It’s a week since my baby girl Julia landed, and I wanted to share how and why I choose to birth at home here in Jamaica. It’s an unusual choice here, in Kingston anyway… I’m sure country mamas are popping out pickneys at home in the Jamaican countryside every day! It’s definitely disapproved of by obstetricians. But, once I’d made up my mind it’s what I wanted, somehow all the details fell into place. Two good previous deliveries plus two years of teaching and practicing HypnoBirthing certainly helped give me the confidence I needed to go ahead. I had fantastic support, and I’m delighted to say the birth went perfectly.
Nurse Shaw – Qualified maternity nurse
547 2062 / 391 6706 – Need a break? Get Nurse Shaw in and have a much needed night’s rest. She works a 12 hour shift, staying awake all night so you don’t have to! Excellent at helping you reset wakeful baby’s sleeping pattern.
Khara Perkins - Private yoga teacher – can do prenatal / postnatal yoga
firstname.lastname@example.org – Increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and labour with prenatal yoga. And bounce back quicker with post natal yoga!
Tioma Allison – Homebirth Midwife / Homeopath
Meskhenet.email@example.com – 466 7555 – Tioma recently relocated to Jamaica from the US, where over 25 years she attended more than 2000 homebirths, many of them water births. Has her own birthing pools. She is a qualified homeopath and a registered to practice as a nurse / midwife here in Jamaica.
Natalie Reid – Swedish Massage / Prenatal Massage / Doula-in-Training
firstname.lastname@example.org – 483 4994 – Natalie does home visits or you can come to the True Self Meditiation Centre.
Violet Griffith – Lactation Consultant
776 9711 – email@example.com – www.momsmilkmatters.com – Violet can help with everything to do with breasfeeding: lactation coaching, antenatal preparation, postnatal assistance, lactation crisis management. If you are having trouble breast-feeding, don’t give up just yet! Get some expert advice.
Saphire Longmore – Psychiatrist
844 4155 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia – Home Manicure / Pedicures / Waxing
374 3896 – Stuck at home with the baby? Treat yourself to some pampering with Julia.
Have a look at this clip to see me giving a very brief introduction to HypnoBirthing Jamaica during a promotion for the first FitMAMA Workshop held on Saturday 4th October.
Thanks to all of you who came to this lovely event at Eden Gardens! It’s always exciting to get lots of pregnant mamas together in the same space, and wonderful to meet so many of you. Good luck to all of you who came. Remember, “When the way you view birth changes, the way you birth will change”; Marie Mongan.
- Date: October 4th
- Venue: Eden Gardens, 39 Lady Musgrave Road.
- Time: 10.30am -1.30p
- Cost: $1500 to join in.
You’ll discover all sorts of tips and techniques to help you stay fit and happy during pregnancy, from my own short HypnoBirthing presentation to nutrition and exercise tips for pregnant and new mamas – plus some aqua aerobics to try out, so bring your swimming gear!
The Marie Mongan Method
HypnoBirthing® is a philosophy and a technique developed by Marie Mongan that teaches you how to achieve a safer, easier and more comfortable birth. You’ll learn to release any negative expectations about birth, which creates the pain-causing fear that causes birthing muscles to become tight and unyielding. You’ll learn how to make the most of your body’s relaxation hormones and how to trust your birthing body and baby to work together in perfect harmony, just the way nature intended.
You’ll practice self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques and positive visualization, aided by your partner. Give him the tools he needs to feel confident in helping you have the birth you want! And, you’ll see videos showing HypnoBirthing mothers, awake, alert and happy as they experience calm, joyful births. By preparing your mind and body for childbirth properly, you will reduce or even eliminate, the experience of pain and the need for medication.
HypnoBirthing® teaches you trust your own natural birthing instincts. You’ll never be in a trance or a sleep state during the course or on the birthing day itself. You’ll learn how to let your mind and body become profoundly relaxed, yet remain fully aware and in control. Breathe your baby into the world!
- Teaches deep levels of relaxation to break the fear-tension-pain cycle
- Reduces and often eliminates the need for painkillers
- Shortens first phase of labor
- Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
- Keeps oxygen supplied to baby during birthing (no ‘forced pushing’)
- Reduces liklihood of tearning or episiotomy
- Gives birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
- Teaches pre-birth parenting
What People Are Saying
- “I love the philosophy; I love the instructor’s teaching manner. Thanks to HypnoBirthing®, and the support I received, my baby’s birth was wonderful. I was confident and free of fear.” – Kristin Miranda, NH
- “It was undoubtedly the most calm, exhilarating, beautiful birth (not to mention one of the shortest) I’ve attended so far as a birth doula. I plan to suggest it to all my upcoming clients.” - Leila Botsford, C.D.
