Testimonials

I chose this method primarily because I wanted as a relaxed and empowered experience as possible.

Hypnobirthing helped reassure me that I had nothing to fear, that labour and delivery was not something to just get through in order to have a baby, but the process itself was something to enjoy. And it was.

Looking back on my birth experience I feel confident that I experienced in the best way possible and my initial goal/plan to be a relaxed Mama during labour and delivery with a happy, healthy baby and a happy, healthy postpartum body and mind was reached.

Chitra is an exceptionally warm and experienced teacher who put us immediately at ease and she has loads of practical information to help us understand the Dutch system. She is really proactive and incredibly helpful and you know that you are in very good hands. Yes, I would definitely recommend Chitra’s HypnoBirthing class and have already!
Twyla & Jorn 


My mother has always been an advocate for holistic and non-interventional approaches to health and healing in general and that has largely influenced me as well. Needless to say Hypnobirthing was an easy choice when we were looking for birth preparation classes. Chitra’s classes were highly recommended by a friend and I got in touch with her right away.
Ramya & Suneel


My husband & I come from a culture where ‘mothering the mother’ starts right from the beginning of pregnancy. The expectant mother is cared for by a community of close family members and friends. And here we were thousands of miles away from family, missing all that warmth and secure feeling. Back home, the idea of preparing for childbirth is quite new and we are simply told to be positive and not ‘think too much’ about labor etc., I was doubly sure that approach will not help us here where we would have to deal with it all by ourselves.

We believed that information will be our greatest ally and set out to educate ourselves all about birthing. To that end, Hypnobirthing was the perfect choice. Reading Marie Mongan’s book was a life changing experience. I went from fearing childbirth to embracing it with lots of love. I learnt to trust my body and baby to do their job. The breathing and relaxation techniques and the positive affirmations that I practised over the last few months helped me to go in to Zen mode whenever I wished. I was in a beautiful state of trance during my contractions. My mom and partner were simply amazed at how calm I was through all that pain. The fear in Fear-Tension-Pain was almost never there and this state of mind is what really helped us in maintaining our composure during the last few days before our boy arrived (He was born 11 days after his EDD) and also during what turned out to be a challenging labor. We survived a 12 hour induced labor without pain relief and this was only possible because of Hypnobirthing.


Chitra is so passionate about babies and birthing. She exudes high levels of positivity and enthusiasm. That’s the only reason we could survive 3+ hour sessions on busy workdays. I went in expecting to learn the basics of labor and ended up falling in love with the whole idea of birthing. I thoroughly enjoyed my birthing experience despite all the complications that we ran in to. We are eternally thankful to Chitra and her classes for giving us the experience of a lifetime.


Chitra came recommended by my friend and I was very happy with her course – she is a warm person, makes you feel very comfortable and whole course is intimate, personal and enjoyable. What is more important, she delivers information about the birth so I knew what to expect and how to deal with it – even my husband who knew nothing about labor felt very confident afterwards. That what I value the most – at the end, I was no longer scared, I had no doubts, I learned through the course that I could trust my body – at the end my birth experience is really beautiful one!
Kamila & Peter


Chitra is patient, open minded and kind lecturer. She provides practical advise on how to welcome your baby in peaceful and relaxed way, meanwhile explaining the birth process from more common/medical perspective. Even the usually critical Dutch guys got on board after the first session.
Agnese & Jeroen


Having met Chitra at the International school fair, I immediately knew that I definitely wanted to do her course for the birth of my second child. I totally believe that we shouldn’t be afraid of birthing, and if we know exactly what’s happening at all stages and are mentally prepared, our bodies can do what it needs to do. Thankfully, if it doesn’t we have the best care possible.

My husband and I highly recommend this birth preparation course for parents-to-be. Not only did we have the birth that we wanted, but the support from Chitra, which continued long after was invaluable. Thank you Chitra for sharing your passion and love during this very special time.

Jane & Rob


A friend of mine talked to me about this very nice and enthusiastic person preparing women for birth. I therefore contacted Chitra and she sent me some material. I have to admit that the name, “hypno-birthing”, sounded a bit too hippy at the beginning, then, when I read about the main concept of following mother Nature and your own body predisposition to give birth, I thought that was the way I wanted to go. I then discussed with my partner and he agreed that following a natural method based mostly on self-relaxation, which was a good way to bring our child into the world.

