Bonnie and anyone affiliated with Boston HypnoBirth are firmly committed to diversity, gender rights, and equality. Bonnie Rovics trained as a social action trainer with training for change, in her years as a UU youth advisor she was also a certified HIPP educator (Help Increase the Peace Program),. Both of these are focused trainings on anti-racism, trauma and gender equity work.
Bonnie is committed to birth justice and educating women around minority morbidity and mortality in birth in the U.S. She has over 22 years of experience as a massage therapist with a long standing commitment to accessibility and diversity in her practice.
We hope very much to continue to further our access to supporting lower income and impacted communities. We are trauma informed, evidence based, queer / female identified and also fully in support of GLBTQIA+ access to safety in birthing and are happy to support any gendered birthing persons or families of any mix of parents (non-binary, single, poly, trans, queer etc.).
Clients are welcome to talk to us about low income options if needed! We believe in access to care.
Doula care from Bonnie Rovics.
This includes a 2-3 hour birth planning and birth preference session, A group or private Spinning Babies® Parent Class, Support via email and text for questions and concerns throughout pregnancy. Help finding the right classes, the hospital or birth center best for your needs and virtual support in early labor, in person support through active labor and birth, follow up (mostly virtually after birth with resources / general check ins.
A team care model. Primary Doula Support with Bonnie and secondary support from one of her doula partners. Karen Zelinsky from bostonbirthing.com, Emma O'Brien from lavandoula.com, as well as Amber Matteson, Jessie Ornstein, Danielle Nowicki and others. Get to know both of your doulas, This includes 1 session with both doulas.
Birth Planning / Advocacy Session
Spinning Babies® Birth Class
Comfort Measures / Labor Class
Support through labor and birth
Everything in the Team Package
and add 10 prenatal and postpartum massages at a significantly discounted rate. All massages will be at Bonnie's JP massage office.
Clients will also be given an additional option of an extended session labor massage class for partners.
Everything in our team package and the option of adding in a private childbirth class. HypnoBirthing, Mind Body Birthing or Prepared Childbirth class are all options. classes vary from 3-6 weeks in length, 8-10 Hours in length.
Bonnie is passionate about supporting women in TOLAC (trial of labor after caesarean). I have support successful VBACS and deeply believe in the potential of this for most women. We customize this package to include A personal Spinning Babies class / session based on your birth and body experience. Teaming up with Rebecca Conant from OM Birth prenatal yoga we will also talk yoga preparation, massage for birth preparation.
Team Doula Package
+10 Massages prenatal and postpartum care
+ 6 hours of Childbirth Ed with a lens on informed birthing
+ 4 hours of Hypnobirthing / Breathwork and labor preparation
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Birth Doula service includes: 2-3 pre-sessions on zoom or in person, at least 1 of these with all birth partner support attending, these sessions cover comprehensive birth plan and birth preference coaching, comfort measures / labor support training and more. Unlimited support via phone and text through pregnancy, and 24/7 phone and text through early labor, in home / hospital support through active labor and birth, and a postpartum checkup via zoom or in person to make sure all your after care needs are in place and being met.
Most of our doula clients opt to learn Spinning babies and comfort measures with us and often book some postpartum support with our partners.
Doulas are trained birth professionals who provide continuous birth support. For many birthing people we are the only support that will come to your home, hospital or birth center and be by your side through labor to coach you, help you understand any medical interventions or decisions being made, help guide you towards the questions you may want to ask of your medical team and support you in ways to move, breath or position your body to support your birth. We are often committed to lessening birth trauma and making a evidence based birth sanctuary for our clients, and we also cannot make medical decisions for you or solve the very real problems that create birth trauma. We are coaches, guides, teachers and aim to be a wonderful supportive resource.
Deep therapeutic and relaxing massage for all phases of pregnancy. Help your body carry and nurture your baby!
with new clients we take the time to explore wellness, questions about sleep and birth plans, aches and pains, and tools for self care. Please plan on around 20 minutes of conversation and 60-70 minutes of massage, side form (we do not use belly cutouts, they are harmful on the round ligament).
Typically 60 minutes of massage, although we do ask that you leave 75 minutes as sometimes we run over.
This is typically a session to share a birth story, look at how your body may have been impacted, what kind of healing you are going through and how to best support you. We will do some slow and deep compressions, some acupressure and typically a little Sotai to reset your tailbone.
