Practical hypnosis and communication pearls for the busy midwife


Allan Cyna is a Senior Consultant Anaesthetist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has developed a special interest in communication and hypnosis as an adjunct to enhance anaesthesia care - particularly in the management of pain, needle phobia and anxiety.

Nicky Leap is an Adjunct Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology, Sydney and a Visiting Professor at Kings College London.  She has been a midwife for over 30 years and has published widely on a wide range of midwifery practice development topics, including midwifery models of care and understanding the role of labour pain.

Nicky and Allan will combine their skills and interests in facilitating a practical workshop to explore what we can learn from hypnotherapy and the principles of communication in order to optimise positive experiences for women; safe, supportive practice; and effective interprofessional relationships. This will include:

Learning the basic principles of self hypnosis

  • Building confidence in pregnant women and their supporters, in particular those who have had a previous bad experience
  • Supporting and encouraging women during pregnancy, labour and the early days of parenting – promoting opportunities for empowerment
  • Communication for elective and unplanned caesarean section
  • Communication for safe practice when things don’t go according to plan
  • Responding to situations where people are angry in the workplace

Continuing Professional Development Points

Awarded 6 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.





$240 - Includes lunch, refreshments, workshop folders and notes.
Student discounts


Dates and locations:

At present there are no scheduled workshops on this theme.  If your hospital or area health service would like to sponsor a program on this topic for the benefit of you and your colleagues, please direct them to this link, which contains information on how to set up in-service courses through Birth International.