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Julie Byers, who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Greenville, SC shares this birth story from Hypno-mom Brady:

Tyler and I enrolled in Hypnobabies classes for Crain’s birth. Julie was once again our guide during this pregnancy, and we learned so much in our classes.  I did my Hypnobabies homework religiously and I feel that Crain’s birth benefited greatly from my hypno studies.  I had been in the care of Dr. S. for this pregnancy.  Dr. S. delivered Preston and I truly admire him and I am very grateful to be in the care of such a hands on, awesome physician.  But with all that said, Dr. S. cannot control hospital procedures and there was something in me that really did not want to fight to have the birth I wanted.  I knew in the hospital, I would have to battle to have a true hypno birth, and so after going back and forth on the “homebirth idea” Julie set up a meeting with Carey, our soon to be midwife.  We connected with Carey from the beginning and I felt calm and at peace about the homebirth idea after meeting with her. Carey is extremely knowledgeable about birth.  So it was decided a Homebirth for Crain!  We were excited and at peace with the idea, however; kept it a secret because I did not want to hear all the negative comments.

julie b student brady1So May 7th  (Crain’s guess Date) came and no baby Crain, and boy oh boy how it  made people mad that he was not here.  I was determined to let Crain choose when and how he came into this world.  But it was hard to be out of control and it taught me the first lesson of being a good parent, PATIENCE, and most of all it made me closer to my faith.  I knew God was watching over us and I knew I was doing the right thing.  I read quotes and scriptures every day and had faith I was making the right choice. 

Julie and Carey walked us through this wait and made me feel that it was normal when most everyone around us were asking when we were going to be induced, and when were “they” taking the baby, and don’t forget the people sharing with us why you should not carry your baby past it’s guess date.  It was a long 14 days for many reasons, but looking back I am so proud of us for having faith and waiting on Crain.  If I would have delivered in the hospital, I would have had to been induced and I am so happy I did not do that.  Thank you to Tyler, my Mom, and my sister Laura for really talking me through those 14 days and being so supportive of me.


Read all of Brady's birth story here, where she describes: " I sounded like a dwarf from Snow White!"


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Hypnobabies Twin Cities Instructors in Minneapolis, MN have many wonderful Hypnobabies birthstories ontheir website, inlcuding this one from a 3rd time mom who is also a doula:

Before starting this birth story, I feel the need to mention my 1st and 2nd births.  They are the beginning of my journey and very much affected how I gave birth to my 3rd child.  My first came a couple weeks early with my water breaking in the middle of the night.  I went to the hospital before contractions started and after walking around a bit, they started me on Pitocin.  It took the whole day for contractions to get strong, and after 2 hours of strong contractions, an epidural and a cervical check resulting in little progress, the OB recommended a cesarean.  Besides asking if we could wait, I didn’t know enough to fight this recommendation, so my first baby came to me via an unplanned, and what I have come to realize, an unnecessary cesarean.  The reasoning was “failure to progress,” or maybe we could call it “failure to wait.”

The cesarean wasn’t easy for me to accept.  I was happy I had a healthy baby, but not happy with how things went.  Breastfeeding started off rocky and recovering from major abdominal surgery was not what I had planned for.  I knew I wanted something different for my second birth.  I started asking about VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) at my 6-week postpartum visit.  And then two and a half years later when I got pregnant, I read more books, watched the essential movies, attended some parent topic nights, became a regular at Blooma, switched to a midwife, and hired a doula.  I felt prepared and knew that I could accomplish a safe and rewarding VBAC.  My labor started at 41 weeks, again with my water breaking in the middle of the night.  I stayed home and waited for contractions to get intense, and then went to the hospital.  There were a few hiccups of back labor, stalled progress and an epidural, but eventually I welcomed my 2nd baby into the world via a VBAC!

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After that experience, I fell in love with the role of the doula, because I knew my first birth would have been different if a doula had been with me.  I decided becoming a doula was the right path for me and dove in headfirst.  After 2.5 years of witnessing strong mamas welcome their babies into the world, I decided it was time for me to do it again.  But again, from all that I had learned and witnessed, I knew this time would be different.  I decided to have a homebirth.  I hired 2 midwives and 2 doulas.  I focused on eating healthy, working out and doing yoga.  I also went to the chiropractor regularly to make sure my pelvis was balanced and my body was in alignment.  After hearing amazing reviews, I decided to give Hypnobabies a try as well.  I was very committed to doing all of the homework and listening to the tracks daily.  I was a believer but wasn’t sure if it would work for me until my birthing time came.

Read her entire wonderful Hypnobabies Homebirth VBAC birth story here
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Hypno-Mom Karen, a Hypnobabies mom that used our Home Study Course shares her birth story:

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"Hypnobabies encourages you to think about what kind of birth you’d like. Down to even how long you’d like it to be. I knew my mom, sister, and her kids were going to be in town so I pictured laboring at my in-laws, who I also knew were going to be out of town. I wanted to labor during a week day because then I knew my son would be in daycare, a routine and familiar place for him. That was comforting to me. I also wanted the whole labor and birth process to take 6-8 hours.  And so, this is how it happened.


 My family arrived on Saturday, 2 days before my guess date. (I went 11 days passed my guess date with my son, so I was expecting for this one to go long passed the date as well).  I wasn’t feeling a thing. Sunday I started to see a bloody show, but nothing else. Sunday night, I woke up every hour to use the bathroom and I was feeling pressure, but nothing strong.

I noticed in the morning that pressure waves were 10 min apart. My husband and I were both planning on working since it was Monday, but I decided to drop our son off at daycare and then go to his parent’s house to see if they were going to progress. I wanted to be alone with my husband in an air-conditioned house - we don’t have a/c and it was a HOT July 23rd day. I started listening to the “Fear Clearing” CD, and then the “Birth Day Affirmations” CD. I was feeling really calm and relaxed. Pressure waves were getting stronger, but lasting only 40-45 seconds long. They were about 5-9 min apart, but with no pattern. I labored on birthing ball, practiced yoga moves, and I would breathe through every wave. They all felt great and I felt strong and positive, as I listened to the hypnosis CDs. I labored like this from 9:30am-12:30pm. I ate and drank in between and walked around the house as well; letting my body go limp whenever I could. My husband read a book he was totally into, so we were both happy."


(Editor's Note: One key to getting the most out of Hypnobabies is actively using the tools, just like Karen did!)

Read Karen's wonderful hospital birth Hypnobabies birth story here
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Our wonderful Hypnobabies Instructors at HypnobabiesTwinCities in Minneapolis/St. Paul MN shared this birth story with us:

Baby Owen's Birth:


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My pregnancy with Owen went smoothly overall, especially with the excellent prenatal care at Morning Star. Birth Center  When we heard that Karla taught Hypnobabies classes, Nathan and I agreed that we wanted to go that route.  The class required a large investment of time and effort but we felt very informed and prepared by the end of the class.  We also felt such wonderful support from Karla as well as the two other couples in the class. 


I had been having pressure waves for two weeks as we approached Owen's guess date. I knew they weren't the “real thing” yet and I felt impatient for his arrival, though prepared and fearless. We had given the midwives our birth plan which asked for lots of privacy and quiet.  I felt respected and supported by everyone potentially involved in the upcoming birth...

Read the entire birth story here - 10 lb posterior baby

Click here to meet the HypnobabiesTwinCities Instructors

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Our Instructors at Hypnobabies Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN shared a birth story with us about a first time mom who smiled in between each "birthing wave" she had, and she needed a reminder to use her Hypnobabies techniques!

This mom says:  

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"Up until this point I was not really using much of my Hypnobabies and was sort of struggling with my waves. I kept trying different positions but nothing was very comfortable. Jason finally said to me, "Why don't you listen to one of your Hypnobabies tracks." So I got on my birthing ball, set up a bunch of pillows, got all situated and listened to the "Deepening Track" (my favorite one!). I did put my switch in the center position so I was able to talk to Jason and wiggle around. The track absolutely relaxed me and put me into the right mindset. I felt I was in control."


(Editor's Note: This is key.  In order for Hypnobabies to help you have an easier, more comfortable birth, you have to choose to USE the tools during your birthing time, just like this momma did!)

Later on in her birth story our Hypno-Mom says:

"I started getting "pushy" feelings shortly after getting into the water, around 11 am, so I got out pretty quickly, the midwife checked me (this was only the second time I was checked) and said it was time to have the baby! Jason switched my track to "Pushing Baby Out." I didn't have anything to play the tracks out-loud, I just stuck with my headphones. I listened to the track about 5 times, I kept saying to Jason "Babe, repeat the track" and at one point the midwife said "I really want to know what she's listening to." They were all very surprised at how calm I was in-between waves. I would just completely relax and drink water.I  made jokes and didn't stop smiling when I was between my waves. I was told it is unusual to see someone still happy and relaxed in between waves once you near the end of your birthing time but I didn't see any reason to be worked up in-between waves. That was my time to relax, drink water, prepare for the next wave and get excited because my baby was on his way!"