Continued Postpartum massage sessions to help the body heal after birth and to help with the stress of breast feeding and nurturing a new born.
This is a flat rate of $75 for any of the above services for low income clients.
24 hour cancellation policy except in medical emergency or labor
The program report on HypnoBirthing® was published in 2012 by Swencionis. It’s very difficult to find this paper online, but I did receive a copy from the author a few years ago. They found that HypnoBirthing® parents who completed the survey had a low rate of medical interventions, including a low rate of epidural use at only 28%. 31% of birthing parents said that they found late labor to be comfortable or mostly comfortable, 25% described late labor as uncomfortable, and 44% said that they found late labor to be painful or extremely painful. They defined late labor as eight to 10 centimeters or being in transition. 74% of parents said that they agreed or strongly agreed that HypnoBirthing® helped them have a more comfortable birth.
HypnoBirthing Natural Childbirth Classes via Zoom
Contact us for a free intro to HypnoBirthing® consult
All classes will be on Zoom. We will try and have recordings for all classes available for make up sessions and Bonnie will be offering occasional Q and A sessions.
The course cost is $750 and includes the text book, workbook and MP3 recordings.
Boston HypnoBirthing® Natural Childbirth Education Class:
What you learn in HypnoBirthing:
How to use the practice of self hypnosis to aid you in labor and birth
Understanding how fear affects birth and learning to release it
Understanding the phases of labor, transition and birthing
How the body works in labor and birth
The three different kinds of breathing and breathwork for labor and birth
movements and positioning for optimal labor
support tools that can help you
how to be a supportive partner to your birthing person / mama
The practice of relaxation
understanding misconceptions about birth and labor
A deeper understanding of birth preferences, how to advocate for yourself or your partner, and communicating clearly with your birth team
all of the options of birthing, including interventions (epidural, nitrous, pitocin) and why they are used, when they are used and what you might want to know.
We spend time learning and practicing visualizations, watching birth videos, creating positive images of birth and working as a team to help you work towards a healthy supported natural birth!
"First off, Bonnie is amazing. Her patience and ability to explain things was second to none, which is exactly what we needed after long work days. She kept the classes interesting and really seems to love what she does and genuinely cared about us and our success. Her class was more than just a collection of techniques that could be read in a book. From her we gained a very strong sense of confidence that we could have a positive birth experience and learned so much that we were excited to share with other expecting parents. It is amazing how little we really knew about childbirth, outside of what we have seen on TV and heard (in bed, on your back, medicated, yet screaming in pain) ... and this wasn't even our first birth! My husband and I felt fully prepared and actually excited to go through the birthing process this time around and to use the techniques we learned while taking hypnobirthing classes with Bonnie. Yes ... my husband too. He learned so much and really was my greatest support during the entire labor/birth experience. I referred to him as my Moula (man doula). During my labor with our first, he felt helpless and unable to meaningfully support me, however after these classes, he did an awesome job supporting me through the birth of our second, both physically and emotionally. He felt a big sense of purpose during the labor which he credits our training with Bonnie. During my short 6-hour labor, I felt completely in control of my body and my breathing, and succeeded with my goal of having a completely natural delivery. In addition, unlike my first birth which was medicated, traumatizing, and resulted in a very long recovery process, this birth was empowering, and in-line with my birth plan. I leveraged many of the coping strategies, benefited from the relaxed state the hypnosis scripts provided my body, and best yet, my recovery has been extremely easy. Bonnie, sincerely and from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We are so grateful for everything we learned with you, the kindness and care you treated us with, and the confidence you instilled in us. Everything went so well and we wouldn't have been able to do it without you."
- Meghan and Matt
Bonnie is fantastic and full of knowledge. I have been suffering from gestational carpal tunnel in both hands and the massage helped to relieve some of the discomfort. She also recommended sleeping on a wedge pillow to alleviate pressure off my arms from sleeping on my sides. That has been a game changer. I am actually able to sleep again! I highly recommend a prenatal massage with Bonnie!
- Moira G
I’ve tried three different prenatal masseuses and Bonnie is by far the most enjoyable and most effective. Highly recommended!
