So Many Awesome Links!

Hey Everyone!


I have updated the USEFUL LINKS page on the website. Really, there’s some awesome information here! If you’re thinking about having a baby, getting ready to birth a baby, just had one, or are curious about baby and toddler development, this is your thing!


Oh yeah – next class begins June 13. One space left!



Run a marathon, then give birth?

Run the Chicago Marathon and then give birth? Why not? Amber Miller did.
This happy and accomplished young Mom gave birth seven hours after running 26.2 miles, while stopping shortly to grab a sandwich in between…

This was the eighth marathon for Amber Miller, and the second marathon for her new baby girl. Amber ran another marathon last May while 17 weeks pregnant with her daughter, June, pictured here with Amber and Joe, the happy new parents. Amber also ran a marathon in 4:30:27 while 18 weeks pregnant with their son Caleb, (not pictured) who is now 1 year old.

Amber played it safe with the okay from her doctor to run the marathon and by alternating two miles of running with two miles of running at a time. Read more about Amber here…

I finished the Portland Marathon on Sunday with what I call a respectable 4:36:45, almost exactly one hour faster than my first marathon, three years ago. I cannot help noticing the hypnotizing effects that running has on my mind during a marathon…the regular fall of feet on the ground like hard rain…the state of hyper-focus, the relaxed excitement, the easy, simple, state of joy, trusting that I have done my training and now my body knows exactly what to do for the big pay-off…and it does!

Although I am not pregnant, I do know a few women runners who are, and thoughts of running while pregnant cross my mind often while I’m running – especially during a marathon’s four plus hours of pure thinking time. I wonder things like, will I still run? How hard will it be? Will I want to? What will it feel like? What will the doctor say? How much will people stare? Will I still run dogs?

We’ll have to wait and see for me, but do you, or does anyone you know run pregnant? What are your thoughts about it?

First-time Mom says, “The Techniques Work, End of Story”!

(Originally posted July 5, 2011 by enjoybirth)

I cannot thank you enough for Hypnobabies!  Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom, but was terrified of an epidural.  My mom had all 3 of us naturally, but I did not think I was strong enough as I have never really had to deal with pain.  Growing up I always hoped there would be a “better or new way” by the time I got pregnant, and there was!  It feels like an out of body experience and I cannot believe that the same person who used to be unable to get a shot or blood test without almost passing out, gave birth naturally and peacefully.  The techniques work, end of story.  We now have a neighbor planning a home water birth and going to our instructor Carole’s Hypnobabies class as well.

Read Jennifer’s whole birth story, along with pictures here.

Why are you a Hypnobabies instructor?

I get this question a lot. It hasn’t come from a student of mine (yet), but from my hypnosis clients and people in general who are usually also very curious about what Hypnobabies is and how it works. They might see me running, or maybe at the grocery store sniffing cantaloupe – you know, the kind of conversation that just pops up and turns into more than you expected. I LOVE these conversations!

I also LOVE to tell people about my passion for educating women about what goes on in their bodies, what might happen in the hospital, the importance of nutrition, – all about the entire birthing process. The bonus is this-  at the same time, I get to teach them awesome, deep, anesthesia-grade hypnosis techniques for the best birth possible. It’s truly something that I had never imagined myself doing and I love, love, love it. Maybe this makes it even more exciting for me? It’s all so amazing!

Here’s another story from an L&D RN about becoming a Hypnobabies Instructor. (Thank you, Kiersten!) Shared by enjoybirth

From I started my RN and L&D career in NYC at a hospital that had a 99% epidural rate. It was a great place to learn as a RN since I saw every sort of complication imaginable but after 5 years I was burnt out.

Meanwhile I also had a baby (induction & epidural) and me and the hubbie were looking to make a lifestyle change. We moved out to Colorado and I started working at Boulder Community Hospital which actually supported natural birth!

They are soooooo different from any place I have worked.

  • Their epidural rate is only 50%!
  • They have midwives!
  • You can labor and birth anyway you want!

After participating in countless natural births it really reprogramed my way of thinking about birth completely. So when I got pregnant with my youngest I really wanted to go natural and that is when I found Hypnobabies.

I did the Hypnobabies Home Study course and had an amazing birth! I stayed home throughout the labor and I was sure that things hadn’t gotten going yet since it was so painless and easy. Then suddenly I couldn’t get comfortable and decided to head to the hospital.

I thought I was about 4cm. I tried to check myself but I couldn’t reach!

When I got out of the car at the hospital I started involuntarily pushing. Managed to get to L&D and had my son 15min later :-)

After that I was hooked! I’ve since turned 3 other friends on to Hypnobabies.  One is also an RN I work with, and they all had wonderful natural births too. So I just knew I had to start teaching so that I could help other women to have a wonderful comfortable birth also.