This May, we packed our doula bags (and then some) and headed to the 2016 New Baby Expo to kick off the start of Hypnobabies Classes that are now available on Oahu!!
Directly across from one of our favorite chiropractors, Dr. Robert Anderson, we spent the weekend encouraging expectant couples to think positively about their upcoming births! Many of our doula families stopped by and added their personal Birth Affirmations, and I was happy to catch up with my doula-babies while they did so!
The biggest surprise of the weekend was being chosen for a news clip, by Hawaii's beloved Yunji De Nies of KITV Channel 4, Island News. Speaking of surprises, our own, Shallin Shelby, doula and photographer extraordinaire, correctly guessed Yunji's adorable baby bump! It was confirmed in another clip which aired the following week!
Oahu Birth Services is famous!! No, not really... we still shred our own paperwork, answer our own calls... Even at 3am!
Top right photo is our Birth Affirmations canvas... As Expo-go'ers stopped by, we asked them what they thought of when they thought of "Birth". Interestingly enough, we ALL have a belief system about BIRTH. More importantly, this Belief System can be changed! We then asked expectant parents to think of a word, or a phrase of what they'd like for their birth, write it on our canvas, and to take this with them... to FOCUS on only the positive. What we tend to FOCUS on, can impact what we achieve! The mothers that we spoke to left our booth with a spring in their step, and EXCITED to continue their birth preparations!
Our doula families that visited wrote Birth Affirmations, so personal, endearing and inspirational that I had to stop reading! (Sniff, Sniff) We're hoping in time, before the end of the year, this canvas is FILLED... with positive words, affirmations, encouraging everyone to know that birth is Healthy, Normal, and with preparation can be a wonderful experience to be cherished for a lifetime!
So... what is your Belief System about birth... Where did it originate from... Does it serve you and your family?
A BIG Mahalo to Doula Yvonne Gray of Wunder Birth for all your help!
Aloha!! -Oahu Birth Services, LLC