Archive for September, 2008

lily ann was born on monday, june 9th at 12:39am – after about 14 hours of birthing. 
i skipped church on sunday morning – because i was having some pressure waves – however, i had no idea that the baby was going to come. 
they were 5 minutes apart for over an hour, we called to check and see when the dr. wanted us to come in.  i was GBS+, so he wanted me to come in at that point. 
my doula (also my HB instructor) met us in triage. 
they admitted me soon after – and i was dilated 4 cm. 
i had never met the doctor who was on call that day – and the first thing he suggested when we got into the room was that he break my water.  we declined.  the dr. and nurse read my birth plan – and both of them seemed somewhat understanding of our preferences. 
my sister, my husband and my doula were all in the room with me.  as the pressure waves intensified, my hypnosis deepened – just like it is supposed to.  the only way anyone could tell i was having a pressure wave was to look at the monitor.  and, during the pressure waves, the doula, my sister & husband would get on each side of me – gently applying pressure to my shoulder and giving me suggestions like “peace” and “release”.  i was also listening to HB tracks.  it was amazing, during intense pressure, how i could direct my pelvic floor – and entire body – to become relaxed and limp. 
we were at 4cm for a long time – and the dr. was getting impatient.  my husband read the “come out baby” script to me and i immediately dilated to 8cm.  we moved to my side and i went to 9.5 cm.   at that point, i was pushing involuntarily.  my sweet baby was in the birth canal and i could feel here there. 
when the dr. said it was time to push, it was such a relief.  and i knew i would see her soon.  all i could do was smile during and between each pushing wave.  my husband said he thinks we had 4 pushes to get her head out. 
when she came out – she was just perfect.  the best moment of my life.
she was alert – eyes open and so peaceful.  they gave her a 9.9 apgar score – not a 10 because she had purple hands for a few moments. 
the nurse was so impressed with the process.  actually, everyone involved was amazed at how peaceful the birthing process was. 
i know i couldn’t have done it without the hypnosis and the support system that i had throughout the birth. 
the nurse came back the next day – just to tell me how impressed she was. 
lily ann weighed 6 lb. 12 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. 
God has truly blessed us.

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Starting Sat. October 11th. 2-5 PM

Contact Lorraine for more information!  714-624-3495 and her email address is doulalorraine2003@yahoo.com

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Hypnobabies Classes – Los Alamitos/Rossmoor/Seal Beach


Classes starting Thursday Evening October 9th and Saturday Morning October 11th. Class size is limited to only 5 couples per session. A great time to start class is in your 4-6 month. $399 per couple, includes all materials, CDs, etc.



What is Hypnobabies?


  • Complete Childbirth Education Course, which teaches nutrition, exercise in pregnancy, how to stay low-risk, the process of birth and valuable self-hypnosis techniques that allow Mom to automatically produce a natural anesthesia throughout her body and remain completely relaxed during labor.

  • Relaxed and Confident Mom and Dad throughout pregnancy, labor and birth.

  • Shorter labors due to optimal positioning of baby and lack of resistance in the birthing muscles

  • Fewer complications and interventions, as the body and mind stay completely relaxed during labor. Our students are taught how to stay low-risk and healthy during their pregnancy.

  • Fewer drugs or no drugs at all, means less risk of harmful side effects for mother and baby.

  • Elmination of the Fear/Tension/Pain Syndrome.

  • Easier Recovery, with less pain, bleeding and “baby blues”.


Some Wonderful Statistics about Hypnobabies! 
The following are statistics for the “Hypnobabies” method only (a 6 week course, 18 hours of instruction). Other hypnosis for birthing methods do not offer such in depth instruction, and many do not track results.

  • Pain-free, entire birthings…70-75%. Women who report that they felt nothing but pressure. 

  • Pain-free until transition…10-15%. Pressure only, until the 10-60 minute transitional period, with mild to intense degrees of sensation or discomfort thereafter.

  • Pain-free until “active” labor…10%, with mild to intense degrees of sensation thereafter.

For More Information, please contact:

Amy Paolinelli, MA, HCHI 562-343-3725




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Beyond Prenatals

A new blog about eating well during pregnancy.  In Hypnobabies we teach the importance of nutrition in helping moms stay low risk and healthy. 

The goal of Beyond Prenatals is to encourage and empower women to learn more about nutrition during the preconception period, pregnancy, and early childhood.

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You become a mother starting in your pregnancy and how you are treated during your pregnancy and birth can have a positive or negative influence on you. 

Bellies and Babies Blog has a great post titled How can we expect to make mothers out of women when we treat them like children?  

One great side effect of Hypnobabies and joining the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group, is moms are finding the strength to insist on being treated with respect.  (Of course we all should be, but sometimes care providers don’t)

Some mom’s sit down and have heart to hearts with their care providers and get the support they desire. 

Some mom’s end up changing care providers to one who WILL listen.

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Visit River Healing for class location and more information.

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Classes starting in Chino Hills

Hypnobabies 6-week complete childbirth education. Classes starting Tuesday (10/21) evenings or Thursday (10/23) evenings. Class size is limited to only 5 couples per session. A great time to start class is in your 4-6 month. $399 per couple, includes all materials, CDs, etc.

Choose your evening quickly — these classes fill up since they are the only ones in a 50-mile radius.

Whether you are planning to have your precious baby at home, in the birth center or in the hospital, this course will WORK FOR YOU!

Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education course that also teaches Gerald Kein’s famous Painless Childbirth techniques to Hypnobabies mothers so that they can enter hypnosis, deepen it themselves and remain mobile during labor, completely comfortable at all times. Most of our Hypno-babies have no drugs in their systems when they are born, and are able to nurse, breathe well and interact with their happy parents immediately.

Did you know?
There are people that have life-threatening allergies to anesthetics who successfully undergo medical and dental surgery with hypnosis as their only anesthesia! If hypnosis can create effective pain elimination for surgeries of all kinds, we know it can work for childbirth, and it does quite well. Your mind is much more powerful than you may realize, and right now you’re using only 10% of it. You can easily tap into that gold mine and you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

The AMAZING Benefit:
Relaxed Mom and Dad throughout pregnancy, labor and birth. Both parents participate in the Hypnosis and Fear Release sessions, providing them with a sense of calm and confidence.

Shorter labors due to lack of resistance in the birthing muscles.

Classes are EITHER Tuesday nights or Thursday nights – 6pm – 9pm. If you are interested or have questions, please email: Joyce Moxley Thomas, MHA, LM, CPM, HCHI safe_birthing_midwife@yahoo.com

For more information about Hypnobabies, go to www.hypnobabies.com
— Joyce Moxley Thomas, MHA, CPM
Executive Director

— Author of the 1983 California Midwifery Pilot Project, HMPP#148

SBIN, Inc.
(The Safe Birthing Information Network is a non-profit educational organization)
3233 Grand Avenue #N291
Chino Hills, CA 91709

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