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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...



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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...


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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Rachel m tub smiling hubbyA Hypnobabies mom gives birth confidently, easily and comfortably.

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" that Hypnobabies mother used "worked for her, but probably won't work for other moms". Not having a true understanding of real medical-grade hypnosis and having attended other types of "hypno-births" is most likely the cause of this unfounded belief. One wonderful midwife, Stephanie Soderblom, who was very skeptical at first shares her insights and revelations with us:

A Skeptical Midwife's Experience with Hypnobabies

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 Hypnobabies 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 mother!) 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.
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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!

Stephanie Soderblom, LM CPM http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com

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marinda 2013Marinda Lloyd CD, HCHI, LC, HBE, SC (sleep consultant)
The Doula House L.L.C.
Serving Provo, Salt Lake City, Sandy & Park City, Utah

The Doula House strives to help women create their birth experience in a space of positivity, harmony, and joy. we strive to instill in women a belief in their own God given abilities to have the kind of birth they wish, without the presence of fear, pain, and suffering. The Mission of The Doula Hosue is simple: We strive to be nurtures, educators, and supporters. Assisting each family through active listening, positive attitude, and unconditional love.

We offer:

Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Childbirth classes: Hypnobabies is one of the most powerful tools an expectant couple can have in their arsenal. This really helps to prepare mom and her partner for a great birth experience, one that is full of joy and empowerment. We offer group and private classes.

Bringing Baby Home Series: This course helps to prepare you for what comes after baby! The everyday of caring for a newborn, calming their cries...Every time. We take each couple through a thorough breastfeeding course, this is not your typical hospital course. This is designed to help really educate and prepare a new mom for breatfeeding. This class also covers safe baby wearing and cloth diapering.

Lactation Support  group and one on one: We are certified lactation consultant, and are some of the most sought after lactation specialist in Utah. We have helped moms to over come breastfeeding hurdles that other consultants have missed.

Birth Doula Services: What better way to feel supported and empowered during your birth than by having a professionally trained birth doula assisting and supporting you and your partner through the entire birth. We are trained in advanced birth support included natural birth preparation.

Newborn Care Specialist: This is the advanced version of a postpartum doula. We are trained in supporting the mother and baby during the immediate postpartum. Support includes newborn care, sleep support, caring for multiples, and helping mom feel supported as she transitions into parenthood.

Certified Sleep Consultants: We are certified to support parents work with their baby to help get them sleeping better. This is done private to allow for a custom sleep coaching for your and your baby.

marinds new logo7Please contact Marinda at 801-548-2917 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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Hold that bath!

Study results on delaying a hospital born baby's bath until 12 hours post birth, increases rates of exclusive breastfeeding ~

delay first bathIn a large teaching hospital, nurses found that infants who were bathed after 12 hours of life had a 39% higher incidence of exclusive breastfeeding during their hospital stay.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23635002

"Analysis showed that infants born after implementation of delayed ...

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Hello wonderful Hypnobabies Families!

We often receive fabulous birth stories from our ecstatic moms and dads who have given birth with Hypnobabies and we are proud to share them on our website and Facebook page. Now we are offering you an opportunity to share your insights and advice with others who are studying Hypnobabies in a way that will help families all over the world. You can become part of the "Hypnobabies Team"!


We are currently in the process of updating our Hypnobabies course and we are adding quotes from our Hypnobabies students to encourage and educate other Hypno-families. We would love to have quotes from Hypno-Moms and Dads, and any other family members (or even birth attendants) who were in attendance at your Hypnobabies birth(s).

We would also love to hear from Hypno-Doulas what your perspective on the subjects below are – how did they help the Hypnobabies moms that you have served?

