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HypnoCentered Childbirth Education

Using hypnosis, relaxation, yogic breathing, the power of your mind, and the connection with your baby to get into your instinctual and gentle birthing body.

This is a comprehensive childbirth education class for families intending a natural birth at home or a hospital.


The goal of my childbirth education classes is to help women and their partners access their confidence, courage, and power, while learning the techniques they need to bring their baby into the world in a satisfying way. I passionately believe that delving into the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of birth ultimately helps you make honest, informed, and focused decisions for a calm, safe, joyful, and transformative birth.

My unique classes weave together research, practical knowledge, experiential exercises,  anecdotes, and humor. I am not affiliated with any healthcare provider, hospital, or traditional childbirth education methodology, and I offer the most realistic and empowering information, in a positive way, without filtering it. I make it a priority to listen to my students, and invite you to speak your mind.

As a former doula and HypnoBirthing teacher, and a current certified Hypnotherapist, Depth Hypnosis Practitioner, yoga teacher, and non-denominational minister, you'll learn on an intellectual level; you'll practice on a physical level; and you'll be deeply engaged in the magic of birth. 

You'll learn or experience:

  1. The ways animals give birth

  2. Yogic breathing to support your body and focus your mind

  3. Deepening your connecting with your birth partner

  4. Physiology and hormones of birth

  5. Importance of relaxation

  6. Keeping your nervous system calm in labor

  7. Encouraging your baby to be in a symmetrical position

  8. Signs your labor might be starting

  9. More techniques for helping you go towards the sensations of labor

  10. How to change positions or locations smoothly

  11. What happens after you're fully dilated

  12. Moving your baby down

  13. Cord clamping, placenta birthing, care of the perineum

  14. What is hypnosis

  15. History of birth

  16. Different ways birth can look

  17. Communication with friends/family members and medical care providers

  18. What the partner should (and shouldn't) do during labor

  19. Benefits of having a doula

  20. Managing special medical circumstances

  21. Assessing what interventions/protocols are necessary

  22. Birth preferences

  23. Newborn procedures

  24. Self Hypnosis and guided relaxation

  25. Advocating for yourself and your baby

  26. Affect of language and thoughts

  27. Understanding your beliefs and fears about birth

  28. Choices around birth location and birth team support

  29. Managing the energy of the people in the birth room

  30. Taking care of yourselves after the birth

  31. The karma of birth

  32. Birth as an Initiation

  33. Connecting with your baby

  34. Your first moments with your baby

  35. and more


Read what couples have to say about this class

Read what birth professionals have to say about their clients/patients who take my class.


  1. Four classes for a total of 16 hours. Last class is a double session with an hour break.

  2. $425 per couple, includes my CD and Course Curriculum.

  3. The Nourishing Our Children DVD recommended below can be rented in class for $10 or purchased through the provided link.

  4. Class size limited to 10 couples.

  5. Taught at The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

  6. 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Cross street is Presidio Avenue

Class Schedule and Enrollment


Please visit the calendar, choose the series dates you are interested in, click on the entry and enroll.   About two weeks before the class start date, I will send another email with more details about the class and a questionnaire for you and your partner to fill out.

If you are not able to make any of the dates listed on the calender, please consider taking Private or Semi-Private HypnoCentered Birth Techniques


  1. Hire a professionally trained doula for a hospital or home birth.

  2. Please contact me for a list of doulas who work most frequently with my students or doulas who offer low-fee services.

  3. Start the class between 22 - 32 weeks of pregnancy.

Recommended Books to Read/DVD to view


Order Online

HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.

What Your Pediatrician Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Your Child by Dr. Susan Markel.

Return to the Great Mother by Isa Gucciardi Ph.D.

Nourishing Our Children DVD

If you have any questions about the class, need to arrange a payment plan, or have any other special circumstances, please contact me.

I'm looking forward to having you in class!

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