ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis

...for a safe, easier and more comfortable birth...naturally

Length of Labour

On average, the length of labour for a first baby is 38 hours.

At 15.5 hours, women who take the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series

have a reduction of about 60% in the length of labour.

Caesarean Section

For caesarean section (major abdominal surgery),

women who do the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series

have a reduction of about 65-73%...(from approx 25% to 6.7%).

Epidural Anaesthesia

And the rate of epidurals in most Toronto hospitals is 90 to 95%...

women who do the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series

have about a reduction of 72-76%...

A natural birth is the safest for both you and your baby.

This 2016 publication was not a full study, but demonstrates that the drug used in epidural, which is an opiate (fentanyl), passes to the baby because it was found in the newborn urine after the birth.

"In conclusion, we provide evidence that fentanyl administered through an epidural for less than 12 hours will remain in the mother and neonate, even 24 hours after cessation of the epidural infusion. The clinical implications of this should be further investigated."

Maternal Epidural Fentanyl Administered for Labor Analgesia is Found in Neonatal Urine 24 Hours After Birth

Newborns have immature livers and cannot process drugs in the same way that adults can.

In addition, there is evidence that the birth process is such that the fetus/newborn is highly "imprintable" with the central nervous system much more open to being trained as compared to other times in life.

Your body's natural "drugs" (endorphins) are similar to the opiates used in birth, but are not only safe, but shown to be beneficial in animal research. Dr Sarah Buckley writes about epidurals:

"For example, epidurals can cause changes in the fetal heart rate (FHR) that indicate that the unborn baby is lacking blood and oxygen.

This effect is well known to occur soon after the administration of an epidural (usually within the first 30 minutes), can last for 20 minutes, and is particularly likely following the use of opiate drugs administered via epidural and spinal.

Most of these changes in FHR will resolve spontaneously, with a change in position, or, more rarely, may require drug treatment.

More severe changes, and the fetal distress they reflect, may require an urgent cesarean.

Note also that the use of opiate drugs for labor analgesia can also cause FHR abnormalities.

This makes the real effects of epidurals on FHR hard to assess because, in almost all randomized trials, epidurals are compared with meperidine or other opiate drugs."

Epidurals: risks and concerns for mother and baby


The cost of the series per couple is $330 plus hst = $372.90.

This includes:

  • the full series (one evening and one weekend)
  • all recordings
  • all print material.

See below for dates and times of upcoming classes.

Most classes are held in central Toronto (Eglinton and Avenue).

A client’s feedback...

Fourteen years on, I'm happy to see you thriving in your practice/teachings. This thank you note comes unusually late but no less meaningful.

I was looking up your information for a friend and realized I never shared the joyful story of the birth of my 2 children. My partner Michel and I took a group hypnosis for childbirth class with you in 2000. We had planned for a home birth but after many hours of labour that didn't progress, my midwives transferred me to the hospital that they have admitting privileges at.

Our son was "stuck" and thanks to the obstetrician (an old school doc), we avoided a C section and even the epidural that was on order. Although this was an intense experience, I was in a deep trance like state which allowed me to handle everything without any panic or even much fear. Our son just turned 14 and it is a privilege to have him in our lives.

In 2003 we attended a refresher class as we prepared for child number two (I was age 40). When I went into labour with my second child in 2003, I sent my partner off to work thinking it would be some time before anything happened. I got into bed with headphones listening to the soothing sound of your recorded voice.

Around 1 pm, I notified my midwives that "something" was happening and because I sounded so calm, they said they'd stop by on their way to see another client. Well, much to their surprise (and mine) I was 9 cm dilated and our wonderful daughter was born at home soon after. Our son was at the birth and I must say, these two have a beautiful bond and supportive relationship.

Your teachings and support greatly contributed to our positive birth experiences.

I will always be grateful.

Linda M, Toronto

September 2014

The link below is a blogpost dated April 2016 from my client who gave permission for this to be shared.

From my reading of the birth, I suspect that the baby's position may not have been optimal (i.e. she wanted to be in a forward leaning position and had vomiting). A less than optimal position adds to the pain as well as the length of the birth. I think we can all agree that she was amazing.


