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Will A Doula Replace My Partner?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas January 10, 2020

So, you’ve been considering hiring a birth doula because you’ve heard how supportive and helpful they can be when you’re in labor, but what about your partner? Aren’t they the one who’s supposed to support you through labor? Are they going to feel like you don’t trust their capabilities if you want a doula at the birth, too? Will they …


What Partners Need to Know About Birth

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing December 19, 2019

For this couple – kids were never part of their life plan. But the decision to have a baby brought this dad the “greatest experience of his life.” After the birth, he sat down to take in the whole labor and birth and came up with four pillars of the birth experience that have now become the foundation for raising …


How Does a Doula Support My Partner?

By: Jennifer Cole Birth Doula, Doulas December 14, 2019

You may already know that birth doulas are trained to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to you when you’re in labor. Sounds fantastic, right? What could be better than that? Well, what if I told you that in addition to providing that service to you, she’ll also be providing it to your partner? Yes, it’s true! Doulas are a …


Is Water Birth Better?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing December 12, 2019

Is water birth better? Well – this mom thought so. It was accidental but just what she had envisioned when it came to her birth vision. One of the many lessons labor brought this couple was the importance of a sacred, calm laboring environment. Labor slowed as people showed up. Once people left and they got into their quiet interaction, …


A C Section | Can It Be Gentle?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing November 21, 2019

How did this mom go from planning a natural birth to fully embracing a gentle cesarean birth with no regrets? Education and the right support proved once again to make an unwanted scenario something manageable and smooth. Kristine and her husband took HypnoBirthing, read all the books, got an excellent care provider and hired two doulas. The birth doula, who …


Pregnancy & Brushing for Two, or Three!

By: J. Shahangian Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy November 20, 2019

As a soon to be mom, you make all sorts of sacrifices. Of course, expecting moms gladly and gracefully give of themselves with full awareness of the much greater rewards once the baby is born. During nine months of carrying your baby, you may get a bit tunnel-visioned on making everything perfect for baby’s arrival and neglecting your own well …


A Home Birth

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing November 14, 2019

On Saturday evening before our estimated due date, I had a little bloody show that we took as a sign that we’d be starting labor soon. Although “Dr. Google“ suggested that it could still be as much as 2 weeks away… Regardless, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing Epson salt bath while listening to my birth playlist and HypnoBirthing …


Why A Home Birth?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing November 14, 2019

Why not a home birth? Before classes, this mom had known that a home birth was the direction she wanted to head but her husband was not on board. Through education, healthy checkups and a lot of questions – things changed. Choosing the right support team (a doula, two midwives and a granny) this family created an amazing environment for …


How Is A Birth Center Different?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing November 7, 2019

Having a baby at a birth center and working with midwives, may give you different options in your labor and birth that are just not offered in a typical hospital setting. Be also forewarned, that working late into the end of pregnancy that you may not get that 2 or 3 week rest break before baby arrives! This mom took …


Our Birth Story

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing October 14, 2019

Hi Ashley, Care & The San Diego HypnoBirthing Team! My husband and I took your class at the Birth Education Center this past April/May. We wanted to send you a little update regarding the birth of our daughter this June. And also thank you! Your class was absolutely essential to our pregnancy and birth experience. We had an overwhelmingly positive …


Why Should I Give Birth In A Birth Center?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing October 3, 2019

Davina first contacted me when she found out she was pregnant. She and her husband were stationed in Jacksonville Florida but would be moving to San Diego by mid pregnancy. She got all the latest information on the best care providers, what classes she could take and what network she would need to establish when she arrived. All that pre-planning …


Why Does Breath Work With Labor?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing September 26, 2019

Rachel’s choice for a natural birth took practice, intention and a lot of patience with her body. As a massage therapist she understood the power of the mind- body connection and the importance of breath as our biggest asset and tool in life. Hiring a doula was one of her best tools and biggest allies for the unexpected hiccups during …


Why Birth Outside Of The Hospital?

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing September 19, 2019

So you already heard this registered nurse give a testimonial for birth classes and why they are important… Now you get to hear her birth story about an out-of-hospital birth center. Why would an RN choose out of hospital birth when she works at a hospital? Caroline realized that she was a low-risk, healthy mom and that she didn’t fit …


How Do I Get Her To Relax? – Doula Series Ep. 12

By: Care Messer Birth Doula, Doulas, Education September 13, 2019

A middle of the night Facebook message from a nurse-midwife at local hospital, is responsible for this video( I will refer to her at the end as girlfriend, since I promised her I would make a video preaching her observation and asking for a change in our doula community- can’t help the humans at large!). As doulas, we have so …


Free Online Birth Class | What Is This All About?

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Pregnancy June 27, 2019

I’ve gotten SO many questions about this free online class – How to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean – so I am addressing them in this video. We don’t have to be scared to give birth – and with evidenced based information, we can release that fear and make informed choices for ourselves and our baby. One of the reasons I …


How to Prepare for Your Natural Birth | A Birth Story

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing June 20, 2019

Meet January, James and Jack! January had a very specific picture in her mind about what she wanted her birth to look like. So her trick was starting out with the end result and then working her way backwards in figuring out how to get there! And it worked! Where do do you want to go with your birth experience? …


5 Tips to Avoid Having Doula Burnout | How To Make Your Business Thrive – Doula Series Ep.11

By: Care Messer Birth Doula, Doulas, Education June 15, 2019

Setting up a successful and long-lasting business is SO important! We may come our of our doula training with even more energy and love for the work that we want to jump right in! And we should – AFTER we have put a few key things into place. You are creating a business that works for YOUR life. That blueprint …


How To Prepare For A VBAC!

By: Care Messer Hypnobirthing, VBAC May 16, 2019

How do you prepare for a VBAC? Well – Beth did all the things! Beth took Hypnobirthing with us for her first birth and things didn’t quite go as planned. In this video, she talks about the unmet labor expectations and the tools she used to navigate the unexpected, moment by moment. Because Beth already had those tools in place, …


How To Keep Instagram And Facebook Warm & Welcoming – Doula Series Ep. 10

By: Care Messer Birth Doula, Doulas, Education May 3, 2019

So why do you want to open up another Instagram account or Facebook account for your business? As birth workers, we are very passionate about certain topics in our regular life and it may not come across as the best first impression for someone that hasn’t met you yet. Before parents ever make a phone call to interview you, they …


How To Help Parents With A New Baby

By: Care Messer Community, Education, Postpartum April 25, 2019

When it comes to support in the Postpartum time – there are so many things that are different now. Just a few years ago – our grandparents parented at a time when we were guessing on so many ideas without any factual, science-based evidence for the opinions being shared. Our ideas were shaped by religious culture, Dr. Spock and/or the …


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