Bristol Hypnotherapy Clinic  in residence at the

Greenway Community Practice, Greystoke Ave, Southmead, Bristol BS10 6AF

Tel: 0117-968-6886,    Mobile: 07811-373703,

International 44117-968-6886    USA Cell phone 248.252.7301

Ante Natal Depression

Brief therapy to reduce and control depression prior to labour is important, especially for those that were depressed before becoming pregnant (see footnote). True ante natal depression is when the woman becomes depressed during pregnancy. The causes are wide and varied, unplanned pregnancy, unstable relationship, job insecurity, less income, hopelessness, helplessness, feeling inadequate, just to name a few.

Those who have been taking anti-depressant medication, and due to pregnancy can no longer take medication, may then develop further bouts, or increase of depression.

By providing better coping skills and mechanisms, allows the woman to be more in control of the situation and life in general. Therapy at this stage significantly reduces the chances of post natal or post partum depression. That is why the focus on ante natal depression is so important.

Post Natal Depression

Post natal depression occurs in 10 - 15% of women within a year of giving birth and have a one in five increase of being depressed after the next birth. Some females usually within 4 days of giving birth will feel ‘down’ and maybe tearful for a few days which is ‘normal’. However, some women continue to be unhappy, emotional, anxious about her baby, feelings of the inability to cope, feeling inadequate and may even feel guilty, perceiving herself to be a poor mother. Insomnia or waking during the night if there is no need, causes tiredness and lethargy through the daytime.

Negative and poorly perceived thoughts create an increased depressive period that continues, for months and sometimes even for a year or more. Brief clinical hypnotherapy via a cognitive approach allows the depressed female to think and feel differently, looking forward to her joys of family life and living.

Reporting in the American Journal of Psychiatry 2002, the researchers found that exposure to SSRIs during pregnancy was associated with a twofold increase in premature delivery and consequent lower birth weight. Furthermore, SSRI exposure during the last three months of pregnancy was associated with lower scores on physical health of a newborn infant.

Primary & Secondary Tokophobia

Primary  tokophobia is a fear of death in childbirth, disgust / dread of the process, and goes to great lengths NOT to become pregnant. Often sufferers will show poor perceptions and distortions of pregnancy and childbirth. This can come from their younger days when other’s (mother) passed incorrect or bad experiences onto them, or the woman has experienced other trauma in the past.

Secondary tokophobia is due to a previous experience of traumatic birth, poor obstetric practice or medical attention, previous post natal depression, and many other gross concerns and anxieties. Poor expectations of their behaviour during labour, feeling ‘out of control’, revivification of distressing memories perhaps months later, can cause further psychological concerns.

Post traumatic distress disorder cannot be ruled out from their previous birthing experience/s, because females with secondary tokophobia may have suffered physically and psychologically, and are preparing for the same thing to happen again. Of course not all women experience these problems, however, some females are more vulnerable than others, with different levels of pain threshold and emotional tolerances, everyone is different.

Both these quite different problems can be resolved, and the outcome is a positive one should the women obtain assistance from an experienced clinician.