Client's blogpost about her birth 

Dates and Times for
ChildbirthJoy Hypnosis

If you are wondering when is the best time to take the general, sooner is better.

While I have had clients take the series in late pregnancy with good results, really great results usually occur with practice.

If you know already that you are talented with hypnosis, the timing of your series is less important.

But if you have challenges with relaxing and quieting your mind, get started sooner.

This series teaches you self-hypnosis and having some time (even a couple of months) for your practice will help you (and your partner) get really great at this.

The human brain works best with repetition - I'm told that research shows that for most of us, it takes a minimum of 21 to 30 days to change the brain (i.e. create new habits, etc).

Once you register, you will receive your copy of my ebook Hypnotize Yourself! with embedded recordings to get you started with learning self-hypnosis.

Please contact me at 416 255 8333 if you have specific questions.


West Toronto

**prenatal ONLY**

Accepting Bookings

Friday September 8, 6.00-9.00 pm

Saturday September 9, 9.30 am to 6 pm

To Register: West End Mamas

Click on: View all Classes and Workshops

NOTE: This is a basic prenatal class.

No hypnosis is taught in this series.

$245 per couple, includes materials.

Bloor and Jane location.

To inquire about this series, contact Shawn:

416 255 8333

or complete the ChildbirthJoy Intensive Inquiry Form 

South-West Toronto

Space for ONE Couple available

Friday September 15, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday September 16, 9.30 am to 6 pm

Sunday September 17, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: west Toronto home office (see below)

to register for this series

Central Toronto

 Accepting Bookings

Friday September 29, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday September 30, 9.30 am to 6 pm

Sunday October 1, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: Metaphysique, Avenue and Bloor (see below)

to register for this series

Other Information...

Please Note: it is best to complete the series earlier in pregnancy if you can as this allows you time to practice your self-hypnosis.

Some things to consider:

Prenatal visits with your health care provider are typically monthly from conception to 28 weeks,

every two weeks to 36 weeks

and every week thereafter to the birth.

SO...this means that the closer you get to your due date, the busier your life gets, which can add to stress if you are also fitting a prenatal series in...

AND...your belly is getting bigger, which can make it more of a challenge to sit through two+ days of classes...

PLUS..."term" is defined as 37 completed weeks, which is 21 days before your due date - once you are term, the baby can be born any time and it is not considered too early.

I've had some clients be surprised by the birth happening earlier than they thought, meaning that they had not had a chance to complete the plan early.

The way that this series is taught, you cannot forget what you've learned - not only will you remember it all, all the practice that you allow yourself (using your recordings, your self-hypnosis and even practice with your partner) will be constantly reinforced and be even more effective!

Central Toronto Location

Space rented at:

Metaphysique, 98 Avenue Road

If you have questions, please contact me at 416 255 8333

Central Toronto location

This is an image of the room that we use for the weekend:

Home Office (south west Toronto) Location

Home office location

Bloor and Jane location

West End Mamas is at 2477 Bloor Street West at Jane.

Access by TTC is excellent (the Jane subway station and a short walk).

Lots of GreenP parking is available nearby.

West End Mamas

Frequently asked questions about ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis...


Prenatal Classes

South-west Toronto:

September 15 to 17

Avenue Road and Bloor:

September 29 to Oct 1

West End Mamas*:

September 8-9

* Prenatal Intensive 

(no hypnosis)

Refresher Series

For clients who have previously taken the prenatal classes with Shawn.

Space for one couple.

To Be Determined

West end location.

$210 plus hst

(includes personal mp3)


shawn (at)

Relaxation Evenings: General

Tuesday September 26

7.00 to 8.30 pm

Home office

south-west Toronto 

No charge to attend, but reservations are required.

Relaxation Evening: Fertility Focus

Monday September 18

6.50 to 8.30 pm

ALIVE Holistic Health

Carlton and Yonge

No charge to attend, but online reservations are required.

This evening is open to those with fertility challenges. Whether planning natural conception, IUI or IVF, this is a time for you to just relax and feel good.