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Greater choice for mums as Northumbria midwives learn hypnobirthing techniques

Monday, 03 October, 2016
Greater choice for mums as Northumbria midwives learn hypnobirthing techniques

Women choosing to have their baby at Northumbria are set to benefit from techniques that promote a more natural birthing experience.

Midwives from across Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been trained in hypnobirthing, an in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during birth.

This means that women across Northumberland and North Tyneside will be able to access local courses to support them to practise the techniques during pregnancy and labour and birth at the Northumbria Birthing Centre at Cramlington and midwifery-led units at Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham hospitals.

Last year more than 3,000 babies were born at Northumbria Healthcare with women choosing the trust for its high-quality care and state-of-the-art facilities.

Leading hynobirthing teacher Katharine Graves facilitated the training to Northumbria midwives at North Tyneside General Hospital, the first trust in the North East where she has delivered this.

Janice McNichol, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to welcome Katharine to our trust, who is widely seen as the national lead for hypnobirthing, and see her train so many of our midwives from all four of our maternity units.

“Here at Northumbria our aim is always to give women choosing to have their baby with us greater choice and for our midwives to be able to offer hypnobirthing techniques further complements what we provide.

“Hypnobirthing promotes a natural, more comfortable, birthing experience often with fewer medical interventions, less pain relief and shorter labours and we hope that women will welcome this development and benefit from the enhanced skills of our midwives.”

Katharine, founder of KG hypnobirthing, said: “Through my experiences of teaching hypnobirthing techniques over the last decade, I always find that teaching groups of midwives at the same time is by far the most effective.

“When many midwives have the knowledge and tools, as is the case here at Northumbria, hypnobirthing techniques can be embedded across the organisation which will ultimately benefit many more women.

“There is lots of good information about babies and birth in many place but hypnobirthing is the only thing I know that actually makes a difference to the experience of giving birth.

“We’ve had countless positive reports from women whose birthing experience have been improved by using these techniques and now that Northumbria midwives have been trained, I look forward to receiving many more from this part of the country.”

The highly-experienced midwifery team at Northumbria Healthcare is on hand 24/7 to offer expert care to women.

The Birthing Centre at The Northumbria hospital, which opened in June 2015, has a co-located midwifery-led unit alongside a consultant-led obstetric unit.

Its en-suite single rooms and birthing pools offer women greater choice and partners are able to be accommodated to stay overnight.

Midwifery-led units at Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham hospitals provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and home from home, birthing experience.