A new mum has spoken of how hypnotherapy helped her through the process of giving birth, express.co.uk reports.
Once she fell pregnant, 27-year-old Amy Baker decided she wanted to be in full control of the birthing process, which meant shunning what she called the "faceless, sterile environment of a hospital with medical intervention".
As a result, she decided not only against giving birth in a hospital but also opted out of receiving an epidural or chemical pain relief. Instead, Baker relied on hypnotherapy to make the process easier.
In preparation for the big day, Baker attended hypnotherapy practice sessions and complemented this with a CD designed to keep her calm and relaxed. This was not aimed at hypnotising her in the typical sense of the word but to offer a heightened sense of relaxation and happiness.
Baker explained that, with this preparation under her belt, her partner Mark said she looked "far away and in another place" during labour, as opposed to being in crippling agony. This put his mind at rest, as Mark had previously had reservations about home-birthing in case of any complications.
I4u.com reports Baker as explaining how there were indeed issues, but were - in fact - resolved instead of worsened by the situation.
"Because of the back-to-back position of my baby, in hospital I would have been given an epidural and probably undergone an emergency Caesarean," she said.
"Because I could control the birth with my natural pain relief and keep moving, I managed to give birth in the pool without any intervention which could have affected William. I can't imagine giving birth lying flat on a hospital bed, it would seem so unnatural."