Read her entire birth story here
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megan marshall 2012 2Megan Marshall, who teaches Hypnobabies Classes in Las Vegas, NV, shared a blog post of hers with us about one of her Hypnobabies families that had their second Hypnobabies Birth. This Hypno-Mom arrived at the hospital 8 cm dilated (very common for Hypnobabies moms) and had her baby 20 minutes later! The benefits of Hypnobabies hypnosis techniques are many, as Megan shares:

In one of my first Hypnobabies classes nearly three years ago, I taught the sweetest couple.  This momma was kind enough to bring her baby over to meet me after he was born and share his birth story with me.  Things didn’t go quite the way they planned, but she had used her Hypnobabies tools beautifully and made informed decisions during her birthing time (which is what I always love to hear from my couples, regardless of how the rest of the birth story goes!).

Fast forward a couple of years, and I got a Facebook message from this sweet Hypno-mom that they had had their second Hypno-baby!  Even better, it was everything she had hoped it could be.  I was walking through the grocery store as I was reading her birth story, and I’m sure anybody who saw me thought I was a little off my rocker because I had the biggest, goofiest grin on my face.  I couldn’t help it–I couldn’t stop smiling.

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She was gracious enough to let me share their story with you (along with some beautiful photos)! 

She said, “After my first birth, I almost felt like it wasn’t possible to have the kind of birth I wanted! It feels awesome to know that my body works great and I did it! I’d love for others to know they CAN have the birth they want.

Things went so quick! I was only at the hospital 20 minutes before Isaiah was born.  Having my first was incredible, but there’s something about natural un-medicated birth.  Amazing!”


Click here to read all of baby Isaiah’s birth story!

Click here to read Baby Sophie's Hypnobabies Homebirth Story

Read other testimonials from Megan's Hypnobabies students here.

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Every day we see posts from happy moms all over the Internet about Hypnobabies Births. This one came from a mom on BabyCenter that just had to share, and then others jumped in with glowing accolades:

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"Get a copy of the Hypnobabies CDs and do THIS!! It's INCREDIBLE. NOTHING compares to the EASE of childbirth with this!!!!. I have had several births, natural, induced, epidural, pit. NOTHING, NOTHING works like this. It's AMAZING. I had NO pain during my birth experience. Only light pinches and warm squeezes. If I had not experienced labor the other ways,then I could not truly enjoy Hypnobabies. This was 1000X better than an epidural. I promise!!

You can google Hypnobabies and see moms during their birthing process. So relaxed, quiet, and PAIN FREE!!!! It is a miracle. I hope you all get this and experience birth for what it SHOULD be. Relaxing, beautiful, and enjoyable. You can ENJOY your birthing experience! Birth can be a fearful event if you don't have a beautiful tool like this. Relaxing totally while still being an active part of birth. I was talking, walking, eating, drinking, smiling (yay!) and so relaxed.
When my water broke I was 8-9 cm and still only feeling warm squeezes and light pinches. I am telling you this is NOT what my previous births were like - at 1 cm I was begging for an epidural. This whole birth was only 5 hours. My previous births were 24+ hours of inductions, etc.

Please GET it!! Hypnobabies is the brain's power of shutting down the pain receptors and totally RELAXING every muscle in your body. The homework is super fun and easy. You listen to a cd every night. Then there is a little bit of light reading in a manual.There is a whole section for the birth partner, Dad to read too. There are signs to hang in your birthing area, including the hospital. YOU CAN USE THIS IN THE HOSPITAL TOO!!!

I wish more women would use this awesome tool for birth. It's awesome!!!! Then you will be bragging how incredible your birth was like me!!!"

Read more comments about Hypnobabies here: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a47026417/hypnobabies-_pain_free_birth-_1000x_better_than_an_epidural

Click here to learn more about our Hypnobabies Classes.

Find a Hypnobabies Instructor here

Click here to learn more about our Self-Study Course
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We love midwives!
Their service, love and dedication to expectant and birthing families is invaluable and we love to educate our students about the Midwifery Model of Care. Many midwives don't yet have experience with Hypnobabies or hypnosis itself, therefore how the power of our minds creates change and manifests healing, pain relief and emotional confidence is still unknown to them. This article (excerpted from the Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Training Program) is dedicated to the wonderful midwives who attend Hypnobabies births.


It is our intention to help midwives learn more about Hypnobabies language terms, philosophies, hypnosis techniques, and how they can more effectively support their Hypnobabies clients' unique birth preferences. (Hypno-Moms, please share the link to this blog post with your own midwife, and doulas, please share it with your local midwifery groups. Thank you.)

Serving your Hypnobabies clients during their prenatal visits … some things to know:

1. Hypnobabies mothers are in a state of heightened suggestibility when in the presence of a *perceived* authority figure. As a medical care provider, you are an authority figure to all of your midwifery clients. Of course you and the families you serve are collaborators in their pregnancy and birthing journey; you are "on the same team", working together in a partnership that bonds you together. While this is true, it is the *perception* (on the part of each expectant mother) that you are also an authority figure who is the ultimate expert and to whom she turns for extremely important issues as well as comfort and possibly protection that makes her much more suggestible to what *you* say and do.  This is true for anyone she considers an expert (authority figure) during her pregnancy and birth, and it explains why strong, intelligent  women can be so easily influenced when it comes to extremely important issues during pregnancy and birth.

2. Listening to an authority figure speak creates a state of heightened suggestibility in the listener's mind, because the listener holds the speaker in high regard. More importance is put on the words spoken than if a non-authority figure spoke the very same words.

3. Everything said by you, an authority figure, during a prenatal visit becomes a directive to your client's subconscious mind (her feeling mind) and this can result in her experiencing physiologically anything that is said to her in a "what to expect" manner.

4. This is especially true for your clients who are learning Hypnobabies because they have a daily hypnosis practice making them even more suggestible. It's very important that they hear everything spoken to them in encouraging, positive or neutral language.

5. This means using terms that have a neutral or positive association for your client. Most women who have seen, read or heard others' birth stories have developed a fearful, or negative association with the terms that we have historically used to describe birth.

6. The words an expectant mother associates with her impressions of childbirth often have a negative connotation (emotional meaning) to her subconscious mind.

7. She may even express consciously that she doesn't have a negative association with the words that were used to tell the frightening or drama-filled birth stories, but it's important to know that we all form connotations for the words we hear. This happens automatically in the subconscious mind and is expressed in our behavior.

8. When a woman hears birth terms that have a negative connotation to her, spoken by an authority figure during prenatal visits, or while she's vulnerable and highly suggestible during birthing, she automatically recalls the associated feeling subconsciously, and she can actually experience the same feeling in the moment that she associates with those words. If she associates the word with fear, she'll experience fear.

9. As birth workers, we all have come to understand that fear is the most prevalent impediment to the process of giving birth.

10. The Hypnobabies program purposefully uses neutral/encouraging language to eliminate the automatic fear response that a pregnant woman experiences when she hears birth described in terms/words that have a negative association and connotation for her.

11. This is why Hypnobabies uses words/terms to describe birth like:

   • BABY rather than FETUS
   • GIVING BIRTH not the DELIVERY or BEING DELIVERED
   • BIRTHING WAVE or PRESSURE WAVE instead of CONTRACTION
   • BIRTHING TIME instead of LABOR or even HARD LABOR
   • TRANSFORMATION rather than TRANSITION (when "transition hit" … )
   • DISCOMFORT never PAIN (no positive connotations for the word pain)
   • POWERFUL STRETCHING or PRESSURE SENSATIONS not RING OF FIRE

What about childbirth preparation … taking other classes and doing Hypnobabies?

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1. For all the reasons cited above regarding the impact that birth language can have on the expectant mother's feelings and perceptions, and even her experience of pregnancy and childbirth, we ask that expectant mothers choose one childbirth preparation program and only one; that they choose a program that appeals to them and that they embrace that one program fully.

2. When a mother chooses to use Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis to prepare for birth, it is imperative that she hears and speaks, and thinks only in terms/words that form positive, encouraging associations, and connotations for words that describe birth.

3. The Hypnobabies mother will be learning and using hypnosis to reframe her perceptions of birth at the subconscious level (her feelings).

4. She is learning through her hypnosis practice that birth can be easier and more comfortable, so that she may become fearless and confident about birth. Eliminating fear from birth while learning hypnosis tools for physical comfort creates a new positive perception of what birth can be in her subconscious mind; in her feelings about birth.

