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Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Blokes, Boobs & Breastfeeding – Dads, Your Support Is Crucial

By David Vernon
Editor, With Women (2007), Men at Birth (2006) and Having a Great Birth in Australia (2005)

Do you know the #1 reason for women giving up on breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding infantMen, here’s a quick quiz for you. What is the biggest cause of women giving up breastfeeding?

a) The pain of cracked nipples?
b) The constant demand for feeding from the baby?
c) Leaking breasts?
d) Difficulty in getting the baby to ‘latch on’ and obtain adequate milk?
e) None of the above?

Very few of the men who attend my parenting seminars get the correct answer. The answer is ‘e’.

While cracked nipples, feeding demands, leaking breasts and problems with ‘latching on’ can all take their toll and make feeding difficult in the early days, the vast majority of women can work through these problems and feed successfully and enjoyably within a few weeks.

Sadly, and often surprisingly for the men to whom I give the above question, the correct answer is that “Men [unsupportive of breastfeeding] are the biggest cause of women giving up breastfeeding.”

There is a significant amount of research indicating that where men are not supportive of breastfeeding, absolute breastfeeding rates are lower, and women who do breastfeed wean their babies earlier. So how could this be? Why are men the cause?
Men Want To Do Something… Anything!  You will find the rest of this great article HERE.
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Hypnobabies teaches medical hypnosis! ... the same medical hypnosis pain elimination tools that surgeons and dentists have used in the U.S. since the 1950's for patients who need surgical procedures but cannot tolerate drug anesthetics.

Surgical spell: Using Hypnosis Instead of Anesthesia
By Josh Shaffer
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RALEIGH,N.C. - Bob Dick recently toughed his way through a 90-minute total knee replacement without the aid of anesthesia, choosing to stay awake through the chisel and the buzz of the electric saw.

When he reached Duke University Hospital, in Durham, North Carolina, he started breathing deeply, a signal for his body to relax. Next he held his thumb and forefinger together, imagining a walk around the pond at his home. Then he told himself, “Now it’s safe to go into a comfortable learning trance.”

So began Dick’s surgery by hypnosis, which he describes as being so trouble-free that he hardly realized it happened. He had nerve-blockers reducing the pain throughout the surgery, but his deep relaxation techniques made “going under” a needless step.  See the entire article HERE
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Trauma, Traumatic Birth, and Recovery
By Amy Meister-Stetson - ImprovingBirth.org’s Trauma Care Coordinator

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Hypnobabies friends at ImprovingBirth.org wrote this informative article about birth trauma, and recovery ~
bigstock Newborn Rough Towels Cleaned up 2364114-2“I looked fine because of the epidural, but I went to a very dark place in my mind, having flashbacks about being victimized in childhood. I was freaking out inside, feeling helpless about keeping my baby safe in that moment, but nobody knew it. It was horrible. Now that I’m pregnant again, I’m terrified of it happening a second time.”

This mother’s experience is far too common, as many women are left with feelings of numbness, grief, shame, guilt, or sadness, and experience nightmares or flashbacks after giving birth. The well-intentioned cheer “at least you have a healthy baby” can feel dismissive and even cruel to the women who feel shattered by their births.

According to Cheryl Beck, author of Traumatic Childbirth, birth trauma is defined as “an event occurring during the labor and delivery process that involves actual or threatened serious injury or death to the mother or her infant. The birthing woman experiences intense fear, helplessness, loss of control and horror.” She also probably feels stripped of her dignity and autonomy.  You can read the rest of this very informative article HERE.

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Going to Visit Family or Friends Who Have a New Baby?  Follow These Tips!
By Laurelin Evanhoe

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The absolute BEST and most thorough list of suggestions for visiting and helping the family of a newborn we’ve ever seen (and we’ve seen a LOT of these articles)!

baby and mom 6-2Your friend or family member has a new baby. You want to visit. You want to help. You want to meet that amazing new little person! Before you go, read this primer on how to be a good visitor to a family with a newborn in the house — the kind of visitor who will make the family feel loved, supported, and forever grateful!

