Using your body's natural expulsive reflex, learn how to gently welcome your baby into the world without exhaustive hard pushing
The support of a caring and knowledgeable doula during pregnancy, birth, and beyond can ease stress to allow both of you fully enjoy this special time
Learn to release your fears and condition yourself to relax deeply when labor begins, so you can have the calm & gentle birth you've always wanted for your baby.
Arm yourself with evidence based, comprehensive education to feel confident in your choices; no matter what
HypnoBirthing® teaches you (and your birthing companion) the art and joy of birthing in a more comfortable manner. You will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant, and thus lessen or eliminate pain, discomfort, and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth, and mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all other creatures.
Birth doulas are for every kind of family and every kind of birth! Get non-judgemental, evidence based support as you prepare for your baby’s special day. Find out more about how a doula can also benefit your birthing companion during this transformative life event – a doula will never replace your partner and can enhance their experience as well. After all, birth is a family affair!
Not in Orange County but want virtual doula support? Interested in assistance helping to prepare for baby’s birth, but don’t want an extra person in the room while you labor? Need guidance getting your out of hospital birth reimbursed by your insurance company? As a knowledgeable and experienced birth worker (and mother), Nicolle can help with a wide variety of unique circumstances.
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.” – Jane Weideman
Most of us have been misled about physiologic birth our entire lives. Evidence has supported the fact that severe pain is not an inherent part of childbirth for hundreds, even thousands of years, and yet society and medical professionals continue to perpetuate this myth. With proper education and preparation, we can unlearn these myths and return to a birth experience that more closely mirrors the one nature intended. Does a calm, gentle birth always mean an unmedicated vaginal delivery? Of course not. HypnoBirthing classes and doula support can make a significant difference in the outcome and satisfaction level for your birth even if you need an induction, medication, cesarean, or another medically necessary intervention. Being prepared, empowered, and supported simply means you remain calm regardless of what transpires, which is always better for baby!
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew I was finally fulfilling my destiny to become a mother. What I didn’t anticipate was the passion for gentle birthing that followed!
Like most women, I was very concerned about how difficult and painful birth would be and had no sense of how I’d get through it. The hospital based childbirth classes instilled so much more fear in me that I became determined to educate myself further on normal birth – I found Marie Mongan’s HypnoBirthing book, practiced diligently, hired a doula, and had an incredibly calm and empowering unmedicated hospital birth! During the months that followed this blessed event, I was consumed with our birth story and wanted to share my experience with as many women as I could. Becoming a HypnoBirthing® practitioner was born from this passion, and there is nothing I love more than helping Orange County couples achieve their goal of a calm, gentle birth.
I wanted to give my son the best possible start in life so I researched HypnoBirthing at the recommendation of my OBGYN to give myself the best opportunity for a natural birth. Nicolle was a gentle, thoughtful, and accessible trainer. I am so incredibly glad I found her to teach me this method. I was able to labor without medications and remain in a calm and present state for over twelve hours. Even though I ultimately ended up needing to birth my son via a Cesarean section, I feel HypnoBirthing prepared me to self-soothe and stay calm during what could have been a much more stressful and frightening time. Nicolle was an invaluable resource after the birth of my son. She made herself available to hear my story and support me after a difficult birthing experience. I highly recommend Nicolle to help you along your birthing journey.
From her birth story written as a love letter to her daughter: "My belief and determination transcended fear and I was able to witness how truly unlimited my strength was ... I felt complete and utter joy. Mostly, I felt so incredibly thankful. For you, and your sister and Dad. For my birth team—beyond amazing women who hold the most safest of spaces that I have ever known. For yoga and HypnoBirthing for giving me the tools and confidence to have the birth I’d always dreamed of. For this beautiful birth experience that will serve as a positive affirmation to you that however and wherever you choose to birth, your experience matters. Seek out the support you deserve, know your options, and trust the sacred natural process. Remember to breathe and know that you can do this. You are so much stronger than you know."
We love Nicolle (aka Auntie Doula)!! If you are looking for a loving, knowledgeable and supportive doula and instructor then she is your girl! I did HypnoBirthing and used Nicolle as my doula and I had the most beautiful natural home birth that I could have dreamed of. From the beginning of my pregnancy to my postpartum stage, she was always there to check in, answer questions and give advice! She went above and beyond and I couldn't have achieved a peaceful birth without her. I'm so grateful for this passionate, knowledgeable and supportive person!
