I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register and have been approved as meeting the criteria of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. In addition I am a certified Hypnobirthing Fertility Therapist and Hypnobirthing practitioner.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) define infertility as failing to get pregnant after two years of regular unprotected sex.
According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority it is estimated that one in seven UK couples have difficulty conceiving - approximately 3.5 million people.
Infertility is the commonest reason for women aged 20-45 to see their GP, after pregnancy itself.
If you are one of the 3.5 million people longing to have a baby of your own you know just how lonely being part of that group is. Well-meaning advice to stop worrying about it and let it happen is about as useful as telling you to stop breathing. Now you don't have to struggle alone with this. In recent years a number of studies have demonstrated how hypnosis can benefit fertility:
Professor Eliahu Levitas (2004) found that using hypnosis DOUBLED the success rate of IVF. To read more about Professor Levitas' study click here
Dr. Gayle Peterson is a pioneer in the field of mind/body states and their effect on fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. She has developed a technique called Body-Centered Hypnosis in order to release negative emotions, including anxiety and depression and so enable conception to occur. She cites several research studies that suggest a positive link between fertility and treatments based on hypnosis To read an article by Dr Peterson click here
Dr. Alice Domar also emphasises "mind/body" techniques that include self-hypnotic suggestions to reduce stresses that interfere with conception and healthy pregnancy. Dr Domar is the author of "Conquering Infertility", and other books on the topic Click here to read about Dr Domar's research
The HypnoFertility programme addresses blocks to conception on a number of levels. First and foremost you will be taught how to deal with the stress of fertility issues and any medical procedures you may be undergoing. Secondly I work with you to release any negative emotions which may be preventing conception.
Therapy sessions are individually tailored for each client based on their unique needs. The initial session lasts approximately 2 hours and based on this in-depth medical and social history, I design your treatment plan. Some of the techniques you will learn will stand you in good stead in all areas of your life. Many women use these techniques all through the pregnancy to ensure that they remain stress-free.
The hypnofertility programme will help you:
1. Identify and remove conscious and unconscious blocks which may be preventing conception.
2. Gain a positive outlook, and renew trust in your body’s ability to conceive.
3. Remain calm, patient, and in control throughout natural or assisted conception.
4. Prepare your body physically and emotionally to be a good and loving parent.
5. Make any lifestyle changes that may be necessary to help couples conceive. This may include weight loss and diet improvement or stopping smoking.
Hypnofertility clients must be prepared to commit to between 4 and 6 sessions in order for meaningful change to take place. Every individual responds differently: some women have gotten pregnant after just one session whereas others require many more than 6 sessions.