We asked our Hypnobabies Instructors if they would share why they decided to become certified Hypnobabies Instructors and here are a few of their answers:Why I became a Hypnobabies Instructor and How Hypnobabies Has Enriched My Life:
Why I became a Hypnobabies Instructor and How Hypnobabies Has Enriched My Life: I became a Hypnobabies teacher because Hypnobabies changed my life. I had two very successful, comfortable, natural births with Hypnobabies and most importantly--no fear or anxiety. I got lucky to learn about Hypnobabies through a doula training, but I know very few women who had actually heard of Hypnobabies. I wanted to be a part of marketing and educating people about the program--whether they signed up for the class or not!
Hypnobabies has enriched my life because it has given me knowledge that our bodies are powerful. After using it with my first birth, I put into practice using the lightswitch technique to nap quickly and easily in those times when my baby was napping but my mind was restless. I have used the lightswitch technique for quick, daily naps for the past 5 years! Our minds really do have such power over our bodies! Along with using the techniques daily, Hypnobabies has connected me to my community, as I market my classes and meet the kindest, most wonderful people who share the Hypnobabies philosophy that birth doesn't have to be a scary thing. I frequently say, I would teach this for free--as everyone, not just expectant moms, should learn the power of hypnosis, positive imagery, and proactive thinking!
~ Amy Ellis, HCHI, Victorville, CA
As a doula I was introduced to the positive difference Hypnobabies had in the births I was attending. The moms were informed, calm and so happy with their birth outcomes. They made natural childbirth look easy! These were all home study moms, and I knew our area needed a local instructor. My fellow doula/business partner and I decided we were going to do this for our community. We got trained and started teaching classes right away. There was all ready a demand and it has continued to grow as word gets out about the amazing program. I got to use Hypnobabies for my birth and had a very comfortable and empowering experience that has absolutely changed my life.
This makes what I am doing even more enriching as I get birth stories and thank-you's from my students. I am so happy that I get to be a part of educating and preparing couples for their baby's birthdays and changing the birth culture to view natural childbirth as a positive and normal experience.
~ Dusti Bosworth, HCHI Omaha, Nebraska http://www.fivestonesbirth.com
I became a Hypnobabies instructor because I found my babies births (using Hypnobabies) to be such amazing, empowering experiences. I wanted to help other women gain the knowledge and tools to be able to enjoy their birthing experiences as well.
Becoming a Hypnobabies Instructor has enriched my life in so many ways. I have met and been touched by many people I would never have known otherwise--both students and other birth professionals. I feel so privileged that families allow me to be part of something so sacred and special as their birthing experiences, and it is very gratifying to know I have helped them to have the best experience possible. I have become a better wife and mother because of my improved understanding of the power of language. (Telling a 2-year-old to keep his hands in his pockets rather than telling him not to touch breakable things is so much more effective!) I could go on...
~ Megan Marshall, HCHI, HCHD Las Vegas, Nevada http://www.amotherswisdom.com
I Became a Hypnobabies Instructor Because...
I am one of those people that every company wants to find. I love telling people about programs and things that work! Honestly, there are only a handful of things I absolutely love and try to tell everyone about, but Hypnobabies is one of them. It is truly the most incredible resource an expectant couple could find. After using it with my first (and subsequent 2 other births,) I just had to do more to share it.
Since becoming a Hypnobabies instructor, I have been so grateful for the opportunity to help people have wonderful birth experiences change their way of thinking about birth and even themselves, and help more babies come into the world in a more peaceful and healthy way! Also, being an instructor has been a great part time job while I raise my kids, giving me an outlet where I can learn, meet wonderful people and share what I know about birth.
Right now I am the only instructor in Chicago and we definitely need more instructors for this huge city!
~ Paige Clark HCHI Chicago, IL http://www.hypnobabieswithpaige.com
I became a Hypnobabies instructor because I was aware of hypnosis as a powerful tool for creating new beliefs and deep relaxation. I loved the idea of combining a life skill as powerful as hypnosis with great preparation for birth, Hypnobabies was the program that delivered all of that in one package.