"I'm not the type of person that usually takes classes for things, 'cause I feel like I'll figure it out at some point...However, taking Nicolle's class was one of the most important decisions I have ever made. Where do I begin. The class helped me bring Max naturally and joyfully into the world, I'm sure without Nicolle's help, I couldn't have done it. Before taking the class, I was scared of Max's birth and unsure if I'd be able to withstand the pain. After the class. I was fearless and so ridiculously yet calmly confident, that the day of his birth, I marched right into the hospital and said "I'm here to have my baby." Much to the nurses awe, four hours later Max was born au natural. The whole experience would have not been as awesome had I not done HypnoBirthing with Nicolle. She will give you all the tools to be an awesome, relaxed, and confident momma. Take the class, do your relaxation exercises (religiously as possible) and voila! I would do it ten times over if needed. Absolutely worth it."
I wanted to have a non-medicated birth for my first and I found Nicolle and could not be happier! I attended her class every week for 5 weeks and learned so much! I was so nervous before taking her class and didn't think I could do it without medication. She not only taught me techniques but she helped me be confident during the whole process. She is so caring and sweet!
Nicolle served as my HypnoBirthing instructor as well as doula for both of my pregnancies (my first with twins and my second, VBAC). She was instrumental in assisting me reach my birth goals while anticipating everything I could ever need. From the moment we enrolled in her classes she was hands on, informative and life changing. She made me feel empowered, safe, supported and never let me forget how strong I truly was. Nicolle worked with me to release fear from my first delivery and embrace my second with a new outlook on how uncomplicated birth truly is. I delivered my perfect little boy completely unmedicated and showed all those VBAC nay-sayers that it can be done! I would HIGHLY recommend Nicolle for any and all birth services. I look forward to having her by my side for all my future births as her passion for birth is contagious. She is the best!
Nicolle was an amazing instructor that helped me achieve the birth plan I had dreamed of. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about HypnoBirthing and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking into having a HypnoBirthing birth.
This class truly appealed to the type of birth I was looking for. Nicolle truly loves what she does and it shows through her passion. HypnoBirthing is not for everyone but if you are interested in learning very key techniques to having a natural birth experience then I suggest you take this class. It's very intimate so you end up making friends with soon to be parents who will deliver around the same time as you which makes for great birth story exchanges. Thanks again for all your wisdom Nicolle!!
This woman is a self-described birth nerd but also a wonderful human being. She knows EVERYTHING on pregnancy, birth and postpartum. My husband and I took her Hypnobirthing class when in my 2nd trimester. I wanted something to help educate me and help me with a water birth. The class was amazing. It was filled with like-minded couples and a joy to sit through each week. We looked forward to attending each week and I actually shed tears when it ended. She told her class to call her if we had any questions. That she was ours until we gave birth. She kept her word and was literally there for me for anything and every question I had up until the day I gave birth even though I had an emergency transfer and 3 day labor. I still use the breathing exercises everyday with my newborn. Without her, my pregnancy would have been a different experience. I love this woman, her values and her wisdom. There is so much more I could write, but I am nursing my 4 month old now. This review is late and she deserves so much more for what her classes add to the motherhood transition. You won't regret her class.
Nicolle is very passionate about teaching, birth and helping parents in general! Her class was great for us in the weeks leading up to the birth of our first child. I especially think it helped prepare my husband for the birth, who was an amazing support to me throughout the entire labor! I was able to have my unmedicated home birth, and would do it again if we choose to have more children.
In my opinion HypnoBirthing helped me stay focused, that labor is natural, and my body can do it. If I never took the class, watched videos, read the books, or memorized the affirmations; all I would know are other mothers horror stories and I truly think I would think it would be impossible to do natural. What helped me most was the breathing techniques you taught us, I did them all. I also visualized the surges, as in what the muscles of the uterus were doing to get her out of me. Also visualized my cervix opening like the flower picture you gave us. This is definitely a journey and an experience like no other and we are enjoying every minute of it. Thank you for everything!
I look back now and am so happy about her birth. I know I could not have had a natural birth without HypnoBirthing®, my doula and Steve. I felt really prepared going into it and that gave me the confidence I needed to get through it. I would 100% do it again using HypnoBirthing®. Thanks for all your guidance!
Fantastic class! I was a second time mom looking for a different experience with my second birth and it made a huge difference with my birth. I was able to give birth unmedicated, which was my goal. Nicolle is an amazing teacher and the class was fun, educational and interactive. Highly recommend!
Unmedicated birth and well worth it. Thank you Nicolle for giving me the best tools to a beautiful birth that my family and I are completely grateful for. Couldn't have done it without your classes!!!
I can't say enough good things about Nicolle and her HypnoBirthing class! I was a second time mom when I reached out to take her course. I wanted an all natural birth after my first one ended in a csection. After taking Nicolle's class I was ready to face one of the best days of my life. We welcomed our sweet son into this world with nothing but peace and calmness. I did have another c-section but I was happy. I was at peace and truly healed by this experience. Nicolle is an amazing teacher and friend! I'd recommend her in a heartbeat!