5. If at the same time, she also sees videos and hears in another childbirth class that birth is the worst pain she'll ever experience … but that she is strong, and she can endure the pain, and that the pain is purposeful, or that pain is empowering and helps her bond with her baby … her hypnosis conditioning to the opposite will be undone. This is because the subconscious mind (feelings), cannot entertain or experience two such opposite philosophies in the same moment, in the same body. She simply cannot feel confident and afraid at the same time.

6. Choosing is the important message here. We are not saying that Hypnobabies is for everyone; we know that it is not. However, in order for a mother who chooses Hypnobabies to make the best use of the hypnosis tools that create her comfort, she needs to avoid attending other classes where the language and the philosophy is one of preparation for coping with unavoidable pain.

7. Some people think that Hypnobabies teaches only hypnosis, and that expectant moms need to take other classes in order to be fully prepared for a natural birth … not true! Since Hypnobabies includes very thorough, consumer-based childbirth preparation education along with birth hypnosis tools, it isn't necessary for our students to take other classes in order to be fully informed about all aspects of preparing for birth such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy, low risk pregnancy 
  • Nutrition and prenatal exercises 
  • Anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy 
  • The birth process 
  • Consumer issues, choices in pregnancy and childbirth (creating informed choice)
  • We cite and promote evidence based care throughout the course
  • Creating Birth Preferences and newborn preferences
  • Birth videos of Hypnobabies families
  • Birth Partner preparation 
  • Birth Rehearsal practices in class, or scripted practice for Home Study students

A midwife can support her Hypnobabies clients during the prenatal period by:

1. being open-minded and hypno-curious!

2. using neutral, encouraging terms when talking about birth or when describing procedures or explaining her choices during prenatal visits.

3. learning about the Hypnobabies program (it's different than other hypno-birth courses)

  • Learn how the Hypnobabies Lightswitch technique helps your client enter hypnosis, and the difference between being OFF, in the CENTER and being ON.
  • Learn about the deepening word cues, "Relax", "Release" and "Peace".
  • Ask the mother if she will demonstrate each of the techniques and cues for you! It's pretty fascinating actually, to see the mother instantly enter hypnosis at will.

4. asking mom if she practices her eyes-open childbirth hypnosis technique 5 times every day:

  • If yes, congratulate her! (Everyone's experience of her baby's birthing will be easier and more comfortable, including yours!)
  • If no, remind her to do so! It is the foundation of the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program, and the key to her hypnosis working well for her during birthing.
  • Since Hypnobabies is not a "listen only" program, IF she's not learning and practicing her hypnosis techniques and deepening cues daily, she's not DOING Hypnobabies. She's just enjoying a nice relaxing nap … not hypnosis.

Things about Hypnobabies that your client will appreciate you knowing:

1. The single most important thing to know is that everything said to a woman in hypnosis becomes a directive. If she is told that what she will feel is going to be painful or unpleasant, by way of warning her what to expect next, she can experience something uncomfortable that she otherwise wouldn't have. For example: saying, "Powerful stretching sensations as your baby's head crowns" or "lots of pressure now as baby crowns", rather than "let me know when you begin to feel the burn", or "now you're going to feel the ring of fire" will eliminate fear for the mother, and create confidence and a much more comfortable experience.

2. Mothers need to use their hypnosis techniques early in birthing, and maintain a deep level of hypnosis throughout birthing for it to be most effective. It's a myth that being in hypnosis "too early" can stall birthing. The opposite is actually true. Hypnosis tracks can be used to start birthing, and to increase the power of birthing waves.

3. She needs a constant stream of hypnotic suggestions coming into her subconscious mind in order to actually stay in a deeply hypnotized state. She can listen to her Hypnobabies audio tracks or to her Birth Partner reading Birth Prompts to her, or listen to the Relaxation Music and use her self-hypnosis tools on her own.

4. It's her HYPNOSIS conditioning and its continuous use during birthing that creates her comfort and therefore allows her to relax so profoundly, not the other way around.

5. Hypnobabies is not guided imagery or just a better relaxation technique; it's real medical hypnosis (hypno-anesthesia) that doctors and dentists use for their patients who cannot tolerate medical anesthesia for surgeries or other procedures. Hypnobabies mothers learn to create hypno-anesthesia and must maintain a deep level of hypnosis to access it instantly during birthing.
     
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The Signs of Birth Progressing Can Be Subtle in Hypnobabies Mothers:

The signs that a Hypnobabies mother is in her Birthing Time are the same as other natural birthing mothers, just typically more subtle. When she's in her early Birthing Time, she is able to listen to her hypnosis tracks and sleep, sometimes all the way to 5 centimeters dilation. She will continue to rest until her birth progresses to the point where she knows instinctively that she needs to do something different, like change her position or eat or use the restroom.

It's important that the Hypnobabies mother follows her own internal agenda for comfort. A lot of times it isn't apparent that a Hypnobabies mother is making progress during the early part of her birthing, so her birth care provider might suggest maneuvers or positioning and movement to get things going, when actually her birthing is moving right along … it's just not obvious because she's not demonstrating that she's uncomfortable. Since approximately 70% of Hypnobabies mothers report being completely comfortable through their entire birth experience, your Hypnobabies client might never exhibit any signs of being in pain during birth.

If a Hypnobabies mother's birthing has seemingly stalled, it's more important to look to her emotional state first. She could listen to her "Fear Clearing" hypnosis track and resolve any concerns or fears that might be preventing her from progressing to the next phase of birthing. For example, a mom that has experienced abuse who could become afraid of pushing her baby out as she neared second stage, is able to let go of those concerns for the moment in order to attend to the task at hand, and go on to give birth to her baby quickly. This is the purpose of the Fear Clearing session. She might need to address those concerns with a therapist later on, but in the moment she's able to regain her confidence and composure and give birth.

As the Hypnobabies mother's birthing progresses, she might become more and more inwardly focused and communicate less. This isn't because she isn't able to speak during a pressure wave. She could if she wanted to; her not speaking is more likely due to not wanting to interrupt her focus and the depth of her hypnosis. Waiting to hear some distress in her voice, or panic in her tone as an indication of being in active labor is not valid for a Hypnobabies mom. Many a doula or midwife who is used to listening to the mother's tone of voice  for signs of distress before going to join them, has missed the baby's birthing altogether. Midwives and doulas have also reported that some of our Hypnobabies mothers are so calm and focused during late first stage that they didn’t know when the mom was having a pressure wave!

There are usually signs that a Hypnobabies mother is in late first stage/transformation. During late first stage, her breathing might deepen like any birthing mom, and she may breathe a bit more rapidly. She might even moan or vocalize, and any sounds she makes will become lower in tone as her baby moves deeper into her pelvis. She might tremble, and feel hot or cold alternately just like other mothers who are in late first stage.

However, it's not common for a Hypnobabies mother to experience nausea or to vomit as an indication that second stage is near. This is because they remain so relaxed emotionally and physically throughout birth that there are less stressor hormones in her body to cause her to become nauseous. For the same reason, some of our Hypnobabies mothers, especially during their second or subsequent births, never have pressure waves that are closer than 3 - 4 minutes apart or that last longer than 60 seconds.

Since their bodies are not fighting the birthing process, they are not experiencing the Fear, Tension Pain cycle which can interfere with the efficiency of the uterine muscles and slow down birthing. This is the reason so many of our mothers give birth more rapidly than the average. Remaining profoundly relaxed throughout first stage gives Hypnobabies mothers the energy to push their babies out when the time comes.

What About Suggesting Other "Tried and True" Natural Childbirth Tools?

If a Hypnobabies mother is experiencing some challenges during her baby's birth, she needs her support team to help her get refocused on her hypnosis tools, not to suggest that she switch gears in the middle of her birthing to some other method of breathing, or movement or coping mechanisms. She may be experiencing a moment of self-doubt and she would benefit from listening to Fear Clearing or possibly some private time to listen to some deepening cues from her Birth Partner.

What she really needs is encouragement to deepen her self-hypnosis and to continue to use the tools that have been 01 Cassandra bp smworking for her up to this point. If her Hypnobabies tools ever worked for her, they will work again. A mother can decide to quit using her hypnosis skills, but hypnosis doesn't just quit working all by itself. There is no time limit on the effectiveness of hypnosis. If a Hypnobabies mother has been using it effectively up until a certain point, she can be encouraged to re-enter, re-commit and reinforce her level of hypnosis until she's back on track again. For most mothers, the Hypnobabies Birth Guide ~ track 1, "Easy First Stage" is the hypnosis track they turn to the most. It is designed to keep her deeply in hypnosis, to reinforce all her cue words and to focus her attention on her hypno-anesthesia, and being confident no matter what is happening around her, and to feeling safe.

