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Infertility, Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum

HypnoFertility®

Cathy Armstrong has been trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and has the status of Fellow with the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. She has trained with Richard Nongard' Hypnosis Program for Clinical Therapy and has taken additional training in hypnosis for labor and childbirth and has unique hypnotherapy training in hypnosis for fertility. Cathy offers a hypnosis program that helps your reduces daily stress of planning a pregnancy, release the fears about having a baby and offers your much more that a relaxed guided imagery session in her office. You'll learn to easily find that  when you change your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and create more daily relaxed state of being and reacting to life and the events around you these tools  will help you open the door to conception, whether natural or medically assisted.

Women typically are very careful and cautions about keeping their bodies free from harmful toxins and exposure to harmful elements when they are planning a pregnancy. However, they forget to stop the powerful negative patterns of their words, actions, attitudes and negative self talk that create their beliefs. These words and thoughts good are bad create affirmations. Affirmations can help yo to create both positive or negative experience. Do you need help to change the negative and fear based thoughts that allow damage your the fragile environment you are trying to create to conceive?

Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC can help you to transform your fear based energy into a powerful, constructive force.  Hypnotherapy is safe, requiring no drugs, no pain, no invasive, or expensive equipment. HypnoFertility works well alone or in conjunction with our other pre-conception medical treatments and it can also be mixed with almost any medical procedure with amazing results. Cathy Armstrong has become a referral source of doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists,  energy workers, and nutritionists in the help with  natural fertility. We even see clients for whom medically assisted methods have failed.

Each year in the United States millions of dollars are spent trying to overcome infertility. While modern medicine has improved, there are large amounts of cash, time, and emotion being spent in pursuit of pregnancies that do not happen. Hypnotherapy represents a safe and powerful way of increasing fertility and having a baby.
Your new baby is waiting to meet you!

Hypnofertility® pricing

4 Sessions (1-1.5 hrs per session) - $350,00
Additional Individual Sessions - $125 (1-1.5 hrs.)

*Free initial consultation

Cathy Armstrong has been trained in various methods of Childbirth including Clinical Hypnotherapy for the Pain Management of Labor and Birth, Moonbabies, Hypnobirthing, The Peterson Method of Hypnosis for Childbirth, Lamaze, and she has studied Birth Story with Pam England the creator of Birthing Within. Cathy is here to welcome you and invite you to prepare yourself for the peaceful birth you and your baby deserve. All of us here at Amazing Births knows peaceful, comfortable births are possible we see them everyday right here in Corpus Christi, Texas both in the hospital and at home.Yes that's right, Relaxed, PEACEFUL, normal, natural COMFORTABLE births and your birthing partner is right there prepared, knowable, and relaxed to help you have an amazing birth experience.

This program was originally designed by Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC-S and taught at a local hospital for women wanting to have a non-medicated and more natural birth and is now available to the community to help you and your partner  learn skills of deep relaxation with the use of self hypnosis techniques, which happens to be a very natural state of being. When a birthing women is relaxed, stress hormones are reduced, endorphins are increased and less pain is experienced it's that simple as you learn to bypass the fear-tension- pain loop.

Learn to release fears and let your mind and body work with the wise woman you are and let your won gentle spirit help you achieve a joyous birth. Regardless of the type of birth you are planning, or you may not have even thought of what you want for your birthing day yet, you and your partner will be knowledgeable and prepared as you find this class and training one of the most valuable experiences as the techniques learned are tools you may use for the rest of your life to relax, let go and release fears so you can be the best parent you can be. You will learn tools to enhance your relationship, improve your communication, learn to share and exchange energy work with each other, learn to mediate together, and increase your awareness and intuition about the other. You will do expressive holistic birth art exercises to release fears and help strengthen the bond between you and your new baby.

When having your baby with Tranquil Birthing Hypnosis, what you experience is similar to the daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a good book, watching a movie, or staring at a fire. You will be relaxed, at peace, awake and fully in control. You will lean both methods of eyes open and eyes closed hypnosis and  be aware of your body as your uterus contracts and in charge and be able to determine the extent to which you feel your contractions. You will experience your labor and birth in an atmosphere of calm and deep relaxation, without fear that increases tension that increases discomfort. Your body's natural relaxant (endorphins) will replace the stress hormones that create pain. When it is time for your baby to be born, you will be fully awake and involved, ready to greet your new baby!

Fees for Personalized Tranquil Hypnosis Birthing Classes

4 Classes (1 to 1.5 hours each) $350.00

Additional or 1 time session (1 hour class) $125.00

Additional Services for Pregnancy and Postpartum in Corpus Christi, Texas

Are You At Risk for Prenatal or Postpartum Depression?

Certain factors may increase a woman's chance of experiencing depression during and after pregnancy:

 

 

Do you have a personal history of depression or another mental health illness? Do you have a family history of depression or mental health problems? Do you have a good social support system in place from your friends and family? Are you anxious, angry , or worried about the pregnancy?  Are you a teen mom trying to finish school? Did you have complications with a previous pregnancy or birth? Are you having work related stress or financial problems? Are you having relationship issues or financial problems? Are you under stress from other major life events or changes? Do you have a history of substance abuse?