Included are guidelines that apply to all visitors, plus tips specifically for close friends and family, long-term visitors, and friends and family who live far away but would like to help nonetheless. These tips are suggestions and ideas, not demands. Visitors should follow the suggestions with which they and the family are comfortable. And of course, no visitor would be expected to carry out every one of the suggested tasks – there are enough ideas below for a whole community of helpers!

All of these great suggestions can be found HERE.
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This wonderful Hypnobabies video comes to us from Hypno-mom, Tiffany Burns.

"Thanks to Hypnobabies I was able to enjoy a completely natural pain free birth with out drugs. My birthing time was filled with lots of smiles and laughter. The relaxation techniques I learned with Hypnobabies allowed me to listen to my body; from knowing I needed to be home to give birth to when to push. Amazing that no one has to tell you when or how to push!!"

"I would not describe the pressure waves as painful at all. They were strong but not painful. I used my Hypnobabies peace cue, special place technique and 'ahhh' vocalization to relax my body during each pressure wave. The stronger the pressure waves got the more excited I would get and coming out of each pressure wave I would smile knowing that soon I would be holding my baby girl. At 8:45pm I decided to have Clarice check me. I was 10 cm. At that point my husband and son had come upstairs which happened to be perfect timing. Clarice suggested that I sit on the toilet for a while. Sitting on the toilet was just what I needed. After two cxt my water broke. As soon as it did I felt increasingly pushy."



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Another great article on the importance of being patient with 3rd stage and the delaying of cord clamping.

by Maggie Banks (Ph D, RM, RGON) homebirth midwife and midwifery educator
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The third stage of labour is a powerful and mysterious time; more important than we acknowledge and more complex than we know. These thirty minutes or so, which begin as the mother births her baby and finish as she births her baby’s placenta, are usually uneventful compared to the drama of labour and birth, leading many (including many care providers) to think that the birth is already completed. However, enormous changes are happening in the brain and body of mother and baby, all of which are crucial for their survival in the short, medium and long-term. The substantial contribution of the third stage to species survival predicts that evolutionary investment will be high, with substantial sophistication incorporating multiple systems and adjustments.

For the mother, the major adjustment is the shift from pregnant to non-pregnant and especially the sudden separation of her baby’s placenta, which has been intimately associated with her cardiovascular system for the duration of her pregnancy. As the baby’s placenta peels off her shrinking uterine wall, rather like a postage stamp peeling off a deflating balloon, she must seal the blood vessels on her side so that her uterine blood supply, flowing at one-half to one litres per minute, will not haemorrhage from the torn vessels.

This physiological miracle is accomplished by the mother’s uterine muscle fibres, which begin to contract and retract immediately after birth forming “living ligatures” that tighten like a purse-string, kinking and sealing off each maternal arteriole. The uterine contractions that provoke this life-saving haemostatis are triggered by surges of oxytocin, released in a crescendo from the new mother’s pituitary as she gives birth. Ongoing maternal pulses of oxytocin are released as she gazes at and touches her baby, and as her newborn massages, licks, and finally suckles her breast Matthiesen et al (2001). Maternal oxytocin levels peak around the time of placental expulsion Nissen et al (1995)and, in all mammals, oxytocin plays a major role in switching on instinctive mothering behaviour at this time Nelson & Panksepp (1998).  

Find the rest of this informative article HERE



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We love sharing these amazing, beautiful Hypnobabies birth videos with you!

Easy, Comfortable, Hypnobabies hospital birth at St Joe's with Generations midwives. "This is a first time mama and she was so calm during her birthing time... see if you can even tell when she is having a wave in the video!
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We love to hear from our Hypno-Moms on how they learned, practiced and used their Hypnobabies cues and techniques!

One of our Hypno-Moms, Laura sent us this video to encourage other expectant parents. She describes how Hypnobabies techniques helped her have easy, comfortable births.


