I am a trained DONA birth doula and a Hypnobabies® Hypno-doula, and am also trained in Spinning Babies techniques. Additionally, I am a certified clinical Hypnotherapist with Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute (THI) and the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Because of my extensive background in hypnosis, I specialize in Hypnotic Childbirth. In the same way dental and medical surgery patients hire a hypnotist to help keep them deep in hypnosis for medication-free surgeries, I provide hypnosis services that assist my doula clients to stay deep in hypnosis, utilizing the very same medical-grade hypno-anesthesia, for maximum comfort during their birthing journeys. I service all of Orange County, CA and surrounding areas within 1 hour from where I live in Aliso Viejo. My birth doula services include:
2 prenatal visits
Assistance preparing your birth preferences plan
On-call availability for questions and/or concerns
Continuous support during your baby's birth and the 2 hours postpartum to help with breastfeeding and getting settled
1 postpartum visit to discuss your birth experience and answer any questions you may have
I also offer 3 complimentary hypnotherapy sessions to all of my doula clients. These can be scheduled during your pregnancy to work on any issues you feel could impact your pregnancy, birthing or motherhood journey. Sessions can also be scheduled after baby arrives, for issues such as: better postpartum sleep, breastfeeding, anxiety, confident mothering, etc. I offer in-home session for all postpartum women at no additional charge. And because maternal mental health is a deep passion of mine, all doula clients are also offered a special "doula client rate" on my hypnotherapy and coaching services for one year after baby is born. Please see my website or contact me for more details.
In addition to 3 hypnotherapy sessions, I also offer to my hypno-doula clients the Conscious Birth Recovery Programwhen applicable, as this enables them to resolve any wounding experienced from previous birth experience(s) and pave the way for a new, more empowered experience for this baby's birth.
I currently primarily work with couples who have taken, or plan to take, a live Hypnobabies® Class with me, but do take other Hypnobabies instructors' students as well as home-study couples as doula clients when availability permits. Hypno-Doula/Hypnobabies Group Class Package - $2700 Hypno-doula (non-student) - $3000 I take just 2-3 doula clients per month, so call or message me for more details & schedule your consultation! Current availability:
**If you are a home study couple, I do offer the Home Study Advantage Class to supplement your training and can also help you find an amazing Hypno-doula if I'm not available to support you! Contact me for details!
What is a Doula, what does she do and why is she beneficial?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves"
A Doula is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth. A doula mothers the mother.
A birth doula also:
Views birth as a sacred and transformational time for a women, and helps guide this rite-of-passage into motherhood with sensitivity, compassion, encouragement, respect and care
Understands the physiology and emotionality of the birth process and gently supports the woman in both
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman for any or all of her birth time
Provides the woman with informational support that she may need to make informed decisions, and facilitates communication between her, her partner and/or her care providers
Studies have shown the following benefits of having a doula present at birth:
45% reduction in c-section rates
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
50% reduction in pitocin use
31% reduction in analgesia use
34% reduction in forceps or vacuum deliveries
What is a Hypno-Doula?
Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis is a method of childbirth preparation that teaches hypnotic techniques, imagery and visualization to re-program the inner mind in a very positive way, which helps to lesson and in many cases, eliminate, discomfort and fear from the birthing experience.
For more information about Hypnobabies, click here.
In short, a trained Hypno-doula performs all of the same functions as a traditional birth doula, with the addition of:
1. Learn and practice Hypnobabies techniques and hypno-cues ahead of time with the Hypno-couple in a few Birthing Rehearsals, as well as use only Hypnobabies language and techniques at all times. This reinforces your practice and helps form a bond between you and your doula.
2. Be a liaison for the couple with hospital staff, explaining that they need darkness, solitude and quiet, keeping distraction to a minimum, etc.
3. Learn and use hypnotic Deepening techniques with the Hypno-mom, for use in Transformation (transition) stage.
4. Help with Fear Clearing and hypno-cues during your Birthing Time (trading off with the Birth Partner when he/she is tired, but not replacing the Birth Partner).
5. Learn and use Hypnobabies pushing techniques and with the Hypno-mom, for use in her pushing stage.
6. Help the Hypno-mom get up to change positions or go to the bathroom immediately after a birthing wave is over as the mom has learned to do. This and many other Hypno-Doula training techniques help the Hypnobabies birthing mother to remain in hypnosis as she changes positions, using Birth Prompts and her “Lightswitch” and “Peace” cues.
7. Remember that positional changes and upright positions are mainly used for descent and positioning of the baby and not for comfort in a Hypnobabies birth. When using hypnosis for childbirth, physical comfort comes from using hypnosis to flow deeper inside the inner mind, which also creates the deepest physical relaxation possible.