Excellent Nutrition Supports Optimal Relaxation

Nutrition and Hypnobirthing: you may be wondering how these two are linked.  A well-rounded diet packed with quality foods is an essential piece to the practice of hypnobirthing. 

If you are familiar with hypnobirthing, you know that daily relaxation practice is one of the most important parts of preparing for a gentle, conscious birth.  The rainbow relaxation CD and birthing affirmations are often used as relaxation tools for a pregnant mom to take herself deep into her body, connecting with her baby and preparing for the incredible journey of labor and birth.  As a woman settles into her daily relaxation practice, an orchestra of hormones and neurotransmitters are called upon.  At the very foundation of these substances is the type of foods a woman chooses to eat.


My son learning about the importance of nutrient dense foods

Hormones and neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals in the body.  They come into play both in relaxation and times of heightened stress.  These compounds are built from the fat and protein we eat and their chemical reactions are able to happen only with the aid of certain essential micronutrients (think vitamins and minerals).  Our bodies rely on adequate intake of healthy fats from foods such as pastured animals, eggs, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, wild fish, and coconut; we also need quality proteins from beans and lentils, nuts, the animal foods mentioned above, and whole grains such as quinoa and steel cut oats.  Furthermore, eating nutrient dense foods such as green leafy vegetables, seaweed, and sprouted grains is a great way to assure you are getting plenty the vitamins and minerals required to allow your hormones and neurotransmitters to carry out their work. 

Now you know fat, protein, and certain micronutrients are needed for the production of chemical messengers in the body.  But, how do you favor the relaxation compounds?  Much of this is related to the production of the stress hormone cortisol.  Minimizing sudden spikes in cortisol in our daily lives sets the stage for quality relaxation time.  Here are a few tips:

1)   Eat a good breakfast that includes a substantial amount of protein.  Examples include 2-3 eggs with whole grain toast and sautéed greens, a bowl of steel cut oats with chopped nuts, fruit, and coconut oil, or chicken sausage with potatoes and veggies.  Be sure to eat breakfast within one of hour of waking so your blood sugar does not dip too low in the morning as this can cause cortisol to spike and starts the day off with a rush of stress to the body.

2)   Eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day.  Most pregnant women find they need to eat frequently to avoid nausea, excess fatigue, headaches, or dizziness.  Be sure to include protein with each meal and snack.  Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white bread.   Again, cortisol plays a role here.

3)   Eat a snack close to the time of your relaxation practice.  This will avoid any interruptions due to hunger and fuel your body to produce the hormones and neurotransmitters so essential to your practice.

4)   Deep breathing.  This is great to incorporate throughout the day, not only while practicing hypnobirthing techniques.  This reminds a woman to stay connected to her body and her baby and allows for relaxation to be woven into the day’s rhythm.

For more information and ideas about how to eat well during your pregnancy, visit the Three Sisters Midwifery food blog at nourishingthemother.com 

A Powerful Way to Make a Difference for Your Birthing

Practicing Relaxation Together

Partners learn how to work together to optimize relaxation for the woman in labor.

I’ve been teaching childbirth education classes and attending births for over 30 years. I can say with my FULLEST HEART that I have never seen anything as effective as HypnoBirthing for making a positive difference in the experience of moms and babies at birth. If you are pregnant, or wanting to be pregnant, please come to our Birth Story Sharing on July 13th in Jacksonville. Everyone is welcome! Bring your questions and your curiosity. You’ll meet the babies and hear the parents’ stories.

Our next class series starts end of July and goes through August. You must preregister for the series. We are keeping it small. See below for dates, times, location info and more. Call or email with any questions, or to preregister. HypnoBirthing makes a difference! Calmer moms, calmer babies. The relaxation optimizes the hormonal flow of labor so the birthing body takes over and does what it knows how to do, without interference.

HypnoBirthing July/August 2013

Birth Story Sharing
Saturday July 13, from 4-5:30. (FREE event – All are welcome)
Very inspiring and encouraging! This is an intro to the class and a chance to ask questions too.

