This is the reading list we provide for our practitioners. It is not obligatory, within the Hypnobirthing practitioner training we cover all of this – however it is the evidence base behind what we teach.
Junge, C., von Soest, T., Weidner, K., Seidler, A., Eberhard‐Gran, M. and Garthus‐Niegel, S., 2018. Labor pain in women with and without severe fear of childbirth: a population‐based, longitudinal study. Birth, 45(4), pp.469-477.
Barakat, R., Franco, E., Perales, M., López, C. and Mottola, M.F., 2018. Exercise during pregnancy is associated with a shorter duration of labor. A randomized clinical trial. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 224, pp.33-40.
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth; Grantly Dick-Read
No Time for Fear; Grantly Dick-Read
Dr Herbert Benson; The Relaxation Response
Benson, H., Beary, J.F. and Carol, M.P., 1974. The relaxation response. Psychiatry, 37(1), pp.37-46.
Psychology Today; Herbert Benson Relaxation Response https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/heart-and-soul-healing/201303/dr-herbert-benson-s- relaxation-response
Dr. Herbert Benson for youtube videos
Dr. Sara Wickham; https://www.sarawickham.com/ (also on Instagram and facebook)
Dr. Sara Wickham ; Inducing Labour making informed decisions
Laughter Norman Cousins Online University https://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/norman- cousins-anatomy-of-an-illness/
Norman Cousins; Anatomy of an Illness
Arya, R., Chansoria, M., Konanki, R. and Tiwari, D.K., 2012. Maternal music exposure during pregnancy influences neonatal behaviour: An open-label randomized controlled trial. International journal of pediatrics, 2012.
Hemmerich, A., Bandrowska, T. and Dumas, G.A., 2019. The effects of squatting while pregnant on pelvic dimensions: A computational simulation to understand childbirth. Journal of biomechanics, 87, pp.64-74.
Evidence Based Birth; birthing positions https://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-birthing- positions/
Pascual-Leone et al., ‘Modulation of muscle responses evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation during the acquisition of fine motor skills’, Journal of Neurophysiology, 1995, 74(3), 1037-1045
See the work of Dr. David Hamilton
YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URyEZusnjBI (google ‘ping pong ball balloon to show labour’)
Danford, K. and Mercein, J., 2018. The Birth Process and Voice Training: The Glorious Chorus: A Qualitative Pilot Inquiry. Voice and Speech Review, 12(1), pp.35-48.
Ina May Gaskin; Ina May’s guide to Childbirth
Simpson, K.R., 2006. When and how to push: providing the most current information about second- stage labor to women during childbirth education. The Journal of perinatal education, 15(4), p.6.
Science Direct; Ferguson Reflex https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/ferguson- reflex
Michel Odent; Birth Reborn; What Childbirth Should Be
Other works of Michel Odent
BellyBelly; Fetal Ejection Reflex https://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/fetal-ejection-reflex-what-is-it- and-how-does-it-happen/
World Health Organization, 1993. Thermal control of the newborn: a practical guide (No. WHO/FHE/MSM/93.2). Geneva: World Health Organization.
Sheila Kitzinger; Birth Crisis
Leah Hazard; Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story
Bergstrom, L., Roberts, J., Skillman, L. and Seidel, J., 1992. “You’ll feel me touching you, sweetie”: Vaginal examinations during the second stage of labor. Birth, 19(1), pp.10-18. (https://www.academia.edu/30531186/Youll_Feel_Me_Touching_You_Sweetie_Vaginal_Examinatio ns_During_the_Second_Stage_of_Labor)
RCOG; Genital Herpes in Childbirth
Falcus, D., Genital Herpes Management of infants born to mothers with Genital Herpes GL374.
The work of Émile Coué
Smith, J., Plaat, F. and Fisk, N.M., 2008. The natural caesarean: a woman‐centred technique.
Jansen, L., Gibson, M., Bowles, B.C. and Leach, J., 2013. First do no harm: interventions during childbirth. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 22 (2), pp.83-92.
