At GentleSurge/Madison HypnoBirthing, 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 in good standing with the HypnoBirthing Institute. We are currently teaching private and group HypnoBirthing classes in Madison, WI.  We also offer a wide range of prenatal and postpartum services.

Who we are

Maria Gohdes

Kerstin Keber Smith

Maria Gohdes lives in the Madison, WI area and is a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and trained doula. Through attending conferences and lectures she continues to add to her education, including gaining knowledge and techniques from HypnoBirthing International, Spinning Babies, and on fertility issues, postpartum care (including breastfeeding) and nutrition.

Maria loves everything to do with pregnancy, birth, and babies. This fire was lit when she was pregnant with her first baby in 2012. She knew she wanted a natural birth and HypnoBirthing seemed like the right fit. Since then, Maria has gently birthed two more children using HypnoBirthing.

Maria is amazed at how empowering it is to make informed decisions for herself and her children during birth and beyond. She is passionate about all things having to do with natural parenting and living a healthy lifestyle. She believes every family has the right to an empowering pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.


Madison HypnoBirthing & Doulas.

Pregnancy. Birth. Postpartum.

Kerstin Smith, MA, EFT, Reiki Master, is a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner currently teaching classes in the Madison, WI area. Kerstin was trained by the founder of HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan, and has been teaching in the Madison area since 2008.  Kerstin has degrees in Music Education, Pastoral Ministry, and Theology and currently works at Madison Waldorf School as the parent/child playgroup leader and as a healer, speaker, and author.  She uses her educational experiences as well as her HypnoBirthing expertise to present the material in a clear and structured manner.

Kerstin is the mother of three children, all born naturally. Her second and third child were born at home using HypnoBirthing techniques. She is an advocate for natural parenting and is passionate about empowering families to make informed decisions regarding all aspects of parenting, especially birth-related decisions.

Kerstin has worked in colleges, churches, and schools, and is also trained in reiki healing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to release stress, heal trauma and re-pattern the brain. She also offers prenatal and postpartum retreats and mother blessings.  As the founder of BabyMoon Retreats, she uses her background in sacred ritual and spiritual retreat work to create a unique experience that honors the emotional and spiritual life of the mother and the child, while still addressing the very physical nature of pregnancy and birth. In all her work she companions folks toward healing and wholeness.