Lorne R. Campbell Sr. - M.D.
I began delivering babies in 1983. I believed in the use of drugs to manage obstetrical pain. I saw lots of complications, including babies with compromised breathing. In spite of my best efforts to use sound judgement, I believed that epidurals were a medical blessing. I had a 25% C-Section rate.
Patients demanded natural births. I then performed hundreds of deliveries using the pushing, blowing techniques, and holding off on analgesics until the mother could no longer take the pain. I saw babies that were no longer respiratorily compromised, but were exhausted and quite often needed respiratory support with oxygen. But my C-section rate had fallen to 5%
Next I used visualization and guided imagery to manage pain. Occasionally I still had to use narcotics and a rare epidural. I continued to see exhausted babies who were not fully able to bond. I still had a C-Section rate of 5%.
Eventually, I began using hypnosis to manage pain during birth. The results were okay. Babies were less often compromised and very rarely needed oxygen, but mothers still experienced painful births. My C-Section rate remained at 5%..
I have now made the transition to HypnoBirthing. I truly believe that birthing does not have to involve pain. I have over 200 births of women who prepared for birth by learning and using the techniques and philosophy of HypnoBirthing - "The Mongan Method". All of the families have left their birthings excited about the birth event. I see support people meaningfully involved with the mother assisting in many different ways. I have had no complications. No babies needed oxygen or any support other than warming by mother's body. My C-Section count is 3 - in as many years. I have given absolutely no analgesic drugs since I began using HypnoBirthing with mothers.
Over the years, I have come to realize that during a birthing, I no longer perform 'deliveries'; I attend and observe as mothers birth their babies in calm and comfort, and birthing companions receive the babies as they emerge. It is as if my new role is to be present to witness the miracle of HypnoBirthing.
Now I enthusiastically lecture to medical groups on a regular basis about the merits of HypnoBirthing as a means of achieving easier, more comfortable births for laboring mothers. I am more than happy to talk to health care professionals (or anyone else) about my experiences with truly natural birthing. I have a large number of happy HypnoBirthing families - mothers and fathers - who love to talk about their own birthing experiences.
In my present position as a faculty member of the Atlanta Family Medicine Residency Program in Atlanta, Georgia, I train medical residents to use HypnoBirthing as an option for the families they will serve.
Lorne R. Campbell Sr. M.D.
Atlanta Medical Center Family Residency Program
1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200
Morrow, GA 30260