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Are you a doula wondering how to help a Hypnobabies mom?

Here is an e-mail from Carole Hypno-Doula extrodinaire!

Hi ladies,

A while back, I received these questions from a ‘regular’ doula who recently became a new hypno-doula. They are good questions, and I thought you’d appreciate my answers to her.

Here are the questions you wanted me to answer about being a hypno-doula vs. traditional doula…

Darlene asked: I have a few questions for you ladies…
How do you tailor your prenatals to help your birth hypnosis clients, especially if you are not an instructor or are assisting women who took other birth hypnosis classes?
What selling points do you use with birth hypnosis clients? Do couples usually feel pretty self sufficient since they have so many tools? Do you support the birth partners more by helping the moms with cues?
Since I’ve not attended a Hypno-birth, I’m curious to know how doulas monitor the mom’s progress. If there is less/no pain/just pressure, do you pay more attention to how often she’s having her pressure waves? Watching how they progress (length and time in between)? Do they still show some of the emotional signposts as they progress from early to active, then active labor to transformation? If you’re laboring at home, and she’s going to a birth center/hospital, how do you decide when it’s time to go?

Hi Darlene,

I only work with couples that have taken Hypnobabies classes, either the ones I have taught, or couples that other Hypnobabies instructors in the area have referred to me. The ones who have been in my classes are good friends by the time we even do prenatal visits. We don’t need a “meet and greet” to discover if we are a match in that case, so we do a birth preferences meeting is the first of three prenatal meetings.

This is what I do at an initial ‘meet and greet’ and at each of the three prenatal visits: I offer what I call an initial “meet and greet” to get acquainted with the couple, and to see if we are a match (for couples who are referred to me). (1) My first doula prenatal session is to discuss their birth preferences, and what role they would like me to play as their doula…how do they want me to support both of them during their baby’s birthing. (2) I offer a preparation for breastfeeding class once each month to the following month’s doula clients as the second of our prenatal meetings. And, (3) we hold a “birth rehearsal” visit about 3 weeks ahead of their “guess date”. At this meeting we practice their techniques, and run through when to call me, and what needs to be ready in their early birthing time, and how we will manage getting to their place of birth (if not at home), and how it will be to get mom settled into the hospital room, etc…all the while doing practice birthing waves in between the discussion. The hypnosis practice is more for my sake than the couple’s. I want to know how mom is doing with her hypnosis and if she needs to practice some aspect of it a little more in those last three weeks before baby is ‘due’.

The “selling points” for me are that I have assisted 200 Hypnobabies couples as a hypno-doula, as well as having attended 300 or so other natural birthing couples before that. And, the biggest plus to being a trained hypno-doula in general, would be that we know about their hypnosis techniques, and about keeping our language positive, and won’t undermine their hypnosis by inadvertently saying something not in line with the prompts they have instilled during classes. We NEVER tell a hypno-mom what she WILL FEEL, and we don’t let others do so either, otherwise we are giving mom a hypnotic suggestion, and we are creating what we are warning her about. No “hard work” commiserating words, or warnings of “ring of fire” or “late first stage” talk.

As for self-sufficiency… that all depends on the couple and the birth partner especially. It is different with each couple…the same as with other birthing methods. During the birth preferences meeting I always ask how the couples see the three of us filling our roles during their birthing. Usually the couple wants me to assist with the hypnosis techniques, and to fill the usual doula role of explaining options and encouraging, offering water and food, making sure mom pees, changes positions, etc…and, they typically want the emotional and physical support to come from the birth partner. And, the birth partners want the relief of being able to enjoy their baby’s birthing without having to orchestrate it…much like any other couple that hires a doula.

It IS a little tricky to monitor a hypno-mom’s progress at first, and to know when to go to the hospital… because hypno-moms are so calm, and they can talk to you all through their birthings. The usual standard of knowing mom is in active labor… “when mom isn’t able to talk through the contractions anymore” doesn’t apply to a mom in eyes-open childbirth hypnosis. So, I have to rely a whole lot more on physical signs, like bloody show, and trembling and nausea, or the whole getting hot and cold thing, and being a little short with people. Or beginning to feel a lot of pressure in their bottoms. And, yes…the timing of birthing waves. Mostly, you will simply develop a sixth sense about these things, as you gain experience with hypno-births…the same as other methods.

And, yes hypno-moms also exhibit the emotional signs, just a lot more subtly. A lot of hypno-moms don’t show the usual signs of late first stage. They’ve been told in hypnosis that “the longer, stronger and closer together your pressure waves are, the shorter they each seem to be to you…and every 20 minutes seems like only 5 minutes to you”. And we NEVER ever tell a hypno-mom anything close to “late first stage is the hardest but the shortest part of your babies birthing”…because for them, it simply isn’t so.

