GentleSurge/Madison HypnoBirthing – BirthTUBE

GentleSurge/Madison HypnoBirthing

Maria Gohdes

Madison, WI and surrounding areas


Hello! I’m Maria Gohdes. I’m a partner, mom, childbirth educator (HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method), doula, green living enthusiast and lifelong student. I really believe that what we feed our bodies - physically, nutritionally, emotionally and spiritually - has a lasting impact on ourselves and future generations. People often refer to me a positive birth and parenting nerd.

Most days you can find me wearing yoga pants, chasing my 3 little kids, catching up on emails between piles of laundry on the floor with a messy bun on top of my head, listening to a birth or parenting related podcast and sneaking sips of kombucha out of the fridge so I don’t have to share with my kids.

I am passionate about bringing evidence-based information to families at every stage, from fertility to parenthood. I teach and support families who want to have an informed, empowered and gentle pregnancy, birth and parenting experience and who are looking for someone to walk the journey with them. By helping families prepare in mind (through relaxation, self-hypnosis, affirmations and visualization) and body (by exercising, Spinning Babies techniques and nutrition) before labor begins, my doula bag (packed with rebozo, essential oils, special guided relaxations and more!) isn't always used. I also support families remotely Virtual Doula Services - contact me for more info!

Doula Philosophy

My doula philosophy is that birth is a normal, natural function that the birthing body can accomplish when the birther is educated, supported, prepared mentally and physically; and birther and baby are healthy. I believe in evidence-based practices, informed choice, partner/family support and advocating for the birth you desire. As the mom of 3 (born via c-section, unmedicated hospital VBAC and homebirth), I believe in the power of unmedicated, calm birth but empathize with the use of needed intervention. Having continuous birth support (doula) is proven to increase positive birth outcomes and I’m honored to be providing that service to families.


|  | Jan 1970

Doula Type

  • Birth Doula
  • Postpartum Doula

Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses

  • Certified Birth Doula
  • Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Certified Hypno Doula

Special Services

  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth Educator
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Baby-led weaning
  • TENS units rental
  • HypnoBirthing® Practitioner
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Infant massage education
  • Photographer
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography

Special Training & Experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • LGBT Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Induced labor & birth

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