Look at all the good press HypnoBirthing is getting! Apparently the secret is out: HypnoBirthing is the way to go!
Dane County Kids - Baby by Hypnosis by Kim D.R. Dearth. Published November 2000. One of my clients describes her birth experience. (I was honored to be there too - wonderful, beautiful birth. The OB nurse was pregnant and attended my next class to prepare for her own birth).
The Janesville Gazette - Naturally Speaking by Shelly Birkelo. Published March 11, 2000. I was interviewed for this article, along with a couple of my clients. I attended Jessica and Derek's birth (photographed in the article). Wonderful first birth, mom received baby into her arms. She progressed so quickly, the doctor had to rush back from a black-tie affair with scrubs over her evening gown. I also attended Brenda's birth (interviewed in the article), another wonderful first birth. Brenda started with a home birth. She struggled a little bit at first, but once she got the hang of the relaxation, was so peaceful during surges we couldn't tell if she was sleeping through them. Some pre-eclampsia symptoms changed the birth plan to hospital and eventually C-section. Her continued use of HypnoBirthing breathing and relaxation allowed everything to progress calmly without any sense of a panicked medical crisis. They approached the situation clear-headed, asking good questions, and making thoughtful decisions.
Daily Mail - I swore I'd never be there, but my baby's birth was mesmerizing by Tom Sykes. Published November 29, 2007. A skeptical dad describes how the birth of his second baby with hypnosis won him over to HypnoBirthing.
ABC News - Good Morning America - Hypnosis Can Ease Pain of Childbirth, Surgery. Published May 7, 2007. Interviews one mom about her wonderful birth experience with hypnosis. Also touches on hypnosis for surgical and burn patients.
The New York Times - You're in Labor, and Getting Sleeeeepy by Elizabeth Olson. Published April 27, 2006. A class of moms and their HypnoBirthing experiences.
The Daily Record - Look Into My Eyes, Your Baby is Here by Natalie Walker. Published May 31, 2005. (This article has been moved since I posted it, and I don't have an alternate link).
The Scotsman - Hypnosis Key to Easing Birth Pains by Catherine Lyst. Published May 31, 2005. Interviews practitioners and one mom about HypnoBirthing.
BBC News - Hypnotherapy plan for childbirth by Catherine Lyst. Published May 30, 2005. Interviews UK midwives and moms about HypnoBirthing.
The Herald Review - Having a Baby? Relax: Hypnobirthing Teaches that Natural Childbirth Need Not to be Painful by Bethany Carson. Published March 7, 2005. Interviews a Bloomington, IL practitioner and one of her students who describes having a pain-free birth after taking HypnoBirthing classes.
Times Online - Smooth Delivery by Emma Mahony. Published February 26, 2005. Follows one mom through her HypnoBirthing classes and how hypnosis helped her have the birth she desired, including how hypnosis visualizations helped stop her preterm labor.
Newsweek - Have it Your Way: Redesigning Birth by Mary Carmichael. Published May 10, 2004. Discusses the changing birth scene, including doulas, waterbirthing, alternative facilities, and HypnoBirthing. Mentions that hypnosis can reduce pain, complications, and shorten labor. (This article has moved from Newsweek's site since I posted it. You can get it from mywire with a subscription or the copied text here).
The Miami Herald - A Kinder, Gentler Childbirth by Shari Rudavsky. Published May 4, 2004. Discusses several natural childbirth techniques, including HypnoBirthing and doulas, in contrast to the old traditional mindset.
The Boston Globe - Easy Does It by Barbara Bourassa. Published April 25, 2004. General article on HypnoBirthing. Describes the lemon suggestibility test used in the first class.
The Gwinnett Post - HypnoBirthing Helps Ease Labor Pains. Published April 10, 2004. Interviews practitioner and one mom about HypnoBirthing. Mom states: "My goal was to be calm and to have no pain. I reached my goal."
American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis - Hypnosis to Facilitate Uncomplicated Birth by Lewis E Mehl-Madrona. Published April 2004. Highly technical research article - basic conclusion: "Having hypnosis was statistically, significantly associated with having fewer complicated deliveries."
South Florida Parenting Magazine - The (Re)Birth of a Better Way by Beverly Barna. Published April 2004. Interviews a practitioner and her clients. One mom describes the sensations of her painless birth as "something passing through me like a brief pulse."
Time Magazine - Birth Bliss by Amanda Bower. Published February 22, 2004. Author describes her experiences with HypnoBirthing. The doctor interviewed says that out of 200 HypnoBirthing patients, his C-section rate is 1% and no one has ever requested drugs.
Baby Dallas Magazine - Hypnobirthing Techniques Ease Intensity of Labor by Shelly Moon. Published Fall/Winter 2002/2003. General article about HypnoBirthing.
BBC News - Why I Chose HypnoBirthing by Jane Elliot. Published July 20, 2002. Mom who started pregnancy terrified ends up with short (3 hour) labor with no drugs thanks to HypnoBirthing. "I could not have wished for anything better."
WebMD - Hypnosis in the Delivery Room. Published 2000. This article cracks me up, but unfortunately it's a pattern I've noticed all too often in the media. The beginning of the article is great: They interview a mom who has actually had the experience of birthing with hypnosis, and who gives it glowing reviews. She describes her own drug-free birth experience, in this case saying it was much better than a previous experience without hypnosis and with an epidural. The whole article is super positive for two pages, and then in the last paragraph they feel the need to include a quote from a so called "expert" who doesn't have any experience with HypnoBirthing and counsels couples that drugs are the only way to have a birth that's not "one of the most painful crisises the woman has to endure." So how would this "expert" explain the countless wonderful birth stories from HypnoBirthing moms (including the one in the article)? I just laugh and shake my head.
Discovery Health courtesy of American Baby - All About HypnoBirthing by Terri Isidro-Cloudas. General HypnoBirthing information.
New Health Magazine - HypnoBirthing: Pain Free, Drug Free Childbirth, Is it Possible? Yes it is! by Sheila Barrett-Smith. General article on HypnoBirthing.
For more information on HypnoBirthing, contact Melissa Barnes at (716) 534-5534.