- Molly Barefoot
My husband and I are so happy to have had the opportunity to have Bonnie by our side for the birth of our second son. Her presence was so calming and there is absolutely no way I would have made it through without her. She knew exactly when and where to massage and apply counter pressure, and provided constant reminders to breathe and relax into contractions. Throughout labor, she suggested different techniques and positions to help me cope with the pain and pressure. Thanks to Bonnie, I was able to stick to my goal of avoiding any form of medical intervention and best of all, my husband was able to remain calm and confident and provide me with the support I needed from him. If I can convince my husband to have a third, first thing I’ll do is call up Bonnie!
It’s hard to put down in words for much it meant to have Bonnie by our side through the incredible transformative experience of a first pregnancy and birth. At the end, we got this incredible baby but along the way but there were points of deep emotion, pain, and fear. Bonnie was there from the second trimester with massage, her calming demeanor, and thoughtful teaching (a particular favorite was when she taught my partner some techniques of prenatal massage).
For the birth itself, it’s hard to imagine how we would have made it without her. Like so many, my birth story was not what I planned. Yet through that unpredictability, Bonnie was a constant. She had firm well placed touch, supportive words, and clear helpful instructions for both me and my partner. I vividly remember the comfort of the pressure of her hands on my back and hips when everything else felt like a whirl of chaos.
I recommend Bonnie without hesitation. She was a guide and grounding support in pregnancy, delivery, and for a spectacular post-partum massage. We will certainly work with her again for any future pregnancies.
- Dr Julie and Daniel
Having Bonnie Rovics as my doula made me feel safe throughout my whole pregnancy. I had a high risk pregnancy, but with the knowledge she provided me I was able to choose the right hospital for me halfway through my pregnancy. When she told me about Hypnobirthing I knew right away that was the way I wanted to experience birthing my daughter. The weekly pregnancy massages she gave me were therapy at the same time. She helped me create my birth preferences in a realistic way. By the end of my pregnancy I had no fear, I knew what my body was capable of and that I had the support I needed when the time came to give birth. Luckily after I was out of risk (35 weeks), I was ready to have my baby in the Mount Auburn Hospital. It was peaceful, safe, secure and a loving atmosphere as Bonnie made sure all my needs were met. Bonnie and I made it to the hospital at the same time and an hour later my daughter was born. I had the comfort of laboring at home and going to the hospital just to deliver my baby.
I'm 100% sure that without Bonnie Rovics by my side in this journey my experience would not have been the same. I knew exactly what to expect even though it was my first time having a baby. If I have another baby, Bonnie will be birthing my baby in my house now that I have experienced the most natural way to give birth. I'm sure everyone who chooses Bonnie as their Doula will have a positive and beautiful experience. She is open, reliable, respectful, mindful, caring and compassionate.
- Desiree F
Take our HypnoBirthing Class and get the option of taking your class on 2 different nights each week!
HypnoBirthing Clients can get a discount on HypnoBirthing Doula Services, in the Boston area only.
We now have an outdoors office! come in for hypnosis or prenatal massage outside with masks on. Your safety is our #1 priority! (side note: we have added a infrared heater!)
Do you have scholarships?
- While we don't have a scholarship fund, we do have low income rates for low income qualified clients. We believe in accessibility of our services and welcome you to contact us for a private conversation about your financial needs.
How far in advance do I have to book you?
For HypnoBirthing class we recommend starting between 28-32 weeks if possible. If you are farther along you may want to talk to us about an excelerated private class. For our Doula services it's never too late to inquire, however we have to space out births enough to try not to overlap two clients, so there is a limit to our services per calendar month.
Do you take insurance?
At this point we do not. There is a bill up in the massachusetts state house for insurance coverage for Doulas. If that bill passes we will at least be partially covered! At this point we can usually figure out how to process an HSA account but that's the best we can do.
How do I sign up for a prenatal massage?
Go to prenatalmassage.genbook.com for the services calendar and booking
Can I take your HypnoBirthing Class if I am not in Boston?
Absolutely! now that our classes are online you are welcome to come to them from anywhere in the world!
33 Dalrymple Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130, United States
Call Us: (617) 522-3344
Hypnosis for Birth:
By appointment only. We help you release the fear of birthing!
Go to a-to-zbirthing.com for Hypnobirthing classes with Karen Zelinsky or Ombirths.com for Hypnobirthing classes with Rebecca Conant.
Bonnie Rovics teaches private HypnoBirthing class series for $1125 to non doula clients or $750 as part of a doula package.
Available 24/7 during labor to birth clients contracted with us.
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