HypnoBirthing Five-Class Series begins two weeks later: 2-4:30pm on Saturdays
Class One July 27
Class Two August 3
Class Three August 10
Class Four August 17
Class Five August 24

Birth Stories and Classes are all held at our practice classroom space at
Three Sisters Midwifery, 235 W Main St, Jacksonville OR 97530 (This is the second floor of the Gogi’s Restaurant Building. It’s fine to park in the Gogi’s parking lot.)

The class tuition is normally $250 including all materials. (Materials include a textbook, 2 CD’s, 2 notebooks of handouts and practice scripts).
Reduced Cost! Good news is that for those registering by July 13, we are offering a special discount of $25. (To preregister and save your space in the class, CONTACT US and we will send you registration form.  Return the Registration Form  with your $50 non-refundable deposit to Three Sisters Midwifery, P.O. Box 1394, Jacksonville, OR 97530)

For moms who desire a HypnoBirthing Doula at their labor and birth, we offer a package which includes reduced tuition. You can find out more about our doula service at http://threesistersmidwifery.com/services/doula-service/

Come back for a free refresher: For moms who are in their first or second trimester, we encourage you to attend any of our other HypnoBirthing classes in any other series before your birthing time, at no additional charge.

You can check out this short video of former HypnoBirthing parents sharing their thoughts about HypnoBirthing at http://youtu.be/jg1LcAbymBU

We are happy to talk to you by phone or email anytime if you have more questions or if you’ve started on your relaxation practice and want some input…..

Again, Congratulations! from Rhione Zeixchel and Jae Rowan, Instructors
Phone 541-833-0999 Email 3sistersmidwives@gmail.com

June Class starting on the 1st!

The Birth Sharing Story for this class is happening on Saturday the 11th at 4PM in our new studio space! Please come see us at 4 o’clock at our new space in Jacksonville. The address is 235 W. Main St. Jacksonville, OR 97530. Register for Hypnobirthing at that class and get a 10% discount!

Email us at 3SistersMidwives@Gmail.Com or by calling us at 541-833-0999 to pre-register for our upcoming Hypnobirthing 5-Class Series.

Practicing Relaxation Together

Partners learn how to work together to optimize relaxation for the woman in labor.

Class Four of our Spring Series, Today in Jacksonville, 2-4:30

We’re going to cover so many things today – especially about how to know that your baby is in an optimal position for labor and birth, and about how your body is working with you and for you as you Get Clear, Take Responsibility and Communicate your vision for your ideal birthing.
If you’ve already attended a class series, you are invited to return for a “refresher” before your birthing time. Love to see you there!

HypnoBirthing Birth Stories May 11

May 2013 Birth Stories and June ClassAre you imagining how you can prepare for the most gentle, conscious birth possible?  Congratulations!  We need more people like you on this planet!

Mark your calendar for Saturday May 11, 4-5:30pm, if you’d like to come and listen to some parents sharing their stories. We’ll have a brief intro to HypnoBirthing, answer your questions. All are welcome!
We will be in the new Three Sisters Midwifery classroom space! 235 W. Main St. Jacksonville, Oregon 97530
Our next class series is beginning on June 1. Five Saturday afternoons. You must preregister for the 5 class series.

Call 541-833-0999 for more info or to register.

Two Spaces Left in our April 2013 Class Series in Jacksonville


Here’s my gorgeous HypnoBirthing baby friend and neighbor, hanging out in a basket….. She was born so gently into her mama’s own hands after a whirlwind-quick labor.

No matter where you are starting from, no matter what your birth plans are, HypnoBirthing can make a BIG difference for you and your baby. We have two spaces left in our class which begins THIS SATURDAY APRIL 6. 5 Saturday afternoons, 2-4:30pm. Call 541-833-0999 or email 3sistersmidwives @gmail.com.