~ Joanne Dahill, HCHI Durham, North Carolina http://www.journeyofmotherhood.com
I became a Hypnobabies Hypnosis instructor because I knew after the beautiful, empowering, and comfortable birth that I experienced I had to share this amazing program *in person* to expecting couples. The comprehensive up to date information paired with the best self hypnosis skills made this such an easy choice when I made the decision to teach Hypnobabies. It feels so great to watch the transformation in my couples from perhaps unsure to confident and educated about their pregnancy and upcoming birth. It delights me to be a part of this life changing journey for them. After all, I am on a journey to educate women on the power of their minds and the wisdom within their own bodies!!
~ April Woollard HCHI http://www.blissfullybirthed.com
St. Louis, Missouri
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor when I saw the incredibly positive impact Hypnobabies was having for my doula clients who had chosen to use Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis for their births. I felt very honored to be able to attend and assist at these peaceful, calm, beautiful births with confident and joyous mothers and partners. I was so thrilled with these births that I became a certified Hypno-Doula, and then became certified as a Hypnobabies Instructor. I am delighted to help bring confidence and joy to my students' birthing. I love being a Hypnobabies Instructor!
~ Susan Collum, HCHI, HCHD http://www.blossombelly.com
Santa Cruz, California
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor because my twin Hypnobabies birth was the most empowering, yet humbling experience of my life. I say humbling because, as I felt and experienced the power of birth in comfort, I was able to observe the birth in awe. I knew that a much greater power than me was helping bring my babies to my arms and my job was to sit back and relax, letting this greater intelligence work. I have never felt so loved and connected to a greater spiritual power within and around me and my babies. The gratitude I felt in the moment I realized this has never left me. The birth was empowering in the sense that my body was strong enough to handle such great power; in fact, it was designed to do just that. I knew my body was brilliant, and, because Hypnobabies had taught me how to control my body’s reaction to birth, my mind was creating comfort for me and my babies. The birth of my sons was awe-inspiring, but there were other benefits as well. During my hypnosis practice, which is really just like guided meditation, I learned to identify my ego. Because I learned to identify it, I weakened it and gained control over it.
I still use many of the tools I learned in Hypnobabies to end attachments created by my ego that lead to unhappiness, such as needless worry and anxiety. Hypnobabies has taught me how to live a happier, more fulfilled, free life. I realize that not all moms will have an “ego-enlightening” experience, or if they do, they may not be fully aware of it. But that is not why I do it. I know that each student has some kind of self-discovery waiting for them, no matter what it is. It is whatever experience that is right for them. I love to see the students & partners begin classes unsure of the whole process and leave very confident and empowered. Knowing that I can be a small part of them having a similarly awe-inspiring birth lets me know that I am honoring that greater intelligence by passing on the blessing I received. It doesn’t feel like a job; it’s fun and fulfilling. Teaching Hypnobabies is the greatest “job” on Earth next to being a mother!
~ Mandy Eller, HCHI, HCHD Murfreesboro, Tennessee http://www.ninemonthsandbeyond.com
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor because…
* I am passionate about women women's rights and it's important for parents (and people in general, especially women) to have all of the knowledge they need to make choices for themselves in childbirth. Women's rights are every one's rights. We all deserve to know what exactly is being done to, or with our bodies (and our babies!).
*Being a Hypnobabies instructor, I get to make a positive difference. The way our society values the experience of childbirth reflects directly on how we value, understand and respect each other and our environment. This directly affects the quality of life of every living being on the planet.
*I am a Hypnotherapist and I believe hypnosis is good for everyone. I enjoy teaching expectant parents to use their own hypnotic skills that they will hopefully continue to practice and use with their children. Hypnosis creates peace.
How it has enriched my life to be a Hypnobabies Instructor…
*I know I am helping to change the world for the better by teaching Hypnobabies. It has allowed me to help open the eyes of others and to show them how they can experience beauty in their lives where there might have been pain, fear or violence otherwise. This feels good!