We need a short, two to four sentence quote on how (choose, 1 or 2 or any) the information in the following Hypnobabies course subjects *helped you*, or what they *taught you* or how you *used the information during childbirth* that allowed you to have a more relaxed, confident pregnancy and/or easier, more comfortable birthing, and/or postpartum:

• Benefits to you of taking a live Hypnobabies class or doing the Home Study (whichever is applicable)
• Our Special Place/Easy Comfortable Childbirth tracks
• Practicing the Finger-drop technique
• Practicing Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis
• Practicing Eyes-Open/Directing your hypno-anesthesia
• Using your Bubble of Peace
• Pregnancy affirmations
• Importance of practicing often
• Listening to your Deepening track
• Using our specific Hypnobabies “language”, birthing wave, birthing time, guess date, etc.
• Reading scripts together, or any practice with your Birth Partner
• Birth Partner’s script/CD/track (if applicable)
• Hypnobabies nutrition, exercise, avoiding toxic substances, stages of birthing time
• Learning about your pregnancy and childbirth choices; that *you* get to make all the decisions
• Hospital staff/birth center staff/midwife attitudes and respect – how did Hypnobabies help you gain these things in your Birthing Time?
• Creating your birth preferences
• Baby Kindness
• Optimum fetal positioning
• Info/perspective on guess dates/guess months
• Info on Hypno-Doulas
• Timing birthing waves
• Hypnobabies’ childbirth education: how birthing begins, waterbirthing, membranes breaking, hospital procedures, being responsible for your own birth, vaginal exams, etc.
• Belly Mapping
• Birth Balls
• Transformation
• Mother-directed pushing
• Listening to Pushing Baby Out Track
• Cesarean Fact Sheet
• Breech information
• Birthing rehearsal
• Mom and baby care info

Please choose a few of the above that meant a lot to you; that helped you enjoy pregnancy more and have a much easier, more comfortable birth experience. Only your first name and initial of last name will be included for any quotes we use. Send your wonderful quotes to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please include the following in your subject line:

Quotes – [your name].

Please also include the following in the body of the e-mail:

Your full name
City and state/province
Type of Hypnobabies course you studied (Class or Home Study)

Hypnobabies LLC has my permission to use the following quotes in their written educational and promotional materials, and any website or Internet posts.

Thanks so much,

Kerry and the Hypnobabies Team


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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 baby2 ~ 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-150x150  ~ 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 2012 2  ~ 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-150x150  ~ 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  ~ 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 Woolard Headshot  ~ 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  ~ 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  ~ 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-Proctor-150x150  ~ 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-150x150  ~ 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  ~ 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  ~ Anne Ferguson, HCHI Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota http://www.bywaterbirth.com

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We ask every Monday on our Facebook page for our Hypnobabies fans to check in and let us know if anyone has given birth recently using Hypnobabies!

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This week's birth notices:

Kristall wrote: "Grace was born Feb 17 at 6:20am, 1 week after my guess date. She was 9lbs 1oz and my easiest delivery and recovery yet! My first Hypnobaby (I have 3 kids) but I will never have a baby any other way again - have been raving to everyone who will hear me about Hypnobabies and how it helped me enjoy my fast and easy birth!"

Michelle wrote: "Oliver Jacob was born at 8:54pm on Friday 2/15 after 29 hours of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing. He was born in a birth center. He was 20.5 inches and 8 lbs 10 oz. It was a vbac! :) He is just the sweetest, easy going baby. We are so blessed to have two wonderful sons. I regret not turning on my hypnotracks sooner. I had an awful sinus infection and the thought of being told to breathe when I couldn't made me angry. I used peace and relax cues though throughout early labor and the birthing day affirmations. Once I arrived at the birth center (about 24 hours in), we turned on the transition track as I got in the tub and had it on repeat for all of transition through the first hour plus of pushing. It really me relax. I'm a but of a control freak and was having a hard time letting go. This caused me to feel more than I would have liked, but still....i made it through and had my all natural vbac. I couldn't be happier."

