For more than half of my lifetime I have been working with childbearing women and families. I have always believed that women had everything they needed to birth their babies calmly, gently, safely, and well. It has been my calling and I have experienced an immeasurable amount of joy being involved in the miracle of childbirth. Our birthing experience sets the tone for how we mother and parent and calls forth our nurturing and instinctual abilities. And, our babies temperament is greatly influenced by the calm, gentle birthing environment into which they are welcomed. Gentle birthing creates gentle beings!

Childbirth Preparation:
HypnoBirthing® is a wonderfully simple approach to a gentle, comfortable, and joyful natural birthing experience. This method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.

You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth, as nature intended.

Your birthing companion’s familiar voice, soothing touch, and encouraging prompts will
surround your birthing experience with peace and calmness and create a bond and closeness unequaled.

For more information, see www.HypnoBirthing.com

Doula Services:
As a doula, I assist women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I have been certified through DONA (Doulas of North America), and have the following birthing experience: RN assisting women in labor and birthing since 1985 with a certification in inpatient obstetrical nursing since 1992; childbirth educator since 1994; HypnoBirthing® Practitioner since 2007; mother of five boys, biological mother of three having experienced an unmedicated birth, a HypnoBirth, and a cesarean following special circumstances. I draw upon my experience and understanding of birthing to provide emotional support and physical comfort, utilizing relaxation techniques, positioning, visualization, and self-hypnosis to deepen your relaxation; thus, facilitating a calm, gentle, more comfortable birthing experience the way nature intended. As your doula, I work for you to help you achieve your ideal birthing experience.

Placental Preparation & Encapsulation:
“What if someone told you that they made a single supplement that could prevent postpartum depression, made sure you had plenty of breast milk for your new baby, hurried you along the post-birth healing process, gave you plenty of energy, built back your blood supply and iron count, and gave you and your baby just the right nutritional and hormonal support for the first month after birth? Would you be interested? Well, nearly every new mother can have the opportunity to experience a great postpartum, by using one simple resource. The placenta.”
(Jenny West, The Natural Healing Power of the Placenta)

I think we can learn a great deal from what we see in nature. Most, if not all, mammals (with the exception of humans) ingest the placenta after birthing their young, ensuring the survival of the species. If it were not so, both the mothers and young would be prey! Ingestion of the placenta ensures a plentiful milk supply, expedited physical recovery, increased maternal energy levels and prevents postpartum depression. There is much research on the benefits of utilizing this natural resource. I encourage this and offer placental preparation and encapsulation to all of my clients. Those mothers who have utilized this resource are thrilled with the ease of their postpartum period!

Healthy Living with Essential Oils:
As an independent product consultant (IPC) with DoTERRA, I teach classes on essential oils and essential oil products to achieve and maintain health and wellness. The body is amazing and so very capable of healing itself if we take care of it and put good things into it! Utilizing “Nature’s Medicine Cabinet” to facilitate that wellness, you will quickly learn the ease and safety of using essential oils and experience their synergistic benefits within minutes without concern for adverse reactions or organ damage.

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