I found the information I got from the hypnobirthing classes to be very helpful. During the classes and the fruitful discussions, Chitra explained us with enthusiasm the entire process of giving birth and caring for a new born baby. She helped us to understanding the mechanisms (muscles, hormones, blood flow..) that allow the process to unfold. And, mostly, she explained to us how listening to your body and letting the nature flows would have make all the difference in the world.  My birthing was not easy. It was long and tiring. But I could face it with calm and knowledge. I did not panic because I knew what to expect.  I would recommend a HypnoBirthing class to everyone who wants to get the tools to make of her birthing a positive experience.

Zoraide & Helmuth


We chose to make a Hypnobirthing course to prepare for our son’s birth, because several friends of mine told me their amazing experiences of a calm and natural birth. Furthermore, a friend gave me the book to read and it made me very interested. We wanted to experience a natural and calm childbirth and thought HypnoBirthing would help us to achieve this.

HypnoBirthing helped us a lot by understanding what actually happens in the female body during labour and birth. After the course we felt prepared and open to whatever way the birth would turn out to be.

We can absolutely recommend Chitra’s HypnoBirthing class to every pregnant mother. She took a lot of time to explain everything, was very understanding, extremely helpful and has a huge knowledge.

Johanna & Richard


My husband and I took Chitra’s Hypnobirthing course last year for prep for the birth of our 1st child. She makes the course very interesting and personalized. It was thanks to her course that we had a very positive birth experience. She’s a very kind and passionate person, that really cares about the parents she works with. I would definitely recommend her course.

Belen & Carlos


Chitra helped us to prepare for what you cannot be really prepared 🙂 During the course, my partner and I became partners in birthing process as well. We understood what will be happening and got our preferences crystal clear. That helped us stand up to the hospital protocols that didn’t make any sense. To put it into context: my membranes released in week 30. Due to that, the doctors were pushing for an earlier induction (in week 37) even though everything was in order. Since I felt our kiddo wasn’t ready yet, I stood up for what my intuition was telling me to do – to wait. Chitra listened, cared and encouraged me to do so and I am forever grateful to have had her by my side, sharing her knowledge and support. I experienced a 4hrs, easy and painless birthing. It puts a smile on my face when I think back to that Tuesday morning. Thank you, Chitra

Neza & Geert


We welcomed our daughter (our first child) in November 2015.  The biggest point of attention in our hearts/minds was having a normal delivery which God did gift us. Around mid of our pregnancy journey, we were faced with low-lying placenta which could have derailed our normal delivery hopes.

In this background, while searching for some pregnancy classes we landed up at Chitra’s Akriti which used HypnoBirthing as a method to guide the Pregnancy journey. And from bottom of our hearts we owe a whole lot to Chitra who guided, wished, supported, motivated, calmed, helped us with visualization  … I can go on and on with adjectives !!
The HypnoBirthing course not only gave us the confidence, but also helped us remain calm and plan for all eventualities.

Chitra gave special skype sessions when we informed about low-lying placenta and gave us the confidence that it can move aside well into 38-39 week and we didn’t need to take decision about having a C-section. She started the first session on the same day when we informed her, take that for being proactive !!!
Special mention also goes to the Visualization techniques of breathing, child moving through birth-canal, having the presence of mind to be aware what is happening and at the same time be relaxed/calm. This helped immensely during actual labor, when the Doctor mentioned that it could take 7-8 hours for active labor. But actually it took 2 hours, as my wife listened to the HypnoBirthing audio and allowed her body do its work.
Our daughter came to the world at 02.33 in morning and we were talking to Chitra till 12, basically Chitra was there through our whole Labor journey like an angel guiding, motivating, calming, helping us throughout.

In short, we are sure that without Chitra’s HypnoBirthing aid we would not have been blessed with Normal birth which I guess all Expecting Mothers dream of. And I guess the above text gives you an idea how Chitra could help your pregnancy journey. Chitra’ guidance is highly recommended for a life-time experience which should be enjoyable but in current healthcare environment somehow has been projected as dangerous and stressful experience.