Holly wrote: "Avalon Eve was born feb 16 at 11:20pm. We planned a home birth and had a surprise unassisted birth, as labor was super fast! This was our third hypnobaby. Due date was feb 14. I had lots lots of early labor/ prodromal contractions for the week leading up to this birth. I was playing a card game with my husband until about 10:50. Then the contractions were starting to make my back sore so I leaned on my yoga ball and had hubby rub my back. After maybe 5 minutes I had to run to the bathroom. I had hubby draw me a hot bath. Got in and waves were super intense and right on top of each other. Hubby called the midwife and our other support person to come over. With in 5 minutes I needed to push. I stood up out of the bath and moved to the toilet. Two contraction later I felt her head moving down. Husband grasped her head and one contraction later she was born My best friend arrived a minute later and the midwife about 15 minutes later. In all it was too fast to even think about hypnobaby techniques. 8lb 3 oz 19 inches long. Perfect in every way."

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Greetings, Hypnobabies Fans!

Remember! Our public Hypnobabies Instructor Training for 2013 is in St. Louis, MO, May 3-6, and we will be closing registration on March 13, 2013!

We are only accepting 50 trainees, so please visit our Instructor Training Info page

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Becoming a Hypnobabies Instructor

Being a Hypnobabies Instructor is extremely gratifying; as you help young families learn to trust themselves, their babies and the process of childbirth, your own journey in life opens up as well!

Whether you are a happy Hypnobabies Mom or a "birth junkie" doula, midwife or other birth professional, you can help the women of your community to enjoy childbirth, and be a part of the wonderful change in perception that natural childbirth is going through.

Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis


714-894-BABY (2229)

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Preggie Pals is a weekly podcast and online resource for expecting moms and dads and those trying to become pregnant.
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This week they featured:

Childbirth Preparation Methods: Hypnobabies

Today’s expecting mothers are much more proactive in their approach to childbirth preparation, and that’s one reason why Hypnobabies has become so popular. What exactly is Hypnobabies and how does it differ from Hypnobirthing? What does it take to become successful in using this technique? Plus, is it really possible to have a “pain-free” birth? Introducing Cassie Freisen, Hypno-Mom!

Cassie has a degree in Human Development and has always been fascinated by the various stages we pass through in life, as well as how our experiences shape us. She discovered Hypnobabies as she was preparing for her daughter’s birth and knew it was the program for her. After comparing it with the other programs out there, she found that Hypnobabies was the only one that consistently had positive reviews and a great success rate. Using Hypnobabies was one of the best decisions she’s ever made! Preparing for her ‘birthing time’ truly was relaxing, empowering and educational. But it wasn’t until her daughter was born easily and *pain-free* into this world that her entire life changed. Listen to her Podcast HERE
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At Hypnobabies, we teach a lot about the impact that our use of specific language has on pregnant, birthing and post-partum mothers. Word association, connotations and "waking suggestions" create physical effects, actually changing our chemical makeup and of course, our all-important belief systems about childbirth. 

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We found a terrific article that affirms our admonition that positive and encouraging language and messages need to be used when we are around pregnant women. Telling "war stories" about childbirth frightens and confuses expectant moms and can be harmful!

Birth is no time for war stories

'I died, but it was fine," a woman at a barbecue told me when I was nine months' pregnant. She was a stranger, her story unsolicited. As I nodded and nervously sipped a glass of water, she explained how she'd suffered from pre-eclampsia, "died" on the obstetrician's table and been brought back to life.
Hers was only one of numerous unsolicited stories that would have been enough to act as excellent birth control, had that ship not already sailed.
"I had two C-sections. I still can't sit up," a waitress announced on seeing my burgeoning belly. "You'll never be able to have decent sex again," lamented one. "Just say yes to the epidural," warned another.
Funny how our own personal experiences become The Big Truth...

Read the full article here

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Lorraine offers Hypnobabies classes,  Prepared Childbirth classes, Breastfeeding Classes, Baby Massage, Happiest Baby on the Block, Dancing for Birth, Prenatal Yoga/Fitness, Mommy and Me Yoga/Fitness/Massage, Baby Signs and parenting classes, serving all of Orange and LA Counties.  http://www.prenataleducationcenter.com/index.html

Lorraine Shorman, CD(DONA), HCHI
Los Alamitos, California 90720
Phone: (714) 624-3495
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Introducing our Pocatello, Idaho Hypnobabies Instructor and Hypno-Mom, Natalie Permann!

