeks and made it to 34 weeks, then that wouldn’t seem to be an improvement, although the hypnosis group lasted 4 weeks, compared to 1 week in the control group — because the pregnancies would have still ended at the same time. However, I don’t know that “40 weeks” necessarily ought to have been the goal (although if that *weren’t* it, I don’t know what *should* have been), because many babies are actually read to be born at 37, 38, or 39 weeks, and preventing their timely birth should not be a goal. 🙂

The birthweights also showed a better result from the hypnosis group (which is not surprising, since their pregnancies lasted longer, giving them more time for the babies to gain weight). So, that seems to me to be saying the same thing — birthweights tend to increase the longer a woman is pregnant; but it would have been odd had the hypnosis group had lower birthweights than the control group, while having longer average pregnancies.

One thing that might possibly be troubling is the higher incidence of birthweights under 1500 grams, but I’m not sure if it was statistically significant; and it certainly seems to be more than offset by the over-50% incidence of birthweights of 3000 grams or more.

The researchers tried to control for the known variables influencing preterm birth (table 2); and most of the variables were similar, or favored the control group — the one that did not, was in previous induced abortion.

As the researchers pointed out, it may be that hypnosis/relaxation alone helped to keep the women pregnant; but they also point out that social interaction alone (which was necessarily involved with the hypnosis itself, and the tapes the women listened to afterwards) may have been the key. This is interesting to me, in that midwives tend to have better results than doctors do, in regards to preterm birth [see this story and this CDC news release], and their hour-long prenatal visits may be a big portion of it, especially compared to the 5-15 minute OB visits.

What would need to be done, is a study undertaken of women who have hypnosis and continuing relaxation exercises, as described in this study, vs. women who had social interaction at the same levels described in the study, to see if there could be a difference attributable solely to hypnosis. At this point, (unless the study was later refuted, or a larger study was undertaken that found no difference) you can say that hypnosis and relaxation appear to have benefits in reducing preterm birth with a concurrent increase in birthweight. From what I know of Hypnobabies, the women practice the hypnosis/relaxation techniques daily (or at least, frequently), and/or fall asleep listening to the relaxation CDs. This seems to be very similar to what the study described, if not more “social interaction” than the study used, which would indicate to me that if the results of the study are accurate, then they would certainly apply to Hypnobabies.

Thanks Kathy!

You can download the Baby Stay In MP3 from the Hypnobabies Website!

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Turning Breech Baby Tips

I just wanted to post some helpful information on using hypnosis to turn breech babies:

While only about 5% of all babies are breech at term, for those planning a vaginal birthing, having their baby in a breech position in the last month of pregnancy can be challenging. There are many suggestions for turning a breech baby physically, such as swimming, using a slant board, massage, moxibustion, pelvic tilt, etc. http://pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com/article.cfm/turning_a_breech_baby

Another excellent resource is the Spinning Babies website at www.spinningbabies.com, which has information on turning babies in several challenging positions.

In addition to these techniques, we have another amazing tool that helps breech babies turn to the head-down position – our own powerful minds! Since the baby in utero is part of the mother, it is registered as so by the subconscious mind, which can be directed to make changes in the mother’s body. Release of fears that can constrict muscles is also used in hypnosis sessions, to help the mother relax and allow her baby to turn. The body is controlled completely by the mind, which is how our Hypnobabies moms can use hypnosis to stop-preterm labor, eliminate nausea and insomnia and of course, create a much easier and more comfortable childbirth experience. Using hypnosis to turn breech babies has been more successful than using other techniques alone. In a study done at a prominent university, 81% of the babies turned to vertex position with the use of hypnosis:

Design: Prospective case series compared with historical, matched comparison group.

Subjects: One hundred pregnant women whose fetuses were in breech position at 37 to 40 weeks’ gestation and a matched comparison group of women with similar obstetrical and sociodemographic parameters derived from databases for other studies from the same time period and geographical areas.

