Midwives magazine: October/November
Author: Maggie Howell
Publisher: Intuition UN Ltd
Review by Ann Ellis
I had already read the book accompanying this CD, so I was looking forward to listening to the disc and it did not disappoint me. The voice is one that promotes relaxation and l feel that as a midwife, it is a disc that l would advise pregnant women to buy.
The packaging contains an information booklet for women and it is a smaller version of the main book with relevant information within it. There is also a booklet for midwives, which is quite valuable as many midwives may not know the benefits of natal hypnotherapy techniques and may assume that the woman is not really in labour, when the reality may be that the woman is so relaxed, as to appear in very early labour, but in fact she is more advanced. The sticker supplied (to attach to the maternity notes) enables women to alert the midwifery staff that she has practised natal hypnotherapy techniques, which is a very good visual aid for staff.
I have played this disc to my niece, who is pregnant, and she promptly fell asleep for two hours. Needless to say, she now wants to further explore the avenue of natal hypnotherapy to enhance her labour and experience at birth. The CD is split into different sections, therefore enabling the user to listen to a specific area of the disc. I recommend that users listen to the shorter relaxation segment as often as possible. I also recommend partners to listen to this, because l believe it is beneficial in everyday life and will also promote understanding for what their partners are trying to achieve.