Women that are depressed during pregnancy have a higher chance of becoming depressed after the baby is born. We offer screenings to pregnancy and postpartum women experiencing anxiety and depression. We take private pay clients and are taking new clients on the following insurance plans: Aetna, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal, Driscoll Star, and Traditional Medicaid.

 

Signs of  Prenatal or Postpartum Depression?

Eating too much or too little, poor appetite, failure to gain adequate weight, excessive weight gain, sleeping problems, sleeping too little or too much, restless sleep, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep, waking up too early. Other signs could be feelings of helpless or hopelessness, feeling everything is all your faust, having thought of suicide, self harm or disappearing, withdrawing from other, isolating yourself, missing prenatal visits, not following medical instructions, using harmful substances, like tobacco, alcohol. or illegal drugs.

What can happen if depression is not treated?

Untreated depression can hurt you and your baby. Some women with depression have a hard time caring for themselves during pregnancy. 

Depression during pregnancy can raise the risk of:

  • Problems during pregnancy or delivery
  • Having a low-birth-weight baby
  • Premature birth

Untreated postpartum depression can affect your ability to parent. You may:

  • Lack energy
  • Have trouble focusing
  • Feel moody
  • Not be able to meet your child's needs

    Your doctor can ask you questions to test for depression. Your doctor can also refer you to a mental health professional who specializes in treating depression.

    Some women don't tell anyone about their symptoms. They feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. They worry they will be viewed as unfit parents.

    Any woman may become depressed during pregnancy or after having a baby. It doesn't mean you are a bad or "not together" mom. You and your baby don't have to suffer. There is help.

    Here are some other helpful tips:

  • Rest as much as you can. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.
  • Don't try to do too much or try to be perfect.
  • Ask your partner, family, and friends for help.
  • Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner.
  • Discuss your feelings with your partner, family, and friends.
  • Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.
  • Join a support group. Ask your doctor about groups in your area.
  • Don't make any major life changes during pregnancy or right after giving birth. Major changes can cause unneeded stress. Sometimes big changes can't be avoided. When that happens, try to arrange support and help in your new situation ahead of time.

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How is depression treated?

The two common types of treatment for depression are:

  • Talk therapy/psychotherapy/counseling. This involves talking to a licensed professional counselor, therapist, psychologist, or social worker to learn to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.
  • Medicine. Your doctor can prescribe an antidepressant medicine. These medicines can help relieve symptoms of depression.These treatment methods can be used alone or together. If you are depressed, your depression can affect your baby. Getting treatment is important for you and your baby. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking medicine to treat depression when you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.

    Women who are depressed during pregnancy have a greater risk of depression after giving birth. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for depression during and after pregnancy, regardless of a woman's risk factors for depression.

    What is the difference between "baby blues," postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis?

    Many women have the baby blues in the days after childbirth. If you have the baby blues, you may:

  • Have mood swings
  • Feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
  • Have crying spells
  • Lose your  appetite
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • The baby blues most often go away within a few days or a week. The symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment.

    The symptoms of postpartum depression last longer and are more severe. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth. If you have postpartum depression, you may have any of the symptoms of depression listed above. Symptoms may also include:

  • Thoughts of hurting the baby
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself
  • Not having any interest in the baby
  • Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor.

    Postpartum psychosis is rare. It occurs in about 1 to 4 out of every 1,000 births. It usually begins in the first 2 weeks after childbirth. Women who have bipolar disorder or another mental health problem called schizoaffective disorder have a higher risk for postpartum psychosis. Symptoms may include:

  • Seeing things that aren't there
  • Feeling confused
  • Having rapid mood swings
  • Trying to hurt yourself or your baby
  • What should I do if I have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

    Call your doctor if:

  • Your baby blues don't go away after 2 weeks
  • Symptoms of depression get more and more intense
  • Symptoms of depression begin any time after delivery, even many months later
  • It is hard for you to perform tasks at work or at home
  • You cannot care for yourself or your baby
  • You have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Your doctor can ask you questions to test for depression. Your doctor can also refer you to a mental health professional who specializes in treating depression.

    Some women don't tell anyone about their symptoms. They feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. They worry they will be viewed as unfit parents.

    Any woman may become depressed during pregnancy or after having a baby. It doesn't mean you are a bad or "not together" mom. You and your baby don't have to suffer. There is help.

    Here are some other helpful tips:

  • Rest as much as you can. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.
  • Don't try to do too much or try to be perfect.
  • Ask your partner, family, and friends for help.
  • Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner.
  • Discuss your feelings with your partner, family, and friends.
  • Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.
  • Join a support group. Ask your doctor about groups in your area.
  • Don't make any major life changes during pregnancy or right after giving birth. Major changes can cause unneeded stress. Sometimes big changes can't be avoided. When that happens, try to arrange support and help in your new situation ahead of time.