Wishing every expectant couple out there a wonderful pregnancy in welcoming your kid(s)

Bharathi (wife), Vedhika (daughter) and Ram (husband aka spectator 😉 )


We chose the Hypnobirthing course to prepare for our childbirth because I wanted a more natural and calming birthing experience with none or very little medical intervention. Hypnobirthing offered a way for this to be possible through the different breathing techniques, meditation and visualisations. It gave me confidence and reassurance to look forward to my daughters birth rather than fear it. It allowed Rod, my husband to be part of the birthing experience and support me when It was needed which was invaluable. Chitra’s advice, experience and support during and after the course only added more value to our experience to which we are very grateful!

We would recommend Hypnobirthing to friends and family because It gave us a better understanding of the body’s natural abilities during child birth and how capable the female body is. We had a wonderful home birth experience and for those where this may not be the case Hypnobirthing can also provide you and your partner the reassurance you may need at that time. Chitra’s course offered all of the above and we were able to learn, prepare and enjoy it in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It felt very personal and we made good friends!

Natalia & Rod


We choose HB because I was very nervous about the first birth. I have a history of hyperventilation and needed something to help me relax and stay in contact with myself. HB is a way of relaxing, without being very alternative medicine like. It might sound like hypnosis, but is really about focussing and relaxing and feeling the calmness.

I would definitely recommend the course, even for a medical birth. We had a emergency c-section, and it helped us a lot to be able to focus on the doctors and not panic with all the stress involved. It gave us a good feeling that we tried everything, but were not overwhelmed with all medical intervention. It felt good that the men got so much more information about the role they have to perform. For us it can even be more promoted in class. Men are the brain so the women can relax and focus on their birth. Chitra really included them in class. Also, she created a trusting and relaxing environment for everyone to focus & participate.

Martine & Arvid

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My partner and I did the Hypnobirthing class with Chitra. The course was very informative about my options & rights, understanding the Dutch medical system (given that we’re expats in NL) and breathing & relaxation techniques.
It helped my partner and me be prepared and confident for a VBAC for our second baby. Chitra makes the classes so welcoming with her warm, lovely personality. She also continues to stay in touch post the classes, with a lot of support in decision making. We are very glad that we decided to do the classes with Chitra and highly recommend it to all mums-to-be!
Maya & Gaurav

Highly Recommended

I would highly recommend enrolling in Chitra’s Hypnobirthing class. The content of the course itself was very detailed and offered all the info necessary to understand the birthing process, as well as the various relaxation and practical techniques (positioning, breathing, etc). Participating in this class with my partner was key – we felt so prepared and confident on the day my son was born thanks to what we learned. Chitra is an incredibly warm teacher who spent plenty of time customising the teachings on exactly what each of us in the class wanted to know. She taught us to be empowered and confident in our birth preferences. Thank you, Chitra! My husband and I appreciated the opportunity to meet other expecting (& English speaking) parents in this process.

I Highly recommend the course!

Emily

Highly Recommended

“We got to meet Chitra following the ACCESS child preparation course for expats. What a wonderful person to guide you through the process of mentally and physically preparing for labor (but also for the weeks right before and after). We had the chance to discuss all of our questions and had very interesting conversations with her and the other participants, something you can’t have by just reading a birth preparation book. Chitra is a very positive person that is really on top of her field. What we appreciated the most is that she gave us info and guidance for all sorts of birth scenarios, without any bias towards a certain approach. She also provided us with all sorts of material to study further after the course. Definitely a recommended experience!”

Sofia & Bas

Thank you

 I just wanted to reach out to you to say thank you so much for your support around our birth. I had hoped that Lennart and I would be able to share our experience and our gratitude with you in person – but that will have to wait a little longer!
Our birth experience did not follow the path that we had hoped for. However, because of your course, and your support, we felt educated and prepared to consider our options, ask the right questions and make decisions that were right for us. Throughout it all I was able to remain relaxed, peaceful and focussed – which was all down to my breathing and meditation. I really understand now how hypnobirthing practice is so helpful in all birth situations!
Our labouring and birth took place at home, in the Geboortehuis Utrecht (including the birthing pool! :-)) and in the medical ward at Diakonessenhuis – so i really feel like I had the full spectrum of birth experience! It was about 35 hours from the start of surges until Pippa was born, so it was also a marathon! My midwife, the staff at Geboortehuis Utrecht and Diakonessenhuis were amazing and so supportive. I felt like I was in safe hands at every step.
I hope that we will get to catch up with you and the other couples in our group and meet all the beautiful bubs soon!
Marie, Lennart & Baby Pippa

Highly recommended

We attended Akriti’s 5-week hypnobirthing birth preparation course, and we were very happy with everything we learned in it. The instructor, Chitra, obviously loves her job, she is very knowledgable, experienced, supportive, and warm. We got much more than we expected from every class, all of our questions were answered, and Chitra also reached out outside classes and after the course to check if any of the couples needed her support with anything, or had any questions. The course itself is great, and it helped us look forward to the birth of our baby without fear. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing natural birth with as few interventions as possible.

