Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Having faith

Here is a quote that I love:

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step."
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think that is so true of HypnoBirthing. So many women are so fearful of what can happen during birth--pain, complications, feeling out of control, tearing, etc---that they choose to be medicated as soon as possible in order to not feel what is going on in their bodies. They choose not to look into other non-traditional childbirth education classes. So many people hear the "hypno" of HypnoBirthing & automatically assume that it's some new-agey, crunchy granola, tree hugging, airy fairy type thing where someone puts the mom in a trance. It is the farthest thing from that's more about de-hypnotizing women about the idea of birth so they can learn to trust their body & the birthing process. I've had so many couples come to the 1st class & admit they are skeptics & say that they don't think they can be hypnotized. By the end of class #1, most are believers. By the end of the entire class series, it's usually the skeptics that are the most vocal supporters of HypnoBirthing!

If more women took the first step in faith & took a childbirth education class that was "outside the box" like HypnoBirthing, Bradley or Birthing From Within, they would have the opportunity to feel more in control of their birth & they would be able to experience birth the way it was meant to be...normal, natural & healthy.

I encourage women to re-connect with their bodies, bond with their babies & give their babies a more peaceful, gentle beginning. Take that step & you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

(Thank you to Martin Luther King, Jr. for his bravery, for his commitment to his beliefs & for his life. He took that first step & now look where we are...we have the 1st African American President! Truly amazing!)


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