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.


Practical Babywearing & EC

trusty ergoI think this will probably be my last post on EC and perhaps on babywearing (or toddler wearing if you prefer). Now that I can easily wrap little M on my back, I have come to the conclusion that although wraps are great for our longer walks, they are not my preferred carrier.  The two reasons for this are: the practice of EC and the use of public transportation.

When it comes to taking public transit and doing errands,  re-wrapping an EC’d baby/toddler multiple times, whilst juggling grocery bags is cumbersome and inefficient.  So, for days when I know I will be taking transit and running errands, I always use my soft structured carrier (Ergo).  From a minimalist perspective, I think that a sling and soft structured carrier would have been ideal for us from the beginning.  However, I have found my wraps to be quite useful especially during those times when my son was teething or needing to be rocked to sleep.

uppy walk2In one of my previous posts about EC (you can read about it here), I wrote briefly on how babywearing can be an excellent way for parents or caregivers to be more in tune with their baby.  When I made the shift from part time EC to full time EC, I discovered that my long woven wraps were rather impractical, particularly since I was still learning to wrap.  Since I could use my wrap as a sling, I decided that I would make do with my Ergo and use my wraps mainly around the house or for short walks and sometimes a quick excursion to the grocery store.


In retrospect, I should have purchased a ring sling or a shorter wrap, but at the time I thought that ring slings looked fairly difficult and I did not recognize the advantage of a shorter wrap.   For us mothers who do practice EC with our babies, the importance of being able to take one’s baby out of the carrier quickly, especially when they are younger, is key to making EC workable.

transit1Fast forward to when little M was 17 months old.  I had finally purchased my first “shorty” wrap. I unfortunately found many of the one shouldered carries to be fairly uncomfortable.  With little M being over thirty pounds, the double hammock rebozo carry (as seen in the above photo) is really only comfortable for the first five minutes.  At this point, I will have to both literally and figuratively shelve my shorty wrap.

The point is, when looking at what type of carrier or wrap, one needs to think about lifestyle firstly and then purchase accordingly.  Asking questions such as: do you plan to practice EC or simply [cloth] diaper your baby? Do you take public transit, or own a car or are you part of a car co-op?  These kind of questions,  as well as connecting with other babywearing mamas can help you determine what type of carrier or wrap is best suited for you and your baby’s needs.

Double Hammock Back Carry

double hammock1The Double Hammock back carry is truly a revelation! Why did I not try this carry before  sooner?  Truthfully, I thought it looked a bit intimidating, and told myself I would try it eventually. After watching this video by Rose of Carry them, it suddenly occurred to me that this may be the perfect carry for me and little M.  Sure enough it was.  I tied it correctly on my first attempt (this never happens when I learn a new carry) and found it to be the MOST comfortable and secure carry to date for me and my little guy.  Somehow, it distributes the weight more evenly than the Secured High back carry or Reinforced Ruck that I had been doing before.  Finally, the perfect back carry for us!

If you babywear, what carry works the best for you?


Laundry2In my art work, elements from my [real] life converge with my dream life and time is non-linear.  Representation in art can be a mixture of different memories and events, both real and imagined.  Art can act as way to explore or ponder other possibilities or ideas for both the artist and viewer alike.  Art can be a way of dreaming, which eventually filters over into one’s way of being. While this particular vignette is a mixture of the real and imagined; it is, in essence about the soul of motherhood.

If you are a mother, can you see yourself in this picture?