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Preggie Pals is a weekly podcast and online resource for expecting moms and dads and those trying to become pregnant.
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Childbirth Preparation Methods: Hypnobabies


Today’s expecting mothers are much more proactive in their approach to childbirth preparation, and that’s one reason why Hypnobabies has become so popular. What exactly is Hypnobabies and how does it differ from Hypnobirthing? What does it take to become successful in using this technique? Plus, is it really possible to have a “pain-free” birth? Introducing Cassie Freisen, Hypno-Mom!

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Cassie has a degree in Human Development and has always been fascinated by the various stages we pass through in life, as well as how our experiences shape us. She discovered Hypnobabies as she was preparing for her daughter’s birth and knew it was the program for her. After comparing it with the other programs out there, she found that Hypnobabies was the only one that consistently had positive reviews and a great success rate. Using Hypnobabies was one of the best decisions she’s ever made! Preparing for her ‘birthing time’ truly was relaxing, empowering and educational. But it wasn’t until her daughter was born easily and *pain-free* into this world that her entire life changed. Listen to her Podcast HERE
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At Hypnobabies, we teach a lot about the impact that our use of specific language has on pregnant, birthing and post-partum mothers. Word association, connotations and "waking suggestions" create physical effects, actually changing our chemical makeup and of course, our all-important belief systems about childbirth. 

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We found a terrific article that affirms our admonition that positive and encouraging language and messages need to be used when we are around pregnant women. Telling "war stories" about childbirth frightens and confuses expectant moms and can be harmful!

Birth is no time for war stories

'I died, but it was fine," a woman at a barbecue told me when I was nine months' pregnant. She was a stranger, her story unsolicited. As I nodded and nervously sipped a glass of water, she explained how she'd suffered from pre-eclampsia, "died" on the obstetrician's table and been brought back to life.
 
Hers was only one of numerous unsolicited stories that would have been enough to act as excellent birth control, had that ship not already sailed.
 
"I had two C-sections. I still can't sit up," a waitress announced on seeing my burgeoning belly. "You'll never be able to have decent sex again," lamented one. "Just say yes to the epidural," warned another.
 
Funny how our own personal experiences become The Big Truth...

Read the full article here




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Lorraine offers Hypnobabies classes,  Prepared Childbirth classes, Breastfeeding Classes, Baby Massage, Happiest Baby on the Block, Dancing for Birth, Prenatal Yoga/Fitness, Mommy and Me Yoga/Fitness/Massage, Baby Signs and parenting classes, serving all of Orange and LA Counties.  http://www.prenataleducationcenter.com/index.html

Lorraine Shorman, CD(DONA), HCHI
Los Alamitos, California 90720
Phone: (714) 624-3495
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Twitter:  @doulalorraine


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Introducing our Pocatello, Idaho Hypnobabies Instructor and Hypno-Mom, Natalie Permann!

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Hello! My name is Natalie. I am a wife, a mother of three, a Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor, and a doula! I'm passionate about childbirth and hope to help women realize the power that is in them to birth more normally and naturally.
http://doulanataliesue.yolasite.com/about-us.php

Watch Natalie's Hypnobabies birth video and read her birth story here: http://doulanataliesue.yolasite.com/my-hypnobabies-birth.php

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Remember!

Our Hypnobabies Instructor Training for 2013 is in St. Louis, MO, May 3-6, and we will be closing registration in late March 2013! We are only accepting 50 trainees, so please watch our Training FAQs Webinar now!

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Read our Instructor Training Newsletter, which has a coupon code in it for $10.00 off of our Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Bundle!

Being a Hypnobabies Instructor is extremely gratifying; as you help young families learn to trust themselves, their babies and the process of childbirth, your own journey in life opens up as well!
 
Whether you are a happy Hypnobabies Mom or a "birth junkie" doula, midwife or other birth professional, you can help the women of your community to enjoy childbirth, and be a part of the wonderful change in perception that natural childbirth is going through.
 
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis
www.Hypnobabies.com
714-894-BABY (2229)
Toll-free: (U.S. only) 877-55-HYPNO (49766)
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A recent article in the Huffington Post describes how new parents can be influenced by hospital staff to doubt their own parenting skills, right from the start. Fear of liability has created some unnecessary hospital admonitions and "rules" about newborn care which new parents actually have complete control over, just like all aspects of their pregnancies and births. Edicts, warnings and "advice" from staff and their sponsors such as formula companies can initiate confusion and undermine new parent's confidence to trust in their own intelligence about their baby's needs. Unnecessary interventions, including interference with breastfeeding and common newborn procedures can affect parent/baby bonding and baby's long-term health:

What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff
The other day I was visiting a family and their just-born baby in the hospital, and in the few short hours I was there, I heard a bunch of surprising comments:

•A nurse told a new dad (who was standing up, holding his 20-hour-old baby) to put the baby down in the bassinet, warning him that his son was safer in the bassinet -- otherwise Dad might drop the baby.

