Move over, Lamaze: The A-Mae-Zing Mind Body Soul Center on Mill Street in Canandaigua is bucking the trend

CANANDAIGUA — By the time an expectant mother is in her third trimester, she has probably already heard dozens of horror stories about the birthing process. Most involve the words “terrifying,” “scary” or “excruciating.”  Two local nurses in Canandaigua say they are ready to change all that.
 
Later this month, local pregnant moms will have an opportunity to learn a new type of laboring — involving hypnosis. Mae Fox and Kara Karaoguz are pairing up together to offer HypnoBirthing© classes to prepare future parents for what could be the most incredible experience of their lives. This is the first class of its kind offered in this region.

Both instructors are certified in the Mongan Method, which provides expectant mothers self-hypnosis techniques based upon trusting one’s own body. The theory is that severe pain does not have to be part of the birthing process and specific relaxation techniques can eliminate stress and tension.
 
“We want to take the fear out of labor. We want to teach women how to use their natural birthing instincts and be fully in control but totally relaxed,” said Fox. “We are the only certified practitioners between Buffalo and Syracuse and are so happy we can offer this to pregnant women and their partners.”
 
Both women are registered nurses and working mothers. Fox is a certified hypnotist and operates the A-Mae-Zing Mind Body Soul Center on Mill Street in Canandaigua. She was motivated to start HypnoBirthing© classes when her 22-year old daughter talked about wanting to have children but was concerned she could not handle giving birth.
 
“Hearing that, I knew I could help empower women to trust their bodies," Fox said. "Women are not weak. They are built for the birthing process. These classes will teach my daughter and other women the techniques to trust in their strength.”

Karaoguz has a degree in psychology and has provided doula services to more than 100 women in the region. She just recently partnered with Fox to provide HypnoBirthing© classes but has been certified since 2010.
 
“Mae and I both feel that helping a woman learn how to relax and let her natural birthing muscles work in harmony is the best way to bring a baby into this world. It’s all about conditioning the body and mind to soften and be free from the resistance that fear creates,” Karaoguz said.
 
One of Karaoguz’s previous clients said she felt completely prepared for labor after taking HypnoBirthing© classes and went on to have three children by natural childbirth.  “I left the class feeling empowered and ready for labor, with many skills and techniques at the ready,” said Margaret Barona.
 
How does it work? They say, when a woman labors and gives birth using HypnoBirthing© techniques, she is not in a trance or asleep. Many have described the experience as daydreaming or similar to how you focus while staring into a fire. They say the woman is awake and aware of surges within her body and the baby’s progress.
 
“For thousands of years, women have been using relaxation techniques during childbirth but this course takes everything to the next level,” said Fox. “With our combined expertise as nurses, a doula and a hypnotist, we can prepare expectant parents for an experience that is calm, relaxed and totally awesome at the same time.”

The local five-week session for HypnoBirthing© in Canandaigua is open now for registration. It starts Aug. 15 and goes through Sept. 12. The cost of the five-week course is $375.

Messenger Post Media plans to follow a couple through their HypnoBirthing© experience to report on the hype surrounding hypnosis and labor/delivery.