““When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” -Marie F. Mongan
Cassandra Newman, RN, HBCE, CD(DTI), RYT
I am a HypnoBirthing mom, a HypnoDoula, and a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner.
During my search to prepare for the arrival of my daughter, I discovered HypnoBirthing and was onboard from the moment I read Mrs. Mongan’s words above. I firmly believe that we ARE our thoughts and beliefs, so I was determined to fundamentally change the way I had been trained to see and think about birth. All the horror stories, dramatic movies, and cultural fascination with the “I almost died” one-up-manship was not what I truly knew about birth, yet all that misinformation still held a prominent place in my mind. I listened to my mother’s account of her births, my sister’s quick birth of my niece, witnessing my nephew’s birth (my first unofficial doula job twenty years ago), and read countless positive birth stories in Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth book and others — I KNEW a different way is possible.
My HypnoBirth was all that I had dreamed — truly exactly as I had envisioned! HypnoBirthing had such a profound effect on my birth, that when I trained to become a doula, I knew that I could only do it if I was a HypnoDoula and could guide families using the HypnoBirthing techniques. As a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner, I get the pleasure of introducing a different approach to birth, as well as see and hear how calm and gentle the birth experiences have been for most of the couples whom not only listen to me in class but actively practice and incorporate relaxation in their lives.