If she's been handed a major change to her birth plan, her Birth Partner could read her the Hypnobabies "Change of Plans" script to help her accept the new path her baby's birthing is taking, and to refocus on her hypnosis tools for comfort.

If a Hypnobabies mother experiences a challenge or if she says she feels like she "just can't do this" (as we've seen mothers who use every method of childbirth preparation do), this is not the time for your Hypnobabies client to "try something different" (unless it is a different Hypnobabies cue or technique). For instance, if we ask a Hypnobabies mother to "open her eyes and to breathe with me" to help her refocus, we've just engaged the neo-cortex of her brain and popped her right out of hypnosis. Her pre-conditioned hypnosis techniques will be of no use to her if she's no longer in a state of hypnosis.

It's also not the time to suggest using her Hypnobabies in ways that aren't familiar to her, or suggest that she use her tools in ways that they weren't designed to be used. This could be disorienting to her at a time when she just needs to be reminded of what she's learned and practiced, in order to get her focus on hypnosis back.

As Ina May Gaskin said in her TEDx Sacramento presentation ...

"I noticed that labor could be well established, that the uterus could be opening, the cervix opening, and things could come to a halt. OK, now what do we do then? Well, I found out that sometimes words could help, but they had to be the right words, something strong and relevant for that woman."

Just as with any other method of preparation for childbirth, there are ways to work within the Hypnobabies program to get mom past any obstacles to her achieving her goal of a natural birth. We wouldn't suggest to a Bradley mom that she begin using Lamaze distraction breathing techniques if she's struggling a bit to remain relaxed while doing her deep abdominal breathing during late first stage. We use what she's learned in her Bradley classes to help her to refocus and regain her confidence and composure with the tools she already knows. Moms need familiarity and the security of the tools they've chosen, learned and practiced during their preparation for their baby's birth.

The most important thing to remember at a Hypnobabies birth is that the mother needs to be listening to (using hypno-tools) something familiar that will keep her deeply in hypnosis throughout her entire Birthing Time. She's not DOING Hypnobabies if she's not using her hypnosis tools (inside, to herself) and/or listening to hypnotic suggestions on audio tracks, or hearing birth prompts read to her by her Birth Partner or Hypno-Doula.

Easy, Comfortable Childbirth ... Chance? Coincidence? Accident?

 A Hypnobabies mom gives birth confidently, comfortably, much more easily than most natural childbirth moms ...

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Is it a fluke…a one-time occurrence…or maybe “just how that one mom gives birth…”? This is unfortunately what some birth professionals think is the case after they attend a Hypnobabies birth, assuming that the "hypno-tools" which that Hypnobabies mother used "worked for her, but probably won't work for other moms". Or that "this mother was just lucky and had an easy time of it", or "I've never actually seen hypnosis work in a birth before so I'm not sure...."  


Not having a true understanding of the medical-grade hypnosis contained in Hypnobabies and having attended other types of "hypno-births" is most likely the cause of these responses. In reality, it is deep somnambulistic hypnosis, complete childbirth education and the compounding (repetition) of hypnosis techniques that creates fear-free, comfortable Hypnobabies births.

Please take sometime to read Hypnobabies Birth Stories and you'll see first-hand accounts of many Hypnobabies mothers experiencing easy, comfortable Hypnobabies births that resulted not from chance, but from their own dedication to learning, practicing and using Hypnobabies hypnosis techniques during childbirth! Homebirths, Birth Center Births, Hospital Births, First-time Moms, VBAC Births, Waterbirths , Breech Babies, Multiples.

A Midwife's Experience with Hypnobabies

One wonderful midwife, Stephanie Soderblom, who was very skeptical at first, shares her insights and revelations with us:

"Despite the fact that I have been attending births for fourteen years, my first experience with Hypnobabies happened only a year ago…and I have to admit that I wasn’t looking forward to it. Why not? Because I’d had previous experiences with “hypno”-classes and the subsequent births were often MORE challenging as the parents were not only underprepared for what they were about to experience, they were set up for disappointments with unrealistic expectations of a “pain free” birth if they just did their hypnosis “right”. It was not unusual for my client to feel labor becoming active (generally 3-4 cm dilated) and panic, thinking she was not doing things ‘right’ because of how it felt, losing all confidence in her ability and desire to complete the job at hand…the exact opposite of what you want in labor.

The upcoming birth was a first time mother and, as most people know, first babies tend to be the most challenging. I was skeptical and nervous about it as I knew this was a “hypno-birth” mother. I braced myself for the false alarms I often saw, emotional breakdowns, the pep talks I was used to giving to “hypno-birth” mothers about how she was NOT failing or doing it wrong, that her body COULD do this, that nothing was wrong. During our prenatal visits with this Hypnobabies mom I would ask her if she had any questions this week about nutrition, signs of labor, questions about the birth – and I was always pleasantly surprised at the depth of her knowledge and she would always assure me that they’d just gone over that information in her Hypnobabies class! My curiosity was peaked, but I did remain skeptical.

I got the first call early in the morning that the mother thought her water had broken, but they assured me that she was doing just fine and would keep in touch with me and let me know if anything changed or she needed me. She planned to do what she’d learned in her Hypnobabies class…to eat well and rest until labor commanded her attention. Plan for the day was to take naps and watch a DVD! Alright…now I was impressed! I didn’t have to tell a first time mom to take it easy in early labor, or calm a panicking family because her water had broken! How refreshing!

We kept in contact throughout the day until I headed to their house late that evening. Contractions were coming very regularly, but she was still calm and handling things very well. I figured I’d be there for quite a long time as it still sounded like it wasn’t far into her labor. I got to their home and she was listening to her CDs, calm and happy – uh oh, more confirmation that I’d probably be there a long time. Imagine my delight when their son slipped out into the world while his mom sat on a birth stool in her peaceful bedroom! Tucked into bed, mom smiled and looked at me and said, “That wasn’t nearly as bad as so many people told me it would be! That was AWESOME!”

I was thrilled beyond words – but figured that the chances were great that it was the parents that succeeded IN SPITE of the method, not because of the method. Glad that they had such a positive experience, Hypnobabies hadn’t quite won me over yet – I would need more experience with it before making a final judgment.

Thankfully I wouldn’t have to wait long. Another first time mother (who had attended the same class as the previous peace cuemother!) called me early in the morning with early labor. Similar story as her classmate; she labored all day, finally calling me out late in the evening. A smiling and happy first time mom greeted me from her rented Jacuzzi hot tub in her family room. I commented to my assistant that we were probably in for a LONG night and after our initial assessment we laid down to rest. One hour later, when I went to check on the baby, she was out of the water and going to the bathroom. Still smiling and happy, we all agreed that an internal exam might be a good idea. I prayed that she would be at least 3cm but braced myself for much less. To say that I was shocked is an understatement: I found her to be 8cm dilated and her water broken around my hand. Her response to finding out she was 8cm was a smile and a calm, “yay”! She got back into her water and soon after she delivered her 10 pound baby girl in her bedroom. Her response to the birth was that it was “beautiful”.

I could feel myself converting to being a Hypnobabies fan. Not for myself, mind you, but for my clients who time and time again have had similar experiences. Calm labors, centered mamas, working intensely and never complaining because they EXPECTED and PREPARED to work intensely for an easier birth experience!! Babies born beautifully by empowered mothers who soon-after say how wonderful their births were.

I found myself referring people eagerly to the Hypnobabies classes, and my reaction to finding out someone was a Hypnobabies family was, “AWESOME!” It has totally shattered all of my previous misgivings that I had developed, as it became obvious how different the Hypnobabies series was from all other hypno-classes. The main difference that I saw was the amount (and quality) of childbirth information given. Families were given information on how to keep themselves healthy through the pregnancy, stages of labor, physiological changes and ways to help facilitate the birth through positional changes and movement – and also given information on ways to use hypnosis to assist them through the birth. The parents were given realistic expectations so that they could prepare for what they were likely to experience, not false hope of escaping the experience.

As a midwife, my Hypnobabies births are easy on me as I am dealing with healthy and informed families ready for the challenges ahead – and they are a blessing to the families as the tools and information given to them through their classes help them have the best outcomes possible!! Yes, Hypnobabies…you turned this skeptic into a fan!"

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Stephanie Soderblom, LM CPM
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For more detailed and comprehensive information for all birth professionals that attend Hypnobabies births, please visit our Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Training Program page.

(Hypno-Doulas, please share the above information with your Hypnobabies clients’ midwives so that they can help our wonderful Hypno-moms enjoy an easier, more comfortable birth.)