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Hello! My name is Natalie. I am a wife, a mother of three, a Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor, and a doula! I'm passionate about childbirth and hope to help women realize the power that is in them to birth more normally and naturally.

Watch Natalie's Hypnobabies birth video and read her birth story here: http://doulanataliesue.yolasite.com/my-hypnobabies-birth.php

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Our Hypnobabies Instructor Training for 2013 is in St. Louis, MO, May 3-6, and we will be closing registration in late March 2013! We are only accepting 50 trainees, so please watch our Training FAQs Webinar now!

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Read our Instructor Training Newsletter, which has a coupon code in it for $10.00 off of our Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Bundle!

Being a Hypnobabies Instructor is extremely gratifying; as you help young families learn to trust themselves, their babies and the process of childbirth, your own journey in life opens up as well!
Whether you are a happy Hypnobabies Mom or a "birth junkie" doula, midwife or other birth professional, you can help the women of your community to enjoy childbirth, and be a part of the wonderful change in perception that natural childbirth is going through.
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis
714-894-BABY (2229)
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A recent article in the Huffington Post describes how new parents can be influenced by hospital staff to doubt their own parenting skills, right from the start. Fear of liability has created some unnecessary hospital admonitions and "rules" about newborn care which new parents actually have complete control over, just like all aspects of their pregnancies and births. Edicts, warnings and "advice" from staff and their sponsors such as formula companies can initiate confusion and undermine new parent's confidence to trust in their own intelligence about their baby's needs. Unnecessary interventions, including interference with breastfeeding and common newborn procedures can affect parent/baby bonding and baby's long-term health:

What Not to Say to a New Mother -- Hospital Staff
The other day I was visiting a family and their just-born baby in the hospital, and in the few short hours I was there, I heard a bunch of surprising comments:

•A nurse told a new dad (who was standing up, holding his 20-hour-old baby) to put the baby down in the bassinet, warning him that his son was safer in the bassinet -- otherwise Dad might drop the baby.

•A different nurse told a new mom (who was holding her 8-hour-old baby) that her daughter would be safer in the bassinet because Mom might doze off and "co-sleeping is not allowed."

These comments by two different staff members to two different families are, to me, eye-rollingly laughable -- obviously babies can be safely held by parents, both seated and standing. Obviously babies don't need to lie in a plastic bucket all the time for fear of being dropped.   Probably the first nurse meant: "If you did drop him, we'd end up with a law suit," i.e., it's potentially dangerous to us, the hospital, not: "It's actually likely you'll drop him"...

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Some of our wonderful, amazing Hypnoobabies moms have shared with us their baby's birth announcements and birth stories this week. Congratulations Hypno-Moms and welcome to all our Hypno-babies!!

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Jennifer K. R.: Liam Nicholas, proud to be an intact male (3rd in our family), proud to be exclusively breastfed (3rd in our family), proud to be birthed naturally and a Hypnobaby (2nd for me), proud to be a lttle brother to Lily and Lucas. Liam was born in the hosptal, we would have choosen a homebirth had we lived closer to a hospital. He was 7lbs, 11oz, 20".

I loved my Hypnobabies experience, both times. I had a pain-free comfortable birth. I used my special-safe place, partner hands-on and cue words. I breathed my baby out (no pushing only "Ahhhhhh") in one contraction. My birthing time started at 10pm and he was born at 3:23am. I remained calm, confident and relaxed. I used a combination of "What If" and "fear releasing" one time with my 1st Hypnobabies birth during my birthing to kind-of "blow away" one drifting thought of an epidural. I knew that this was what I wanted. I knew I wanted to know what it felt like and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

I was so excited for both births, I never had a thought of epi during my 2nd Hypnobabies birth because I knew I had the tools I needed to "make it work for me!". You can make it work for you too! Have a beautiful birthing.

Valerie S.: Chloe Aurora was born at hospital 10 April 2012, 9 lb 5 oz, 21.25". She was a week "overdue," and my doctor decided that I needed to be induced. I arrived at the hospital at 6 AM, the Pitocin started at 10. At 3 PM I had not progressed to the staff's liking and they were pressuring me to have my bag of water broken.