Dunja & Erwin

Great Course

We did the english speaking ACCESS birth preparation course with Chitra. We learned a lot and got a lot of info and reassurance about pregnancy, birth and the dutch healthcare system surrounding pregnancy. Chitra is a lovely person who is really supportive and always approachable for help and support. She is very experienced and knowledgeable and shares great tips and resources. I would definitely recommend the course!

Barbara & Serdar

Highly Recommended

I took a 4week ACCESS childbirth course (online, due to Covid-19) from Chitra. I now feel much more empowered to make meaningful choices in my birth plan. I love her positive attitude towards birth and postpartum. She goes out of her way to help you prepare for your upcoming birth.

Elisa

A must do workshop

As a pregnant mother i wanted to know about hypnomothering and  how  hyponmothering can benefit me once my child is born. I liked the session a lot and it met the expectation tremendously. The breathing techniques to go into relaxation. The best part of the workshop is your lovely voice which makes me always to go into relaxation mode. The session was very relaxing and much needed. I really like the way you teach and make everyone comfortable in a group.
Thank you so much again Chitra for the wonderful session
Sonika Jain

Highly Recommended

Chitra is one of those people you meet as an expecting or new mother and you immediately feel like everything is going to be ok.  Without even following a course or workshop, there’s just something about the energy she radiates, the way she listens to your concerns and the free advice she provides in casual conversation that eases tensions and makes it better.
Then there’s, of course, the HypnoMothering course itself. Too often with pregnancy, especially with your first child, one is so tied up with the pregnancy itself and then the birth, that we neglect to prepare ourselves for the intensity that is motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it doesn’t come without its own challenges and trying times – sleepless nights, medical issues, fear of this and fear of that – especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic times.
The HypnoMothering workshop provided me with two main things. Firstly, it gave me the tools to calm myself during the stresses of motherhood through a series of breath meditations (as I interpreted them). It may sound simple, but when you’re going for months on end without proper sleep, any tools you can have that allow you to quickly fall asleep, or power rest during a baby nap is worth embracing. Secondly, the workshop itself is just a wonderful moment to leave the child with another carer and take some time to reconnect with your mind and body.
Highly recommended!
Anne Veinberg

Great Session – HypnoMothering

As I’ve already had a crash course on birthing with Chitra just before delivering my baby last year, I was quite confident that I should do my best to attend the session on Hypnomothering. My expectation was that it would help me to get a bit more grounded and back in touch with myself and my body, the same way it happened after the birthing session.
My expectation was most certainly met. Not only have I reconnected with myself, I also was surprised to find myself happy and content about connecting and reconnecting with other participants. To be honest, I almost skipped the workshop just because I feel overwhelmed these days from too much online communication and was a bit scared to go into yet another online group experience. I’m so glad I found strength to go online anyway. And grateful that my baby and the rest of the family cooperated and supported me in having these 2 hours fully to myself.
We started with simple breathing exercises, and it was nice, like a light meditation. However it was when we got to do a version of a body scan very gently and carefully guided by Chitra that I felt real joy! This was definitely the most enjoyable and break-through point of a session to me. For the first time in over 4 months since I’ve given birth I was able to really connect to every part of my body, feel the energy and happiness and being proud of what this body accomplished, in a way, fully feeling myself whole again for the first time after the baby delivery! It was like a moment of inner celebration. When we got back into a group and discussed the experience, I also realised that it felt like a timely and soft end of a so-called “fourth trimester”, a really freeing sensation. And this all happened just through a 2-hour online session, unbelievable!
For all these reasons I would highly recommend Chitra’s HypnoMothering Workshop both to expectant and new mothers. It is gentle, knowledgeable, safe, comprehensive and professional.
Thank you!
Yulia Komo

Great course

Chitra knows her subject very detailed, passionate to tell about and explains the background of the things very well. This helps us to remember why and how the things are the way they are. Also her way of sending the summarised notes and other important tips was very useful. We enjoyed the course very much! Thanks.

