Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hypnosis for childbirth

My first encounter with hypnosis for childbirth was when I was pregnant with Lily and I searched for books on Amazon to read during my pregnancy. I'm not sure what prompted me to type "hypnosis for childbirth," but type I did. I think it had something to do with my interest in psychology (music major with a minor in psychology) that caused me to see if there could possibly be any such thing as hypnosis for childbirth. I came across Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies. Judging a book by its cover so to speak, I decided to buy the Hypnobirthing book because, well, Hypnobabies just sounded silly. Oh yes, the epitome of an educated and informed decision right there for ya!

I'm glad I decided to buy the Hypnobirthing book because once I read that book, I felt pumped up to give birth. I had already taken my childbirth education class, read Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner, and tons of online articles on my favorite natural childbirth sites. I didn't really practice hypnosis, but I just loved the way she explained the way birth could be.

After Lily was born, I started hearing more about Hypnobabies because a friend of mine did the homestudy course along with her Bradley Method class. She said it really helped her. We talked about birth and Hypnobabies just about every time we got together. I started to do my own research and became really intrigued.

Since my doula training, I have been interested in becoming either a Hypno-Doula through Hypnobabies or to be trained to support Hypnobirthing moms or to be trained in both. I am still not sure which program I like better because I feel like I do not know enough about either of them to make a truly informed decision. Hence, I will be auditing a local Hypnobabies course for the next several weeks. I am very excited to be doing this and look forward to learning about hypnosis for childbirth.

I know that auditing this course will help me to be a better doula for any couples who decide to use hypnosis for childbirth in the Houston area. So far I have had two mamas interview me who wanted to use Hypnobirthing for their births and so far, they are the only two couples to actually meet me for an interview not to hire me. I definitely see a trend. For these moms, I am lacking in knowledge that they want the doula they hire to possess. I openly admit that! Once I take this course though, I will have the knowledge and skills that these moms are seeking and will be able to be a more effective doula for moms who wish to use hypnosis for childbirth in the Houston/Sugar Land area. I am very excited about learning from my friend, Katherine, and I am thankful for the opportunity she has given me to audit her class.

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