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We just love when our Hypno-Moms share their birth stories online to educate and encourage other families and birth professionals!

Yet another Hypnobabies mom, Alayna shares:  "I had a pain-free natural birth. Even through 20 hours of birthing and three hours of pushing, I didn’t feel any pain at all, only pressure! My Hypnobabies birth was the most beautiful and amazing experience I have ever had!"



"My story starts 4 days past my “guess date.” I decided I needed some fun to distract me from anxiously awaiting my baby’s arrival. I saw Blooma was hosting a Belly Mapping and Belly Painting night with Spinning Babies and thought it would be perfect. During the class we found out our baby was ROT (Right Occiput Transverse), which is considered a posterior position. I was shown a couple of exercises I could do and left feeling a little worried about the position. The next night I headed back to Blooma for my usual Sunday night yoga class with our doula, Lindsay. She gave me the Hypnobabies track “Turn, Posterior Baby, Turn.”

That night I gave it a try before going to sleep. Two hours later I got up to go to the bathroom and used my new belly mapping skills to find out that my baby had turned! She was now on the left side of my belly and therefore better able to put pressure on my cervix. I went back to sleep excited that my baby was in an optimal position and astonished at how powerful the mind really is (what a confidence boost for birth!).

Only two hours later, at 3 a.m. I awoke to what felt like a very small gush of fluid and what I was pretty sure were waves. They were 7 minutes apart and about 30 seconds long. I tried my best to get back to sleep and by 6 a.m. they were five minutes apart. I woke up Lance and told him to keep sleeping but that today would be the day! Then I called Lindsay to let her know. She recommended the Deepening and Fear Clearing tracks. I listened to Fear Clearing and Birthing Day Affirmations while lying in bed..."

Read Alayna's full, wonderful, pain-free Hypnobabies birthstory here:
http://bloomablog.com/birth-story-hypnobabies-bubble-peace/

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We love to hear from our Hypno-Moms about why they chose Hypnobabies and this post comes from Crystal Di Dimizio in Vancouver, BC Canada. She relates what she and her husband learned in Hypnobabies class that was invaluable during her pregnancy and her baby's birth. Crystal has also become certified to teach Hypnobabies classes!

10 Reasons We Chose Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis

Crystal DiDomizio
• Listening to daily pregnancy affirmations increased my confidence and trust in my body’s ability to grow and birth a healthy baby.

• Daily hypnosis sessions enabled me to connect and bond with our baby in utero and experience deep states of relaxation on a regular basis. This has numerous long-term health benefits for both mom and baby.

• We learned how to stay healthy and low risk through prenatal nutrition and exercises, which increases the choices you have available to you and decreases your chances of needing medical interventions.

• Making informed decisions came easily and naturally to us because Hypnobabies has such a comprehensive childbirth education component. We learned about all of the choices available to us during pregnancy and birth as well as what the advantages, disadvantages and natural alternatives are so we could make educated decisions about our care.

Read the next 6 reasons Crystal and her husband chose Hypnobabies here. Moms encouraging moms!

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Last Monday, we asked our Hypno-Moms on Facebook:

Please share your baby's birth announcement here, even if your Hypno-BABY is a toddler now!

 We'd love to know baby's name, gender, date of birth, where you had your baby (home, hospital, birth center), and baby's stats: weight, length, color of hair or cutest feature, etc. Please feel free to gush about your little bundle!

 And, we'd love to hear which hypnosis techniques you used during birth, and the best thing you'll remember forever about your Hypno-Baby's birthing! Please share with those who are still infanticipating!

This week's moms responded:

Suzy H: Our sweet baby girl Cadence Joy was born October 7th! I was planning on doing a water birth at Andaluz water birth center but, got preeclampsia. We had a "change of plans" and gave birth at Legacy Hospital in Portland. I was induced but because of Hypnobabies I was able to give birth without using any pain meds! While it wasn't what I was expecting, it was still so incredible! Thank you Hypnobabies:)

Camila I: Hey im from Chile!! Alma Lucia was born on may 22 , is now 5 months old. This precious lady was born Home with the help and love of my two midwifes, my sister was my doula and my love Pedro. I prepared with hypnobabies all the way through my pregnancy, but during the birth day ( night actually) i did not use the techniques as much as i thought i would. To me, the most usefull and magical part of hypnobabies was the empowering positive messages, made me so so sure of having my baby at my home so quietly and calm, i have 4 year old twins who were sleeping in the room next door, i spent most of my waves on the hot tub with candles and aromas, she was born on my bed, at 7:20 am. At that precise moment the twins woke up to meet their little sister, such a magical moment. Love you and thank you!

Nichole M: Nina was born on 10/15/13 via a vbac waterbirth at a birth center! She weighed 7.11 lbs and was almost 21 in long. She is doing great and is the sweetest baby! During my 3 days of labor, I listened to "easy first stage", which was a huge help, especially during the 3 drives to and from the birth center (which was almost an hour away! ). I found the peace cue very helpful during labor. Hypnobabies helped me stay calm and comfortable. I would absolutely use it again!

Susan P: Elizabeth was born 9/22/11 @ 3:56 PM, born in the hospital after 2 days of labor (the last 8 hours were in the hospital), 8 lbs. 19 in. Her most impressive feature was a full head of thick, black hair- looked like a little troll doll, haha! And the hair never fell out, just kept getting longer and thicker. She's an absolute doll, our pride and joy- we are in the thick of terrible twos but we love being her parents. And she started preschool today! I loved Hypnobabies and would do it again if "again" happens.

Heather C: Joseph was born at our home on September 15th 2013 @ 9:06 am on his due date. My birthing time was a total of 7 hours and only pushed for 45 minutes. Our three midwives were there from South Coast Midwifery who were absolutely incredible and my doula who actually assisted in my birth when I was born. My husband had our birthing time cd playing throughout the entire house and was super helpful!! The 6 weeks leading up to baby Carter's Birth we had a Hypnobabies instructor come to our house for 6 three hour classes. The thing that helped me the most through my birthing waves was saying "peace" to myself. In the beginning I just moaned and tried relaxing my jaw, then tried the "peace" cue and really made a difference. We will do the very same for our next births because it was such a wonderful experience. Having our baby at home was the most incredible experience! Thanks for everything!!!

Laura M: Omg I wish I wanted more kids because I want to give birth with Hypnobabies again. What an empowering amazing gentle experience birth can be!

Monica S: I birthed Joy Lea on June 27th 2012. Miss Joy was 8 lbs 13 oz & 21.5 in. I listened to stage 1 cd most of her birthing 5am-2pm, then put on the "pushing baby out" cd at 2pm & she came out at 2:23pm. She had a water birth & I remember tickling the top of her head & could feel her move a few times before she came out. It was such a great memory laughing & tickling Joy right before she emerged! I said my cue word "peace" the entire birthing until the very end when I started counting from 1-5 then back down to 1. It was an easy, painless, calm, incredibly enjoyable experience & I am so thankful to have been enlightened about the possibility of this type of birthing experience when I was. Delivering my own baby & pulling her up to my chest was one of the most empowering experiences I have ever had. Thank you Hypnobabies!
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In Harmony Birth & Hypnotherapy with Karen Zamperini & Nancy Kelly
Wayne and Philadelphia, PA
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We are Karen Zamperini and Nancy Kelly. Together, we are In Harmony Birth & Hypnotherapy Services. Have you ever wished you had a duplicate of yourself? As two mothers trying to balance work and family, we have found something even better: a harmonious partnership!   We live close to each other, have the same interests and goals, and our kids even share birthdays! The ways we are different are complimentary, and we learn from each other every day. We are inspired by the women we serve, and we love to walk with families on their journeys through birth and parenthood. We have discovered how fun the business side of this work can be, now that we have each other supporting our efforts.

Hypnobabies Classes: We currently offer group classes on the Main Line in Wayne, PA at Tarlow Chiropractic and at Cloth in Philadelphia.  We are available for private classes and Home Study Advantage sessions within an hour or so radius of Wayne, PA.

Hypno-doula Services: A doula is a compassionate companion for your birth journey. A doula serves you, the birthing mother, as well as your partner, attending to your physical and emotional needs through late pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Currently, we are serving our own Hypnobabies students, those of other local instructors, and home study students. Our Hypno-doula services include:
  • 24/7 on-call support from 37 weeks
  • Two prenatal visits in your home
  • Assistance in creating a birth plan
  • Continuous in-person birth support
  • Immediate postpartum breastfeeding support
  • Postpartum visit in your home
  • Discount for other In Harmony services


Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is an excellent tool to help you make your dreams a reality. Whether you wish to achieve a wonderful and calm birth, or quit smoking, reduce your stress, lose weight, or overcome a fear, hypnosis helps you maximize your efforts and get past any underlying issues standing in your way.  We offer Hypnotherapy in person at the Center of Success in Wayne, PA or by Skype anywhere in the world.

