This course is for any pregnant woman who wishes to have a joyful pregnancy, healthy and happy childbirth experience and blissful entry into motherhood. You will receive all the guidance provided in a traditional childbirth preparation course, with the added benefit of deep mind-body-spirit work rarely found in traditional classes, in addition to candid tales from my own birth-related experiences and those of my client's.
Together we’ll travel though the four trimesters (the 4th trimester being the first three months of baby’s life out of the womb), exploring strategies for moving through the challenges, savoring the pleasures and answering the questions brought on by the powerful transformations you're moving through. (Please note that you can begin this course during any phase of pregnancy.)
Throughout this course you'll receive clear information and empathetic support via video, slideshows, relaxation recordings and checklists all created with the purpose of infusing your journey through pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood with enhanced calm and clarity.
During this course, you will…
◦ Learn to create optimal health through exercise and nutrition
◦ Learn to select your ideal care provider
◦ Learn to produce your birth preferences
◦ Learn to fine tune your mama intuition
◦ Learn to release your fears and doubts surrounding childbirth and beyond
◦ Learn to strengthen your mind-body connection with self-hypnosis
◦ Learn to manage special circumstances
◦ Learn to prepare your home for motherhood
◦ Learn to create your ideal birth sanctuary
◦ Learn to comfortably move through the common phases of labor and delivery
◦ Learn to utilize optimal birth positions
◦ Learn to practice effective relaxation techniques (e.g., massage, pressure points, etc.)
◦ Learn to release endorphins via breath work
◦ Learn to prepare for breastfeeding
◦ Learn to deeply bond with your baby
◦ Learn best practices to care for your body, and your baby’s body, in the weeks after birth
◦ And much more!
By the end of this course you'll feel fully prepared and empowered to move through childbirth, and enter motherhood, with solid courage, well-rounded knowledge and a hearty sense of excitement.
*You can begin this course during any phase of your pregnancy.
Total length of course: 5 hours
Course includes twenty 15-minute relaxation recordings
•Learn how to weave "energized curiosity" into your journey to motherhood.
•Discover how to locate your childbirthing tribe.
•Commit to practicing your creative expression of choice (Writing, Art, Singing, Movement, etc.)
•Learn what the term “holistic” means.
•Discover how a unified mind, body and spirit will enhance your birth.
•Practice weaving your Mind, Body, & Spirit together.
Discover how our foremothers used the following practices to create optimal birth experiences:
•Spiritual Intention & Introspection
•Honing the Intuition
•Uplifting Story Telling
•Learn the correlation between animals being aligned with nature and having simple births.
•Discover how walking in nature will enhance your pregnancy and birth.
•Learn how and why to invite nature into your birthing space.
Remember to discuss all new exercise routines and nutrition shifts with your medical care provider.
•Why you should practice kegels daily
•How to fit in exercise
•Why you should do what you like, and do what you did
•How to train your endorphins to flow
Discover how swimming, walking and yoga will prepare your body for an ideal pregnancy and birth experience.
Learn how exercise will support you in loving your body as it grows and shifts to accommodate new life.
Learn how to fill your body and baby with optimal nutrients.
Discover how optimal health blossoms when you eat a variety of colorful food grown from the Earth.
Learn why eating regular small (and healthy!) meals will minimize indigestion and nausea, and foster mindful eating.
Learn how to select prenatal vitamins that will best support the needs of your shifting body, and your baby's healthy development.
Receive a reminder of the food and drink you should avoid during pregnancy.
•Learn why water is the "Elixir of Life."
•Discover your daily water intake requirements.
•Learn how to infuse your water with the energy of love and gratitude.
Discover how to tap into the sacred nature of water.
Discover the common sources of pregnancy fears and how to remove them from your life.
Discover how fear (or the lack of fear) throws you into your metaphorical Emergency Room, or Healing Room, and what happens to your body when it's placed in these "rooms."
Learn how to get out of the cycle of fear creating tension, tension creating pain, and pain creating more fear.
