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 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.).
Bonnie Rovics has training and certification as: A Spinning Babies® Parent Educator, a woman's empowerment coach, a Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® Educator, a Dona trained birth and massage doula, a Hypnosis Practitioner and has made her living for 20 years as a licensed massage and shiatsu therapist specializing in women's health and prenatal massage.
Bonnie's practice began specializing and focusing on perinatal wellness in 2002 when she was hired into a joint practice supporting IVF clients with a naturopathic doctor. She went on into advanced studies in working with pregnancy and began attending births around 2007, and more full time in 2019.
She has been continuing her doula and birth worker education with Spinning Babies®, and is thrilled to be able to teach this approach for comfort in pregnancy and ease in labor to all fo her doula clients and other local parents. Bonnie will be training as a Spinning Babies® aware practitioner in March of 2022.
Bonnie is passionate about working with birthing people to help them tap into a healthy body and a healthy framework for birth. She brings joy, support, knowledge and passion to world of pregnancy and birth. She loves working with clients to help them learn advocacy, understand more about labor and birth, alleviate suffering and trauma in birth practice, and learn from past experiences.
Bonnie is continuing her studies currently with the Birth Advocacy Doula Training and Childbirth Educator's Training to become a CBE and Full Spectrum Doula.
Hypnobirthing has been around since 1989 and is one of the most proven effective methods to easing labor and helping couples have comfort and coping measures for their birth experience!
Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® parenting classes are taught in a series of 5 classes, each approximately 2-3 hours long. Marie Mongan created and inspired HypnoBirth / HypnoBirthing, In our opinion the class model she created has the best proven track record of success in teaching birthing persons the skills, and the daily practice needed, to experience a supported, calm, gentle and hopefully natural birth.
The series includes MP3 recordings to listen to both for practice and during birth, as well as a text and workbook. We help guide practice sessions for couples, provide lessons in positioning, movements, breathing techniques, birth plan support and a full primer in natural childbirth, understanding labor, birth and planning your birth to meet your expectations.
Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® is considered a full childbirth education course by most natural birth friendly hospitals!
Private hypnosis for pregnancy and birth support is offered in our Boston office or over zoom. Bonnie Rovics is a certified Hypnosis practitioner as well as a HypnoBirthing educator and she loves to support clients one on one with birth and pregnancy centered hypnosis and progressive relaxation sessions.
If any of these are true for you than private hypnosis for pregnancy and birth may be a great fit to support you in your birth.
We offer very specific and highly skilled doula support.
Spinning Babies® is a physiological approach to preparing for and caring for birth.
During birth, babies descend through the pelvis by turning to fit each curve in the passage. This turning is called fetal rotation. If fetal rotation can be made easier, birth is easier for everyone. Ease comes through understanding birth physiology better.
Spinning Babies® has become a paradigm. Spinning Babies® is how we are Changing Birth on Earth.
The Spinning Babies® Parent Class is a 3 hour hands on session to learn the Spinning Babies® approach to pregnancy, labor and birth. Learn how to use gravity, balance, and movement to bring ease to your labor and birth.
Inquire now about our upcoming group classes or book a private class.
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.
Add on to your doula package with us prenatal massage, postpartum care massage, HypnoBirthing classes or private birth hypnosis coaching sessions for labor preparation, induction lessons, couples labor massage lessons and more..
Our doulas are there to be your constant support through birth and labor, as we Our goal is to bring joy, calm and ease to your labor and birth. We want you to feel supported at all times and for your partner to feel connected to you and your shared birth experience.
You'd never believe what we have in our doula bag!
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, A coping with labor class, virtual access via text, email or phone with Bonnie from 37 weeks forward, virtual support in early labor, in person support through active labor and birth, follow up virtually after birth with resources / general check ins. 1 prenatal massage and 1 postpartum massage are optional free add-ons.
Everything in the Basic Package with A team care model. We recommend this model! Know both of your doulas, have a solid contingency plan for unexpected birth. This includes a 4 way birth preference and advocacy session with both doulas, a postpartum planning session with our postpartum care team.
Everything in the Team Package with 10 hours of postpartum care built in. Have our postpartum care doula come to your house for 2-3 visits in your first week of parenting. You are welcome to add hours to this as needed !
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, 9-14 hours.
Childbirth class and 10 hours of postpartum support are added to the team doula package.
If you are on mass health receive 30% off any doula package. If you are also on Wic receive 40% off any package.
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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.
A combination of Shiatsu and Deep Tissue integrative massage - open to anyone!
for new clients a 75 minute session, plan on around 15 minutes of intake questions looking at what you need and your history with injuries and aches and pains.
60 minute massage session. Integrative
90 minute massage session - integrative
1 hour massage 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.
We are hosting a group class series for spring 2022, the cost of the group class will be $450 including all supplies.
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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