•A different nurse told a new mom (who was holding her 8-hour-old baby) that her daughter would be safer in the bassinet because Mom might doze off and "co-sleeping is not allowed."

These comments by two different staff members to two different families are, to me, eye-rollingly laughable -- obviously babies can be safely held by parents, both seated and standing. Obviously babies don't need to lie in a plastic bucket all the time for fear of being dropped.   Probably the first nurse meant: "If you did drop him, we'd end up with a law suit," i.e., it's potentially dangerous to us, the hospital, not: "It's actually likely you'll drop him"...
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Some of our wonderful, amazing Hypnoobabies moms have shared with us their baby's birth announcements and birth stories this week. Congratulations Hypno-Moms and welcome to all our Hypno-babies!!

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Jennifer K. R.: Liam Nicholas, proud to be an intact male (3rd in our family), proud to be exclusively breastfed (3rd in our family), proud to be birthed naturally and a Hypnobaby (2nd for me), proud to be a lttle brother to Lily and Lucas. Liam was born in the hosptal, we would have choosen a homebirth had we lived closer to a hospital. He was 7lbs, 11oz, 20".

I loved my Hypnobabies experience, both times. I had a pain-free comfortable birth. I used my special-safe place, partner hands-on and cue words. I breathed my baby out (no pushing only "Ahhhhhh") in one contraction. My birthing time started at 10pm and he was born at 3:23am. I remained calm, confident and relaxed. I used a combination of "What If" and "fear releasing" one time with my 1st Hypnobabies birth during my birthing to kind-of "blow away" one drifting thought of an epidural. I knew that this was what I wanted. I knew I wanted to know what it felt like and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

I was so excited for both births, I never had a thought of epi during my 2nd Hypnobabies birth because I knew I had the tools I needed to "make it work for me!". You can make it work for you too! Have a beautiful birthing.

Valerie S.: Chloe Aurora was born at hospital 10 April 2012, 9 lb 5 oz, 21.25". She was a week "overdue," and my doctor decided that I needed to be induced. I arrived at the hospital at 6 AM, the Pitocin started at 10. At 3 PM I had not progressed to the staff's liking and they were pressuring me to have my bag of water broken.

When they pushed the issue again, I asked them to leave, and while discussing with my doula the repercussions of walking out and labeling the visit a "failed induction," my waters broke on their own and my birthing time began! Thanks to Hypnobabies and my mantra of "open, open, open," my beautiful baby girl was in my arms at 5:09 PM - my birthing time progressed so quickly by the time my doctor arrived, I was already nursing my happy little newborn. Chloe's birth was completely pain-free and comfortable - in fact, I was out running again when she was a mere 6 days old!

Daniella C.: Our fourth daughter and Hypnobaby, Cosima Cecilia, was born at home on 04.04.12. She weighed 6lbs, 6oz and was 20.25" (39w3d). Birthing time began at 11:30am and Coco entered the world at 2:17pm after two pushes. Much to our surprise (again!) is fair and has blue eyes (so far) like one of her sisters and is the perfect addition to our gaggle of girls.

Ashley B.: Baby Brooks born on December 6, 2012 at 2:31 am. Labor started at 10:00 pm. Brooks is my second child, the first one I did hypno-birthing. I was able to use deep breathing and my calming color to get through the contractions. I ended up getting an epidural and had Brooks 30 mins later. It was an amazing, relaxing experience and I wouldn't change a thing! Hypnonbirthing works!



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We sometimes receive the question, "Why would anyone want a natural (unmedicated) birth?"

There are many reasons for choosing to give birth without drugs; childbirth is a normal process and can be very joyful, all labor drugs have side effects which affect mothers and babies, the side effects can be far-reaching, long lasting and very detrimental, etc.

Another reason that we have found is that sometimes labor medications or procedures are found to be dangerous long after use, and in ways that were never anticipated:

The recent drug recall linked to Meningitis has now been expanded to epidurals
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That's right!

The perfect holiday gift is here at Hypnobabies.

