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Rachel VenceRachel Vence,
HCHI, CCE, CLE, HCHD, Birth Doula (DONA Trained), Mo3

HCHI - Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
CCE - Certified Childbirth Educator
CLE - Certified Lactation Educator
HCHD - Hypnobabies Certified Hypno-Doula
Birth Doula - Trained through DONA - have attended over 25 births
Mo3 - Mom of 3 amazing children - all born naturally without interventions or medications

Congratulations to this month's Spotlight Practitioner,Rachel Vence of San Diego Hypnobabies! She is crazy about natural birth, and she could be just the person you are looking for to help bring your next baby into this world with a more peaceful, calm, and relaxed birth. We asked Rachel to share a bit about herself; take a look at what she has shared, and be sure to learn more about Hypnobabies below:

About Rachel:

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I'm a Birth Junkie and a Breastfeeding Advocate!

I didn't know this about myself until the birth of my first child in my mid 30's. With the support of my amazing husband and my doula, I was able to have an incredibly positive journey into motherhood. My son was born 2 hours after arriving at the hospital without interventions or medications. A dear friend welcomed her first baby 9 days after my son. Our birth journeys couldn't be more different, nor could our breastfeeding relationships. On a high from my own birthing, and seeing the contrast between our two experiences, I realized I had a calling in life to become a Childbirth Educator, a Doula and a Lactation Educator. And so it began...

I earned my Certified Childbirth Educator (traditional childbirth education method) through the Childbirth Education Association of San Diego, a former Chapter of ICEA. My certification was an intensive 9 months and required mentored teaching. Upon completion of my CCE, I worked for CEA of San Diego, a non-profit organization until it closed. I also teach at a local hospital as a Perinatal Educator and do continued education courses in my field every year. My traditional Childbirth Preparation background affirmed my personal belief in the necessity of teaching from evidence-based research.

My lactation education was sparked by watching my dear friend, a loving, compassionate woman who struggled with breastfeeding for months. Through her perseverance and dedication, she was able to nurse for 6 months before transitioning her son solely to formula. Her experience was very different from my own and it taught me a great deal. I'm thankful for having learned these lessons early in my career. While her desire to nurse her son was the catalyst, it was the sisterhood of support and the knowledge she veraciously pursued which allowed her to successfully achieve her goal of breastfeeding as long as she did. This set me on the path to become a Certified Lactation Educator. My strong knowledge combined with my personal experiences make me an effective and understanding Breastfeeding Advocate. My combined breastfeeding clock with my 3 children is 60 months (as of January 2012) and still ticking. As a mom who works full time, I cherish my nursing relationship with my kids and relish our time to reconnect after long hours apart. Also as a nursing mom, I'm a pumping expert! I have lots of tips and tricks that I'vegleaned over the years. I am a Certified Lactation Educator having completed the USCD Lactation Education course.

After completing my training, I settled into a career of teaching while being blessed to attend the occasional birth as a doula. I thought I was just where I needed to be, until...

Somehow, the stresses of being a mom who works a full time job, teaches nights and weekends, occasionally doulas, is a wife, and a mother of 3 small children - 1 of whom is still nursing, started to get to me. Imagine that! I began using hypnosis for stress management. I had previously dabbled in meditation, but this was different. Hypnosis proved powerful and effective for me and once again I began re-evaluating. What if you put Childbirth and Hypnosis together! As I did research on Hypnosis for Childbirth, there were a number of things I would not comprise on, before I could dedicate myself to a program:

1. It MUST provide COMPLETE evidence-based Childbirth Education

2. The program MUST be regularly updated to incorporate current research

3. It MUST provide true Hypno-Anesthesia

4. It MUST have a proven track record for success

My searching took me to many corners of the Internet, tons of forums, andmultitudes of conversations with moms. In the end only one program satisfied all of my requirements. And so, in 2011, I became a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypnobabies Certified Hypno-Doula.

It's been an interesting journey, one I would not trade for anything, and one that I know if far from over! I look forward to what the future brings! Who knows, maybe I can add Hypnobabies-Mom to my credentials. Smile

Lastly, I couldn't do what I do with the incredible support of the man that has the hardest job I know, my husband and stay at home dad to our 3 kids, Bob! Thank you honey.

Check out Rachel's listing here!

About Hypnobabies Classes from San Diego Hypnobabies

Hypnobabies offers complete childbirth education and hypno-anesthesia – NO OTHER Childbirth Preparation classes are needed! The format is a small group, no more than 5 couples who meet 3 hours a day, 1 day a week for 6 weeks, for a combined total of a minimum of 18 hours of comprehensive interactive instruction!

The complete cost of this amazing course, including all the following materials is $400. As a veteran myself, I proudly offer a military discount.

Class Materials you receive:

7 Your 218 page Hypnobabies workbook

נ 7 CDs for the Hypno-Mom

נ 1 CD for the Birth Partner

נ The Hypnobabies Quick Reference Guide for Birthing

נ The Birth Partner's Guide Booklet

נ Techniques from the book, "Back Labor No More"

נ 6 Hypnobabies scripts in a spiral bound book

נ Your Perineal Massage Booklet

נ Your “Rights of Childbearing Women” booklet

נ 16 Handouts

Hypnobabies Course Outline

Class 1: Introduction to Hypnobabies:

Introduction to Hypnobabies’ Philosophies and Positive Mindset; Pregnancy Anatomy and Physiology; Belief Systems; The Power of Words and How They Affect Us; How Your Mind Works – The Conscious and Subconscious; The Mind/Body Connection; What Hypnosis is and is NOT; Demonstrations of Hypnosis; How Fear Affects Comfort and Length of Labor; Fear Clearing for Childbirth; The Importance of Daily Birthing Affirmations; The Gifts Your Body Gives You – Your Beautiful Uterus and How it Works; Creating Your “Mental Lightswitch”. Partner Communication Exercise and the “Contract of Trust”.

