I decided to become a Hypnobabies instructor in the fall of 2011. I knew I want to be a childbirth educator when I became a birth doula in the spring of 2011, but I didn't know which method I wanted to teach. I had audited a Bradley class and wanted to check out some other options. A colleague told me how wonderful Hypnobabies was and I decided to check it out. That night, I went home and they had just announced their next instructor training that day, which was to take place the following spring. I took that has a sign from the universe that this was meant to be!
My first son was born in a hospital with the support of my husband, my doula (who was a friend), my midwife, the nurses, my mom, and my sister-in-law who took videos and pictures. Yes, it was a party! We had "Friends" DVDs playing in the background to distract me and add some humor and laughter (i.e oxytocin!) I lucked out and had a very straightforward birth and was able to avoid pain medications. A resident actually came in towards the end of the birth as well and told me later that mine was the first natural birth she had witnessed so far in her two weeks at that hospital. Wow!
My second son was a planned home birth and it was an amazing experience. I was again surrounded by my family and three fabulous midwives. I didn't know about Hypnobabies for either of my births and although our family is complete, I do wish I could give birth again to experience Hypnobabies because I've witnessed how amazing birth can be when using these tools.
In my four years of doula work so far, I've seen lots of wonderful births, and some very challenging ones as well. I love working with all types of families and all types of birth settings: hospital, birth center and home. As priorities have shifted I have cut back on doula work to about one birth per month but it is still a big part of my passion for birth. I strongly encourage you to hire a doula for your birth. It is so worth it, in ways you can't even imagine!
I also teach Home Study Advantage (HSA) classes for individuals using the Hypnobabies home study. You can choose a private HSA in your home, or a Group class. More information about HSAs can be found here.
If you are looking for breastfeeding classes, I highly recommend checking out MamaWise Lactation, which is owned by my friend and colleague Vickie Albright. We both teach breastfeeding classes and she is an IBCLC (board-certified lactation consultant) who comes to your home to support you with breastfeeding if needed.
My business is called Bywater Birth and I have some wonderful partners who offer placenta encapsulation with me. You can find us at www.bywaterbirth.com to learn more. I also manage the website www.minnesotaplacenta.com. Is your placenta in your postpartum plan? :)
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little bit more. I look forward to meeting you!