Hirsch, E., 2019. Electronic Fetal Monitoring to Prevent Fetal Brain Injury: A Ubiquitous Yet Flawed tool, Jama, 322 (7), pp.611-612
Sara Wickham; Electronic Fetal Monitoring https://www.sarawickham.com/research-updates/efm-ubiquitous-yet-flawed/
RCOG; An assisted vaginal birth (ventouse or forceps)
Erickson, E.N., Lee, C.S., Grose, E. and Emeis, C., 2019. Physiologic childbirth and active management of the third stage of labor: a latent class model of risk for postpartum hemorrhage. Birth, 46(1), pp.69-79
AIMS; Vitamin K an Alternative Perspective https://www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/vitamin-k-an- alternative-perspective
Ceratto, S. and Savino, F., 2019. Vitamin K deficiency bleeding in an apparently healthy newborn infant: the compelling need for evidence-based recommendation. Italian journal of pediatrics, 45 (1), p.30.
Dr. Sara Wickham ; Inducing Labour making informed decisions
AIMS; Book Bundle Large
Smyth, R.M., Markham, C. and Dowswell, T., 2013. Amniotomy for shortening spontaneous labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Bergstrom, L., Roberts, J., Skillman, L. and Seidel, J., 1992. “You’ll feel me touching you, sweetie”: Vaginal examinations during the second stage of labor. Birth, 19(1), pp.10-18. (https://www.academia.edu/30531186/Youll_Feel_Me_Touching_You_Sweetie_Vaginal_Examinatio ns_During_the_Second_Stage_of_Labor)
Hassan, S.J., Sundby, J., Husseini, A. and Bjertness, E., 2012. The paradox of vaginal examination practice during normal childbirth: Palestinian women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and experiences. Reproductive health, 9 342 (1), p.16.
AIMS; Vaginal Examinations in Labour https://www.aims.org.uk/information/item/vaginal-examinations-in-labour
Group, A.E.T.C., 1993. Routine vs selective episiotomy: a randomised controlled trial. The lancet, 342 (8886-8887), pp.1517-1518.
Klein, M.C., Gauthier, R.J., Jorgensen, S.H., Robbins, J.M., Kaczorowski, J., Johnson, B., Corriveau, M., Westreich, R., Waghorn, K. and Gelfand, M.M., 1992. Does episiotomy prevent perineal trauma and pelvic floor relaxation?.
The Online journal of current clinical trials, pp.6019-words.
Unicef; Skin to Skin Contact https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/implementing-standards-resources/skin-to-skin-contact/
Righard, L., 2001. Making childbirth a normal process. Birth, 28(1), pp.1-4.
Dalbye, R., Calais, E. and Berg, M., 2011. Mothers’ experiences of skin-to-skin care of healthy full-term newborns–A phenomenology study. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 2(3), pp.107-111.
Mercer, J.S., 2001. Current best evidence: a review of the literature on umbilical cord clamping. The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 46(6), pp.402-412.
Ononeze, A.B.O. and Hutchon, D.J.R., 2009. Attitude of obstetricians towards delayed cord clamping: a questionnaire-based study. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 29(3), pp.223-224.
Janet Balaskas; The Waterbirth Book
YouTube; Perineal Massage (https://youtu.be/Wm2aqVOG6Tc)
YouTube; Light Touch Massage (https://youtu.be/4UHKd5e4tic)
Brown, S.T., Douglas, C. and Flood, L.P., 2001. Women’s evaluation of intrapartum nonpharmacological pain relief methods used during labor. The journal of perinatal education, 10(3), p.1.
A Practical Approach to Labor Support Adams, Ellise D. et al. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, Volume 37, Issue 1, 106 – 115
Hamilton, C.J., 2018. A Qualitative Study of Midwifery Practices During the Second Stage of Labour.
YouTube; Transition (https://youtu.be/emS0XUy-ALU)
Martin, C., Ling, P.R. and Blackburn, G., 2016. Review of infant feeding: key features of breast milk and infant formula. Nutrients, 8(5), p.279.
https://www.medela.co.uk/breastfeeding/mums-journey/breast-milk-vs-formula La Leche League; The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Gabrielle Palmer; The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business
Leah Hazard; The Father’s Home Birth Handbook