Hypnosis used as anesthesia for cesarean

 

According to Press TV, Iranian doctors just completed the first birth by cesarean section using only hypnosis as anesthesia.

Volunteering to be the first women to undergo a C-section without conventional methods of chemical anesthesia, Hassanlou had attended pain management sessions with Dr. Almasian for four months, before her due date.

The article mentions that hypnosis is a technique that can be used in natural childbirth as well–which is how I had heard of it before–hypnobirth. A quick google search pulls up a lot of sites about this technique for natural childbirth:

Birthing with Hypnosis

Hypnobabies

There’s even a patented method called the Mongan method

I have had no experience with this idea of hypnobirthing (besides the quick mention in my doula training). I would love to hear from you all about your opinions/experiences with this birthing technique.

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2 thoughts on “Hypnosis used as anesthesia for cesarean

  1. doulicia June 18, 2007 / 10:38 am

    I have a client who used it and was so relaxed that she dozed between contractions in transition! I listened to her tapes (she was using the Mongan method). It appeared to me to be combination of deep relaxation and conditioning. My only problem was with Mongan’s voice. I can’t remember exactly what it was about it now. I think she had a think Boston accent. It made it harder for me to just focus on her words.

  2. Juliet Eccleston June 19, 2007 / 6:07 am

    I used hypnobirthing to birth my baby. The main benefits being that I remained in control throughout and was able to listen to my body and work with it rather than against it. I am now a HypnoBirthing practitioner in the UK. Rather than teach women new skills, it’s more about going back to how it used to be. The other fantastic thing about hypnobirthing is the involvement of a birth companion – mine protected me and my environment and ensured the birth preferences were discussed with the appropriate care giver.

    My story of birth is on my website, although there’s loads of testimonials on the HypnoBirthing institute website too.

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