What could be better than an easier, more comfortable pregnancy and birth for Christmas?
Tell your friends, relatives and colleagues that Hypnobabies Gift Certificates are here!

 http://www.Hypnobabies-Gift.com  

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Expectant moms love Hypnobabies products and now they can get them from friends, relatives and co-workers. Hypnobabies Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any Hypnobabies products. Recipients can even redeem several Gift Certificates at one time, so family and friends can buy separate certificates to be applied to one large purchase.

 Let them choose their own gift with our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, to help enjoy an easier pregnancy with our Easy Pregnancy Set.

Is her heart set on a natural birth? The perfect gift for her this year is our Hypnobabies Home Study Course, and we also have individual CDs or MP3 tracks for specific pregnancy issues.

New moms also love our Comfort and Calm for New Mothers Set, which allows mothers to sleep better, breastfeed easier and feel more confident as they begin their new-baby journey!

Are you a birth professional or know one that would love to receive our Hypno-Doula Bundle? Our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any products.

Tell everyone you know this holiday season about our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, and make someone's Hypnobabies dreams come true!

 

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Malloree, using Hypnobabies, deeply focused during a "birthing wave", very comfortable. She is aware of everything going on around her; as much as she wants to be.

Will I be awake and aware during my labor using Hypnobabies?


Q) I'm wondering what being in hypnosis will be like when I'm giving birth. My midwife also says she is concerned that I won't be fully present and able to feel or know what's going on; that I'll be like a zombie or something. I understand that relaxation is deep but how much do you know of what's going on around you? I would like to really experience childbirth, just without the pain!

A) Then you've come to the right place! No zombies allowed. You are as aware as you want to be while in hypnosis. The hypnosis experience is different for each person using it, but it is simply focused concentration, like when you're deeply engrossed in a book or driving your car and thinking about something else at the same time. Both are states of hypnosis and you can see, hear and feel everything that you *want to* while doing them.

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Malloree, still deeply in hypnosis after her wave is over

Here are some other perspectives about childbirth hypnosis awareness from Hypno-moms who have been there...

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Today we read a blog post that encapsulates what every pregnant women needs to know about taking responsibility for her own pregnancy and birthing choices: The choices are always  *yours*. If you don't make them and enforce them, someone else *will* and only you know what is best for yourself and your baby.

Take Back Your Birth

www.ImprovingBirth.org

I went into pregnancy and preparation for birth “willfully ignorant.”  I’d never wanted to experience either, so my perspective on the whole thing was that of an outsider’s.  As I started poking around about giving birth for the first time, I had some vague ideas about lowering the lighting in the room; maybe I’d wear one of my own gowns that I felt comfortable in.  I didn’t want gawking strangers there while I delivered (I mean, how awkward is that?) and I thought it would be very cool if I could cut the baby’s cord, if it wasn’t too gross.  

This was when I began hearing a phrase that absolutely astonished me: READ THE FULL ARCTICLE HERE
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At Hypnobabies, we love reading on other blogs how moms decide to use Hypnobabies and then follow along through their pregnancy. We recently found a blog where a mom goes into a really in depth explanation of why she is doing Hypnobabies.  She also answers some questions she has gotten about the program.

Here is one of the questions she answers.

Does Learning Hypnobabies take a lot of time & energy?

Time: yes. Energy: no. And my guess is that for many of you the time factor would be the biggest downside. I’d say it is for me.  The total amount of time it takes every day is about 60 minutes, not including listening to the Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations (which I don’t count because I listen as I fall asleep …

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Crystal took Hypnobabies and tells her reasons why in her blog post.

Here are 2 of our favorite reasons -

• We learned how to enter self-hypnosis with the drop of a finger (literally!) achieving deep states of relaxation very quickly and easily. I’ve always struggled with meditation yet with self-hypnosis I’m able to turn my busy mind off and become very deeply relaxed within seconds.

“Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis” enabled me to walk, talk and move around freely yet remain very relaxed, fully present, aware and in touch with my body and my baby.

Click over to her blog to read them all.

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VIDEO LINK:  Midwife Barbara Barta Shares about Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis

A few things she points out.

    • Moms are excited to birth and have a lot of confidence!
    • Births are calm.
    • Moms are relaxed and controlled
    • Moms are aware and responsive.
    • Birth Partners very connected and have great tools!

 

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Mandy, a Hypnobabies Instructor in Denver got this email from one of her students.

"I wanted to share a few experiences I've had recently with the Hypnosis practice and CD's.