Intervention: The intervention group received hypnosis with suggestions for general relaxation with release of fear and anxiety. While in the hypnotic state women were asked for the reasons why their baby was in the breech presentation. As much hypnosis was provided as was convenient and possible for the women until they were delivered of the baby or the baby converted to the vertex position.

Main Outcome Variables: A successful conversion for the intervention group was scored when the baby spontaneously converted to the vertex position before delivery or successful cephalic version. The conversion rate of the intervention group was compared with the comparison group who received standard obstetrical care without the opportunity for hypnosis.

Results: Eighty-one percent of the fetuses in the intervention group converted to vertex presentation compared with 48% of those in the comparison group. This difference was statistically significant.

Conclusions: Motivated subjects can be influenced by a skilled Hypnotherapist in such a manner that their fetuses have a higher incidence of conversion from breech to vertex presentation. Psychophysiological factors may influence the breech presentation and may explain this increased frequency of conversion to vertex presentation.

From Archives of Family Medicine, Vol. 3, Oct. 1994 Hypnosis and Conversion of the Breech to the Vertex Presentation Lewis E. Mehl, MD, PhD Dept. of Psychiatry Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington

At Hypnobabies, we suggest all women consider how powerful their inner mind is and use it during pregnancy, birthing and postpartum, to enhance their own safety, comfort and health, as well as that of their precious babies. Your mind can direct your body in such a positive way – use it! If the baby is breech, it is wise to find a well-trained hypnotherapist in the area for sessions to help turn the baby, or visit our Hypnobabies website for information on our Turn Your Breech Baby Cd and Mp3 tracks.

Turn, Baby, Turn!

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI

Founder/Director of Hypnobabies

714-952-BABY (2229)


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One of our Hypnobabies Instructors, who is also a L&D nurse compiled a list of the questions the ask when a mom comes into have her baby.  If it seems like a lot, it is because they ask a lot!

If you want, cut and past these into a word document and answer them, print it out and hand it to your nurse when you get there!  That will help you be able to focus on birthing your baby, instead of answering questions.  🙂

Typical Medical Questions for Admission to Hospital

  • Height & Weight (before pregnancy and currently)
  • Medication history: type of medication, dosage and frequency
  • Social history: use of tobacco, recreational drugs, or alcohol
  • Family medical history (Mother, Father, or siblings) for cancer, blood disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, pulmonary, stroke, TB, Other
  • Infertility/Gynecological problems: preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, infertility, IVF, vaginal bleeding, poly/oligohydramnios, fetal anomalies, precipitous delivery, DES exposure, VBAC, Genito-urinary infection, febrile episode in pregnancy, previous child with SIDS, IUGR, previous child with birthweight less than 2500g, greater than 4000g, postpartum hemorrhage, fetal arrhythmias, iso-immunization, shoulder dystocia
  • Surgeries: breast, cryo-surgery, LEEP, cesarean section, cerclage, any other major surgery
  • Heart or blood pressure problems: hypertension, pre-eclampsia, MVP, HELP syndrome, rheumatic fever, murmur
  • Circulation problems: phlebitis, varicose veins, DVT
  • Respiratory problems: asthma, recent cold/flu, pneumonia, lung disease
  • History of stroke, neurological, joint, bone or muscle problems: Stroke, headache/migraine, seizure/epilepsy, developmental delay
  • Endocrine problems: Diabetes of any kind (type 1 or 2), gestational diabetes (diet controlled or medication and diet controlled), thyroid dysfunction
  • ENT problems: Meniere’s, sinus infection, nosebleeds
  • Communicable diseases/Immune Issues: GBS, previous GBS infected baby, hepatitis B, genital herpes, GC, TB, chlamydia, syphilis, any partner with std, autoimmune, HPV
  • History of Stomach, Digestive, or Urinary Problems: Liver Disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, abdominal pain, recent change in bowel pattern, hyper-emesis, nausea, recent UTI, kidney disease/stones, pyelonephritis
  • History of skin issues/body piercings: rash, chicken pox/shingles, eczema/psoriasis, piercing
  • Personal or family history for patient or husband of the following congenital/genetic issues: Congenital hearing defect. Italian, Greek, Mediterranean or Asian background, neural tube defects, down syndrome, Jewish (Tay-Sachs), cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy,Huntington chorea, mental retardation (if yes, was pt. tested for fragile x), other inherited genetic or chromosomal disorders, patient had previous child with birth defect not listed above, 3 first trimester miscarriages, or still birth, patient’s husband had child with birth defect not listed above
  • Maiden name, occupation, highest level of education, date & time of last meal
  • Do you accept blood products?
  • Have you ever had a blood transfusion?
  • Complications with pregnancy
  • Pre-pregnancy weight, weight gain in pregnancy, baby feeding plan, childbirth education (yes/no and type), Pediatrician
  • Plans for Sterilization?
  • Advance Directives?  and information
  • Sensory Deficits (glasses/contacts yes or no)
  • Bedrest in past month?
  • Sleep aids?
  • History of abuse, safety in home currently, history of depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, family history of depression, postpartum depression, anxiety
  • Recent changes or losses to family
  • Religions, spiritual practices while in hospital