Placenta Encapsulation: We offer a full range of placenta preparations, to make all the benefits of consuming placenta during the postpartum period more palatable. We can make capsules, tinctures, salves, and teas, based on your personal needs. We use the Traditional Chinese Medicine method or the raw method for preparation. We discuss your needs and make arrangements for pick-up while you are pregnant, to help make the immediate postpartum time easier for you.

Breastfeeding Support: We are both Certified Breastfeeding Counselors and offer breastfeeding support to all of our clients, including placenta clients.

Eat, Sleep, Love Class: This prenatal parenting class offers all the breastfeeding and infant sleep information you need to be successful in the postpartum period. Our goal is to arm you with information to help you define your personal parenting style, and skills to make life with baby easier.  You will identify your resources before you actually need them and learn skills and strategies to get off to a great start. Come with your birth partner, and experience a full spectrum of postpartum preparation.

Karen:

I am Karen Zamperini. A wife, mother, and birth supporter.

When I got pregnant with my first child, I was living in Egypt. I went back to the US to find a doctor and a doula for my birth. Why doula? Years before karen z doulahaving a child was even remotely on my radar screen, I heard Ricki Lake talk about doulas. It seemed like an obvious choice, especially since my husband would be coming from Egypt and might miss the birth. I had a cesarean birth due to persistent breech presentation and my doula was amazing support before, during and after.

I learned so much overcoming my own breastfeeding challenges, that I began to help others through breastfeeding support groups and online. I even took my son to Washington, DC for a Breastfeeding rally and to Ohio for a breastfeeding blog community picnic.

While preparing for my VBAC, I found Hypnobabies. There was no teacher in my area, so I did the Home Study. My birth was so amazing, that I began helping others in person and online to prepare for VBACs. I always recommended Hypnobabies. The first person I encouraged was my doula's next client after me. I always think of her in June, the month of her VBAC. A friend asked me to doula for her VBAC and so I began doula work and there was no turning back!

I was so inspired by my experiences that I flew with my entire family from Korea to St. Louis, MO so I could attend instructor training and bring Hypnobabies to the English-speaking expat community in Korea. In fact, my daughter celebrated her 2nd birthday at the training.

After returning to Korea and completing certification, I began teaching in Korea. We moved shortly after my first class finished and I landed on the Main Line. Here, I was lucky enough to be able to take the live class to prepare for my birth. Even though, I was already an instructor and had already had a great Hypnobabies birth, taking the class as a student was a great experience. My husband and I had time to focus on just baby#3, and we were able to devote the time to preparing for her birth. My daughter was another fast, easy (though early) Hypnobabies VBAC and when she was just 7 weeks old, I began teaching Hypnobabies.

karen z familyI love to help families on the journey through birth to parenthood. Witnessing them bloom into confident parents is truly inspiring. I love to "pay forward", all of the support and encouragement I have received and I learn so much from the families I serve as well. I thank all of the families who have honored me by allowing me into their sacred space. I love what I do! (If you find Nancy and I together, we are probably talking about birth, breastfeeding or hypnosis in some way)!

My qualifications and training:

  • Certified Hypnotherapist (CH) through the National Guild of Hypnotists
  • Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor (HCHI) through Hypnobabies®
  • Birth and Postpartum Doula training through Childbirth International
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor through Childbirth International
  • Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES) through PBi
  • Yoga Instructor (200 Hour) in  Raja Yoga through Magic Pond Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga Instructor through Blooma
  • Rebozo Training with Gena Kirby
  • Neonatal Resucitation Training with Karen Strange
  • Biological Nurturing, Laid-Back Breastfeeding Training with Dr. Suzanne Colson
  • Passion for Birth Lamaze Seminar with Ann Tumblin
  • Midwifery 101 with Gloria LeMay (Explored topics in Midwifery from an Introductory Perspective. I am not qualified to be a midwife)
  • Birth Doula Training (Focus on Birth in Korea) with Lisa Fincaryk of Birthing in Korea 


Nancy:

I am Nancy Kelly. A wife, mother, and birth supporter.

As a birth worker, caring for women as they prepare for birth and motherhood is so special. I am humbled each time a woman and her partner invite me to take part in their birth preparation.

nancy k babyMy road to birth work began during my first pregnancy, although I did not know it at the time. I yearned for a peaceful birth experience, and with good practice and preparation, I achieved just that. I used Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis to prepare for my son's birth. I enjoyed the Hypnobabies program so much, I used it again just 18 months later for the birth of my daughter. Both births, though very different from each other, were transformational experiences. My life was truly changed forever, not just by becoming a mother, but by the birth experiences themselves. I wanted to share the amazing experiences I had with others. I wanted other women to know they could have peaceful and pleasant births too.

I began to become very interested not just in all things birth-related, but I was also eager to learn more about hypnosis. Hypnosis had such a strong and positive effect on my birth experiences, I knew I could benefit from hypnosis in other areas of my life; and I wanted to help others learn about hypnosis too. I studied and trained to become a certified hypnotherapist, and I am now reaping many benefits from the practice of daily self-hypnosis. It has been a pleasure to work with others, in both group settings and private sessions, to teach about hypnosis, and to utilize hypnotherapy to help clients meet their goals.

With the support of my family, I began my work as a doula, as well. To be with birthing women, help them prepare for birth and motherhood, and to attend to them during the transformative moment of birth, is a both an honor and a pleasure. I truly enjoy the work I do!

Drawing on my background as a teacher, I find birth work is as much about education as it is about birth itself. Having access to evidence-based information is the only way to make a well-informed decision. When it comes to birth, we live in a society that perpetuates myths rather than facts. I believe it is my job to offer the most up-to-date fact-based information about pregnancy and birth. I enjoy being able to provide such information, whether through childbirth classes or in working with doula clients. Women and their partners will then make the best decisions for themselves.

I currently offer hypnotherapy, hypno-doula services, Hypnobabies classes and placenta preparations in the Philadelphia area.

In addition to my hypnosis and birth work, I can be found most often with my two children, Luke and Maggie, and my husband Chris. We live on the Main nancy k familyLine, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and having family dance parties in our living room! I enjoy reading, going for walks, eating good food and studying nutrition. I am a budding yogi, and enjoy meditation too. I enjoy exercise (yes, I really do!) as well as home-making, and of course, I can always be found with my nose in a good birth book!

My qualifications and training:
Certified Teacher
Pennsylvania Certified Hypnotherapist (CH) through the National Guild of Hypnotists
Doula training through Birth Arts International
Childbirth educator training through Birth Arts International
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor through Nursing Mothers Alliance
Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES) through Full Circle Placenta
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor (HCHI) through Hypnobabies®
Hypno-doula through Hypnobabies®

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Kimberly Gross, CD(DONA), HCHI, HCHD, Student Midwife, NCM
Long Beach/Los Alamitos, CA
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Hypnobabies Instructor
Midwifery Skills
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider
Healthcare Practitioner Level CPR
Lactation Education
Prenatal Yoga Instructor Training
Birth Advocacy Training
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When I became pregnant with my son Griffin in 2002 I realized I had found my life’s calling. I became passionate about the field of childbirth and wanted to help families have the best birth experience possible.
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I have been empowering and supporting families as an educator and doula since 2006. Becoming a Hypnobabies Childbirth Education Instructor in 2008 has been one of my most rewarding achievements.  My background also includes lactation education, prenatal yoga training and birth advocacy training.  I have had the privilege of attending over 250 births as a doula and midwifery assistant/student, both in and out of the hospital.   Educating and supporting families is my deepest passion, my goal is to enrich the lives of every family I work with through knowledge, awareness and acceptance!   I offer:

Hypnobabies Childbirth Education classes - Los Alamitos/Long Beach area, as well as private classes in and around the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Hypnobabies® is a complete childbirth preparation course that teaches the same medical hypnosis techniques used by people who undergo surgery with hypnosis as their only anesthesia. Couples will learn about the stages of birth, prenatal nutrition and exercises, how to stay healthy and low risk, risks, benefits and alternatives for common procedures; getting informed consent, creating a birth plan, powerful “Eyes Open” childbirth hypnosis and much more. Mothers are awake and aware, and can move about freely, still very relaxed, still very deeply in hypnosis, and still completely comfortable while giving birth. One of the most helpful aspects of Hypnobabies classes is our Fear Clearing sessions.  All expectant mothers (and dads) naturally enjoy letting go of fears and concerns, allowing them to anticipate the birth of their babies with joy and confidence.