I've been practicing a lot and using the CD's and it seems easier to relax every time I do it. I have RA and this generally effect my hands and wrists the most right now so every evening around 9 pm my hands swell up and I have intense pain in my wrists making it a challenge to find a comfortable sleeping position. I've been listening to the CD's and during the CD I can completely lose my sense of pain my hands—as if they are not there at all, when I come up from Hypnosis that pain is still there although not always as strong as before, so cool.

Additionally, I am a very nervous flier and I do fly often so I have been developing techniques to help me stay calm during take off and landing. Yesterday when I flew, I practiced …

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I have been having a lot of pelvic and hip pain on my left side.  My chiropractor said it is probably symphysis pubic dysfunction and it will probably bother me until she's born.  I have been using Hypnobabies to help me deal with the discomfort and it has been a life saver!  Especially at night when I'm trying to sleep.  I had some doubts about how well Hypnobabies would really work once I was in labor since I'm not in any pain when I practice.  Now I know how well it works and I have no doubts that I can have a completely comfortable delivery.  I will keep you updated on how we're doing.  She could be here any time now :)

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I have 3 little ones under the age of 6 and as you can imagine, sometime our night-night routine doesn't go as smoothly as I'd like.  I began using the Toddler Sleepy-Time track on Saturday night.  I snuggled all 3 of them with me as we listened to it for the first time together.  They were all interested in it, telling me about the color of their clouds and what they wanted the fairy to bring them.  The 3 year old was the first to go out, followed quickly by the 5 year old and not long after the usual hold out, the 1 year old.

The next night, we all gathered together in the big comfy chair for our night-night snuggle, all 3 in my lap with one big blanket for all of us.  My husband gave us all hugs and kisses, then turned out the light as we settled in to listen to Kerry.  My 5 year old commented that the story was boring and wouldn't put him to sleep; this time he didn't make it past the clouds before he was snoring.  The 3 year old followed shortly behind as she quickly drifted off to sleepy land. What surprised me most was the snoring that came next, not from the 1 year old, but from my husband in the other chair!

Thanks Hypnobabies for another amazing tool for improving our lives!

Go Hypnobabies!!!
 
Rachel
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I have used my "peace" cue for many things, IUD placement, tattoo, hot wax on feet with pedicure etc. But this week I had another reason to be grateful for my training. :)
My poor little 21 month old Reilly was admitted to Children's Hospital with Mastoiditis. An ear infection that had gone into his bone. He had surgery and other treatments. He is healing well and we are home now. My Hypnobabies training was a lifesaver.

When they would come in and ask us about a procedure that BRAND acronym was so drilled into my head that even in my concern and worried mindset I asked all the right questions and made sure I fully understood everything before asking them to leave so my husband and I could decide.

    • B - Benefits
    • R - Risks
    • A - Alternative
    • N- Nothing
    • D - Discuss and Decide

I seriously think Hypnobabies is the best thing I have done!

Usha Tunnell, Hypnobabies instructor in San Diego, CA

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Confidence in Body

I was having a lot of pre-birthing waves before Elizabeth's arrival.  In fact, my sister in law noticed when I was having a practice PW because I would suddenly relax for a minute as if I was turning off while at her son's first birthday party.  When she figured out what I was doing, she asked me how far apart they were.  I told her I didn't know, and I wasn't worried about it.  She thought they were pretty frequent and started to get worried about me.  I smiled and knew that I would know when my birthing time would start, Hypnobabies gave me confidence about my body.

Happier During Pregnancy

My husband noticed a change in my mood after I started listening to HB's Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations, he said I was very pleasant, and I never complained about any pregnancy discomfort.  His co-workers would tell him stories about their wives while pregnant, how rough it was, and how bad they hurt or complained.  He would smile and tell them that everything had been perfect with me, I was still working and going to school, and keeping up with life.  He said that the pregnancy did not slow me down, and he was …
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Thanks to Gloria a mom from the Moms Forum for sharing her experience with us.

Hey there Hypnomoms! 

I just have to share some exciting news with you all.  I get weekly injections of progesterone which are p**nful. The liquid being injected is a gel. These injections are applied intramuscular (on my buttocks). Every week the injection site alternates. Since starting these injections I have noticed that the left buttock hurts more than the right.

I usually dread those days...until Hypnobabies and the fingerdrop technique as well as the peace cue. I used my fingerdrop technique today and my peace cue and it was painless. I felt the injection but there was no pain associated with it. If I started to feel slight pain i would just say the word "peace" and instantly the mild discomfort subsided.

I LOVE HYNOBABIES!!!

If ever I had doubt on if this actually works....I can clearly say that all doubt is GONE.

Gloria

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