When it comes to pregnancy and birth, there is so much conflicting and even scary information. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure. I provide one-on-one guidance, education, and effective relaxation techniques that allow birthing women to feel informed, confident, and peaceful.
In 2016, a researcher named Hauser did a meta-analysis and looked at all the randomized trials on using hypnosis for a variety of purposes. They found that hypnosis was superior to usual care in terms of reducing emotional stress, making you have a quicker recovery, and decreasing your need for pain medication. They concluded that hypnotherapy is a safe and effective complementary medicine technique for use in medical procedures and that it even shows promise for helping people manage irritable bowel syndrome.
Discover more about birth hypnosis, hypnosis for infertility, HypnoMothering®, my clinical hypnosis services, and meet some of my families that I have worked with over these seventeen years. You can find additional Central Florida birth resources at this link. Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions or concerns for you, or if you would like to schedule a class or session to begin your birth hypnosis journey.
“Having worked with Michelle since the year 2000, I can attest to her professionalism, compassion, and her incredible instinct about birth. If I were to become pregnant, she would be my first choice as a childbirth educator and doula.”
—Kathy Bradley, CD, IBCLC, ICCE
Owner and founder of Childbirth Concierge
Family centered hypnobirth teaches you, along with your birth partner, the art and joy of experiencing fertility, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood in a more peaceful and confident manner. The techniques you will learn in my classes teach you to create a relaxation habit within your mind and body. It positively impacts the way you respond to the journey of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.
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Michelle Smith, CHt is a birth hypnosis specialist. She has been facilitating classes since early 2003. Michelle was one of the firsts to teach HypnoBirthing® -- The Mongan Method, Hypnobabies®, and HypnoBirthing® Fertility in the Orlando and Kissimmee-St. Cloud, Florida area.** She has studied multiple birth/fertility hypnosis programs including Dr. Richard Widmeier's New Concepts in Painless Childbirth, The LeClaire Method for fertility and childbirth, The Fertile Body Method, The Mind-Body Fertility Connection, HypnoFertility, and the childbirth creative visualization techniques of Carl Jones. Michelle has maintained a practice in the field of hypnosis and regression therapy for 18 years. She is a trained trauma informed professional and certified grief counseling specialist. Her services provide you the assurance that only comes with learning from a seasoned practitioner who has facilitated 700+ hypnosis assisted childbirth courses. Additionally, you also benefit from the 20 years of experience she has gleaned attending 650+ births and counting as a midwifery birth assistant and doula as well as, an Evidence Based Birth and Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health Professional Member and Know Your Rights Graduate.
Michelle's Hypnobirth Series on The Birth Ease Podcast
In this first episode of Michelle's series on hypnobirth, she shares her guest appearance on the Birth Story Podcast with Heidi Synderburn. Michelle explains ins-and-outs of Hypnobirthing, Hypnobabies, and guided relaxation. Michelle addresses the misconceptions surrounding these practices, as well as provides guidance on preparing for the birth plan of your dreams, no matter what it looks like. Heidi shares her insights on birth hypnosis as a Certified HypnoBabies™ Doula. Heidi and Michelle end the episode with Michelle giving a brief hypnobirth relaxation session.
In this second episode in Michelle’s series on birth hypnosis, midwife Laura Nathan shares her passion for homebirth and the difference that hypnobirth makes within pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum, and beyond in this replay of episode 44.
"Because it doesn't have to be that way. That's what we see in the movies and the sitcom sketches. It doesn't have to be that way of the screaming, painful birth that is just awful and gotta get through it and suffer through to get to the end, to the good thing at the end, which is the baby. The process can also be really uplifting. It can be a really beautiful process that… the mom can feel really empowered by it."— Laura Nathan
In this third episode in the birth hypnosis series, Rene Brent, Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and Michelle dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis and hypnotherapy. They discuss the power of the subconscious mind works and how it works. Rene explains the imprinting that can happen within the subconscious mind, especially when we are children. Together Michelle and Rene share the transform that hypnotherapy can create.
"Thoughts create chemistry, and chemistry, we feel that in our physical body. If it's fear then we have another thought because we feel it in our stomach or our gut. And that's called the felt sense… When you are in worry and fear because worry is all about fear. Nobody worries about things being amazing." —Rene Brent
In this next episode Michelle's series on Hypnobirth, she shares some of the realities of birth and being a hypnodoula. She expresses her gratitude for hypnosis and hypnobirth, for what she teaches, as well as her gratitude for the families she has worked with over these 20 years. She ends the episode with the fun birth story of her April Fool's Day hypnobaby prankster.
"[Hypnosis], it's an incredible tool for healing, and for returning to our center and connecting with our own inner wisdom."— Michelle Smith
In this next episode Michelle's series on Hypnobirth, she shares what led her to become a birth hypnosis specialist and a bit of history regarding hypnobirth. Michelle has previously certified in and taught both HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies childbirth programs. She thoughtfully shares her observations regarding the two methods to help expecting families to decide which method might be best for them.
"I believe that the relaxation techniques that I teach provide a birthing woman a focus and control not realized by the average birthing person. Women report a feeling of empowerment, that they have learned skills they can use the rest of their lives." —Michelle Smith
In this episode of Michelle’s series on Hypnobirth, Michelle invites Stephanie Smith back to the podcast. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience as an E-RYT, PRYT Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and as a student of meditation. Together they have a casual conversation regarding the benefits, similarities, and differences of hypnobirthing/hypnosis and the Calm Birth Meditation practices.