What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxed focus and is often referred to as a state of trance. It is similar to a meditative state or what some may call being “zoned out” or a “flow state”.  There are many times where we enter this state of our own will. If you are not sure if you’ve ever been in trance, have you driven through a set of traffic lights and wondered if the light was red or green? Or have you ever had something in your hand and not remembered where you put it? Have you ever been in a meeting and realized you had no idea what was going on for the last 10 minutes? All of these situations are reflective of you going into a hypnotic state of trance. These are examples of various levels of our conscious awareness or state. It is normal and common part of our day to fluctuate our state. Very important work is done in this relaxed state of focus.

When in this state of trance it is the perfect time to have access to your unconscious or some call it subconscious part of your brain. In this heightened mental state, you become more available to suggestibility and receptive to change.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is when someone uses hypnosis as a vehicle for rooting positive change in one’s life.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

The person must be willing to enter a state of hypnosis as it is not about mind control but a partnership between two people. Once the desire has been established, anyone that is capable of following instructions and able to “zone out” can be hypnotized.

When I’m hypnotized will I lose control?

No, your unconscious mind is always working to protect you and keep you safe. Many people are so comfortable and aware during in the process that they leave saying they “didn’t feel hypnotized”.

What can hypnosis help with?

Hypnosis can help with anything that is making you feel “stuck” in your life. Some examples are:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Addictions
  • Weight release (loss)
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Confidence
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Cravings
  • Pain management

How do I know you’re the right hypnotist for me?

As hypnosis is a working relationship between two people, it is important to find a hypnotist that is the right fit for you. I encourage you to call and interview, look to see if they have YouTube videos, and read the testimonials of anyone you are thinking of working with. As with a hairdresser, everyone has their own style and techniques. You want to create the best change possible for yourself!

What is a Doula?

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner (if present) before, during and after childbirth.

There are two types of Doulas

Labour Doula:

  • Educates prenatally
  • Ensures a positive birth atmosphere
  • Offers continuous emotional, physical and informational support during labour and delivery
  • Uses various comfort measures
  • Does not perform medical procedures

Postpartum Doula:

  • Is knowledgeable about breastfeeding
  • Mothers the mother
  • Helps with light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Offers baby care information and support
  • Aids in learning baby massage
  • Watches for signs and symptoms of postpartum depression

What is are the benefits of having a Doula during labour?

  • Epidurals reduced by 60%
  • C-section reduced by 50%
  • Length of labour reduced by 25%
  • Oxytocin use reduced by 40%
  • Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
  • Forceps reduced by 30%

What are the long-term benefits of having a Doula?

  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Increased time spent with baby
  • Decreased postpartum depression
  • Increased confidence in parenting abilities

What is the difference between a Doula and a Midwife?

A Midwife specializes in the medical/clinical care of the mother and baby. The Doula does not perform any clinical procedures but focuses on the physical, emotional, and informational support. A Doula can serve as a complement to the medical care offered by both Midwives and Doctors.

Will a Doula attend a hospital birth?

Yes, most Doulas are comfortable working in hospital and home-birth settings. The role of the doula is to support the mother in whatever her wishes are. Therefore, if the mother would like a hospital birth then that is where the Doula will go.

I already have a partner or support person attending my birth, why do I need a Doula as well?

A Doula is not there to replace the supporting person, rather to help get the support person more involved in the labour and birth. Sometimes the support person is so emotionally invested in the situation that they are not sure how to help.  The Doula can orchestrate how best to guide, encourage, and love the mother. The Doula can also serves as a reassurance and an assistance relief to the mother’s assistant. The Doula is there to work as a team with all of the people involved in the birth.