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Jamie Wagner, HCHI, CLEC
Provo, Utah and the surrounding area
Choose A Peaceful Birth
801-602-8108
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I am pleased to offer:

Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Classes

Hypnobabies is an amazing way to prepare for your baby's birth!  Students are taught self-hypnosis techniques which allow them to feel calm and confident about their ability to have a peaceful and comfortable birthing experience.  Students are also instructed in a variety of pregnancy and birth-related topics so that they can make informed decisions regarding their pre- and post-natal care.  Class is informative, fun, and empowering.  I love being able to bring this amazing program to couples in my area.  Class is taught in Provo, UT.

Breastfeeding Classes

I am excited to be able to teach moms (and dads) how to have a wonderful breastfeeding experience through a one-time, two-hour class held in Provo, UT.  Learn positioning and latch, benefits of breastfeeding, how to resolve common breastfeeding concerns, what to expect when starting out, and much more!

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I never thought being a "birth junkie" would be one of my callings in life, but ever since I took a Hypnobabies class during my first pregnancy, I was hooked!  I have loved learning about how amazing women's bodies are in being able to create, sustain, birth and nourish a baby.  I love being able to share that passion with those around me and those that I teach.  Working to empower other women in the beautiful power that they have in being mothers has really enriched and blessed my life and my wonderful family.

All of my students have become dear friends, and I really believe that it is because we get to share together in something as sacred as preparing for the arrival of a new baby to this world.  It gives me such joy to be able to share what I know and to learn from so many amazing people in such a special capacity.  Teaching has also blessed my family (I have an adorable husband, a curious 4 year-old boy and a lovely 18 month-old girl) and I couldn't do any of this without their love and support and encouragement.

I hope to continue throughout my life to be able to teach and empower women and their birth partners in this very important and special time of their lives---to welcome a new member into their family, whether it's a first baby or an eighth! 

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Anne Ferguson, HCHI, HCHD, CD(DONA)
Bywater Birth, LLC
Minneapolis, MN and surrounding suburbs
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Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
Certified Hypno-Doula
Certified birth doula

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My services include:

Hypno-Doula services (entire Twin Cities metro area)
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Classes (taught in Minnetonka, MN)
"Home Study Advantage" classes for families using the Hypnobabies home study
Breastfeeding Classes (taught in Minnetonka, MN)
Placenta Encapsulation Services (Minneapolis and it's suburbs).  Visit www.minnesotaplacenta.com to learn more!

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My journey to birth work started when I was a student at the University of Notre Dame, and a midwife came and spoke to one of my anthropology classes.  I learned about normal birth from her and knew from that moment on I wanted a midwife to attend my births some day. Fast forward to 2006 when I gave birth to my first son.  It was a very positive experience and I was supported by my husband, a friend who acted as my doula, and my midwife.  I knew then that I would eventually become a birth doula myself. 

That dream was realized in 2011 when I attended a DONA doula training and began attending births.  I've been working as a doula and offering placenta encapsulation services since then.  I became a Hypnobabies instructor in June of 2012.  Hypnobabies is such a comprehensive class, which is one of the reasons why I was drawn to teach it.  I've always said it includes everything I would put in my own class if I were to design a class. I love teaching because our Hypnobabies students become so knowledgeable about birth and really empowered to take charge of their own birth experiences. And the self-hypnosis tools our students learn are unlike anything else out there.  Although we are done having kids, I often tell people I'd love to give birth again to get the opportunity to do Hypnobabies!

My goal for all birthing families is that they will be educated, informed, and have a positive experience, because our birth experiences stay with us for the rest of our lives. I'm an advocate for midwifery care for all low-risk women, and have been working with breastfeeding moms in a volunteer capacity since 2008.  I love that as a doula I get to be present for that first breastfeeding session, and also enjoy teaching couples all about breastfeeding in a course I co-teach with a board-certified lactation consultant called "Nourish and Nurture: Breastfeeding Simplified."
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I live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with my husband Chris and our two sons.  In my free time I enjoy gardening, learning about nutrition and spending time with friends.
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Nicole King DiBella, HCHI, HCHD, CLC, IPES, ICI
Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia
404-953-8599

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Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
Certified Lactation Counselor
Independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Independent Certified Instructor (Baby Signs)

I offer a wide variety of pregnancy/birth/natural parenting-related courses/classes/workshops in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia. Usually, a couple will find me during their pregnancy and discover the wonderful Hypnobabies program. As a Hypno-Mom two times over, I have had the opportunity to utilize my Hypnobabies training in both hospital and home birth settings. As I tell prospective students: "Hypnobabies is the only way I know how to give birth!"

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As we get to know each other over the next several weeks, a mutual connection may be felt and I may choose to support a couple during their Hypnobabies birth. Sometimes I am not the best fit for a couple, for any number of reasons, and I have a few local Hypno-Doulas that I refer services to. I am really looking forward to offering training to more doulas in my area, as soon as the new Hypno-Doula training program is completed! Until then, I offer local doulas to attend a class series for free to see the fully comprehensive course and materials each of her potential clients receives when attending my Hypnobabies class.  


I also offer Nourish Your Newborn Breastfeeding Classes and Newborn, Now What?! New Mom and Baby Care Classes. These can be taken along with a Hypnobabies class if a couple so chooses. I find that some families prefer the live instruction over the self guided resource found in the InJoy Web Enhanced Parent Guide that is included with our Hypnobabies class materials. So, in each of these additional classes we will spend about 3 hours going in depth about topics such as: how milk is made, common breastfeeding challenges, how birth affects breastfeeding, returning to work, pumping, partner's role in breastfeeding, postpartum care for the new mom (covering both physical and emotional aspects), routine newborn procedures, newborn appearance and new baby care (bathing, swaddling, sleeping, etc.) and more! These classes are open to the general public and Hypnobabies class is not a prerequisite. Look for locations in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia.

Since this topic is not talked about at length in the Hypnobabies curriculum, I facilitate a free discussion on the decision to circumcise. There is no cost to attend, and each family will go home with 80 pages of reference materials including well written articles and research papers on the topic. Each 'class' includes video presentations along with open dialogue. On my website, look for Is It Wise To Circumcise? under Resources to learn more. Held in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia.

For families that want to learn to communicate with their babies before they can talk, contact me about the Baby Signs Program. I offer a one time Parent Workshop to teach new parents the how-to's of Baby Signs, complete with take home resources to get started right away. I also encourage parents of babies 6 months and older to engage their children in the very comprehensive Sign, Say & Play Class that is a weekly series, combining songs, signs, and parenting guides for child development and of course great resources to further the Baby Signs relationship. Start a group in your neighborhood near Atlanta, Gwinnett or Athens, Georgia.
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I have been trained in:
Optimal Fetal Positioning by Gail Tully of SpinningBabies.com
Rebozo for Strength by Gena Kirby of Progressive Parenting
Komyo Reiki Shoden (Level 1) by Dana Young of Drakonfly Reiki
Placenta Encapsulation and Pospartum Wellness by Amanda Johnson of Full Circle Encapsulation

I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor by the Academy of Lactation Policy & Practice.

When I took my own Hypnobabies Class in 2009 to prepare for my daughter's birth, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to be involved in this field of work. I carried my 3 month old baby from Georgia to California to attend my training with Kerry and Carole and was thrilled that just a few months later I was teaching my first class!

Since then, I have had another child and added many more services as my personal experiences and passions lead me. It was after my own struggles, triumphs and concessions in my own breastfeeding relationships that I decided to learn more to support and educate other nursing Moms. An undeniable bout with Postpartum Depression led me to learn more about Placentophagia (consuming placenta), and now I am so honored to help other women adjust to Mommyhood in a more balanced way by offering to encapsulate their placentas for them.

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My older child shows me often how what I do to help the community will serve her well as a young woman. She 'has babies' a few times per week, nurses her babies (Mommy Milk) and brings me ' Mommy Medicine' that she makes from pretend placentas. She is a hoot! She and my son both enjoy wearing their baby dolls in slings and carriers, and when I see them with their babies I hear that they are picking up on all the right things I do. Because at the heart of it all, I am a MOM. Trying, learning and growing to be the best that I can at it. And sharing what I learn with you. 

 

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Nicole King DiBella, HCHI, HCHD, CLC, IPES, ICI
Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia
404-953-8599

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.AdventuresInChildbirth.com
www.Facebook.com/AdventuresInChildbirth
www.Twitter.com/NaturalBirthATL






 

Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
Certified Lactation Counselor
Independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
Independent Certified Instructor (Baby Signs)

I offer a wide variety of pregnancy/birth/natural parenting-related courses/classes/workshops in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia. Usually, a couple will find me during their pregnancy and discover the wonderful Hypnobabies program. As a Hypno-Mom two times over, I have had the opportunity to utilize my Hypnobabies training in both hospital and home birth settings. As I tell prospective students: "Hypnobabies is the only way I know how to give birth!"

