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Can a Doula Help with My Induction?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas October 6, 2020

Based on everything you’ve heard, the only time you should hire a doula is when you’re planning on an unmedicated labor in a deep porcelain birth tub surrounded with lit candles, essential oils, flowers and listening to whale sounds, right? Nope. For example, a doula won’t be able to help you if you end up having to get induced, right? …


Are Birth Classes Really Needed? | This OB says Yes!

By: admin Doulas, Education, Hypnobirthing August 27, 2020

Are birth classes really needed? This OB says YES! Dr. Capetanakis is one of San Diego’s best OB’s. In this video he describes the importance of education as a means to empower yourselves no matter what kind of birth you are planning for your baby. You baby’s birth day is one of the most important days of your life! Dr. …


A Doula In Your Pocket Is Better Than No Doula | Story 4

By: Jennifer Cole Doulas August 19, 2020

From Jennifer: When Ana reached out to me in January 2020 I was so excited to support her for her first pregnancy. We had met years earlier at a local improv theater and used to go head-to-head at improv cage matches – it was funny to think about how through that original connection we had now arrived at this beautifully …


How To Go With The Flow | A Birth Story

By: admin Hypnobirthing August 14, 2020

What an inspiring birth! Nikkala is a great story teller! Nikkala and her husband took Hypnobirthing classes, hired a doula and had one of the best care providers in town. She tells how her confidence levels skyrocketed while attending classes with her husband. Nikkala mentions what they learned in Breastfeeding and Newborn classes helped to strengthen their relationship and prepare …


Trust Your Body

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing August 6, 2020

This is Jill’s second birth with us but this time it was a quarantine baby! Jill refreshed her skills by attending Release and Relax classes throughout her pregnancy and she hired a doula. She read an amazing book, Labor Like A Goddess, and added more “power of thought” to prepare for this birth process. Jill will walk you through the …


Why Are Doulas So Expensive?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas July 20, 2020

You’ve heard nothing but great things about doulas and would really love to hire one for your birth, but why do they have to be so gosh darn expensive? Well, let’s break it down. Let’s consider for a moment what a doula actually does. A typical doula package includes a consultation (1 hour – no charge if you end up …


Best Birth Book To Read | Labor Like A Goddess

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing July 16, 2020

What you read matters during pregnancy and so does the time and effort you put in to preparing! Many of our “main stream” birth books are full of fear and remind you of the things that can go wrong in pregnancy, labor and delivery. But you know what? Pregnancy, labor and delivery goes RIGHT most of the time when we …


Do I Need A Birth Class?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing July 9, 2020

For this chiropractor and his wife, having a long, first birth showed them a few things they wanted to change up for this next one. Home birth and more intimate care from one on one midwives was the first change they made. With a few refresher classes under their belts, this baby put them to the test. Listening to the …


Will a Doula Advocate for Me?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas July 5, 2020

You may have already heard or read about the many benefits hiring a birth doula offers. Not only are they knowledgeable about birth, they are also 100% focused upon you and your partner, from the time they join you in labor until an hour or two after baby is born. A doula will meet with you and your partner in …


How To Prepare For A Natural Birth

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing July 2, 2020

Hypnobirthing classes made the difference for this couples birth preparation. When Sami first found out she was pregnant, the words that ran though her mind were cesarean, morning sickness and pain. She’s also “throw-up-a-phobic” so that didn’t help her mindset either! Luckily, a few friends had recommended Hypnobirthing and that jump started their education. They hired a doula, switched providers …


Be Your Best Advocate…

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing June 25, 2020

In part two of Vanessa and Eva’s birth story, we are talking about advocacy. Out of hospital education can explain what your options are for birth BUT it is you who need to make your voice heard and advocate for yourself. In this video, Vanessa and Eva tell another section of their birth story where they needed to make a …


Why Should I Hire a Doula Early?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas June 22, 2020

When it comes to hiring a birth doula, you may be thinking that since you won’t be needing them until the very end of your pregnancy, there’s no need to hire one until a few weeks before your guess date. But before you decide you won’t start looking around until a month or two before you’re due to pop, consider …


It’s Your Baby’s Birth | A Birth Story

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing June 20, 2020

Part one of a TWO week video series! For Vanessa and Eva, having solid education was important for planning what kind of birth they wanted for their daughter. As classes progressed, Vanessa and Eva’s confidence in their bodies’ ability to birth grew solid. It was that confidence that allowed the birth process to play out as it should, even with …


Do I Need A Doula If I’m Having a C Section?

By: Jennifer Cole Doulas June 10, 2020

When you first found out you were pregnant you might have considered hiring a doula to assist you and your partner to support you in labor. You had probably read about the research that has shown that when a woman receives continuous support through her labor from a doula, it leads to shorter labor and decreases the likelihood of her …


When Should I Start Birth Classes?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing May 26, 2020

When Should I Start Birth Classes? You will get many answers as to when you should start Hypnobirthing classes. Obviously, taking classes before labor begins is a great time! Each family unit is unique so here are a few things you should consider. The first, is to look over both yours and your partners schedules so you can both attend …


Why Would You Switch To Home Birth?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing May 14, 2020

Why would you move from a straightforward hospital birth to switching into a home birth at 39 weeks? Because you need to feel safe with your health care provider and you have choices in who that is. As the parents of this new baby, the hospital no longer felt like a good option. Once Brenna and Eric realized that their …


Can You Have A Natural Birth When Induced?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing May 1, 2020

Can you have a natural birth when induced? Yes, and you’ll need all the tools to help you through it! This couple spent the last 5 weeks of their pregnancy in Hypnobirthing class where they gathered tools they needed for the “plan” and “the unexpected,” which is just what showed up! Because of the confidence this couple gained through education, …


You Created A Quarantine Baby!!

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Pregnancy April 21, 2020

Congratulations!! All of this time inside(sex, sex and more sex) and now you’re having a baby!! Yay!! The sex doesn’t have to stop by the way! The emails and phone calls keep coming in and we are excited for you!! You are doing great to seek out birth information and contact us NOW instead of later! Birth workers around the …


What To Expect In Hypnobirthing Classes

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing April 8, 2020

What To Expect In Hypnobirthing Classes Hypnobirthing? Don’t let the name throw you off. It’s not just for the hippie, crunchy folks(although I may be one of them at this point)!  This method of birth education started me on a journey of a lifetime. In fact, I only took Hypnobirthing classes because my doctor said I was allergic to all …


A Doula In Your Pocket Is Better Than No Doula | Story 3

By: Care Messer Doulas April 5, 2020

From Willow: Recently I had one of my families go into labor knowing I wouldn’t be able to join them at the hospital. This was upsetting for everyone but this did not change my availability to them or my ability to support them. It did, however, require a bit more preparation. We had a specific prenatal visit going over everything …


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