Ezgi & Mark

Very informative

We are extremely happy to have attended this course. As first timers this was a much needed one. Chitra is a very good trainer and provided us with a lot of useful information, guided us to looking forward for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. The exercises are indeed very useful. Amidst the corona virus we did miss the social interaction and attending the course in person, but very happy to have completed the course online. Overall , we are pleased with the course.

Shiyona & Vinai

Wonderful course

We very much enjoyed the concept and content of the course. It was very informative on all aspects around what to expect when you are pregnant as well as practical steps one can take to prepare for the birth of your child. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we would recommend it to our friends.

Rene & Theanen

Very informative & great content

I found this course very informative and it gave me and my husband a nice refresher about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum phase. Chitra was very open for questions and provided us with a lot of materials which was extra to the course.

Anh & Thomas

Exceeded our expectations

I heard a lot of good feedbacks from friends about this course and it indeed exceeded our expectations.  For the practice, we had to move from face to face classes to online session due to Corona Virus situation.  We feel now more prepared and we know what to “expect” from the labor/ delivery/postpartum period. I feel more comfortable doing this birth in the Netherlands and we now have all the means to handle it. The breathing technique, positions/massages exercise, all the different steps and how the body is reacting. So a big thank you to Chitra for her help and kindness during these sessions.

Clem & Nico

Highly Recommended

As soon as we found out that I was pregnant we started thinking about how we would prepare for the birth. I have never been scared of labour as my mom always told me labour was beautiful and natural. Still, we wanted to know what to expect and learn how to best achieve a calm birth for our first child.
A friend told me about her experience with Hypnobirthing and although the ‘Hypno’ part didn’t initially appeal to me she was very down to earth and her birth sounded so serene. I found Chitra’s website and Chitra really took her time to call me and explain the course. It felt right for us from the start.

 

 

Maria & Tim

Caring, compassionate and highly qualified

Chitra is a caring, compassionate and highly qualified childbirth professional. I attended her 5-week hypnobirthing course, which helped me to have a relaxed and truly enjoyable birth experience. Chitra’s course provided essential information about the basic physiological processes of childbirth and what to expect during delivery, while providing a nurturing and supportive environment in which she taught us to understand and work with those processes in a calm and relaxed way, to manage discomfort and reduce stress, to care for ourselves and to support each other.

 

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Beth & Jacco

I would recommend a HypnoBirthing class to everyone

A friend of mine talked to me about this very nice and enthusiastic person preparing women for birth. I therefore contacted Chitra and she sent me some material. I have to admit that the name, “hypno-birthing”, sounded a bit too hippy at the beginning, then, when I read about the main concept of following mother Nature and your own body predisposition to give birth, I thought that was the way I wanted to go. I then discussed with my partner and he agreed that following a natural method based mostly on self-relaxation, which was a good way to bring our child into the world.

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Zoraide & Helmuth

I could trust my body

Chitra came recommended by my friend and I was very happy with her course – she is a warm person, makes you feel very comfortable and whole course is intimate, personal and enjoyable. What is more important, she delivers information about the birth so I knew what to expect and how to deal with it – even my husband who knew nothing about labor felt very confident afterwards. That what I value the most – at the end, I was no longer scared, I had no doubts, I learned through the course that I could trust my body – at the end my birth experience is really beautiful one!

Kamila & Peter

What an empowering experience

Chitra helped me and my partner prepare for the biggest unknown so far – the birth of our first child. During her Hypnobirthing course, we understood what will be happening during birthing and got our preferences for the process crystal clear. That took a lot of pressure of the unknown away. Furthermore, we understood how can my partner help me when the birthing comes – we became a team.

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Neza & Geert

Informative and a must do

Chitra’s Hypnobirthing classes are informative, eye opening and a must do for every mum and their partner. Only Because of her classes I could remain calm through what was later classified as a very difficult labor.. she goes through various scenarios and teaches you all the possibilities (best to less ideal) to handle unexpected situations .. my husband because of the classes could help me in ways he would never have thought of on his own … her classes give you a lot of confidence in yourself and your abilities. Her classes can turn labour from a medical event in your life to a very personal experience that you share with your partner.

Stan & Sushil

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