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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at its Best!

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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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at it's Best!

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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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at it's Best!

"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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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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Christianity and Hypnobabies? Yes!

Considering taking Hypnobabies and wondering if hypnosis might be a conflict with your beliefs


Q) I am seriously considering using Hypnobabies for my baby’s birth. I am determined to have a natural water birth & have been fascinated with your program and how wonderful it seems. I am a little uneasy with the thought of being in an altered state. As a Christian, I am not sure if there would be any aspect of being altered that would be a conflict with my beliefs. I just have a slight uneasy feeling about my mind being hypnotized. It’s possible that I don’t understand hypnosis completely. Thank you.

A) This is actually quite an intelligent question, and it does come up from time to time here at Hypnobabies! It is important to remember that hypnosis is a state of mind that we are all already in many times a day, so it’s a very natural thing in our lives and is not an “altered state”.

We are all automatically in hypnosis when driving, swimming, doing other sports, sitting in church or a lecture, reading, watching television or movies or on the computer (a screen of any kind) and when waking up or going to sleep. In Hypnobabies we are simply guiding that process in a very positive way to create an easy, fear-free comfortable childbirth experience. Since our program is designed for women of every faith and belief system to use, it contains no “new-age” or other content that would offend anyone. Many of our Hypnobabies moms are Christian and have had wonderful success with Hypnobabies while incorporating their beliefs into our hypnosis scripts and practice as well as adding prayer into the actual hypnosis when giving birth. We have come to realize that that women know what they need and will find it in Hypnobabies, adapting it perfectly and serenely to their own religious or non-religious belief systems. They always do.

HERE are two articles written by Christian hypnotherapists, for you to consider on your hypno-journey, and below them are comments and birth stories from Christian Moms who have used Hypnobabies and had wonderful births.  
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Maggie’s Hospital Water Birth!

We love when our Hypno-Mom's share their birth stories with us so that we can share them with all of you!BOH

Hello Hypnobabies!
Thought I’d share a quick birth story of our fabulous Hypnobabies water birth. Early Thursday morning at 6:40 am on November 3rd, 2011 our little girl, Maysie, glided out into a pool of warm water and up into our arms all while sleeping peacefully.
It all began when noticeable regular pressure waves started (after much walking and spicy food) on Wednesday, November 2 around 4:30 pm. I had been out all day Christmas shopping, but upon returning home I started to notice what seemed to be regular waves about 1hr apart. I continued with my normal evening activities like dinner and putting my 3 year old to bed, but I did notice I didn’t feel much like eating dinner. I had hopes that these waves were the real thing, and after bouncing on my birth ball awhile and watching TV with the in-laws, around 10pm I decided I had best try to get some sleep. Ha! I might have dozed on and off for an hour or so.
The waves were starting to grow progressively closer and …
while I did continue to listen to my Hypnobabies tracks, I found it a challenge to stay in the “off” position (a Hypnobabies technique). No worries though.Everything was manageable in “center” especially the frequent bathroom trips that accompanied each pressure wave. By 2:00 am the waves were roughly 15min apart and I was cuddled on the bed with my husband using the “relax/release” command and debating going to the hospital so we could set up the pool. I didn’t want to go too early but we did need time to set up the birthing pool and this was our second baby.

Find out more about baby Maysie's Hypnobabies birth HERE
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The Who Code
by Peggy O'Mara

The World Health Organization has very specific code with regards to the marketing of breast milk substitutes.  We found this very informative article discussing the code and it's specific guidelines.
Breastfeeding infantThe WHO Code prohibits advertising or promotion of the following products:
  • breast-milk substitutes, including infant formula
  • milk products, foods or beverages, including bottle-fed complementary foods, used as a   partial or total replacement for breast milk.
  • feeding bottles and nipples

The Code is very specific in regards to the responsibility of health care facilities and health workers.

  • 6.2 No facility of a health care system should be used for the purpose of promoting infant formula or other products within the scope of this Code.
  • 7.4 Samples of infant formula or other products within the scope of this Code, or of equipment or utensils for their preparation or use, should not be provided to health workers except when necessary for the purpose of professional evaluation or research at the institutional level. Health workers should not give samples of infant formula to pregnant women, mothers of infants and young children, or members of their families.

Since 1981, 84 countries have enacted legislation implementing all or many of the provisions of the Code and 14 others have laws in progress. Just six countries have taken no action at all to implement this important health directive:
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Iceland
  • Kazakstan
  • Somalia
  • Untied States

Read the rest of this wonderfully educational article HERE
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GREAT NEWS!