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Birth Canal bacteria for Cesarean babies to improve gut flora, and reduce asthma and allergies later in life? (From the category of, "Our bodies are so amazing!")

by Carey Goldberg
123 Baby Skin to Skin 1The usual drill is to wipe the effluvia of birth off of newborn babies, cleaning them up and readying them for snuggling.

But in a fascinating departure, researchers have begun to experiment with the opposite: collecting birth-canal bacteria and wiping them onto babies after birth.

Why in the world? For good reason: to explore whether it might help babies delivered by C-section to restore some of the vaginal bacteria that they would have been exposed to if they’d gone through the birth canal.

Why do that? On the theory that altered bacterial populations could help explain why C-Section babies tend to have higher odds of asthma, allergies, obesity and other health risks.

Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, an associate professor in the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine, presented some preliminary results on that research at a recent conference of the American Society for Microbiology here in Boston. Those initial findings suggest that indeed, using gauze to gather a mother’s birth-canal bacteria and then impart them to babies born by C-section does make those babies’ bacterial populations more closely resemble vaginally born babies — though only partially.

Read the rest of this informative article HERE
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A brand new story you are going to love!  This story comes to us from Hypnobabies Twin Cities

Home study momMy journey to Hypnobabies started when my dear friend from college sent me a book on Hypnobirthing when I was pregnant with my second child. She had a wonderful experience using the techniques with the birth of her son and thought I would take interest in it with the upcoming birth of my second baby, another girl. When I got it in the mail, I told myself that I should read it and have an open mind, as there was a reason why it was sent to me. The birth of my oldest daughter, Annika Nari, was a good experience. It was relatively short (8 hours) and it was without complications. The one thing that was noteworthy was that I had a lot of anxiety and fear with the whole birthing process and those feelings still loomed with the upcoming birth of our second child, nicknamed Baby AJ.

After reading the book, I was completely intrigued. Could birthing really be comfortable? Could it really be joyful and without fear? After doing some research, I found Hypnobabies and loved their philosophy and that they had a home study option (unfortunately, none of the classes fit my schedule). Without hesitation, I ordered the home study kit and started my journey to having a comfortable, easy, joyous child birth experience.

The home study materials were fantastic. I really enjoyed listening to the CD’s and practicing the self-hypnosis techniques (finger-drop method). It was incredibly relaxing and I really looked forward to my Hypnobabies time every day. The “Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations” were especially helpful in embracing my pregnant body and enjoying being pregnant, as my husband and I decided that this would be our last baby. In addition, the “Visualizing your Birth” track was awesome! I vividly pictured myself in the birthing process and that our Baby AJ would have the same darling face as our older daughter but with lighter colored hair. My special place that I created in my mind was nursing my Baby AJ in her room with the view out the window to be The Hotel Del Coronado in California. The hypnosis tracks cemented that place in my mind as comforting and safe, ultimately using it in conjunction with the “Peace” cue to aid me in the birthing process.

Read the rest of this beautiful story HERE
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We here at Hypnobabies love to learn about peaceful and wonderful ways to welcome new lives into the world!

A doula and expectant mother’s view of birth is forever changed when she sees a midwife simply place a newly born child below her mother at the moment of birth.

by Mary Esther Malloy, MA, CD(DONA), CLC, AAHCC
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I am a mother of two children and am now expecting my third child.1 Both of my sons were born into the hands of midwives and passed directly to me. I will never forget those crazy, slippery, stunning moments in which I first held each of my sons. At the time, I couldn’t have imagined wanting to meet my children in any other way. And while I fully honor and appreciate the victory and beauty of the quick delivery of my babies onto my chest, I am now thinking rather differently about this typical midwife-passes-to-mom moment as I prepare to birth another baby in the coming months.


As a woman who supports other women in labor now—a doula—I have been witnessing something lately that has given me pause. And literally it is a pause, a birth pause, if you will. I have been deeply affected by what I have been seeing with a simple shift that allows a baby and its mother to find their own way to each other, unhurried, through the moment of birth and the minutes and hours following.  

