Born To Birth

Email: christy@borntobirth.caborntobirth

Tell us about yourself and family
My name is Christy Phillips (nee Rebagliati)- HypnoBirthing Enthusiast!!  I have two wonderful little boys, Keir aged 6 and Oliver aged almost 5!  They were both born using HypnoBirthing techniques and are the loves of my life!

I am a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner, Breastfeeding Counsellor (Douglas College Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Providers), and will very soon be Certified as a HypnoBirthing Fertitlity Educator and HypnoMothering Practitioner. My education also  includes a BA Communication from SFU and I teach parenting education classes for the Bridge Youth & Family Services from time to time 😉

I’m originally from Vancouver and grew up skiing and snowboarding the North Shore mountains and in Whistler.  I also had the privilege of spending all my summers in beautiful Naramata – so I was happy to move to Kelowna in 2009, the lake really is ‘home’ to me! Like going back to the womb!  But before that, I spent 2006-2009 living in beautiful Edinburgh Scotland!  Keir was born there and this was the beginning of my passion for HypnoBirthing and for Hypnosis techniques.  You may also notice my slightly Scottish accent, but I”m mostly ‘all Canadian’ eh!  You’ll see when you meet me!  And I look forward to meeting you!

Describe your business/product or service
Born To Birth provides you with:
HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes
HypnoBirthing® Fertlity Support Classes **NEW**
HypnoMothering™ Classes **NEW**(classes for both expecting & new/seasoned moms)
HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes
And Breastfeeding Education & Support!

Course Descriptions:

HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes
The majority of birthing women do not need interventions and procedures for safe and healthy birth. The birthing body and the baby know just what to do!

Presented in a 5-week format, HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is a simple, straightforward prenatal education program, thoughtfully developed over the years to remind mothers of the simplicity of birth itself. This program is suitable for all mothers-to-be, whether they wish to birth at home or in hospital, and regardless of their choice of care-provider.

What is HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique!  The method teaches you and your birthing companion(s) that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour. 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—through special relaxation, breathing, visualization, affirmation, and self-hypnosis techniques—free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth. 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 muscle and cause pain. Popular now all over the world, including “Hollywood” –and recently adopted by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) –discover  how HypnoBirthing® is “Taking the Birthing World by CALM!”

Developed by two hypnotherapists, each a mother of twins, HypnoMothering is a 2.5 hour class for all moms-to-be, new mothers, and moms of young children.  In HypnoMothering, you’ll be provided with a “safe space” to learn very easy and fast self-hypnosis techniques to help you make the most of limited sleep, keep your cool on challenging days, and find focus and mindfulness amidst the myriad of feelings you may face as a mother.  You’ll become empowered to embrace your own unique journey free from outside expectations or judgment. “Keep calm in the new baby storm” and ease your transition to life with baby!

HypnoBirthing® Fertility Support Program
Presented in 5 week format, this program is designed to help families achieve their dream of conceiving and birthing a child, whether they are choosing medically assisted conception or alternative methods.

Conception is a natural, normal event for healthy men and women, so why do some couples experience difficulty? Fertility and conception is a mind-body process that is unique to every individual. Worldwide it is estimated that 10 to 15% of couples of childbearing age experience infertility.  Many of these families will turn to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).  Studies have shown that including hypnotherapy in their treatment can double their success rate.

Presented couples will be guided in their journey as they discover how their life experiences have created their beliefs and their thoughts, about their bodies, conception, sexuality, birth, parenting skills and much more.  They will be helped to discover how changing their beliefs and thoughts will change their body and ability to conceive, identifying and healing the barriers that exist within.  They’ll discover how stress affects the hormonal balance of the body, interfering with conception and be provided with an education that includes in and out of class activities designed to assist you and your partner in managing stress and improving communication, while learning meditation exercises and benefitting from group hypnosis sessions.

“Born To Breastfeed” Education & Support
Receive fun and helpful prenatal breastfeeding education in your home!  Packages include your choice of 2 or 4hrs prenatal education, plus home support visits once baby has arrived!  Free 10 minute phone consultations available and affordable home-visit rates, saving you from making appointments, waiting, and travel time!  Ask about our “Party” Package.

How long have you been in business?
Born To Birth came alive in Kelowna in 2010.  I taught my first class at Westbank First Nation and regular classes became available on a monthly basis thereafter.

Classes are now available in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton and going strong!

Why did you start the business?
I found HypnoBirthing classes during m first pregnancy in Scotland.  This course really changed my life!  It not only offers a philosophy, tools and techniques for achieving a calm gentle and comfortable birth, but for achieving a more satisfying and fulfilling life everyday, and for avoiding the kind of thinking that stresses our minds and bodies and taxes our immune systems.

After taking the HypnoBirthing course I felt so empowered with knowledge and confident in my body that at 34 weeks pregnant I decided to switch my plan to a home birth knowing that relaxing into my labour and birth at home was the right choice for me. My birthing unfolded as I had spent months visualizing it would – it was the most thrilling and empowering life experience I’d ever had!  It gave me a voice which I previously didn’t feel I had before: I felt empowered, trusting in my body, and I couldn’t stop talking about it.  I experienced another wonderful birth at home in Kelowna in 2010 and knew that it was time to start teach this unique and beneficial technique myself – I had so much experience and insight to share.  When my second son was 4 months old I became Certified as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner and have followed my instincts ever since!  With a love for hypnosis I am now thrilled to have expanded my repertoire to include Fertility Support classes and HypnoMothering….and I hope that one day (maybe once the kids are both in school!) I will go on to become a Hypnotherapist.  Stay tuned! 😉

Tell us why all parents need to visit your store or purchase your product/service

Born To Birth Maternity & Wellness takes a special approach, offering classes that not only help you in your journey as a parent, for conceiving, birthing, breastfeeding and mothering, but for maintaining your cool any time!

I bring my own personality, enthusiasm and humour to every class – so beware!  If I’m feeling extra organized I will bring you some baking or other nibbles too!  My 2-day courses in Vernon often include potlucks!


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