CAROLE THORPE, CHt, HCHI, HCHD, CLEC, VP Hypnobabies-PR
Carole Thorpe, of Mission Viejo, California is the mother of four, and a hypnotherapist. Also, Carole is a Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis instructor, a childbirth doula, and a lactation educator and counselor. She practices homeopathy and Healing Touch as well. Carole has assisted with over 500 sweet babies’ births in people’s homes, in birth centers and in hospitals all over southern California. She can be reached at 949.380.1681, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see her website: www.hypnosis4birth.com
As a preparation for childbirth educator, I have taught hundreds of couples and assisted them at their births to reach their goal of natural childbirth. In the past, I taught an adaptation of the Lamaze and Bradley methods, along with what I called, “verbal relaxation & guided imagery.” I assisted with over 300 births that resulted in unmedicated, calm and peaceful babies, and I witnessed moms who were in control of their birthing bodies, but those moms were far from comfortable during their babies’ births.
Then I learned from personal experience that the power of the mind, while in hypnosis, can create desired changes in one’s perception and experience, and can even change the body’s physiological responses. I also discovered that hypnosis is a very pleasant state to be in, and not dissimilar to the deep relaxation achieved through the “verbal relaxation & guided imagery,” that I used to teach, BUT with a HUGE difference! It was interesting to me to know that a person in hypnosis is so deeply relaxed mentally and physically, that they are able to accept the post-hypnotic suggestion that they can create anesthesia in their bodies using “only” the power of their own minds!
“This is the missing link!” I thought, and I became a certified hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. Then, I observed a series of preparation for childbirth classes taught by the founder of Hypnobabies. I was so impressed with the thoroughness of the childbirth education portion of the Hypnobabies program, that I offered to assist couples from that class series as their doula. That’s when I witnessed first-hand that women can experience natural childbirth using hypnosis, and be able to move around freely with their eyes open, awake and aware during the entire process, and be completely comfortable … most of them even pain free! I then became a Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis instructor, and a “hypno-doula.”
I am also a lactation educator and counselor, certified through UCSD. I maintain my “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” certificate with the Red Cross, and certification through the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association for “Neonatal Resuscitation” in the midwifery/doula model of care.
I love my “work!” I am in awe each and every time I am privileged to witness the power of a woman’s mind to create such peaceful, comfortable birthings. I work with Hypnobabies couples exclusively now, and I am happy to say that I have assisted with over 200 Hypnobabies births.