Interested in hearing more about the "Birth Pause"?  Read the entire article HERE.

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I am a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula

by Carole Thorpe, CHT, HCHI, HCHD, CLEC, CIHOM
Tanya Midwife Doula HubbyI assist women with Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis techniques for comfortable childbirth without drugs. I see women give birth in confidence, peacefully, awake and fully aware of the sensations of birth, in tune with their babies, and in control of their birthing bodies. I watch fathers assume their unique role of hypno-birth partner with confidence and quiet reverence. I see babies who are not drugged, who are strong and attentive at the moment of birth. This all occurs without fear, stress or struggle for the couple, for their baby, or their Hypno-Doula. Calm, peace, quiet, and tender loving kindness reign supreme in these couples' birthing rooms. So, for me, being a Hypno-Doula is rewarding beyond belief.

Before I was a Hypno-Doula, I was many other things ...

"Mom" to four children (all born without drugs or interventions; one hospital, one birth center and two home births). I'm also "Grammy" to five of the sweetest grandkids this side of heaven, and I'm "Carole/Mom" to my wonderful in-law kids. I've been a realtor, a graphic designer and illustrator, and a drawing instructor. Now, I am a certified hypnotherapist, a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis instructor, a lactation educator and counselor, a homeopath and a Reiki practitioner...and of course, I am a Hypno-Doula. Long before any of us were called doulas, I taught my version of the "Best of Bradley & Lamaze" natural childbirth classes to hundreds of couples. I assisted at their births as a midwife/birth assistant for a doctor who specialized in home and birth center births. I had the immeasurable honor, and indescribable pleasure of catching a few of those babies myself. Those moms were in control of their birthing bodies, and stoic, even peaceful, in spite of what they were experiencing physically. Their babies were alert and amazingly strong, and breastfed immediately after birth. In short, I had the rarefied experience of assisting with hundreds of physiological births. No interventions, no medications, no hospital beds with stirrups...350 “normal” births. I assisted at the natural births of 3 sets of twins, and 2 babies who decided that breech was the way to come into the world. I am so very thankful for my unique background with childbirth, and the range of experience I bring to the profession called "doula".

Then I became a certified childbirth doula, what I call a “traditional doula”, and for the first time, I began attending hospital births. I attended the births of women who had been taught "what to expect" in their preparation for childbirth classes. I helped those women to "manage the pain" of childbirth, and to "cope with the inevitable pain". Pain that mothers learned was "pain with a purpose". Pain that mothers were told would ultimately "bring their babies" to them. I offered women comfort measures; back rubs, foot massages, cool cloths on their foreheads, counter pressure on their lower backs, hip squeezes, etc. I helped them with optimal positioning, and reminded them to eat and drink, and pee at the appropriate intervals, and I commiserated with their plight. I reassured them of the normalcy of childbirth, and did everything I knew to help them achieve natural childbirth in the face of that inevitable, daunting pain.

When I was a traditional doula, I would come home from many a birth with bruises on my hands or wrists where moms had clung to me in their fear, and in their anticipation of the next contraction. I would come home sometimes, and cry about how these births were so technological, and devoid of tender loving kindness and reverence. But the moms seemed happy enough, and dads were happy because they had their newborn prizes, and caregivers were pleased with the "outcomes", but I knew in my heart that these births were far from natural, and much less than normal or physiologic. The natural childbirth methods they had been taught were the only ones available at that time and I longed for “more” to help them with.

Not surprisingly, some of these moms "ended up with an epidural" with its resultant fluid loading and swelling. The kind of soft tissue swelling that makes pushing a baby through the birth canal nearly an impossibility, because the mother now has no urge to push, and she has been rendered immobile, with a catheter in place. Since mom was now paralyzed from the waist down, any positioning tricks I knew to help babies rotate and descend were worthless. I was distressed every time I had to witness the effects of medication on the birthing process. I was distressed that I could do nothing besides wait, watch the mother sleep through her medicated haze, and hope that the outcome would be good for the mother and her baby. Of course, I still assisted the occasional, stoic, peaceful mom who gave birth to her baby naturally, albeit in pain...

