My name is Liat, a new mother as of 9 months ago. I met Gina Kochany in December 2007 when I enrolled in her HypnoBirthing course before my baby’s birth.
I must say I was a bit skeptic at first, thinking childbirth is a painful thing and there is nothing that can change that. But, not only did I learn it is not true, I have gotten to know an amazing woman who gives her heart and soul to the mothers she works with.
The course was a series of 6 classes composed of explanations of what HypnoBirthing is, the logic behind it, practices, and working towards resolving fears and other issues with birthing. For me it was especially important as it was my first birth and I was planning to birth at home, so I’d have no option to ask for pain killers even if I wanted to. I was very determent to birth naturally and was looking for something to help me with that. I must say Gina and her classes were just right for me.
Gina is a great teacher, she did her best for my birthing partner and me to understand everything she taught, to make me feel safe and relaxed and ready for my birth as much as possible.
I found the relaxation meditations so helpful, and Gina’s presence so reassuring and relaxing, and we had hypnosis sessions on a weekly basis almost until my due date. The birth was fast and easy, I used what I learned at the classes and found it extremely useful and helpful. I believe HypnoBirthing is one of the main things to help me birth at home with no problems and have the beautiful birth I had.
I cannot explain in words what it felt like to use the techniques I’ve learned in this letter, but I can say that it was an amazing experience and I feel myself lucky and blessed to have been able to birth the way I did, and I do believe HypnoBirthing, and Gina, had a big part of it and of the easy pregnancy I had.
I’d like to think Gina and I have developed a close relationship as a result of this, and even though I moved out of the country we still keep in touch to this day.
My husband and I took the Hypnobirthing class with Gina last fall. Our experience was so wonderful and inspiring that we also decided to use Gina as our doula. This was the single best choice I made with regards to my birthing experience. I was able to have natural childbirth despite hours of pitocin. Gina enabled me to do this. It is no exaggeration to say that I absolutely could not have done it without her. When we have our next child I plan on asking Gina if she will be our doula again.
I would be happy to be contacted. I cannot say enough about Gina!
Emily Reusing Hebner
Our baby girl was born on Saturday, May 28 (exactly on due date!), weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and 18 3/4 " in length.
I started feeling steady surges the day after my massage with Lori
(thank you Lori!), they slowly become closer (10 min apart) and longer
(~ 50-60 s) by Friday, but we were patient and relaxed and I went about
my day, we even saw Kung Fu Panda 2 on Friday afternoon. Surges stayed
at 10 min apart until I called Gina Saturday morning for advice, and
boy, did your advice worked almost instantaneously! I started feeling my
bottom pressure by 11 o'clock and we got to the labor and delivery by
noon, and baby Lara was born shortly before 6 pm. We opted for epidural
around 4 pm, by that time, the surges were so close together, almost
without any breaks (esp. when I let my own endorphins kick in), we were
able to utilize the relaxation techniques every 2 out of 3 surges - but I
was so exhausted it was getting more difficult to concentrate. Kurnia
was able to keep me relaxed while having surges and placing the
epidural. I was able to feel the baby full of life and still kicking
even while crowning. To quote Kung Fu Panda, her health and life force
was "pure awesomeness."
Things I'm thankful for:-
- My body for being able to take in steady surges since Thursday
- Kurnia for being my advocate
- my son, who was still able to study for his test during all this
- my baby for being a cutie pie
That's it for now, I'm going back to my baby honeymoon
This letter is to let your organization know what a great partner you
have in Gina Kochany and Virginia Hypnobirthing. I was seeking out a
natural way to birth my first son, after considering the standard
available choices I realized that none of them reflected what I wanted
in a birthing experience. I came across the information on Hypnobirthing
quite by accident and was happy to hear that Gina was here in the
Richmond Area upon my inquiry to the corporate headquarters of the
Hypnobirthing Institute. The Hypnobirthing program with Gina’s guidance
is an invaluable asset to have available to your clients. To have my son
without fear, tension, and with the strength and knowledge that she
provided through her courses has made a huge impact on my life as well
as the life of my son Brian. I was so impressed with the program that
Gina was among the very first people I called when I found out I was
expecting another child. I have since enrolled in her course again as a
refresher, taking classes in your beautiful facilities. I always speak
highly of Virginia Hypnobirthing and your hospital whenever the topic
arises in conversation. I hope that you would regard Gina Kochany and
her program as highly as I do keeping her available to all of your
clients that are seeking a natural birthing alternative.
Mom of one and one on the way
( Had a third, finally a girl this last November!)
September 24th, 2007
To Whom It May Concern:
I write this letter in regards to Gina Kochany and her child birth
class. After exploring the many options that are out there I settled on
taking her class after speaking with her. She is extremely
professional yet at the same time makes herself available to you like a
close friend would. I felt comfortable bringing my questions and
concerns to her. She was always helpful and always pleasant. I would
recommend her class to anyone interested in natural childbirth with out