*I feel like I'm walking on air when I get that call or note from a parent who had a short, uncomplicated, beautiful pain-free birth - especially when the parents came into class with fear and skepticism.
*I know I am doing real good for the world when I can show expectant parents how empowering it is to lose the fear, gain knowledge and have the peaceful experience that they choose to have. I know that these parents are going to be raising more open-minded, peaceful children who value experiences in their lives.
~ Jen Procter, HCHI Portland, Oregon http://www.PortlandHypnobabies.com
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor because I know personally that Hypnobabies works! I had a really empowering, beautiful first birth using Hypnobabies, and I was previously very afraid of having an epidural-free birth. Learning the hypnosis techniques, working with my husband to practice our scripts and prepare in all ways for our son's birth made a tremendous difference in our marriage and my life personally. My husband even comments that Hypnobabies increased my self-confidence and my desire to teach others how birth can be a peaceful, empowering experience. We knew that my becoming an instructor would help me to be able to express my love of pregnancy and birth in a very effective and powerful way to expectant couples.
Being a Hypnobabies Instructor has richly blessed my life. It's amazing to me how helping expectant couples to prepare for their babies' births gives me such personal satisfaction. I believe that many women and their birth partners are told that they don't have choices in birth---that they have to just follow the status quo and let birth "happen to them", and that it can't be an enjoyable experience. That is just not true! Preparing for a baby's birth is one of the most important (and wonderful) things a mother and her birth partner can do. I feel confident as I teach Hypnobabies that I am helping these expectant couples to feel at peace, make informed decisions, and feel encouraged in their ability to have the birth they are hoping for.
~ Jamie Wagner, HCHI Provo, Utah http://www.chooseapeacefulbirth.com
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor because…
…the power of a birthing woman is amazing! Hypnobabies celebrates this fact! Hypnobabies is an amazingly complete birth education course which ALL women deserve. How it has enriched my life to be a Hypnobabies Instructor… To be invited, through Hypnobabies, to empower just one mama (and family) during her pregnancy and birth; to know that just one babe has benefitted from this empowerment; to know that I have been involved in so many pregnancy and birth experiences this way over the years. It is an honor and a privilege! My mission is to serve mamas through direct care, compassion and education! Hypnobabies fits perfectly into my mission.
~ Kate Cropp, HCHI Nashville, Tennessee http://www.ninemonthsandbeyond.com
I became a Hypnobabies Instructor because...
Since becoming a birth doula in 2011, I knew I was also going to add "Childbirth Educator" to my credentials. I spent months researching the options, and audited a Bradley class. I met a Mom who had done the Hypnobabies home study. Her birth story is incredible (and can be read here) but basically she wasn't even sure if she was in her birthing time (labor), went in for a midwife appointment, was checked and found to be 9 centimeters! She went over to the hospital and had her baby shortly after that!
Then, one night I was talking to the only Hypnobabies Instructor who was currently in our area at the time. She told me how amazing her students' births were. As I drove home that night, I decided that her class would be the next that I would audit on my journey to figure out what method I wanted to teach. I felt drawn to Hypnobabies and wanted to learn more! As it turns out, that night I got home and checked Facebook, and the 2012 instructor training had been announced that day. I quickly made the decision that I would become a Hypnobabies Instructor!
How it has enriched my life to be a Hypnobabies Instructor…
I am a birth junkie. I'm sure I drive my family and friends crazy talking about birth all the time. As a Hypnobabies Instructor, I get to share this passion with others. I'm a relatively new instructor, but I've already observed my students having amazing births. Birth is such an important experience for families. Our culture is so afraid of birth, but as a Hypnobabies Instructor I get to teach people that birth isn't something to be feared, but in fact can be looked forward to and even enjoyed! This is a truth I believed even before I knew about Hypnobabies, but now I get to teach couples what I believe are absolutely the best tools out there available to birthing families who want a natural birth. I am so happy and proud of all my students because they are informed, educated and empowered to have beautiful births.
~ Anne Ferguson, HCHI Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota http://www.bywaterbirth.com