My journey in Childbirth:
Back in 1968 there were very few childbirth education classes. Although I read “Thank you Dr. Lamaze” I was told by my OB that women cannot birth naturally with a first baby. Unfortunately, I did not have the knowledge to know the statement was untrue. At that birth I tensed with each contraction. not knowing how to stay relaxed, so my first birth was rather traumatic.
For the second birth, I attended classes and practiced diligently. Surprisingly, I was not afraid of this birth for I had “tools” to help me concentrate and handle my discomfort. This made such a difference in my birth that I trained to become a childbirth educator, stating that “noone should go through birthing without some tools!” That was 45 years ago. Trained by an ASPO instructor (Lamaze), I have been teaching ever since.
In 1996 I became a doula, a doula trainer, and have been actively working as a doula ever since. Certified now by PALS and CAPPA. In 2014 I joined the faculty of CAPPA as a doula trainer. As an educator and passionate about the prenatal period I contributed to the training of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever! Online Prenatal Bonding Facilitator Certification.
In 2004, I certified as HypnoBirthing Practitioner and have followed that path to Registered Hypnotherapist in the state of Washington. The tools used in this field are often misunderstood. All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis. As a consultant, we help ordinary people with ordinary problems that may be impeding them from achieving their full potential. Most of my work is fertility or birthing related anxiety or fear.
In HypnoBirthing, part of the program encourages bonding with the baby in the uterus. Since that exposure, I’ve been fascinated with the prenatal research written by Thomas Verny, especially The Secret Life of the Unborn Child and Pre-Parenting, Nurturing Your Child from Conception. The research on the baby’s intelligence in the womb opened my eyes to this area which had never been addressed in regular childbirth classes. These books led me to Prenatal Bonding(BA) training and the Certified Prenatal Bonding Facilitator through The Greatest Pregnancy Ever Program, then Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator through APPPAH (PPNE). For further information see:
The architecture of the brain can be altered by the environment around that pregnant mother and can have a life long impact on the baby into adulthood. See the page on Preconception/Early Pregnancy Awareness. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Although I live in Edmonds, WA near Seattle, I work with FaceTime and SKYPE. There are very few trained people in this field and I want to make sure you have assistance no matter where you are in the world.