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Using hypnosis for childbirth

Using hypnosis for childbirth

Using Hypnosis for Childbirth My Alternative Birth Options Series: Part 2 of 4 The picture is me relaxing at about 8 cm dilated (during very active labor). “Relaxing during contractions sounds great, but how does it work?” This question goes through the minds of many women who

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Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Trained as a journalist in college, I used to think the concept of a blog was silly. Now I spend way too much time reading them and I even write a few of my own. But not just any blogs: birth blogs. These posts can be very

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After your baby comes: what to expect

After your baby comes: what to expect

post-part-um: adj. Describes the period of time, or the person who has become a new parent, after a child is born One of the most difficult aspects of teaching childbirth class is knowing how to prepare an expectant couple for parenthood. The birth? A cinch compared to

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What’s this doula business all about? Is it necessary?

What's this doula business all about? Is it necessary?

It can be difficult to articulate why practically every woman needs and deserves a doula serving and supporting her during the birth of her child. I say practically every woman because there may be some exceptional husbands/partners who do everything a doula does and more. (My husband

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Cost benefit analysis: childbirth class + doula

Cost benefit analysis: childbirth class + doula

Here’s my cost-benefit analysis of taking a childbirth preparation class and hiring a doula. Childbirth class: Investment: $500 Cost to instructor: Approximately $112 per student (class materials, gas, space rental) Value to students: Obviously this is open to interpretation, but I would start by saying: you only

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Why I recommend skipping the hospital childbirth class

Why I recommend skipping the hospital childbirth class

Thinking of taking a hospital childbirth class? If you are drawn to preparing for childbirth in a way that emphasizes the release of fear, classes offered at the hospital (including the one ironically titled Prepared Childbirth) are simply not likely to further your goal. The information will be

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Why doesn’t Hypnobabies teach pain coping?

Why doesn't Hypnobabies teach pain coping?

What do you want your childbirth class to include? Practical information and skills to help you through the birthing process are probably what almost all expectant couples are looking for in a childbirth class. Most pregnant women begin their search for childbirth preparation classes/materials by researching ways

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The “Should I hire a doula?” Quiz

The "Should I hire a doula?" Quiz

If you’re not sure yet whether a doula is the right choice for you, take this quiz to help guide your decision-making process. [WATU 1]

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How to involve your husband or partner in childbirth preparation

How to involve your husband or partner in childbirth preparation

When I was pregnant for the first time five years ago, I was in some ways very smart, in other ways very dumb, and still other ways, very lucky. As a person of faith I like to think that it was all a part of The Plan;

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What the heck is a Bubble of Peace?

What the heck is a Bubble of Peace?

What the heck is a Bubble of Peace? Hypnobabies moms are given several options to help keep negativity away from them during pregnancy and birth. The first is on a conscious level. To do that, she chooses to stay away from negative entertainment options, as well as

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