21 04, 2017

Fall HypnoBirthing class series

This new Saturday morning HypnoBirthing class series will begin on September 23rd and run for 5 consecutive Saturday mornings ending on October 21st. Saturday morning classes run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. HypnoBirthing is a complete childbirth education program so no other childbirth classes are needed. The HypnoBirthing Institute recommends taking HypnoBirthing in the early to mid 2nd trimester. The 12-14 hours of instruction, book with one CD and one additional CD or download and a variety of scripts are included in your $375.00 per couple fee. I teach from my home office in Sonoma so space is limited. Please be aware

2 05, 2016

Consuming your placenta… Really?

What is all this talk about consuming placentas?  When I bring it up in my HypnoBirthing® Childbirth classes I get a real variety of reactions- mostly reservations to outright repulsion.  Then the jokes start flying about keeping it in one’s freezer etc.  It is neither repulsive nor weird.  We are the only mammals who do not naturally consume our placentas.   Once one understands the amazing benefits of doing so, those beliefs about it being weird or gross pretty much dissipate. If you (or someone you know and love) have ever struggled after a difficult birthing with discomfort, low breast milk supply or postpartum

20 04, 2016

What is your baby’s womb experience?

As a longtime birthing professional and baby advocate, I have grown to accept and understand how powerful the experience of the baby in your womb truly is.  Does it matter if you have a stressful job?  Is it of any concern that you and your partner speak harshly to each other because of the stress in your lives?  What if your house is in the middle of a remodel?  Do any of these things impact the baby in your womb? In my HypnoBirthing® classes, which I have been teaching for the past 17 years, I help pregnant couples become aware of what their

22 03, 2016

Visualization and Birth

In the 17 years I have been teaching HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education classes, one of my favorite parts is a little experiment I love to perform. In Class I, after the introductions, I ask each parent to talk about their vision for their baby’s birth. Some of the reactions I get remind me of when we were told in college that we’d have an exam the next day!  When the dads sort of relax and sink into the couch thinking this is something the mom is surely meant to answer, I add…”dads too.” I write down all the responses and let them know I

12 03, 2016

He says: Hospital Birth > She says: Home Birth

Have you, or someone you know, ever shared that they would love to give birth at home but their partner/husband is just not on board with it? I have had this scenario come up many times over the 17 years I have been teaching HypnoBirthing®.  With my background as a therapist, couples are willing to bring it up with me to process it.   Here are some suggestions: Share with each other your vision for the birth of your baby.  Each partner can take 5-10 minutes while the other partner just listens- no comments/questions until they’re done. Discuss/make a list of the pros

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