My name is Laura Lund and I’m passionate about birth. I know that sounds strange to many because it’s so common for people (Americans in particular) to fear birth and assume that it’s something that should be left to “the experts”. Many women don’t think much about it, trusting that their doctor and nurses will manage everything for them. For these women childbirth is simply a means to an end: a new child to raise. For these women, childbirth is not an experience to be savored and one shouldn’t expect to enjoy it. Most people have minimal expectations when it comes to the childbirth process: 1. The woman doesn’t die. 2. The baby doesn’t die. A “good birth experience” is assumed when a healthy mom and baby result.
I used to be one of those women. I had what I call a default hospital birth with my first baby. It was a very negative experience for me. I was left feeling abandoned, violated, coerced, betrayed, and humiliated. Nice way for a new mom to feel, eh? It did leave enough of an impression on me that I decided to actually research options in childbirth. And that’s when I became a birth junkie.
My passion for birth knowledge has surpassed my wildest expectations. I certainly did not envision traveling down a path where I actively seek to encourage, empower, and educate other women soon-to-give-birth. But that’s exactly what happened. I’ve been a childbirth educator and doula since 2003. I’ve been teaching the Hypnobabies method of hypnosis for childbirth (different from HypnoBirthing) since 2006. I love it! It’s a beautiful marriage between complete childbirth education (including your options in birthing) and extremely effective hypno-anesthesia techniques. Most moms using Hypnobabies report little to no pain even though they aren’t using pain medication, which is simply fantastic. I teach Hypnobabies classes in Provo, Utah and have taught students from Davis County, Salt Lake County, Utah County, Juab County, and Sanpete County. I have been blessed to teach Hypnobabies to over 100 couples, which I think is just fantastic! 🙂
In 2006 I founded a birth support group called UCAN Birth which stands for Unmedicated Childbirth Advocacy Network. I host FREE meetings about every other month where women interested in learning more about natural childbirth are welcome to come ask questions and receive support. Women who are interested in offering support and information are also invited. It’s kind of like La Leche League, but for birth.
This blog is where I’ll post announcements on my Hypnobabies childbirth classes, UCAN Birth meetings, and general tips and such about birth. Remember: It’s entirely reasonable to be respected, supported, and encouraged while giving birth to your child. Birth should not be a battle!