Friday, September 13, 2013

Group HypnoBirthing Classes

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Group classes held at the Lucina Centre listed below:
*Please note there are only 5-6 spots per group available.

Summer 2014
TBA - Please note:Tracy  (instructor) is pregnant and due early May, she will be taking off two months May and June, group classes will resume in July.
If these dates and times do not work for your schedule please inquire about taking private classes.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Five Simple Steps to Calm Your Baby’s Fussies!

When you become a new parent, your job is to love your baby like crazy, but in addition, there are two main tasks – to feed your baby successfully and to soothe her crying. Parents who do these well feel great! However, those who struggle feel terrible. Fortunately, there are lots of places to find help with feeding. On the other hand, there is little help for soothing crying. Now, some crying is actually a good thing. It’s a brilliant way for helpless babies to get our attention. But, 50% of babies fuss and cry more than 11/2 hours per day! That barrage can make parents crumble and trigger exhaustion, nursing problems, marital conflicts, depression and even abuse.
Most books advise that inconsolable babies should be put down and allowed to cry. Fortunately, that’s not true and some simple tips will quickly turn you into a world-class baby calmer!
First, you need to know that few babies scream from severe tummy pain (even though that’s what everyone’s told). They cry because, in an odd way, they are so immature that they can’t settle themselves without help. Unlike baby horses, able to run the first day of life, our newborns are smushy little creatures who must be “evicted” from the womb three months before they’re ready so their big heads don’t get stuck in the birth canal.
For centuries, moms have known that babies calm when they’re held, rocked and shushed, but they didn’t realize that by doing those things they were imitating their uterus. In the womb, babies are snug, warm, jiggled a lot, and hear the constant whoosh of blood pulsations (it’s louder than a vacuum cleaner). We think they need a quiet room and a still bed, but that is actually sensory deprivation for babies…and often drives them bananas!
How does imitating the uterus soothe babies? It triggers a phenomenal reflex – the calming reflex – which is the “off-switch” for crying all babies are born with. It’s activated by doing five simple steps that imitate the uterus… the 5 S’s. They are simple, but you must do them exactly right (or else they may not work):
Swaddling – Snug wrapping is the cornerstone of calming, the essential first step in baby soothing. Swaddling is like the soft caresses babies feel during pregnancy. Babies often struggle during the wrapping, but it helps keep them from flailing. And, as soon as you add the other S’s the calming will begin. (Avoid loose blankets around the face and overheating. They are associated with SIDS.)
Side or Stomach Position – The back is the only safe sleeping position. But, it makes crying babies cry even more because they feel a bit like they’re falling. The side or stomach position cancels that feeling and switches on the calming.
Shushing – Shushing is “music to your baby’s ears.” Remember, the sound in the womb is louder than a vacuum, so when your baby is crying you’ll need to shush as loudly as she’s wailing, then gradually lessen your intensity as she settles. (A CD of womb sounds is worth its weight in gold.)
Swinging – Infants love rocking, but crying babies need fast, tiny, jiggly movements back and forth like a shiver when they’re really upset. Swings, slings and rocking chairs help to keep them calm once they settle. Always support your baby’s head and never jiggle her when you’re angry.
Sucking – This wonderful S is the “icing on the cake.” It lulls babies into profound tranquility. Nursing moms offer the breast for soothing and avoid using pacifiers until the baby is nursing well for a couple of weeks.
Soothing your infant is like “dancing” with him… but let him lead! The vigor of your S’s should mirror the intensity of his fussies. When your baby’s crying lessens, gradually reduce the vigor of the S’s… and guide your swaddled baby to a “soft landing.”
Now, you’re ready to have some fun! When your baby cries, just think of it as an opportunity to practice your skills and turn your little fuss-budget into – the happiest baby on your block!

PS: Besides being super for soothing babies, swaddling and strong white noise (all night long) keep the calming reflex working and usually add a wonderful one to two extra hours to a baby’s sleep. 

By Harvey Karp M.D See Article

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A view from "down under" about HypnoBirthing

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The women who say giving birth doesn't hurt



Ask a woman to describe the single most painful experience of her life and most mothers won't hesitate to say 'childbirth'. But Verity Lovelock would disagree. In fact, the trainee architect insists that giving birth to her son Nathanael 20 months ago wasn't just pain-free - it was enjoyable. 

 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Celebrities embracing HypnoBirthing

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 Kate Middleton Hypnobirthing: Duchess Considering Hollywood Technique to Combat Labor Pain?

Many celebrity moms are choosing HypnoBirthing as their prenatal class choice to support them in their goal for a natural birthing experience. 

This not just a popular technique and class among celebs it has sparked the interest of Princess Kate Middleton as well.
Cindy Crawford


Demi Moore


Ricki Lake
Tiffani Tiessan
 Celebrities who had their babies using HypnoBirthing techniques:
  •  Gisele Bundchen
  • Demi Moore 
  • Cindy Crawford 
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Jade Jagger ( Daughter of Mick Jagger) 
  • Ricki Lake
  • Kelly Preston
  • Lucy Lawless
  • Lisa Bonet
  • Meryl Streep
  • Val Kilmer and Joanne Whaley Kilmer
  • Sherilyn Fenn 
  • Tiffani Thiessan
  • Jessisca Alba
Ellen DeGeneres on her show Ellen interviewed Jessica Alba On HypnoBirthing
Ellen:  “What is this that I heard, you’re going to be hypnotized when you give birth?”

Jessica: “No, No…It’s called hypnobirthing. So it’s not like the clock in front of your face and you go out and you wake up and you got a baby.”
Ellen: “Wouldn’t that be great.”
Jessica Alba and Ellen DeGeneres
Jessica: “Wouldn’t that be great. Sign me up. No, it’s basically my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. So he’s like saying, you’re relaxed and you’re floating on clouds while you’re going through labor and your contractions. He just sort does a guided mediation.  I’m just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed because it’s when you get tense that makes the whole labor worse and more painful. That’s all it is. It’s not like a weird thing.”
Ellen: “You think that when in you’re in the middle of having contractions you’re going to feel like you’re floating on clouds?”
Jessica: “No, you don’t, I actually did this with Honor. No, you don’t but it is kind of a way to relax and know that the contraction will only last for so long. You just need to concentrate on the breathing and just the sound of his voice. You know normally I want to strangle him but at that moment it’s sort of calming and wonderful.

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Tracy Martin is a Clinical Certified Hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Crystal Therapist. She received her training and certification as clinical certified Hypnotherapist from the Hypnotism Training Institute of Alberta recognized by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners(ACHE) in 2005.She is also affiliated with the HypnoBirthing Institute.
 

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