BUT, when I assisted my first Hypnobabies couple as their Hypno-Doula, I learned that birth could not only be natural and unmedicated, but that it could also be comfortable...even pain-free for some moms! I was on my way to becoming a Hypno-Doula exclusively. Once again, I was assisting at physiological births. I was observing that Hypnobabies births were easier for moms, easier for birth partners, certainly easier and more peaceful for the babies...and, you know who else these births were easier for? ... the DOULA! This is heaven, I thought to myself.

I became a Hypnobabies Instructor and I now teach women to use self-hypnosis techniques which automatically induce a kind of natural anesthetic sensation in the body; hypno-anesthesia. I have learned that while keeping my Hypno-doula clients comfortable in mind and body, Hypnobabies’ profoundly powerful hypnosis techniques also create (as a side-effect) the deepest physical relaxation in the body that I have ever seen. This helps my Hypno-mothers to remain calm, relaxed, comfortable, and joyful as they give birth and it is the most amazing gift that they give themselves and their babies.

Now I assist moms in directing their hypno-anesthesia throughout their bodies, to exactly where they need it, and I do this with my "tender-loving-kindness" voice. I describe to them, all the details of their Special Safe Place, and remind them to "be there now with their babies, safe and comfortable". In fact, I remind moms, "with every breath as you exhale, you go even deeper into hypnosis and comfort, and the more you relax the more comfort you feel, the deeper into hypnosis you can go, and the more powerful your anesthesia becomes", etc. I now use these beautiful hypnosis tools to assist moms, and their partners and their babies to have the births that every woman dreams of ... unmedicated, comfortable, awake and aware, in tune with her body, and in complete control of her baby's natural, normal birthing.

As a Hypno-Doula, I have many highly effective hypnosis "tools" to assist moms with natural birth. I have word cues that instantly help the mom to enter hypnosis and become comfortable. I can use her deep state of hypnosis to suggest that she create whatever she needs for herself or her baby in the moment. "With every breath, as you inhale, you inhale peace and comfort, and as you exhale you go deeper into hypnosis and breathe away tension". "Peace ... and powerful anesthesia, instantly, automatically flows all through you, from the top of your head all the way down to the tips of your toes ... and, you go even deeper now".

There are physical cues that work wonderfully as well. I can press gently on a Hypnobabies-prepared mother's shoulder and create an instantly deeper hypnosis and relaxation response. Instantly, all the muscles around her baby go loose and limp and lazy. NO tension ... NO fear ... NO discomfort here! I still offer cool cloths, and foot rubs, and other comfort measures, but not as a distraction measure to sidetrack, or minimize mom's perception of pain, but rather as an offering of loving attendance. I now help birthing mothers to eliminate discomfort in childbirth, not just help moms to cope with it. 70% of Hypnobabies moms experience an easy, comfortable birth. Most of the rest experience only mild to moderate degrees of discomfort, and they are able to manage that easily with their hypnosis techniques.

The best thing is, these moms can open their eyes while in Hypnobabies eyes-open childbirth hypnosis, move into positions that are favorable for birth's natural progression, and remain perfectly comfortable. No more waiting interminable hours for an epidural to wear off enough for the mother to push! On the average, a mom using hypnosis techniques for her birthing gives birth in less time than those moms who are experiencing fear and pain, and who are medicated. Without fear, tension, and pain, a woman can birth her baby more easily and quickly, which is another plus to being a Hypno-Doula!

So, I am here to tell you that being a traditional doula and helping a woman to become empowered by the suffering she endured while bringing her baby into the world, can never compare to being a Hypno-Doula and hearing a woman say, "I did it! It worked! It felt great and I can’t wait to do this again!" (this, as she lifts her baby up and onto her chest, just seconds after birthing him into her own hands).