A hypno-mom will begin to focus a lot more intently on her hypnosis as she progresses, and not want to come to CENTER for very long, or even consider coming out of hypnosis either, as she enters late first stage, and possibly they might not want to be touched any more since it’s taking all of their attention to stay focused and deeply in hypnosis. (Very similar to other methods of natural childbirth just very, very subtle). One thing to do is to trust mom to know when she needs to leave for the hospital. She’s more in tune with her body since she is focused on sensations rather than distracting from them. This suggestions applies more to the first time mom.

AND, this is the biggest caveat to ALL of the previous stuff I have shared…this doesn’t apply so much to a second time mom who is using hypnosis for the first time with her second birthing. A LOT of those ladies just can’t believe they are as far along in their labors as they are, and then don’t make it to the hospital if we rely on their say-so! They are waiting for it to be as “HARD” or “PAINFUL” or somehow FAMILIAR feeling…and when they compare it to their first birthing (which usually was a nightmare, and that’s why they came to use hypnosis this time), sometimes it only begins to feel familiar to them when they are PUSHING! TOO late for a second timer to make the drive to a hospital.

With second timers, who are new to hypnosis for birthing…I pay very close attention to the physical signs. Since their bodies are so very relaxed and can function as nature intended them to, and second babies as a rule come a lot quicker. For instance, I have had more than one second time hypno-mom never have birthing waves get closer than 7 – 8 minutes apart and not last over 45 seconds, and still birth their babies in only a few hours! I caught one of those babies myself. Second stage was only three pressure waves for that mom, with no real bearing down by mom (and baby was OP!).

So it’s definitely rewarding to be a hypno-doula, and soooo much easier! Easier for the moms, easier for the babies, easier for the birth partners and soooo much easier for the doula. You have tools that actually work to eliminate any discomfort, not just manage it or control it! Lovely stuff!


Yours in gentle birthings…
500 sweet babies and counting!

Carole Thorpe,
Hypnotherapist (NGH), Doula (DONA)
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
Lactation Educator/Counselor (UCSD)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross)
Neonatal Resuscitation (AAP & AHA)
Homeopathy Consultant, Reiki Practitioner
Happiest Baby on the Block Instructor

BIRTH PARTNER Professional Services

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Win a Hypno-Doula Set

Over at Bellies and Babies, she is having a give away for Doula month!

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Hypnobabies Information for Doulas

Greetings wonderful Doulas!

At Hypnobabies, we recommend doulas to our Hypno-Moms and we serve women with the same love and dedication that you do, respecting their individual needs and desires for birthing. We are on a mission to help the mothers who have chosen natural childbirth to have the best and safest birth experience possible, so we would like to let you know more about our excellent childbirth education program:

Hypnobabies IS:

  • A complete childbirth education program including all aspects of labor and delivery, nutrition, exercise, comfort in pregnancy, staying healthy and low risk, avoiding back labor, birth empowerment, optimum fetal positioning and much more.
  • A complete childbirth hypnosis program which includes pregnancy and birthing affirmations, birth visualizations, many different relaxation techniques and cues, and medical hypno-anesthesia, which greatly lessens and sometimes eliminates severe labor pain. This allows natural childbirth to be the loving, positive, empowering experience that it can be, with the most joy.

Hypnobabies DOES:

  • Teach expectant couples to trust themselves, their babies and the process of childbirth fully, helping them to shed limiting misconceptions and fears.
  • Provide our students with very successful tools that help them create their own birthing experience; a unique one that serves their personal needs
  • Help our Hypno-Mothers to be as mobile as they would like to be, utilizing “Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis”, which aids greatly in the descent and positioning of their babies, as well as a more satisfying birth.
  • Honor all birth choices and decisions made by each laboring mother, and encourages childbirth responsibility and empowerment.

Hypnobabies DOES NOT:

  • Deny anyone the opportunity for self-discovery and growth during their birth experience; quite the opposite. In Hypnobabies, each mother finds her own strength and is encouraged to go within to find her personal power through her baby’s birthing.
  • Detach birthing women from their childbirth experience, in any way. Hypnobabies Mothers are as aware as they would like to be, even hyper-aware of their surroundings and fully in tune with their body and baby. They are able to communicate, remember and cherish their baby’s birth.
  • “Script” any mother’s birth experience, in any way. Each birthing mother uses her relaxation and hypnosis resources in the manner that benefits her and her baby the most. All Hypnobabies moms have unique birthing experiences that reflect their personal needs, and create their own labor and birthing.

Thank you for the amazing work you do as doulas, and for taking the time to learn more about Hypnobabies. We encourage you to call us in our office at 1-877-554-9766 if you would like to speak with one of us personally. If you share our goals of serving and helping birthing mothers and would like to bring Hypnobabies to your community, we would also like to have you consider joining our loving, dedicated team!

Hypno-Doula Training:

Hypno-Moms have special needs! If you would like to learn more about hypno-labor-assisting – helping your clients who are using hypnosis for childbirth to have a much easier birth experience, please visit our website at www.Hypnobabies.com or contact your local Hypnobabies Instructor.

