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The joys of being a teenager, Alison Gopnik, Hypnobirthing explained

September 7th, 2016

Episode 681 of 985 episodes

Hypnobirthing is increasingly being offered on the NHS. So what is it, how does it work, and to what extent is it any different from the breathing techniques offered in ante-natal classes? We'll hear from Katharine Graves, a hypnobirthing teacher & trainer, Michelle Olley, who recently gave birth to her first child using the technique, and Professor Soo Downe who has conducted the largest randomised control trial into the use of self-hypnosis in labour. Developmental Psychologist Alison Gopnik tells Jenni how children learn, and why it's time to chuck away the parenting manuals and simply 'be' a parent. We visit the early days of the women's trade union movement to discover another lost woman from history. Grace Oakeshott was a founder of The Women's Industrial Council in 1894 and later faked her own death to start a new life. Jocelyn Robson explains why in her book Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels. The hit play 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' is about a group of six seventeen-year-old girls from a Catholic school in Oban who travel to Edinburgh for a national choir competition. To discuss the depiction of the teenagers and the joy and freedom of being one Jenni is joined by the play's director Vicky Featherstone and eighteen-year-old Ella and seventeen-year-old Roxanne.

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