Nothing I experienced as a traditional doula compares to the time when a doctor motioned me over to a corner of the delivery room to speak with me after he caught my doula client's baby. He had just witnessed a first-time mom give birth with a peaceful smile on her face. She appeared to be napping in between pushes, and then, she would open her eyes and gently push, in full control, without pain, knowing when to ease up and allow her baby just slip out of her body. It was so rewarding to hear that doctor say to me, "that's the most amazing thing I have ever seen".

I get to attend the most amazing, peaceful and gentle births all the time, and for that I am extremely grateful. I love my "work"!

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Yours in gentle birthing,

Carole Thorpe, CHT, HCHI, HCHD, CLEC, CIHOM
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Hypnobabies Twin Mom Gives Birth Naturally with Induction!

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When I was 34 weeks pregnant, my blood pressure was becoming more and more problematic. I was already on “take it as easy as possible” bedrest for two weeks at that point, so I was kind of annoyed. At my weekly appointment that Wednesday my blood pressure was 170/95, and my doctor was like hmm, that’s not good. So we ran some tests, and when I got a call back directly from my doctor (instead of his nurse), I knew that was a bad sign.


I was officially diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and he said we should move towards induction and birth He was GREAT on the phone call, apologizing because he knew my plan for a natural Hypnobabies birth. He explained everything slowly and let me process as much as possible, saying that he already scheduled the induction for the following day at Woodwinds (Hudson Hospital wouldn’t take me because I wasn’t 36 weeks). I trusted him and knew if he said an induction was necessary, it was. Both my doula, Lindsay, and my doctor reassured me that when your body has these sorts of complications, inductions tend to go much smoother because your body wants to be done being pregnant. So Saturday morning (when I was exactly 35 weeks) my whole birth team was ready and arrived at Woodwinds. My husband, mom, Lindsay my doula and Erika my birth photographer all settled into my room. My mom was prepared to be my guard dog with any medical questions/decisions, which I think worked out fabulously because I was able to stay in my bubble and only be bothered if actually necessary. Dr. Hartung came in and explained how we would start the pitocin...Read Sam's full story HERE

Enjoyed Sam's twin birth story?  Watch her twin birth videos HERE
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You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me
by Cristen Pascucci, founder of Birth Monopoly and regular speaker about the rights of women in childbirth

pregnant beauty flower compressedFor most women, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the few times we let other adults tell us what we are “allowed” and “not allowed” to do with our own bodies. It’s time to change our language around this to reflect the legal and ethical reality that it is the patient who chooses to allow the provider to do something—not the other way around—and to eliminate a word that has no place between true partners in care.

We hear the word “allow” used regularly, by well-meaning care providers and family members, and by pregnant women themselves. During my own pregnancy, I was told I “may or may not be allowed” to hold my baby immediately after he was born, depending on what hospital staff was on shift. It struck me as so odd that I might be in the position of asking to hold my own precious baby, especially when I’d chosen to hire these care providers. Who was allowing whom here?

Most recently, it has been all over the media following the March 2014 release of guidelines for lowering the primary Cesarean rate from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

“Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation’s obstetricians say.” (NPR.org) 
Read more about your rights HERE
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Do you want to feel safe and secure when you give birth?
All women have this need, and for some that will be in a hospital with all that technology can provide.
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Others will only feel safe enough to enjoy their birthing in the calmness of home or in a birth center, with other women supporting them; where their personal choices are easily honored. No matter where you will feel the safest, your birth experience belongs to you and yes, you deserve to have the opportunity to make the decisions that will create your beautiful birthing; easy, joyful and empowering.

Can childbirth be empowering; strengthening beyond words?

Childbirth can be the most profound, empowering experience a woman can have…if she allows herself to believe fully in her body, her mind and her baby. If she takes the time to empower herself with knowledge and a full education of what real childbirth is, the choices that she alone gets to make concerning her own health care, and how to create the birth of her dreams. At Hypnobabies, we are dedicated to educating everyone, no matter what childbirth method they choose. All women deserve to have the easiest, healthiest and safest birthing experience possible, and this can only happen if we take some personal responsibility for learning the facts about childbirth as it is today.

