Hi! My name is Lindsay Osterhoudt and I live in Raleigh, NC with my husband and five boys! I was lucky enough to discover Hypnobabies during my first pregnancy. I was amazed at how wonderful my birthing time could be and by the power of my own body. I'm blessed to be able to teach this amazing gift to other mothers as they grow their families. I LOVE what I do and I'd LOVE to share it with you.
This is a complete childbirth education class!! No other classes will be needed. You will learn hypnosis to keep you relaxed, comfortable, and confident during your birthing time. The class explains in detail how to stay as healthy and low-risk as possible during your pregnancy. You will receive detailed information on the most common medical interventions so you can be an informed consumer, tips for creating the perfect birth for you, an in-depth nutrition and exercise program, information on optimum fetal positioning, turning a posterior baby, bonding and communication exercises, and much more. Hypnobabies classes include wonderful information on commonly used natural birthing methods in addition to the deep hypnosis techniques that make Hypnobabies so unique and effective.
Your hypnosis instruction includes real Medical Hypnosis techniques; the same ones used for non-anesthetic medical and dental surgical procedures. You also learn “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis”, which means you are pre-programmed with deep hypnotic suggestions that you can walk and talk and move around easily during your birth, allowing for more effective descent and better positioning of your baby, while you remain completely relaxed and comfortable!
These classes are offered as group, private, or home study!
As a Hypno-doula, I am specifically trained to offer support during the birth by using only Hypnobabies language and techniques at all times. I love working with all families no matter where they plan to give birth. I can also be a liaison for the family with hospital staff, explaining my clients need darkness, solitude and quiet, and help keep distractions to a minimum. I can use hypnotic Deepening techniques with the Hypno-mom, for use in Transformation (transition) stage, as well as help with Fear Clearing and hypno-cues during your Birthing Time. When a birthing time slows or is stalled, I can assist with the "Strengthen My Birthing Time" track to help birthing waves become stronger and/or more consistent. My calm presence and Hypnobabies knowledge make me an ideal doula for all of my Hypnobabies students.
"Our biggest fear was not having the magical experience that we both had been dreaming about. We wanted to experience the birth of our son in a new light compared to the birth of our daughter. We decided that we needed a professional with experience to support our dreams. Having a doula was truly the key to success. We were educated, informed, supported, loved, and championed through our entire pregnancy and birthing experience. I don't think I can pick just one thing that we found helpful because there was so much that we loved. We found the education, knowledge, reassurance, love, support, and physical presence to be unbelievably essential to our story. We had not anticipated the feeling of becoming family with our doula but we welcomed it greatly! Having a Doula is an investment, but it pays off 10 fold. There are things that I would sacrifice in my birth story but my doula is not one of those things. I could not have done it without her and our story would have never been as magical without her. The most valuable part for me was the physical support during my birthing time. This is when I felt like I was at my most vulnerable and yet every need was met before I even knew I had a need. It wasn't until we started taking our Hypnobabies class that we realized how important having someone in our corner was going to be. My only regret is realizing how amazing having a doula was later in my pregnancy. I wish I had come to this realization in my first trimester."
"Lindsay is an amazing doula who empowered us to make the best decisions for ourselves and our baby at every stage of pregnancy and our birthing time! We worked with her as both our doula and our Hypnobabies instructor, and I'm so glad that we had the opportunity to build a relationship and common foundation with her this way. I would highly recommend that any other parents work with her in both capacities for maximum benefit. She provided knowledge, coaching and support in countless ways, and on several occasions, she gave crucial guidance to help us realize our ideal vision for pregnancy and a beautiful, peaceful birth. For example, when we first started working with Lindsay, we were unhappy with our current OB practice but hadn't considered making a change. She took time to understand our values and goals and then provided information and counsel that empowered us to switch to a wonderful midwife care team that we absolutely loved and trusted. Then, at 42 weeks, we made the decision to move forward with an induction for the health and safety of me and our baby. Lindsay's knowledge and guidance in those crucial hours were the key to a joyful and comfortable birth. Hospital protocol involved moving very quickly through a series of induction protocols, and Lindsay gave us information and guidance that helped us make the right decision to take things more slowly, allowing my body to respond appropriately at each step. Thank goodness we did! With just a few extra hours of patience after the first induction technique, my body entered natural labor without further interventions, and we delivered a healthy baby girl within 8-hours. We are immeasurably grateful that Lindsay was with us at every step of this journey, and we can't recommend her highly enough!"