As we get to know each other over the next several weeks, a mutual connection may be felt and I may choose to support a nicole king relax borderedcouple during their Hypnobabies birth. Sometimes I am not the best fit for a couple, for any number of reasons, and I have a few local Hypno-Doulas that I refer services to. I am really looking forward to offering training to more doulas in my area, as soon as the new Hypno-Doula training program is completed! Until then, I offer local doulas to attend a class series for free to see the fully comprehensive course and materials each of her potential clients receives when attending my Hypnobabies class.  

I also offer Nourish Your Newborn Breastfeeding Classes and Newborn, Now What?! New Mom and Baby Care Classes. These can be taken along with a Hypnobabies class if a couple so chooses. I find that some families prefer the live instruction over the self guided resource found in the InJoy Web Enhanced Parent Guide that is included with our Hypnobabies class materials. So, in each of these additional classes we will spend about 3 hours going in depth about topics such as: how milk is made, common breastfeeding challenges, how birth affects breastfeeding, returning to work, pumping, partner's role in breastfeeding, postpartum care for the new mom (covering both physical and emotional aspects), routine newborn procedures, newborn appearance and new baby care (bathing, swaddling, sleeping, etc.) and more! These classes are open to the general public and Hypnobabies class is not a prerequisite. Look for locations in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia.

Since this topic is not talked about at length in the Hypnobabies curriculum, I facilitate a free discussion on the decision to circumcise. There is no cost to attend, and each family will go home with 80 pages of reference materials including well written articles and research papers on the topic. Each 'class' includes video presentations along with open dialogue. On my website, look for Is It Wise To Circumcise? under Resources to learn more. Held in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Athens, Georgia.

For families that want to learn to communicate with their babies before they can talk, contact me about the Baby Signs Program. I offer a one time Parent Workshop to teach new parents the how-to's of Baby Signs, complete with take home resources to get started right away. I also encourage parents of babies 6 months and older to engage their children in the very comprehensive Sign, Say & Play Class that is a weekly series, combining songs, signs, and parenting guides for child development and of course great resources to further the Baby Signs relationship. Start a group in your neighborhood near Atlanta, Gwinnett or Athens, Georgia.
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I have been trained in:
Optimal Fetal Positioning by Gail Tully of SpinningBabies.com
Rebozo for Strength by Gena Kirby of Progressive Parenting
Komyo Reiki Shoden (Level 1) by Dana Young of Drakonfly Reiki
Placenta Encapsulation and Pospartum Wellness by Amanda Johnson of Full Circle Encapsulation

I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor by the Academy of Lactation Policy & Practice.

When I took my own Hypnobabies Class in 2009 to prepare for my daughter's birth, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to be involved in this field of work. I carried my 3 month old baby from Georgia to California to attend my training with Kerry and Carole and was thrilled that just a few months later I was teaching my first class!

Since then, I have had another child and added many more services as my personal experiences and passions lead me. It was after my own struggles, triumphs and concessions in my own breastfeeding relationships that I decided to learn more to support and educate other nursing Moms. An undeniable bout with Postpartum Depression led me to learn more about Placentophagia (consuming placenta), and now I am so honored to help other women adjust to Mommyhood in a more balanced way by offering to encapsulate their placentas for them.

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My older child shows me often how what I do to help the community will serve her well as a young woman. She 'has babies' a few times per week, nurses her babies (Mommy Milk) and brings me ' Mommy Medicine' that she makes from pretend placentas. She is a hoot! She and my son both enjoy wearing their baby dolls in slings and carriers, and when I see them with their babies I hear that they are picking up on all the right things I do. Because at the heart of it all, I am a MOM. Trying, learning and growing to be the best that I can at it. And sharing what I learn with you. 

 

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I am a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula

by Carole Thorpe, CHT, HCHI, HCHD, CLEC, CIHOM

 I assist women with Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis techniques for comfortable childbirth without drugs. I see women give Tanya Midwife Doula Hubbybirth 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...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

 https://www.hypnobabies.com/find-a-hypno-doula-2/i-am-a-hypno-doula  

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Today the results of a study were released regarding pregnancy and sleep:

Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Disrupt the Immune System and Cause Birth-Related Complications

July 17, 2013 — Poor sleep quality and quantity during pregnancy can disrupt normal immune processes and lead to lower birth weights and other complications, finds a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study published today in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Women with depression also are more likely than non-depressed women to suffer from disturbed sleep and to experience immune system disruption and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

"Our results highlight the importance of identifying sleep problems in early pregnancy, especially in women experiencing depression, since sleep is a modifiable behavior," said Michele Okun, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Pitt's School of Medicine and lead author of the report. "The earlier that sleep problems are identified, the sooner physicians can work with pregnant women to implement solutions."

mom sleepingAdequate and high-quality sleep, both in pregnant and non-pregnant women as well as men, is essential for a healthy immune system. Pregnancy often is associated with changes in sleep patterns, including shortened sleep, insomnia symptoms and poor sleep quality. These disturbances can exacerbate the body's inflammatory responses and cause an overproduction of cytokines, which act as signal molecules that communicate among immune cells.

"There is a dynamic relationship between sleep and immunity, and this study is the first to examine this relationship during pregnancy as opposed to postpartum," added Dr. Okun.

While cytokines are important for numerous pregnancy-related processes, excess cytokines can attack and destroy healthy cells and cause destruction of tissue in pregnant women, thereby inhibiting the ability to ward off disease. For expectant mothers, excess cytokines also can disrupt spinal arteries leading to the placenta, cause vascular disease, lead to depression and cause pre-term birth...

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The article unfortunely doesn't give any suggestions for sleep help for expectant mothers!



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Wonderful, experienced Hypnobabies Moms and Dads: please consider sharing your baby's birth story with us!

labor handonshoulderThere are so many things we'd be excited to know, beginning with...how did you find out about Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis in the first place?! What made you decide to use Hypnobabies to prepare for your baby's birthing? Did you use the Home Study Course or take a Group Class series?

Of course, [we'd] love to know all about your precious baby; your baby's name, gender and date of birth, your baby's weight, length, color of hair and your sweet baby's cutest feature or personality trait, etc. Please feel free to gush about your little bundle!

Also, please tell [us] where you gave birth to your baby; at home, in a hospital or birth center? Did you have an OB or midwife attend your birthing, a doula or other support person? Since a picture is worth a thousand words, [we'd] enjoy seeing you too! If you're willing to share, [we'd] love to have a few discreet photos of your birthing time and a "first family portrait"!

Other things our inquiring minds would like to know: when did your birthing begin? How did it start? Where did you spend your early birthing time? What Hypnobabies hypnosis techniques, cues or audio tracks did you use during your early birthing time, and what did enjoy the most?

What kinds of positions, movement or comfort enhancements did you favor during your baby's birthing; a birth ball, a tub or shower of warm water, side-lying, squatting, sitting, rocking, standing or walking? When you're sharing the details about your experience, can you remember to also tell us how you felt physically and emotionally as your birthing time unfolded, and you were using your Hypnobabies skills and tools?

What kept your hypnosis going strong for you as your baby's birthing progressed? Did you listen to audio tracks like Easy First Stage?, or Birth Partner Guide birth prompts?, or did you rely on cue words like "Relax" with a gentle touch?, or "Release" to enter and deepen your hypnosis? and "Peeaaaccce for hypno-anesthesia?" or did you like to be counted down...5...4...3...2...1?!

How about when you were actually giving birth to your little bundle, did you use the "Pushing Baby Out" audio track, or did you rely on your internal hypnosis skills instead, using the "Relaxation Music" and your "peeaaaccce" cue and your lightswitch OFF or in the CENTER? And, please describe for us (if you can in mere words!) what was that moment in time like when your baby first slipped out of your body and into your waiting arms?!

And, to sum it all up, we'd love to hear all about your favorite memory, about the very best thing/moment/instant of your baby's birthing, that single moment that stands out from all the rest, the one that you'll remember forever about your Hypno-Baby's birthing!

Please remember that we would also love to have at least one photo, as a jpeg attachment to include with your wonderful Hypnobabies birth story!

Please send your wonderful Hypnobabies birth stories and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All kinds of birth stories are welcomed; hospital births, home births, birth center births, VBACs, C-section births. Hypno-families can learn what Hypnobabies techniques you enjoyed most, where baby was born and when, etc.

Thank you so very much for being willing to share your story with us and with those Hypnobabies students who are still "infanticipating"! Please include your permission for us to do so in your e-mail and we'll share it on our website and on our Facebook page!

 

 

 
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