Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Hypnobirth

Before I got pregnant, I always thought an epidural was the way to go in labor. Of course, I would never want to experience all that pain that I had heard so much about. But then, last summer, I had a good friend introduce me to Hypnobirthing, a way of natural birth. When she first told me about it, I thought, "Wow, you're a crazy person. Why would you ever do that?" But the more she told me about it, the more it made sense. With Hypnobirthing, you learn that pain, and fear do not have to accompany labor. And that if pain and fear do accompany you to your labor, it causes your body to tense up and close, not allowing it to do what it naturally knows how to do. With the Hypnobirthing program, you exercise positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing, and physical preparation to prepare you for a gentle birth. After some hesitation, she showed me some Hypnobirthing videos. I was stunned at how calm these ladies were. How smooth labor can actually go, if you let your body relax and do what it already knows how to do. Even the babies seem more calm and responsive right out of the womb.

In March, when I found out I was pregnant, I knew right away I wanted to do Hynobirthing. When it came time to actually start taking a class, I Googled and found Fiona Judd who teaches Hypnobirthing in Orem. We just finished our 5 week course with her and loved it. We learned so much from her. She is very experienced and passionate about what she teaches, while being very down to earth and very understanding of everyone's situations. We left very informed about labor, things that can happen during labor, ways to relax during labor, etc and we feel very confident our labor will be a very stress free experience.

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*I know labor is very different for every woman. Having a natural birth can't happen for everyone. I just hope to spread the word about this wonderful concept, and our wonderful teacher. To learn more about Hypnobirthing, go here. To learn more about Fiona and her class schedule, go here.

She likes Hypnobirthing. And so does she.


  1. I LOVE hypnobirthing!! I only read the book while I was pregnant with Hadley, and next time I definitely want to take a class so I am better prepared. I will have to check out your teacher if I am ever crazy enough to get pregnant again :) I'm excited for you!

  2. This was so interesting! Thanks for sharing, so excited for you Gretchen.

  3. Thanks for the shout out, Gretchen! How did your birth go, by the way? Big baby!! He is so adorable! Would you mind if I put this testimonial on my website?