Shawn Gallagher owns and operates www.childbirthjoy.com.
I am committed to protecting and respecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information belonging to all clients and customers.
ChildbirthJoy.com does not rent, sell or trade your name, mail address, email address or phone numbers.
Your email and/or phone number is used only to respond to your questions, for placing your orders, or in response to requests you have made.
PLEASE NOTE: if you prefer to not use the online INTAKE FORM, contact me and I will forward a Word document that you can complete and email back. Or, we can find another way. :)
Participants of the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis Series will be provided a Follow-Up Form online that may be completed after the birth. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary and helps with aggregate data collection and personal information is kept strictly confidential.
When you visit or order from ChildbirthJoy.com, you will have the option of adding your name to our mailing list.
This list is only for ChildbirthJoy.com mailings and periodic announcements about new offerings.
At any point if you wish to have your name removed from the mailing list, please contact us with your request.
When you book a private appointment or workshop, you will receive an email confirmation.
Questions or requests may also be responded to by email.
As a Board Certified Hypnotist providing a service to the general public, I am not a part of a regulated or licensed profession.
Services are not covered as a medical expense by the Federal government and most (probably all) insurance plans do not reimburse hypnosis receipts.
Receipts are provided that detail the H.S.T. number for this business and any other relevant information.
For your safety and protection, I adhere to strict ethical standards of confidentiality. Hypnosis sessions are confidential and identifying information is not shared outside of the appointments. Files are kept in a locked cabinet.
In the rare circumstance that records are requested by law, hypnotists are required to comply.
Clients Requesting Pain Relief
Clients requesting hypnosis for pain relief are asked to provide a letter from a medical doctor to me stating that hypnosis is an acceptable approach in their case.
For the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series, I request permission to mail a letter to your careprovider.
As hypnosis is designed to mask pain, and as pain is considered a highly relevant to the appropriate diagnosis of active labour, your careproviders should be aware that hypnosis is being used.
To omit this information could result in care that is not the best for you and your baby.
It has been my experience that all the Registered Midwives and Physicians have found the standard form letter helpful. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments in this regard.
Conditions Requiring Medical Treatment
For their own safety, I do not accept anyone with Multiple Personality Disorder, schizophrenia or epilepsy, because I am not trained in handling serious mental health issues. In general, hypnosis encourages dissociation and anyone who has challenges remaining oriented to everyday reality is in better care with a mental health professional.
The research for epilepsy and hypnosis is unclear; again, contact me if you have questions.
I reserve the right to refer any clients to professional medical care.
I always recommend that clients work with their identified health professional when using hypnosis, NLP or EFT or other modalities provided.
My belief is that we are each responsible for our health and my job is to assist clients in tapping into their own best health and well-being.
For Your Safety
Participants confirm that the information provided is correct and that no key health condition has been omitted. Hypnosis is not a replacement or substitute for medical treatment and participants agree not to discontinue medical treatment without prior discussion and/or approval of the healthcare provider (midwife or physician).
Participants are informed that hypnosis may greatly assist the birthing process, but does not guarantee a pain-free birth or the prevention of medical intervention.
In the spirit of confidentiality, class participants are asked to refrain from discussing any details presented by other participants to anyone outside of the series. The instructor is bound by confidentiality and does not client information in any way without client consent.
In the event of cancellation prior to two weeks of the first class, $165.00 plus HST ($186.45) of the course fee covers the printed materials, the recordings, shipping & administrative costs, and HST and is non-refundable. Your materials are yours to keep.
If cancellation happens within the two weeks before the start of the series, the full fee is non-refundable. Every attempt will be made to ensure space availability in another series, but as noted below, once a booking is made, I ensure that your space is held for you. It is extremely rare for people to book prenatal classes last minute, so a cancellation means that the class size is reduced.
If changing dates, an administrative fee ($100) is applicable.
Cancellation prior to the course start as a result of medical reasons will be taken into consideration. A letter from the midwife or physician will assist this process.
As I often rent space to teach the classes, I am required to make a financial commitment. Once your deposit is made, I close the space to anyone else. Most prenatal classes require payment in full and do not offer any refunds, so I am doing my best to be accommodating.
Hypnosis for Pain Management
As noted above, in regards to the use of hypnosis for pain management: as per the National Guild of Hypnotist’s ethical guidelines, hypnotists helping clients with pain management are required to inform the medical careprovider.
Because the intent of hypnosis is to mask the sensation of pain, participants understand that your primary careprovider (Midwife, Physician, other) should be informed about the use of hypnosis as it may be relevant to your clinical care. Healthcare Providers incorporate the level of pain experienced by person in order to make an appropriate diagnosis. For your safety and protection, it is in your best interest to ensure that your healthcare team is aware of your use of hypnosis.
My home office space is pet-free and has been acceptable to clients with allergies and scent sensitivities.
I sometimes have high quality aromatherapy oils diffusing in the space. Let me know if this may prevent a problem.
There is a kettle with an arrangement of teas (caffeine and caffeine-free) with honey and stevia available for your use. Filtered water is also provided. A private bathroom is on site.
Parking may be available in the driveway. If not, there is ample availability on the street (no meters).
TTC access is from the Old Mill subway startion, a bus and a short walk. Or a closer location is Royal York (Grenview exit) and a cab/Uber/Lyft.
If you have significant allergies or scent sensitivities, I suggest that you contact ALIVE Holistic Health at 416 591 1535. I usually see clients at this location on Mondays; location is Carlton and Yonge (Toronto).
I sometimes rent space to teach prenatal classes - if you have questions about the space, please contact me first.
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