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I am Sheridan and I am addicted to Hypnobabies.  🙂

I took Hypnobabies with Carole for my 3rd baby (Bryson) and LOVED it.  I had an incredible birth which now more than 460.000 people have seen on You Tube.

The other day Bryson (who is almost 4) said, “You aren’t my mom.”  I said there are 460,000 people who can say that you are.  🙂

I became a Hypnobabies Instructor 3 years ago and love to teach couples about birth and how to have the best birth possible.  I am also a Hypno-Doula and love to attend the births of my students who want me there.  It is such an honor to share this special day with them.  It continues to amaze me how these moms use their hypnosis tools and have unique and inspiring births.

I teach classes in Orange County California and you can learn more about me by visiting my website.

Enjoy Birth!

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In celebration of Hypnobabies offering their products on Amazon, we thought we would do another give away.

Hypnobabies of course has wonderful products for moms and birth care providers on the Hypnobabies Website.

Now 3 different Hypnobabies Sets are available on Amazon as well.

Hypnobabies Home Study

Hypnosis for an Easy Pregnancy CD Set

Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Workbook Plus 5 CDs

Not only can you buy products on Amazon, but you can become an Amazon affiliate and if you refer friends, clients, doulas to buy Hypnobabies products or any other products from Amazon, you can make money! 🙂 You can even make your own store on Amazon.

This month we are giving away a

Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Workbook plus 5 CDs


the book Labor of Love by Cara Muhlhahn .

The Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Workbook PLUS 5 CDs is a great set for doulas or midwives.  It will prepare you to support a mom using hypnosis for childbirth.   If you are an expecting mom who has a doula, this would be perfect gift to give to them!  

There is nothing more exciting than to recieve a book in the mail, except recieving a BIRTH book in the mail. I got it on Friday and had finished the book by Sunday.

The Labor of Love was written by Cara Muhlhahn, was the midwife who is shown in the movie, The Business of Being Born. It was interesting to read about her journey into midwifery and her experiences as a homebirth midwife.

Cara started her studies assisting lay midwives, went onto nursing schools and spent time working in L&D as a nurse. Cara was often disturbed by what she saw going on at births in the hospitals.

The flip-flopping of obstetrical absolutes is a disturbing trend to me. There is something suspecious about “truths” that change every few years, especially regarding a physiological process that has not changed much since the beginning of time.

She ended up going on to become a nurse-midwife and after working in a birth center eventually chose to go on her own as a homebirth midwife.

The satisfaction I get from midwifery makes it worth the high degree of dedication and sacrifice. My work takes a lot out of me. But I like the adventure that midwifery brings to my life. I like having to drop everything to answer to a higher calling, the ruggedness of hard work and the idea that when nature calls, there is no choice but to answer.

I really liked this quote. While I don’t have the same level as stress as a midwife does, I get a taste of “when nature calls” and having to respond when it does. Birth is very unpredictable and being on call as a doula is quite an adventure.

Labor of Love was an easy, enjoyable read. I think that this is a great book for doulas, midwives or anyone working in the birth field. So I am thrilled to be able to do a give away of a copy of Labor of Love on the Hypnobabies blog!

To enter the give away:

In order to enter visit any of the Hypnobabies products at Amazon (links above) or at Hypnobabies and come back and leave a comment about your favorite product. Or leave a comment about why you want to win the Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Workbook

You can earn another entry by blogging about this give away and letting me know, you can either e-mail me at sheridan AT enjoybirth DOT com or leave a comment.

You can earn another entry by adding the Hypnobabies Blog to your RSS and letting me know, you can either e-mail me at sheridan AT enjoybirth DOT com or leave a comment. (What is this? Here is a great explination in video form.)

Also if you have used any of Hypnobabies Products you can earn 2 entries by leaving a review on Amazon or on the Hypnobabies Review Blog and let me know you have left a review in the comment section or by e-mailing me! 2 entries for each review left. 🙂

Have fun!

The Winner will be announced on April 22nd and the last entries will be accepted on Monday April 20th.

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Michaela’s Hypnobabies Homebirth

Home birth story entitled “There is Nothing like Falling in Love” 

This is one of the final quotes in the story. 

Hypnobabies is THE best birth preparation course ever. It is powerful and it works. My doula was incredible, her energy is astounding, she kept me so grounded and focused. I am always surprised how my midwife magnifies the ability that I have within me and calls it forth from me. It was such a pleasure to laugh with my husband and feel his tenderness, love and support while bringing our daughter into this world.

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Dylan’s Home Birth

Here is another great birth story.  Dylan’s Hypnobabies Homebirth 

(Warning, there is a swear word in the post, when her water breaks and startles her.)

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Beautiful Birth Story

On a Hypnobabies Instructors Blog.  One of her doula clients had her baby.

Welcome to Baby G!

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