WE frequently do hypnosis at the clinic. Sometimes it’s to expose a troubling memory about something that happened to the patient-- we’ve fixed a few migraines that way-- sometimes it provides new insight to an infertility problem... Recently “G”, another client came, whose experience in her two previous childbirths had not been pleasant. As I began to work with her, I was reminded of stories told by nurse friends about women of other cultures who would come in, pop out their babies and go back home! Somehow, their births were much easier and quicker than native born American women, whose deliveries were treated more like a planned “medical emergency” than the natural course of events. The conversations that I’ve overheard as a husband/father/grandfather made me wonder why ANY woman would choose to go through the experience of PAIN, LABOR, ANGUISH, AND DRUGS, when with a little instruction and some home practice, she could opt instead to learn to block contraction and birthing discomfort through gentle hypnosis. We’ve now finished our second session, and she can almost instantly drop into a relaxed state of complete anesthesia if she so chooses, or she can alternatively choose modify that state so that she is completely normal in all parts of her body, able to walk, talk, and participate in the proceedings, except that “pain” arising from the area from top of breasts to top of knees becomes blocked. It’s easy to learn, and perhaps the nicest part of all is that it gives the woman CONTROL over what is happening to her. If she begins to experience “pain”, she needn’t scream for the nurse, but can instead follow her training; those perceptions of pain will simply drop away. G has only a few weeks to go, the pregnancy is coming along just fine, and I fully expect that she will experience the birth as a relaxing, beautiful experience. (There’s even a supporting role for the father if he wishes to participate!) If you would like to train yourself to use hypnosis for “pain control” in childbirth or other experiences, get in touch. It’s not expensive and you will be able to use what you’ve learned in so many later experiences, probably even for avoiding novocaine in the dentist’s chair if you so choose. Pain control by hypnosis can be useful for living with chronic disease, such as cancer, MS, ALS as well.