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What are my background and credentials
For all those that are wondering?
(besides HypnoBirthing two beautiful boys myself)
2014 - Certified HypnoMothering™ Practioner and HypnoBirthing® Fertility Educator
2013 - Breastfeeding for Health Care Providers, Certificate Course, Douglas College.
2010 - Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator (HBCE), trained by the founder of the program herself, Marie Mongan.
2000 - BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University (SFU).
Who is Christy Rebagliati and
What is My Story ?
Native to Vancouver and the Okanagan, and with a strong sports background, I began my teaching career in 1995 when I coached snowboarding to athletes from all over the world for Whistler Mountain. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Communication from SFU in 2000, and enjoyed working in publishing, marketing, and training capacities in outdoor recreation, health and nutrition...locally, as an Educator for The Bridge Youth & Family Services and National Diabetes Trust in Kelowna. I became a HypnoBirthing® and All-things-hypnosis "Enthusiast" after experiencing first-hand what it was all about - twice!
During my first pregnancy in Scotland in 2008, I enrolled in the HypnoBirthing course to educate myself about the birthing process, to learn specifically how to relax and keep calm, and it was important to me to create a gentle birth experience for my baby as best I could by avoiding unnecessary interventions or meddling that could interfere with my plans. I was not let down...In this course I learned to look forward to my first birth experience without fear, and to ‘own’ this birth by making informed choices so I could have the natural birth that I wanted. Upon completion I felt SO empowered by what I had learned (and practiced) I was absolutely confident that I could birth safely and comfortably at home – which I did!
Two years later I still couldn't stop talking to anyone and everyone about my exhilarating experience! And my passion and enthusiasm only grew to new heights after another blissful waterbirth at home in Kelowna for my next son in 2010. And just 4 months after that Born To Birth was, well...born!
I knew I had found my calling and trained with "Mickey" Mongan and Sherry Gilbert - Founders of the HypnoBirthing Institute - and from there I became dedicated to helping empower parents throughout their journey from pregnancy to preschool, by becoming an instructor, advocate, and friend to all Goddesses going through the same thing I did, but with their own unique stories.
What exactly is
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour. For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with labour; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function. The result is exactly what they feared most – long, painful birthing or unnecessary intervention. People who are drawn to this method of childbirth have long been searching for a way to give birth confidently and as calmly, safely, and gently as possible, whether they have chosen to birth in a hospital, a birthing center, or at home. Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, healthy, low-risk women, as well as women who need medical assistance because of special circumstances, learn to dismiss fear-based stories, misinformation, and birthing myths; and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.
How is this birthing method
different from others ?
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth. When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as Nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.