Book review: HypnoBirthing: The breakthrough approach to safer, easier, comfortable birthing (fourth edition)

Patricia Jarrett reviews Marie Mongan's book on the use of hypnotherapy in childbirth. 

3 stars

Criticisms of the medicalisation of maternity care and unnecessary intervention in childbirth are fairly common, with the promotion of a more holistic approach to childbirth now reasonably well-established in the UK.

The book argues that hypnosis is a natural, everyday state.

The text is, in part, a critique of the medicalisation of childbirth. The author suggests that the pain women experience in childbirth is primarily due to medical socialisation and fear – women have been taught to disregard their own natural instinct and give birth within a medical model of care.

Historical and other evidence is provided to support this. The author promotes HypnoBirthing as an alternate paradigm to the medical model, presenting a philosophy of childbirth that encourages women to achieve a more instinctive and natural experience.

The book does not discuss the technicalities of hypnosis other than to say that


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