I become a DONA Birth Doula in March of 2019. I learned so much through that experience and saw both positive births and traumatic ones. I saw a clear difference between my clients who had taken HypnoBirthing during pregnancy and those who hadn't. The HypnoBirthing mothers were calm, peaceful, strong, and joyful throughout the process. Some even described feeling no pain. I remember one of my HypnoBirthing mothers immediately after birthing her baby exclaiming, "That didn't even hurt!" I knew exactly what type of birth I wanted for myself when the time came and had a good idea of how to achieve it!
I became pregnant shortly thereafter in July of 2019. I put to work all of the HypnoBirthing techniques I had learned when I took the course as a Doula. I had a very smooth pregnancy and when the time came to bring my baby into this world, I felt prepared, strong, and free of fear. I had a 7 hour labor and birthed my baby girl in my home at sunrise on 4/16/2020.
So many women reached out to me with lots of questions - How did I prepare? What did I do to have such a pleasant experience? Wasn't I afraid, especially to do it at home??
That's exactly why I decided to become a HypnoBirthing Educator, just 4 weeks after giving birth. I want to be able to help women achieve the birth experience they only dreamed possible. We are capable of so much more than the world would like us to believe!
For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labor; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function. The result is exactly what they feared most–long, painful birthing or unnecessary intervention.
People who are drawn to HypnoBirthing have long been searching for a way to give birth confidently and as calmly, safely, and gently as possible, whether they have chosen to birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home. Until HypnoBirthing, this kind of birthing almost seemed unattainable for the general population.
Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, healthy, low-risk women, as well as women who need medical assistance because of special circumstances, learn to dismiss fear-based stories, misinformation, and birthing myths; and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.
Certified HypnoBirthing Educator
International HypnoBirthing Institute 2020
DONA Birth Doula
Doulas of North America 2019
International Yoga Alliance 2018
Chiropractic Office Manager
I am married to a Chiropractor, Dr. Jerren Stines :) He, our best friend, Dr. Rachel Wetzel, and I work at MaxLiving West Columbia. I have been on this journey with them for years, through schooling and practicing. I thoroughly understand the Chiropractic principle and live a consistently healthy lifestyle.