When they pushed the issue again, I asked them to leave, and while discussing with my doula the repercussions of walking out and labeling the visit a "failed induction," my waters broke on their own and my birthing time began! Thanks to Hypnobabies and my mantra of "open, open, open," my beautiful baby girl was in my arms at 5:09 PM - my birthing time progressed so quickly by the time my doctor arrived, I was already nursing my happy little newborn. Chloe's birth was completely pain-free and comfortable - in fact, I was out running again when she was a mere 6 days old!

Daniella C.: Our fourth daughter and Hypnobaby, Cosima Cecilia, was born at home on 04.04.12. She weighed 6lbs, 6oz and was 20.25" (39w3d). Birthing time began at 11:30am and Coco entered the world at 2:17pm after two pushes. Much to our surprise (again!) is fair and has blue eyes (so far) like one of her sisters and is the perfect addition to our gaggle of girls.

Ashley B.: Baby Brooks born on December 6, 2012 at 2:31 am. Labor started at 10:00 pm. Brooks is my second child, the first one I did hypno-birthing. I was able to use deep breathing and my calming color to get through the contractions. I ended up getting an epidural and had Brooks 30 mins later. It was an amazing, relaxing experience and I wouldn't change a thing! Hypnonbirthing works!

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We sometimes receive the question, "Why would anyone want a natural (unmedicated) birth?"

There are many reasons for choosing to give birth without drugs; childbirth is a normal process and can be very joyful, all labor drugs have side effects which affect mothers and babies, the side effects can be far-reaching, long lasting and very detrimental, etc.

Another reason that we have found is that sometimes labor medications or procedures are found to be dangerous long after use, and in ways that were never anticipated:

The recent drug recall linked to Meningitis has now been expanded to epidurals
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That's right!

The perfect holiday gift is here at Hypnobabies.

What could be better than an easier, more comfortable pregnancy and birth for Christmas or Chanukah?
Tell your friends, relatives and colleagues that Hypnobabies Gift Certificates are here!


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Expectant moms love Hypnobabies products and now they can get them from friends, relatives and co-workers. Hypnobabies Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any Hypnobabies products. Recipients can even redeem several Gift Certificates at one time, so family and friends can buy separate certificates to be applied to one large purchase.

 Let them choose their own gift with our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, to help enjoy an easier pregnancy with our Easy Pregnancy MP3 Set - 6 Hypnobabies audio tracks for $45.95!

Is her heart set on a natural birth? The perfect gift for her this year is our Hypnobabies Home Study Course, and we also have individual MP3 tracks for specific pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, successful breastfeeding, avoiding and early labor and getting labor started!

New moms also love our Comfort and Calm for the New Mother MP3 Set, which allows mothers to sleep better, breastfeed easier and feel more confident as they begin their new-baby journey!

Are you a birth professional or know one that would love to receive our Hypno-Doula Bundle? Our Hypnobabies Gift Certificatescan be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any products.

Tell everyone you know this holiday season about our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, and make someone's Hypnobabies dreams come true!


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Malloree, using Hypnobabies, deeply focused during a "birthing wave", very comfortable. She is aware of everything going on around her; as much as she wants to be.

Will I be awake and aware during my labor using Hypnobabies?

Q) I'm wondering what being in hypnosis will be like when I'm giving birth. My midwife also says she is concerned that I won't be fully present and able to feel or know what's going on; that I'll be like a zombie or something. I understand that relaxation is deep but how much do you know of what's going on around you? I would like to really experience childbirth, just without the pain!

A) Then you've come to the right place! No zombies allowed. You are as aware as you want to be while in hypnosis. The hypnosis experience is different for each person using it, but it is simply focused concentration, like when you're deeply engrossed in a book or driving your car and thinking about something else at the same time. Both are states of hypnosis and you can see, hear and feel everything that you *want to* while doing them.

Malloree, still deeply in hypnosis after her wave is over

Here are some other perspectives about childbirth hypnosis awareness from Hypno-moms who have been there...

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