March 14, 2008
Having a baby on
cloud nine; Mom is a fan of unique approach
Posted By HEATHER TRAVIS (Article
Bridget Watoriek caught
herself snoring between contraction during the birth of her
The Blenheim resident
gave birth on Jan. 14 using a deep relaxation method called,
HypnoBirthing, developed by U.S. award-winning
hypnotherapist, Marie Mongan.
"It's like you are on
cloud nine," said Watoriek. "Through each contraction I
could feel this pressure and when the contraction stopped, I
Sherrie Williams, a
certified HypnoBirthing practitioner, worked with Watoriek
for five weeks to teach her the relaxation and breathing
methods and to discuss birthing process.
"I find with
HypnoBirthing, everything is positive about it. You are able
to relax your body in a way that it remains relaxed through
the whole experience," said Williams.
In addition to learning
the relaxation methods, expectant mothers also repeat
affirmations that help to envision the birthing process from
a painful experience to a natural, relaxed motion, she said.
"You change your thinking
from pain to (feelings of) pressure and intensity," she
said. "It teaches you to look forward to every contraction."
For example, Watoriek
would repeat: "I see my baby moving smoothly through my
birth canal" and "My body is made to birth," to help prepare
her mind for the upcoming labour.
Williams said many
pregnant mothers envision themselves screaming and pushing
during the birth, which makes it a tense and painful
"In society we are taught
to fear birth," she said.
encourages the involvement of the father or birth partner,
Watoriek's husband, Alex,
participated in the HypnoBirthing sessions.
Alex admitted he was
skeptical about whether the relaxation methods Williams had
taught them would actually affect what would happen once
they reached the hospital.
"Bridget was sleeping
through most of it," he said. "I was expecting her to scream
and squeeze my hand, but she didn't."
Williams said the
HypnoBirthing process is not intended to replace doctor's
instructions or any medical procedures.
However, Watoriek claims
most of her pain was eliminated using the breathing and
relaxation methods and she didn't have an epidural.
Lisa Uher, owner of
Mother Nurture Childbirth Support Services and a doula, said
there isn't a risk involved with practicing the
HypnoBirthing process and is just another tool to use during
labour. "There is a lot of philosophy around this mind over
pain," she said. "In labour there is a fear, tension, pain
cycle. It really builds confidence in the mother."
Uher, who teaches child
birth classes, said she is getting certified and will soon
be teaching HypnoBirthing.
Williams believes in the
process, after having her first child using the methods and
is currently preparing for the birth of her second child.
"I wouldn't do it any
other way," she said.
Williams charges $275 for
five HypnoBirthing sessions, which can be held in the
client's home or in a studio in Blenheim, and Mongan's book
and a compact disc.
For more information, contact
519-674-1435 or e-mail
Information about HypnoBirthing can be found at
Alex Watoriek, of Blenhiem, used the HypnoBirthing technique
during the birth of their one-month-old son Connor. Bridget
said she was so relaxed during her pregnancy that she
couldn't feel her contractions.; Williams
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