Begin the process of determining your specific fears, so you can release them.
Practice the step-by-step process of discovering what you're afraid of, the emotions and physical sensations attached to those fears, and how to release them.
Discover the value in the ancient ceremony of the Mother's Blessings and how you can create your own.
Learn how to plan a fun, yet simple, baby shower on your own, or how to ask a loved one to do it for you. In addition, discover various options you can utilize to preserve the memories.
Gather ideas for infusing your baby shower, or Mother's Blessings, with more connection and love, versus a strong focus on physical belongings.
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•Learn why the term “Complication” is more threatening to your mind-body connection than the term “Special Circumstance”
•Discover strategies for reconciling with an unplanned pregnancy.
•Learn what Gestational Diabetes is, how you'll be tested for it, and how to minimize your chances of developing it.
•Practice moving through any special circumstances you may face with the "Love Yourself" meditation and exercise.
•Learn what Group B Strep is, how you'll be tested for it, and how to minimize your chances of developing it.
•Learn what Premature Birth is, how to move through it if it becomes part of your experience, and how to minimize your chances of your baby being born before 37 weeks gestation.
•Learn what Preeclampsia is, how you'll be tested for it, and how to minimize your chances of developing it.
•Learn what the term "Breech Baby" means, and options for turning a breech baby.
Discover what hypnosis is and is not, and how it can enhance your journey into motherhood.
Discover the blueprint of your mind and how it impacts your beliefs, behaviors and thought processes.
Many individuals are concerned about how moving into a state of hypnosis will impact their body. This lesson will put your mind (and body) at ease regarding the physical effects of this gentle art of mental reprogramming.
Discover how hypnosis is often much different than the common perceptions many have of this healing form of mental reprogramming.
Learn why it's important to remove the belief, from your subconscious mind, that childbirth is scary, painful and dangerous.
Discover the difference between a therapist bringing your into a state of hypnosis (heterohypnosis), and bringing yourself into a state of hypnosis (which you'll learn in this lecture!); and why both are beneficial.
•Why you should only pack the bare necessities in your hospital or birth bag.
•What you should pack for yourself.
•What your birth companion should pack.
•What you should pack for baby.
•The extra items to consider packing.
•Items you don't need to bring.
Learn symptoms and emotions to potentially expect during the opening and thinning phase of labor, active labor and transition, and how to move through them in peace and comfort.
Learn common physical and emotional symptoms you may move through as baby makes their final decent and emerges- and how to soothe many of the symptoms.
Learn what the process of birthing the placenta commonly consists of.
Discover how to utilize gravity, and the position of your body during birth, to quicken the process, ensure baby is in the ideal position for emergence and enhance your comfort.
Discover the benefits of light touch massage, how to teach it to your birth companion, and how they can utilize it during birth to encourage your endorphins (natural pain relievers) to flow.
Learn how and why your birth companion, or birth doula, should utilize the pain-relieving hip squeeze technique on you throughout your labor.
Discover how to reset and harmonize chaotic energy running through channels in your body by working with specific pain-relieving pressure points.
•How and when to utilize three effective breathing techniques during birth; the De-stressor Breath, Wave Breath and Descent Breath
•The importance of oxygen.
•How breathing can help to release you from fear.
I am the author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood (now available for pre-order!), a mama, Certified Hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and lover of all things babies and mamas. I'm a contributor to Pregnancy and Newborn, Working Mother, Disney's Babble, Huff Post Parents, Redbook, Cosmo, Woman's Day and more.
My work as a childbirth preparation educator, birth doula, hypnotherapist, amateur smoothie chef, and past egg donor and surrogacy coordinator allows me to work with rockstar pregnant women and their gorgeous offspring
every day. (I'm fairly certain “new baby smell” is the most enticing aroma on Earth.)
I live every day in complete awe of the creation, birth, and nurturing of new life, and consider the mother-baby bond the pinnacle of magic.