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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at its Best!

Unique Benefits of Hypnobabies Classes

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

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

Find out more information about our unique program HERE

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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at it's Best!

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read more on this fascinating study HERE
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Christianity and Hypnobabies? Yes!

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

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

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

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

HERE are two articles written by Christian hypnotherapists, for you to consider on your hypno-journey, and below them are comments and birth stories from Christian Moms who have used Hypnobabies and had wonderful births.  
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Hypnobabies:  Natural Childbirth at its Best!

Maggie’s Hospital Water Birth!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the rest of this wonderfully educational article HERE
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We are accepting applications for the Hypnobabies Instructor Training, April 16 - 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana!
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I have a very passionate dream…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the rest of this wonderfully educational article HERE.
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Birth Professionals and Hypno-Moms - Here it is …

 Our 2015 Hypnobabies Instructor Training FAQs Webinar! 

We are now accepting applications for our next Hypnobabies Instructor Training, April 17-20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. We are accepting only 50 trainees for this training, and our Skype interviews begin July 1, 2014.
  Please watch our Instructor Training FAQS Webinar and then you can complete your online application.


Need more Hypnobabies Instructor training info first? Visit our Instructor Training page.

Please share this with your friends and colleagues.

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FAQ s about our Hypno-Doula Online Training Course for doulas and midwives:

Q) Is it really important to learn different techniques when a woman is using hypnosis for childbirth?

A) Yes. Your Hypno-birth clients have learned a new belief system about childbirth; that it does not have to be a painful experience, that it can be much easier by using the power of their inner mind. Labor and birth then, have ceased to be "hard work" to a Hypno-Mom and she is now using specific words and cues that act as instant comfort measures, emotionally and physically. She needs to be fully supported in these new concepts, words and Hypno-tools to be able to fully benefit from her childbirth hypnosis training. You can help

Q) Can childbirth hypnosis clients still use positional changes during labor and walk around to help their babies descend, being mobile and communicative?

A) They can if they are using Hypnobabies. We have what is called, "Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis", which has built-in hypnotic suggestions which allow our Hypno-Moms to walk, talk, move around freely and easily communicate with their birth team and caregivers, yet remain fully in hypnosis, relaxed and comfortable in any position. Other birth hypnosis programs require that the birthing mothers remain less active to retain relaxation skills and hypnosis techniques.

For most natural childbirth situations, traditional labor-assistance techniques provide the birthing woman with much more physical activity to stay comfortable, yet it is important for all doulas and midwives to learn that using hypnosis entails much more "inner work" and specific cues that have been programmed subconsciously. Hypnobabies moms can indeed use upright positions, birth balls and walk if they want to, but this will be for progress if needed or descent and positioning of the baby, and not to maintain comfort. Labor assistants who are familiar with all of this can easily help the birthing woman in the ways she truly needs to give birth using hypnosis.

Q) Can I learn to do this easily?

A) Yes. Our Hypno-Doula Online Training Program provides you with important information on hypnosis, how it is used in childbirth, who it works best for and how to help those using both Hypnobabies and regular hypno-birth techniques. It allows you to learn what the main Hypno-tools are in these programs, and directs you how to do a Birthing Rehearsal with your clients, providing you all a chance to work together by using them, long before the birthing day comes. We also encourage you to learn as much as you can about your Hypno-client s childbirth hypnosis program, by listening to some of their hypnosis audio tracks and reading the handouts and other materials provided to them in their Hypno-course, so that you can become completely familiar with the philosophy, techniques and cue words that are the main "tools" they will be using during labor.

Q) Will MY job as a doula or midwife really be that much easier if I become a Hypno-Doula?

A) WOW, Yes. You cannot imagine how much easier, more fun and gratifying it is to help your doula/midwifery client when you know the words, cues, techniques and the philosophy/training behind what they are and how they are used. You can easily help these wonderful birthing mothers quickly deepen their hypnosis and comfort level. Hypno-labors are shorter and less complicated when the Hypno-mom is fully supported in the way she needs to be and you may find yourself wanting to *only* work with Hypno-clients in the future

Please see our article below, written by a traditionally trained doula that has been in the birthing field for over 26 years, and who is now a Hypno-Doula

For more information, please read our “I am a HYPNO-Doula” article.
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OK, this is just gorgeous and fun! Hypnobabies Mom Kelly Jo, 30 weeks pregnant with twins, gives a beauitful belly dancing performance and Wow, does she have some strong abdominal muscles!

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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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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.


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 


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
Spinning Babies
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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
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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

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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!"

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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