- “HypnoBirthing® has changed the way I practice obstetrics.” - Dr. Jeffrey Segil, FACOG, NH
- “Outstanding! Easy-to-learn relaxation and breathing patterns guided me through a five- hour, pain-free labor. I will treasure the experience forever!” - Kim Sweers, FL
- “Wonderful! I tell everyone that it is the only way…my doctor is so impressed!” - Katharine Oliver, NC
- “My baby’s birth was the most amazing experience. I love this program and am deeply led to teach it.” – Alicia Watson, CO
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pullback from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” Virginia Di Orio
“Change the way you view birth, and the way you birth will change”. Marie Mongan
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Vernon Derby on Nationwide FM on June 5th, here in Kingston, Jamaica. It was part of his ‘At your Service’ show, and Vernon wanted to know all about how HypnoBirthing works, what classes involve, what Dads get out it etc. He amazed me with his open-mindedness to HypnoBirthing techniques. Have a listen to the show!
Originally from London, I studied Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2001. I lived in Dublin until 2012, working as a digital copywriter. In January 2012, my husband got a job with Digicel in Jamaica, and we moved to Kingston, pregnant with our first child. We’ve been here 3 years now, and I’ve just had my third baby!
I had been practicing HypnoBirthing techniques for the birth of my first child, and felt calm and confident throughout the pregnancy, even when we moved here at a very late stage. My labour was quick; 7 hours in total, only an hour of which was in the hospital. I’m convinced HypnoBirthing contributed enormously to me approaching my son’s birth without fear, and allowing myself to let go completely during labour and follow the increasingly intense surges from deep within my birthing body.
My only regret was delivering lying on my back and being told when to push. This is the prevailing method of delivery in Jamaica, and I am dedicated to help mums feel empowered enough to deliver in whatever position suits their body best and help their birthing partners make sure the birthing mother isn’t rail-roaded onto their backs!
For the birth of my daughter, I wanted to do a refresher course in HypnoBirthing but realised nobody was teaching it in Jamaica. I decided to get qualified, and took the HypnoBirthing Practitioner’s course in Florida in May 2103.
Second time round, labour was even quicker. At 6.15am, I was giving my 18 month old a bottle of milk, singing to him in the dark while having surges, and my daughter was born at 8am! I was in hosptial for less than an hour when she was born, assisted only by a midwife, and gave birth on my knees, kneeling on the bed – a position I found much more comfortable, with none of the stress of coached pushing. This time I did not experience any tearing at all. The actual delivery wasn’t exactly ‘pain-free’, but it was a tremendous euphoric rush, and over within about 5 minutes. At no point did I feel frightened or out of control, and I felt ready to bound out of bed with my new baby directly after the birth.
My third birth was a fantastic home birth. Julia was born in less than 2 hours, at home in water. I was supported by two terrific doulas and a midwife and you can find out all about how I organised it here.
Call me, Lizzie Sherwood-Smith, to find out more about HypnoBirthing and whether it could help you have a better, natural birth.
The cost of taking the HypnoBirthing class is $22,500 JMD per couple. This covers:
- 5 x 2.5 hour classes (plus an extra session if you have to miss one, or need a refresher)
- All your handouts
- The official book; ‘HypnoBirthing: The Marie Mongan Method’ by Marie Mongan.
- The official CD – ‘Rainbow Relaxation’.
Class size is limited to 8 people / 4 couples, so call Lizzie now on 873 3049 to book your place! Find out when the next class starts!
Why come to class? Coming to the course is a great way to help all the information sink in, and to practice going into light hypnosis. You’ll find the weekly reinformcement of everything you are practicing enormously beneficial, plus individual tution and support.
What if I’d rather study HypnoBirthing on my own? With dedication, you can achieve good results studying HypnoBirthing on your own. Buy the book and CD as a set from the HypnoBirthing Institute for $33 plus $10 shipping; just email email@example.com. The book is available on Amazon, but not the CD.
Read Nicola’s story of birthing baby Ella at Nuttall; a quick, gentle delivery. The attending nurse said she had never seen anything like it in 40 years of practice. The really fantastic thing about this wonderful birth, is that baby Ella was breech until almost 39 weeks, then thankfully turned right on time.