Hypnosis Script: “Learning Self-Hypnosis”. (Entering hypnosis on your own and controlling all sensations in your body.)

Class 2: Staying Healthy and Low Risk:

Importance of Diet in Pregnancy; Nutritional Guidelines; The High Protein Advantage; Eggs, Salt and Calcium in Pregnancy; Drinking Water for Two; Avoidance of Harmful Substances; Safe and Comfortable Prenatal Sleeping and Resting Positions; Natural Comfort Measures for Pregnancy; Introduction of the Stages of Labor including the “Baby-Kindness” Stage; New Baby Sensitivity Through Bonding; Using Hypnosis for Pregnancy Discomforts and Health; Prenatal Exercises for Birth; Birth Partner Assistance.

Hypnosis Script: “Creating Anesthesia”. (Modifying your hypnosis to include Hypno-anesthesia and “Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis”.)

Class 3: Your Options in Birthing:

Birth Partner’s “Relax and Feel Confident” CD; The Importance of Making Excellent Birthing Decisions; the “Big Secrets”. Detailed Childbirth Choices – Risks, Benefits and Alternatives for Common Procedures; Getting Informed Consent, Hospital Forms and Your Rights; Questions for Caregivers - Consumer Issues and Positive Communication; Creating the Birth Plan of your Dreams; “Big” Babies; Packing Your Birth Bag; Touring Your Place of Birth; Benefits of a Professional Labor Assistant; “Hypno-Doulas”; Introduction of Belly Lift Techniques.

Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 1 – Birth Hypnosis Tools”. (Learning cues for deepening hypnosis and anesthesia instantly.)

Class 4: The Onset of Labor:

Your “Guess Date” and Normal Length of Pregnancy; Preparing for your Birthing Day; Signs of Birthing Beginning; Amniotic Membranes Breaking – Your Safe Choices; True vs. “False” Labor; How to Time Your Birthing Waves (contractions); Your Birth Log; When to go to the Birth Place; Automatic Comfort and Relaxation on “The Drive” and Arrival at Your Place of Birth (if out of your home; Hypno-Guardians; Nurses – the Unsung Heroes; Using Hypnosis for Comfort During Internal Exams; Dilation, Effacement, Position and Station of Baby; The Beautiful Progress of Labor, Including Fast , Average and Slow or Stalled Labor; Artificial Induction and Natural Induction Techniques; Creating a Safe and Serene Birthing Environment; Nausea Elimination; Optimum Fetal Positioning.

Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 2 - Deepening Your Hypno-Anesthesia.” (Birth Partner Cues for instantly deepening hypnosis and moving anesthesia around to different areas of your body.)

Class 5: Birth Partners, Transformation and Birth:

Birth Partners Training: Your Role During Pregnancy and Birthing Reviewed; How a Labor Assistant Can Help the Hypno-Partner; 4 Pages of Verbal Birthing Cues; Physical Comfort Techniques; the Change of Plans Hypnosis Script.

Late First Stage Labor - Transition…or “Transformation”; Hypnosis Deepening techniques; Trusting in Your Body, Your Mind and your Baby; Protecting the Hypno-Mom!; Effective Positions for Birthing; Benefits and Use of the Birth Ball; Exhale Pushing and Avoiding the “Ring of Fire” with Hypnosis; Safe Birthing of the Placenta; Cord Traction, Pitocin, Post-Partum Choices. Review: Membranes Releasing, Hypnobabies Tools, Using Your Mental Lightswitch, Fear Clearing for Childbirth; Avoiding a Cesarean Section.

Hypnosis practice: Using Hypnobabies in the Moment! Full practice of our Hypnobabies Lightswitch techniques, Peace cue, Release cue, Birth Partner’s cues, and Moving Hypno-Anesthesia around Your Body.

Class # 6: Birthing Your Baby and Beyond:

Hypnosis Script: “Visualize (Create!) Your Birth” (a mental practice of labor and birthing that creates your childbirth experience for you exactly as you desire it to be.)

Followed by our In-depth Birthing Rehearsal using all Hypnobabies Techniques, Birth Balls, Walking, Positional Changes and Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis where our Hypno-Moms and Birth Partners practice their Hypnobabies cues and techniques together, in hypnosis, culminating with “giving birth” using Hypno-Anesthesia.

New Baby Care: Baby Kindness, Apgar Scores, Normal Newborn Appearance, and Choices for Baby’s Care including Hospital and Homebirth Newborn Procedures, Bathing..or Not?, Vaccinations, Circumcision and Rooming In. A Good Start with Breastfeeding, Latching, Non-Schedules, BF Resources, Attachment Parenting Information, and much more!

Ready to reserve your space in the next exciting and interactive

6 Week Hypnobabies Series?

Visit or call Rachel at 619-567-3236.