Hypnobabies Interview: Part Two

In part one of my interview with Hypnobabies childbirth educator and doula Crystal Di Domizio, she shared what it is about Hypnobabies that resonates most with her. You can read about it here.  In the second part of the interview, Crystal goes into more detail about Hypnobabies, what sets it apart from other childbirth hypnosis programs, and how giving birth to her daughter has enriched not only her life, but also her work.  
crystal1Let’s talk first about about what Hypnobabies is and how it differs from HypnoBirthing. How do you describe the difference to soon-to-be parents?
Hypnobabies and HypnoBirthing are two different brands of childbirth hypnosis programs. Since they are completely different programs (with a few similarities) I encourage pregnant women and their partners to research their options so they can choose the course that resonates most with them.
Here is what makes Hypnobabies unique and different from other hypnosis for childbirth programs:
Comprehensive Childbirth Education – We cover all the advantages, disadvantages and natural alternatives to the choices you have available to you during pregnancy and birthing. We also cover nutrition, exercise, optimal fetal positioning, stages of birthing, positions for birthing, comfort measures, doulas, breastfeeding, postpartum care, newborn care… and much more! You’ll find all the information that a regular prenatal class covers plus we teach you how to use self-hypnosis.
Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis – We teach pregnant women how to enter self-hypnosis quickly and easily and how to maintain deep levels of hypnosis and relaxation while walking, talking, eating and actively moving through their birth process. While a woman is birthing with Hypnobabies she is fully present, aware and in touch with her body and her baby.
Medical Hypno-Anesthesia – The goal of Hypnobabies is an easier and more comfortable birth. To accomplish this we teach the same kind of hypnosis techniques that are used by people who undergo surgery with hypnosis as their only anesthetic.
Birth Partner Support – Birth Partner’s walk away with a calm and confident attitude towards pregnancy and childbirth due to receiving their own hypnosis CD and detailed Birth Partner’s Guide that we cover fully in class.

Why did you choose to become a Hypnobabies educator?
After becoming a holistic nutritionist and birth doula I knew that I wanted to also teach a form of childbirth education. Upon researching my options the Hypnobabies philosophy and course resonated most with me. I was and still am deeply moved by the Hypnobabies births that I have experienced as a Hypno-Doula. It is the most comprehensive course I have found that combines information to make informed decisions about your care and deep relaxation techniques for an easier and more comfortable birth.
crystal2You became a Hypnobabies childbirth educator before having your daughter. Was your plan always to use Hypnobabies with your own labour even before you became an educator?
The first birth that I attended as a doula was a Hypnobabies birth. That mom inspired me deeply and from that moment forward I knew that I wanted to use Hypnobabies for my own birth one day! Now that I’ve experienced the program and the tools as a pregnant and birthing woman I am even more passionate about the program!

Without giving away too much information (in order to protect the privacy of your past client), what exactly about her birth (or the way she birthed) inspired you?
When I went through my doula training I learned about the stages of labour, what happens during those stages, what women look and sound like, etc. My first birth blew all of that information out of the water. Attending Hypnobabies births where the moms were happy, smiling and comfortable deeply inspired me as I prepared for my own birth. I love the idea that there is such a wide range of experiences that women can have birthing their babies and that they aren’t all scary, hard and painful. [This idea] has forever changed my life!
crystal3How has having your own child informed your work (doula, hypnobabies childbirth educator etc)?
It is hugely valuable to me that I have personally experienced the work I do from holistic preconception and prenatal nutrition to Hypnobabies and natural birth. I feel like I bring a deeper level of knowledge and expertise to the work I do having now experienced my own pregnancy and birth. That being said I never claim to know it all and respect each woman’s individual journey through pregnancy and childbirth and support them on their own path to motherhood.

Hypnobabies Student SetBIO:
Crystal Di Domizio is a Holistic Nutritionist, Doula and Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator in Vancouver, BC. She is passionate about reaching first time moms with the information they need to have a positive pregnancy and birth experience. You can download a free “Relax Me” self-hypnosis session at cultivateyourhealth.com/mp3. You can also read more about her journey at prenatalcoach.com

*Photos of Crystal teaching her Hypnobabies class are courtesy of “Revolution Health.” www.revolutionhealth.ca

* Hypnobabies photo courtesy of Hypnobabies®.


Hypnobabies Interview: Part One

I recently interviewed Crystal Di Domizio about Hypnobabies.  She is a local Vancouver Hypnobabies childbirth educator, doula, and holistic nutritionist.  She writes about her own journey at Prenatalcoach.com. Crystal is also a mother and therefore a student of Hypnobabies as well.  She welcomed her sweet daughter sixteen months ago, which you can read about here.  Before we even started the interview, Crystal clarified the difference between Hypnobabies and HypnoBirthing.  She discusses the key differences between the two, in the second part of our interview.  Before I post that interview, Crystal shares a bit about her own philosophy in regards to Hypnobabies.

The Hypnobabies philosophy resonates deeply with me because they teach that birth is a normal, natural, physiological process just like our heart beating and our digestive organs functioning. In the vast majority of cases all of these physiological processes function optimally all on their own without any intervention. This takes away a lot of the fear and anxiety that women have about birthing. It helps to put the power back into women’s hands. It makes them realize that they are the expert when it comes to birthing their baby and that they are in charge of the process. [This includes] the choices they have about where, when and how to birth their babies.

This is in alignment with my philosophy about health and about life. I am also a huge advocate for informed consent and I love how detailed and thorough this part of the course is. I’ve found that the women who have the most empowering birth experiences (regardless of how their baby decides to come into the world) come[s] from those that were educated about their choices and played an active role in the decision making process.

I also love that the goal of Hypnobabies is an easier, more comfortable birth. I have met women who have birthed pain-free even without any form of childbirth hypnosis. Yet, so many of the books you read and courses you take about childbirth say that pain is an inevitable part of the process. I don’t believe that birth has to be pain-free, but I also don’t believe that it has to involve pain.

I love the idea that we can give the subconscious mind new information and programming. We can open our minds to birth being easier and more comfortable to counter[act] all the negative information we’ve absorbed over the years. This allows for woman have their own experience instead of assuming or telling women that they will most definitely experience pain.
I’ve had many students experience pain-free births because of this hypnotic subconscious programming [found in Hypnobabies]. Even though this isn’t the goal of Hypnobabies, it is a very real possibility!

In my [own] life I’ve overcome an “incurable” disease and part of my journey involved hypnosis. So, I know the seemingly impossible is definitely possible and want every woman to experience their own truth versus what society and media tell us birth should be like.

*Photo of Crystal and her daughter Madison courtesy of Megan Taylor Photography.  You can find more of Megan’s beautiful photography here.