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 sw Toronto (west of High Park and north of the Gardiner - home office).

Some classes are at Avenue and Bloor (central Toronto).

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

Since meeting Shawn in 2004 we have had 4 beautiful children. We used hypnosis for childbirth for each of the four pregnancies/deliveries.

Our first labour was six hours start to finish. It was a completely natural birth and we had a beautiful experience. I was so amazed as I had been told by pretty much everyone I knew the horror stories of their labours. I went from being quite terrified to feeling very confident and prepared and positive that I could do it! I was so happy that I was able to not keep those negative thoughts, and instead was able to focus on all positive suggestions and have a wonderful birth experience.

Three years later we were pregnant again and made sure to use hypnosis through out the pregnancy – preparing to meet our second baby. This second pregnancy had complication after complication, and we contacted Shawn during these issues and she helped us with a script to talk to our baby – so that we could turn him and as well to go into labour naturally prior to being induced. During the script our sweet little one did indeed turn when we asked him to, and labour started on its own and we avoided needing to be induced. Again, another successful natural birth using hypnosis.

Our third pregnancy was 5 years later. I found myself nervous during pregnancy as this baby was after a miscarriage earlier that year, and so we decided to meet with Shawn again and she helped us with our worries. When the time came for baby to arrive we were even more ready than the previous 2 births. From the time the contractions began to the time I was holding my sweet son was almost an hour. Because I was so deep in the hypnosis I was quiet the entire time. My midwives had no idea that I was even in labour yet. I suddenly started to push and they thought I was crazy. Sure enough when they checked me - baby was there and out in one push. My midwives were amazed that I had appeared so calm and quiet that whole time, and that I felt so amazing immediately after.

For my 4th pregnancy I had the same midwives and boy did they remember me! This time we made sure to be prepared for a home birth, and I am so glad we did. Baby number 4 arrived suddenly in the middle of the night. I woke up to my water breaking, called my midwife, she arrived and baby was here in 45 minutes. It was a very relaxing birth. The contractions were incredibly manageable. I was again quiet and focused throughout.

I have been blessed as my labours have been amazing positive experiences and with each one I was able to focus better and go deeper into trance. I owe this all to Shawn and her amazing teaching. She not only introduced us to hypnosis but also to midwives – and that combination was powerful. I tell everyone I meet about it and share my positive stories to whoever will listen. People are always so amazed this 4'11 woman had 8 to 9lb babies in under an hour naturally. I just say I owe it to Shawn!

Jenn Gibson, Toronto

Oct 2017

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.


South-West Toronto


Friday February 16, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday February 17, 12 noon to 6 pm

Sunday February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: west Toronto home office (see below)

South-West Toronto

Space for ONE Couple

Thursday February 22, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday February 24, 12 noon to 6 pm

Sunday February 25, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: west Toronto home office (see below)

* Please Note:

The first class may be held on Thurs instead of Friday

to register for this series

South-West Toronto

Space for ONE Couple

Friday March 9, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday March 10, 9.30 am to 6 pm

Sunday March 11, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: west Toronto home office (see below)

South-West Toronto

Space for ONE Couple

Friday March 23, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday March 24, 12 noon to 6 pm

Sunday March 25, 10 am to 6 pm

Location: west Toronto home office (see below)

to register for this series

Proposed Dates

Possible other dates for sw Toronto for April are:

April 6 to 8


April 20 to 22

 If you have a preference, let me know.

Bookings are done first-come, first-choice. 

Please contact me at:

shawn at childbirthjoy dot com or 416 255 8333.


West Toronto

**prenatal ONLY**

New dates to be determined

Friday  6.00-9.00 pm

Saturday  9.30 am to 6 pm

NOTE: This is a basic prenatal class.

No hypnosis is taught in this series.

$245 per couple, includes materials.

To inquire about this series, contact Shawn:

416 255 8333

or complete the ChildbirthJoy Intensive Inquiry Form 

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...


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Prenatal Classes

South-west Toronto:

Feb 22, 24, 25

March 9-11

March 23-25

West End Mamas*:

2018 dates TBD

* Prenatal Intensive Only 

(no hypnosis)

Refresher Series

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


Two Days

10 am to 3 pm


West end location.

$210 plus hst

(includes personal mp3)

Let me know if you are interested and what dates works for you.


shawn (at)

Relaxation Evenings: General

April 2018 dates

to be announced

7.00 to 8.30 pm

Home office

south-west Toronto 

No charge to attend, but reservations are required.

Relaxation Evening: Fertility Focus

Monday January 8 SOLD OUT


Monday February 5

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.