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Some midwives doubt that Hypnosis will work for moms.  This may be for many reasons.  Maybe they have never seen a mom use hypnosis for birth.  Maybe they have and it didn’t “work”.   Maybe they have seen moms use other hypnosis for childbirth programs and not had good experiences, Hypnobabies is different!

Here are 2 great resources to share with them.

Here is an article a midwife wrote about how she WAS skeptical of hypnosis for birth, until she had a few moms who used Hypnobabies have awesome births.  Now she refers moms to Hypnobabies Classes.

Here is an article written by Carole Thorpe, (scroll down to More Detailed Information).  Carole has been a doula at over 500 births.  The last 200 have been her Hypnobabies Students.  She has seen it work hundreds of times.  She gives a great explanation of why it DOES work!

Feel free to e-mail them these links or print them off to share them!  Your midwife is also welcome to call Carole and speak with her if she would like to.

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Using a Birth Ball during your Birth

Hi Everyone,

In Hypnobabies, we cover using a birth ball to help birthing become shorter and easier for moms and babies. It helps babies get in better alignment in the pelvis, and allows our Hypno-Moms to relax deeply in an upright position.

Here is an article on why to use a Birth Ball and how to pick one out:


For our Hypno-Moms, we have a bit of advice for practicing their hypnosis and relaxation on their Birth Ball in their third trimester to help them get used to relaxing deeply on it. The more practice there is before labor, the easier it is to use the Birth Ball during birthing.

Get a birth ball! This is simply an exercise ball that can be gotten anywhere from Target or Wal-Mart, to any sports equipment store or online. Practice forward leaning positions on your birth ball, and also doing relaxation and scripts or Hypnobabies CDs. This will allow you to become familiar with using it and becoming comfortable on it, long before your Birthing Time. Birth balls have made such a positive difference for many birthing women.

Listening to Your Hypnobabies CDs on a Birth Ball. At least once each week listen to one of your hypnosis CDs while sitting on your birth ball so that the first time you use your birth ball while in you are in deep hypnosis isn’t during your Birthing Time. Make sure your birth ball is the right size for you. (When you are sitting on your birth ball, your shins and thighs should be at right angles to one another, thighs parallel to the floor.)

A bonus to practicing with your hypnosis while sitting on your birth ball is that babies are happy and wiggle around a LOT while their moms are in hypnosis. In the semi-squatting, forward-leaning position you’ll be in while sitting on your ball, you’ll be encouraging your happy, wiggling hypno-baby to settle into the perfect position for birthing: head down, facing your back, with chin to chest.

