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Hypnobabies Doula

I just became an official Hypnobabies Doula! To become one, I took an all-day course with a Hypnobabies instructor and then had to fill out an extensive booklet (that took several concentrated days to finish) and send in to Hypnobabies Central for grading. Apparently, I did a good job because I got an email saying I passed! Yay!

I am sitting in on my first Hypnobabies series starting next Friday night and already have my first Hypnobabies doula client. This is a fun adventure for me, learning new information as an experienced doula and midwife. I’ll report from the trenches.

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AFAIK, totally worthless. Erin Long ["little birdie, little bunny"] had great hopes for the technique, found it didn't help at all. Heard similar stories from other women. However, no knowledge is ever wasted...

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAntigonos CNM

Absolutely disagree. I have seen and experienced wonders with Biofeedback and self-hypnosis. Hypnobabies is the exact same thing they use for medical self-hynosis for those that cannot tolerate anesthesia in dental work or surgeries. It's amazing!

Myself, I had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in 1995 and didn't walk for 3 years. I was in excruciating pain, eventually giving myself shots of morphine for pain. I was going to kill myself and was finally sent to a psychiatrist who was a pain specialist who did biofeedback and self-hypnosis. It took 6 months, but I eventually was able to get off the medication and began walking again. I kept in a steady state of self-hypnosis for years in order to live pain-free; the RSD still hasn't totally left.

I am a HUGE fan of Hypnobabies and plan to "sell" it as the biofeedback aspect as much as the self-hypnosis aspect. I think they underplay that part too much.

And, fwiw, I have already heard amazing stories of joy in the method. And my own daughter used the method and had an amazingly peaceful and relatively pain-free birth until the baby's obvious stuck-ness caused the growing pain and she required the epidural about 24 hours in. But, even with the cesarean, Hypnobabies helped her and continued during her breastfeeding challenges postpartum.

Love the method and look forward to working with moms with it.

September 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Awesome Barb! I am backing up a doula sister with a hypnobabies client who is due any day now! I am looking forward to hearing about her experience, as well as yours as you embark on this new exciting journey! Please continue to post about this topic.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDulcis Bellatrix

Congratulation. I have seen many moms do beautifully with it, they are amazing. I encourage them to use it for other aspects of their lives as well.Not everyone that uses it does well with the technique but those that do well with it are amazing.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterguest

Awesome! I had a fantastic experience using Hypnobabies with my second birth. It was amazing, peaceful, and so much more comfortable than my first birth. Also, practicing Hypnobabies during my pregnancy was a great way to force myself to take time for myself. I definitely would recommend this program to moms, if they feel like it is something that would suit them.

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterruthie

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