"Initially I was so scared of doing birthing again; however, Lindsay came to the rescue! I greatly enjoyed her hypnobabies class; her class script readings made me feel as if I was happily floating; and I left the classes feeling better about what was to come! Lindsay's advice as a Doula contained pieces of wisdom that one just can't find on 'Mr Google'. As a Doula, she was smart, engaged, active, responsive and helpful in achieving our goals. I definitely recommend her Hypnobabies class and Doula services!"
"If you want to experience a positive, life-affirming, beautiful birth experience, I highly recommend Hypnobabies with Lindsay Osterhoudt or the closest Hypnobabies instructor to you! I took this course in 2020 when I was expecting our 4th baby. My previous birth experiences were less than ideal, mostly because of a lot of internalized fear and dread around birth, and I wanted a different experience with this birth. Hypnobabies gave me the tools I needed to clear out all of the fear and anxiety I was facing and fill my mind and heart with confidence and joy surrounding the birth of my baby. You may think that hypnosis isn't for you, but I suggest to you, give it an honest try! We hypnotize ourselves every day whenever we do our everyday tasks - the things that put us "in the zone." When you make achieving a positive birth experience part of your everyday routine, you would be surprised how much of a difference it makes! I have used the tools I learned through the course in two births. Not only does it teach you how to remove anxiety from your childbirth experience, it also gives you so much helpful information to make informed decisions about your healthcare and the healthcare of your baby!"
"The hypnobabies training undoubtedly helped me to have a more comfortable childbirth that was in line with mine and Slav's wishes. I think the most valuable thing is that I felt confident going into the birth that I knew my options and that I could handle things no matter what happened. I would be exaggerating to say that there were no difficult parts of my birthing time, but it was manageable and for most of the time, enjoyable. We're very grateful to have gone through the class with you, Lindsay!"
“I was most worried about being unprepared for the birth and not knowing what to expect. The well-rounded curriculum of the Hypnobabies Class and the inclusion of the birthing partner in the entire process is what really caught my attention. I found it helpful having the tools readily available for me to use, such as the relaxing music and the various handouts. I also really appreciated that all aspects of birthing were taught, including the medical options we would possibly face. The most helpful part, however, was having a teacher who was knowledgeable The most unexpected perk was having a meditation class disguised as a birthing class. It was just the relaxation I needed during my pregnancy! If a friend was considering how to prepare for birth I would tell them to take the class without hesitation. Even a medical professional like myself found the class to be so informative and eye opening. Lindsay’s wealth of knowledge and experience sets her apart from the rest!”
"I was nervous about my first birth and my plans for it to be unmedicated, but Lindsay and my newfound knowledge from the Hypnobabies classes made my partner and I feel much more prepared and relaxed! We used the audio tracks and tools from class to achieve the birthing experience we desired -- a calm and focused natural birth without interventions. I truly don't think we could have done this without the guidance and mental preparation achieved from Hypnobabies. Thanks Lindsay!"
"Lindsay's Hypnobabies class prepared me and my partner well for the unmedicated childbirth I desired, and also gave us the information and confidence we needed to make decisions in the various situations that could arise during birth. Hypnobabies materials and videos seem to mostly show birthing women who are practically silent or even smiling during birth, which is great for them, but not the experience of all people using self-hypnosis! Lindsay helped assure me that self-hypnosis could still be effective even if I didn't look like those women during birth, and I really appreciated that. She made self-hypnosis feel doable and she explained things clearly. The course materials and content are very in depth about birth, comfort measures, baby care, and even some basic breastfeeding information, so I feel that Hypnobabies provides great comprehensive preparation for childbirth and postpartum. I would definitely recommend Lindsay's class to other parents preparing for birth!"
"My birthing time was over 36 hours and there’s no way I would have made it without pain meds if it weren’t for our Hypnobabies training and my doula. Given the long Birth time, when my body needed to rest after about 20 hours, the deepening hypnosis track helped me relax completely through pressure waves and re-energize to make it through the final stages. I’m so grateful to you for your guidance throughout the course."
"We welcomed our first child - a little girl - in November 2017. Before we became pregnant, I knew I wanted an stress-free birthing experience with as few interventions as possible. I found Lindsay’s Hypnobabies class through an online search, and e-mailed her with a million questions I had about the curriculum and the approach itself. Before I even signed up for the class, Lindsay was helpful and responsive. I could tell she had a real love for Hypnobabies and for helping expectant mothers learn and utilize the tools it offers. The course was comprehensive - Lindsay taught us everything we would have learned in a typical birthing class plus the Hypnobabies practice. The best part about it was we were encouraged to use the Hypnobabies techniques in the way that best suited our individual goals - whether that was ultimately a home, birthing center, or hospital birth. Hypnobabies helped us to shape our birthing experience into one exactly right for my husband and I to welcome our sweet daughter into the world. Thank You Lindsay!"