Did you Know…? Read More...
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Some moms wonder “Will I be awake and aware during my baby's birth if use Hypnobabies?”
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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.

Sound interesting?  HERE is some more advice from other happy hypno-moms!







Malloree, still deeply in hypnosis after her birthing wave is over
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"Not surprised with the results of this study. This is why lactation consultants exist!"  We thought we would share this infomative article with you.

by Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca
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Canadian doctors have “suboptimal” knowledge of breastfeeding issues, says a new survey that sounds the alarm about the prevalence of one of the key barriers to helping new mothers breastfeed.

Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) surveyed pediatricians, family doctors and medical residents across Canada about their breastfeeding knowledge. For the survey, they defined a knowledge score of 70 per cent as “acceptable.” That’s the minimum score pediatricians must receive in their speciality exam to obtain their certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The mean score in the CHEO survey was less than 70 per cent. Researchers said doctors were lacking knowledge in a number of areas, including breastfeeding techniques, failing to recognize the characteristics of a successful latch, and incorrectly believing that drinking more milk increases a woman’s breast milk production.


“We found that Canadian physicians’ breastfeeding knowledge was suboptimal,” the researchers write.

To find out more about why lacatation consultants are so important to new moms read the entire article HERE.


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Unique Benefits of Hypnobabies Classes


How is our Hypnobabies Childbirth Class different from other ”hypno-birthing” programs?
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We are asked many times what is the difference between Hypnobabies and other natural childbirth or birth hypnosis programs, and here we answer that question by telling you what we do well without disparaging any other particular group. Other natural childbirth courses have excellent programs and benefits that have helped many women have better, more relaxed births. We recognize that and celebrate them and what they do every day for birthing women!

In Hypnobabies, our objectives are to help our pregnant couples bond with their baby in utero, teach you how to stay healthy and low-risk and be an excellent consumer, trust in your body, mind and baby, as well as become self-reliant and confident about birthing your own way; unmedicated, safely and in comfort. We overcome negative belief systems and programming, get you in touch with your own beautiful pregnant body, support you through your own excellent birth experience and give you skills that you will use for the rest of your life. Birth Partners are brought into the preparation process and have their own hypnotic relaxation cues, as well as a special role to play as they await the birth of the precious newborn with our Hypno-mom

Find out more information about our unique program HERE

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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at it's Best!

You will love reading this fantastic hospital birth story! Our Hypno-Mom has a great nurse, uses the tub and her hubby is great at helping her with Hypnobabies cues and techniques. There are many excellent photos that show her using Hypnobabies, and she just loved it.
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Maizy's Beautiful Hypnobabies Birth with great pictures.

“We were talking and joking and enjoying our selves the whole time. When a pressure wave would come, I'd just turn off my light switch, focus and then go back to the conversation. There were a couple times when someone was talking to me when a pressure wave would come and I tried to talk to them rather then turning off my light switch. Those couple times I felt my body start to tense up and as soon as I turned my light switch off, I'd relax and be much more comfortable. It was amazing to me! I also used my peace cue and that was very effective and helpful in staying calm and relaxed.”

Read the rest of this inspiring birth story HERE
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Women get a similar pleasure from the smell of newborn babies as they do from chocolate.

Babies smell like chocolate?! ... Oh, wait ... smell AS GOOD AS chocolate! We think so!
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In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, 30 "healthy, right-handed, nonsmoking women" were subjected to an ear-nose-throat examination and a 12-item sniff test to be sure their sense of smell was working. Half of the women had given birth within the past three to six weeks; half were not moms.

Meanwhile, the researchers collected body odors contained in cotton undershirts from 18 newborn infants. The babies slept in the undershirt their first two nights, then the shirts were collected and sealed in zip-lock bags and placed in deep freeze to preserve the odors. They were thawed an hour before testing.

The research showed that the reward center that lights up for chocolate and other pleasures also lights up for the smell of a newborn baby.

You can read more on this fascinating study HERE
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