We are accepting applications for the Hypnobabies Instructor Training, April 16 - 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana!
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I have a very passionate dream…

A dream that all women will feel confident to choose normal, inuitive childbirth; that all babies will be born in a safer way, without medication in their systems, easily able to breathe, nurse and search their parent’s eyes with wonder and love; and that babies will never endure hours of fright and stress hearing their mothers suffer in childbirth before they slide out into our world.

My dream becomes more of a reality every day as more Hypnobabies mothers use the amazing power of their minds and hearts to help them achieve their easier and more comfortable, powerful birthing. They journey within, where all the answers lie, bond with their precious babies long before birth, and grow in strength, confidence and trust in nature’s most perfect plan:

Women have always known how to give birth. We simply remind them of this innate power and ability, and it is the best job in the world!

Our Hypnobabies program has become so successful that we are training Childbirth Educators, and Doulas to become Hypnobabies Instructors so that they can bring Hypnobabies to their own communities. If you share my passion and love for working with expectant couples, and want to provide them with an excellent and very effective childbirth hypnosis program, please read the information below and on the other Instructor training pages on this site.

Click here for more information about the details and to watch our Hypnobabies Instructor Training FAQs Webinar






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Hypnobabies Moms: Embracing ONE Belief System for a More Joyful Birth

by Kerry Tuschhoff and Carole Thorpe
mom listening to hypnosisHere is some really great information on what makes Hypnobabies a complete childbirth education program from Hypnobabies own Kerry Tuschhoff and Carole Thorpe!

When moms choose Hypnobabies as their childbirth program, we encourage them to “embrace Hypnobabies only”, allowing their entire focus to remain on the unique philosophy, techniques and training of Hypnobabies. To do so assists our Hypno-Moms in experiencing the easiest and most comfortable births possible, and their babies to have a gentle, calm entrance into our world. Expectant women come to us with various goals; desiring births they describe as “a better birth than my last one”, or “I just want to be completely in control”, or even “I want a pain-free birth!” As with all objectives in life, including goals that women have for childbirth, belief is one of the main keys to “success”; success being whatever that word means to each person. No one can actually complete a project, move into a new career or achieve their mission in life without fully believing that they not only can but will achieve that goal. The same is true for moms who desire an easy, comfortable childbirth by choosing Hypnobabies.

“If you believe you can…or you can’t…you’re right” ~ Henry Ford

First and foremost, this information will undoubtedly be new to many people and we never want to offend anyone who teaches another childbirth program, works with expectant mothers in the medical field and/or attends births as a birth assistant. We simply ask that you be willing to learn something new about how our minds work and why two opposing belief systems about childbirth cannot coexist and direct the mind to create a single outcome. This understanding will help expectant mothers enjoy the easiest and most comfortable birthing experience that is possible for them, and we know that all birth professionals share that desire as well.

"When I encounter a story that reveals something about a labor or birth that is new to me, I don't automatically dismiss it as untrue or irrelevant simply because I am unfamiliar with the phenomenon it reveals." ~ Ina May Gaskin, Birth Matters

Read more of what makes this program so unique here
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40 Reasons To Give Baby 40 Weeks Of Pregnancy
by Fiona Peacock

Hypnobabies believes it is best to let babies decide their birthdates.  Here is some great information on why it is important to give babies all the time they need to gestate!
123 Mom 14 Reading Making NotesIn recent years, some women have been electing to have their babies born early for non-medical reasons such as convenience or the fear of a big baby. This worrying trend leads to a plethora of increased risks of health problems for the baby.

Please note that some women may be advised to have their baby before term due to health complications, for example preeclampsia, this article is not aimed at those women. This article is for women and their partners considering scheduling the birth for theirs or their doctors convenience.

If your midwife or doctor recommends having your baby before 39 weeks, question whether there is a problem with yours or baby’s health that would make this necessary, and find out if you could wait until you are as close to 39 weeks as possible.

So, before you decide to induce (without genuine medical necessity), here’s 40 reasons to give your baby 40 weeks!

learn more about the 40 reasons here
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Stand and deliver – upright births best for mom and baby

by Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery at University of Western Sydney

Why do so many moms give birth on their backs when studies show that upright positions help so much? We found a great article that explains the benefits of upright birthing positions!


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Think of childbirth and you’re likely to picture a woman lying on her back on a hospital bed. That’s the position most (78%) Australian women adopt to give birth birth, despite growing evidence that being upright to give birth can have better outcomes for the mother and baby.

Historical and anthropological literature shows that lying down for birth is a relatively modern phenomenon, as we have moved from a more social to a surgical model of care. As far back as written records, carvings and paintings go, women have given birth upright – whether it was using stacked bricks to create a primitive birthing stool or holding onto leaves and ropes hung from trees. A famous drawing from Egypt depicts Cleopatra (69-30 BC) kneeling to give birth.

Read the rest of this wonderfully educational article HERE.
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