Tips for getting comfortable and fully supported on your birth ball:

  • Have your CD or MP3 player with headphones ready to play your Hypnobabies CD.
  • Place your birth ball in front of a corner of your bed (if it’s not too tall), or the corner of the arm of a sofa or chair.
  • Wedge a sturdy shoe under each side of the birth ball to brace it, and to keep it from moving when you sit on it.
  • Then sit on your ball with your belly facing the corner of the bed, or the corner of the arm of a chair or sofa, with your belly close to the corner and your knees wrapped around each side.
  • Use 3 or 4 pillows to make yourself comfy. The best way to stack your pillows is to “stair-step” them lengthwise to your body rather than placing them widthwise as we usually do. Pull the end of the first pillow under your belly to keep it from scooting away from you when you lean forward. Then stack the second one on top of the first and wedge it under your belly as best as you can. Place the next one on top and wedge it under your chest, and place the last one on top of that.

Then lean forward onto your stack of pillows and put one cheek on the pillow. You should be upright enough so that it is still comfortable to breathe, and your back doesn’t feel strained; if not, use an additional pillow. You can let your arms dangle at your sides, or drape them over your thighs if you like, or you can slip your hands and forearms far enough in between the middle pillows in your stack if you think they’ll stay there when you are deeply in hypnosis.

Then just relax and enjoy your Hypnobabies CD.

Here is a very nice PDF that has Birth Ball Use information and pictures for labor, including different positions you can choose to help your birthing progress and comfort level:




Kerry  Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CIO

Founder/Director of Hypnobabies

1-877-55-HYPNO (49766)


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20% off most Hypnobabies Products!

Happy Holidays, Hypnobabies Fans!


It’s time for our Holiday Sale, for one week only – December 1 through December 9, 2009, all products in our regular Hypnobabies website store are 20% off, including the following: (use the code below when ordering)


– Hypnobabies Individual CDs

– Hypnobabies Double-Track CDs

– Birthing My Baby the Cesarean Way CD set

– Hypnobabies Home Study Course for Expectant Mothers

– All Recommended Books for Expectant Mothers (in *our* Hypnobabies Website Store, not our Amazon store)

– Hypno-Doula Workbook (and Bundle) for Doulas and Midwives

– New Baby, Toddler and Sleep CDs

– Introduction to Childbirth Hypnosis for Hypnotherapists Workbook


*Please note: MP3s are *not* included, our Hypnobabies Instructor Training is *not* included and our Amazon.com store is *not* included in this sale.


Please visit our website at http://www.Hypnobabies.com to take advantage of this offer, and you must enter the code: HOLIDAY at checkout, to get our 20% discount on your order.


Thank you,

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI

Founder and Director of Hypnobabies

1-877-55-HYPNO Hypnobabies Store

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Need a new Calendar?

Hi Everyone,
Hypnobabies recently sponsored a very nice 2010 Breastfeeding Calendar for LLL of Central IL, and it is now on sale here:
It is a fund-raiser for them and they will be marketing it to other LLL groups, moms groups and BF groups. Please help if you can by buying one and/or listing this on your website as well as forwarding this information to lists and groups you belong to. Hypnobabies has a full back page ad and our logo is on each month’s calendar page, so we want a lot of people to see it!
Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI
Founder/Director of Hypnobabies
714-952-BABY (2229)

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I just read an article which says that Kourtney ” recently claimed that she is planning a drug-free hypno-birthing.”

That is great!  I wonder which hypnosis for childbirth program she is using?

Hypnobabies is a great choice because it has medical grade hypnosis and so many tracks to listen to and so many hypno-tools.

Maybe she will join the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group and get support from the moms there and read all the awesome birth stories moms share!

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6. Keep mother and baby together – it’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding – lead author Jeannette Crenshaw, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE

This is so important.  Hypnobabies talks about birthing stage 2.5, the time right after the baby is born is the ideal time for baby to be with mom.  Keeping baby with mom helps both of them adjust to this new situation.  We even teach moms to make a Baby Plan after explaining the routine things done to babies and the pros and cons.  Mom and Dad can choose what they want for THEIR baby.

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