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A New Hypno-Baby is Born!

Anna & Marty 

The Birth of Camille

One of the best parts of teaching HypnoBirthing classes is watching families being created.  As the expectant mother and her birth companion set aside time to prepare for the birth of their baby, they often become closer in new ways.  The class helps them explore who they are now and who they will be as parents.  Watching couples commit to creating the birth experience that they want and the family that they want is beautiful each and every time. And each family is unique.  I was recently able to meet the newest Hypno-Baby, Camille!  Her parents, Marty and Anna, were a joy to teach.  Both of them put their hearts and souls into practicing and preparing.  And the reward is great!  Although they had some unexpected turns in their labor, they handled it calmly and working as a team.  What a wonderful start to parenting!

Below are Marty and Anna’s own words about their HypnoBirthing experience:

We are really happy that we took the Hypnobirthing class with Karen, who is a wonderful teacher and guide. One of the great aspects of the course was that we learned how to embody the Hypnobirthing approach by practicing the meditations regularly. We found that not only did the meditations help shift our perception surrounding birth itself, but the experience of meditating together over several months brought us closer together as a couple.
When the time came to give birth, we approached every phase of labor with calm. The labor brought us some unexpected situations that we had not anticipated in our birth plan, but thanks to Hypnobirthing we were able to reflect on the changes with serenity and re-evaluate our approach with our care providers without ever panicking or getting discouraged. Our daughter Camille was born healthy and mom’s recovery was smooth.
One of the other excellent aspects of this class is how much it empowers the birth partner alongside the mother. The nurses all remarked how helpful and grounded Marty was during labor, and his immense compassion and positivity helped Anna every step of the way.
Interested in exploring HypnoBirthing?  Our next class starts August 13th.  Invest in your labor and register today!


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The Science of Healing Thoughts

New York Times bestselling author Jo Marchant has explores the connection between  the mind and healing  in her recent book, Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body.  In her book, Marchant travels the world, seeking out those who have studied the power of the mind when dealing with illness, pain, birth and chronic disease. Marchant found that many researchers acknowledge that the perception and meaning that the mind gives to situations really does affect how we experience illness and pain.  Words matter.  Attitude matters.  Meditation and hypnosis do have a place alongside of modern medicine in wellness.  When seeking wholeness and health, don’t forget to pay attention to your mind and spirit, as well as your body.   Read more…


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Why HypnoBirthing?

Nineteen years ago, I was newly pregnant with my first child.  I was thrilled…and to be perfectly honest, I was scared. I’d never been in the hospital before and didn’t know much about labor and delivery.  So, one day early in my first trimester while in the book store’s babies section, I found a book on self-hypnosis and birth.  And it made a lot of sense to me.  The author talked a lot about the mind-body-spirit connection to birth and offered deep relaxation meditations that my husband patiently walked me through each night.  In fact, the evening meditations became a time that we both looked forward to – a time to connect with each other and our baby. As the pregnancy progressed, I developed a deep trust in my body, my husband and my midwife – my labor team!  When my labor started, I labored comfortably at home, free of fear and tension.  After several hours, my midwife noted it was time to come to the hospital.  As soon as we entered Moses Cone hospital, my self-hypnosis kicked in and with each surge, I visualized blowing up a red balloon. In a softly-lit room, I labored and then delivered my beautiful first-born daughter Katharine less than two hours after we arrived. It was one of the most spiritual, beautiful experiences of my life.  So nineteen years and two more children later, I am now certified to teach these same techniques to other expectant women.  What a blessing to help women discover the power of their own bodies as they birth free of fear and completely relaxed.  Interested in exploring HypnoBirthing?  Contact me!