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Contact Info
Kerstin Smith
phone: (608) 658 8533

Maria Gohdes
phone: (608) 695 5807

Class Info: 
Rates:  Discounts and partial trades for group classes available to those with limited incomes.

Group Classes:$250/couple
           FREE for my full contract
                      doula clients

Semi-Private $375/couple
              $200 for my doula clients
(3 classes privately and 2 with group )

Private Classes $450/couple
           $350 for my doula clients

Upcoming Classes: 5 weeks 2 1/2hrs

July 23rd with Maria
             August 27th with Kerstin
             Fall TBA

Wednesdays @ 6:30
on the west side of Madison or Fitchburg

Semi-Private Starter Classes: offered as needed

Private Classes: Offered as needed on a first come first serve basis. 

Register early and receive a  20% off discount good toward EFT, a reiki session, or natural parenting class.

Please contact GentleSurge for registration information.

Reiki and EFT Sessions: Kerstin
Offered on a sliding scale

Labor Support/Doula: Kerstin
$850.00 full  $450 limited
For those using the HB method only and the full contract includes group classes for FREE

Empowered Parenting:
Classes offered as needed $80.00           $60.00 for HB couples

BabyMoon: Prenatal and Postpartum Retreats by Kerstin
Individual packages starting at $50.00.  For more information please visit to see what package is right for you and for a list of upcoming dates.  Gift certificates available.  Receive a 50.00 discount if you sign up for a HypnoBirthing class as well.

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Madison HypnoBirthing

BabyMoon Prenatal Retreats
About Us
At we are committed to providing families with the tools for having peaceful, calm, and gentle birthing experiences. Kerstin Smith and Maria Gohdes are certified HypnoBirthing® instructors, affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute. We are currently teaching private and group HypnoBirthing® classes in Madison, WI.  Kerstin is the founder of BabyMoon retreats and offers a wide range of prenatal and postpartum services as well.

About HypnoBirthing®

HypnoBirthing® is an easy to learn method utilizing deep relaxation and focused breathing patterns. It is as much of a philosophy as a technique. Marie Mongan developed the HypnoBirthing® program in 1989, putting together ideas that she had used in the birthing of her own children.


HypnoBirthing® is based on the belief that when a mother is properly prepared for birthing—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and fully relaxed, she can experience the joy of birthing her baby more easily, often faster, and with less discomfort. With most births requiring little or no intervention, HypnoBirthing® moms use their skills to deeply relax,

and open to the power, passion and pleasure of birth.


For more information on HypnoBirthing®, please visit

HypnoBirthing classes run for five weeks and are 2 1/2 hours long.  With each class a couple receives a book, two CDs,  handouts including extra relaxation and visualizations not found in the book and limited labor support.

Online Enrollment

 Tuition fee:  Group Class $250.00  Semi-Private $350 Private $400.00
(fee includes textbook, audio practice CD, and handouts)

To receive your text and CD prior to the first class (highly recommended)
please submit this form and send a $50.00 deposit to the address in the reply email you will receive.
I will mail your materials to you.

Mother's Name:
Birthing Companion (spouse, partner, etc.):
Home Address:
Mailing Address (if different from Home):
Preferred Phone:
Alternate Phone:
Preferred email:
Emergency Contact:
Birthing Assistant & Relationship (doula, friend, etc.):
Care Provider Name & Title:
Birthing Facility & Address:
When is baby expected?:
How many week pregnant will you be when you begin classes?:
I wish to enroll for class beginning (date)::

Empowered Parenting:  A Natural, Family-Centered Approach
An independent  newborn and breastfeeding class in line with the philosophy of HypnoBirthing®.
Empowered Parenting takes the approach that caring for a newborn is as natural and family-centered as the birth should be.  Topics covered include:  Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding Basics, Nighttime Parenting/Sleep,  Babywearing, Cloth Diapering, The Happiest Baby on the Block, Circumcision, Vaccinations, and more.

Labor Support/Doula
Kerstin offers labor support for those using the HypnoBirthing method .  Have the advantage of an experienced teacher of the method at your birth!  Support includes three prenatal visits and two postpartum visits as well as full labor support.  Currently I am only able to offer limited labor support contracts. Please contact me for details.

Prenatal and Postpartum Reiki and EFT

Kerstin specializes in private Prenatal and Postpartum Reiki and EFT sessions.  This is a wonderful way to connect energetically with the baby as well as to integrate the birth experience, promote postpartum healing and bonding.  Postpartum visits are done in the home with baby and mom wherever they feel comfortable.  The flexibility of Reiki makes it a wonderful healing treat for mom while still keeping baby close.  This is wonderful bodywork to be done in the first six weeks and then continued throughout the postpartum period.

BabyMoon:  Prenatal Birth Retreats and Postpartum Circles

Like a honeymoon…the term “Baby Moon” has come to mean many different things but one aspect is a constant fixture: time away. This can be done in a secluded location or in the comfort of your own home.People who are drawn to a BabyMoon have been searching for a way that helps women create the sacred space necessary for birth preparation and prenatal bonding.  Personal, day, and weekend retreats are available.  Please visit for more information.


Through a holistic program of relaxation, visualizations and meditation, ritual, and education, women connect with themselves and their babies in a deeper way.  They are reinforced in trusting that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended. I have also found in working with moms that it is important to take time afterwards  So the experience does not stop with the prenatal retreat, but also includes postpartum birth circles for mom and baby. to integrate the birth into one’s life both energetically and emotionally.