Debbie Gordon was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, as the 7th child of 13. She grew up with a baby in her arms and from a young age wanted to be a nurse working with mothers and babies. Her desires were fulfilled as she was hired to work in Labor and Delivery as a graduate nurse in 1985 at the hospital there in Casper. She began working for IHC at LDS Hospital in the maternal/newborn, GYN/high-risk antepartum unit in 1988 after marrying her husband Jay and trained all the new hires from 1989-1994. After transferring to Alta View Hospital to work in Labor and Birthing in 1994, Debbie received her certification in childbirth education and began teaching.
Following many years of infertility and multiple pregnancy losses Debbie and Jay adopted two sons, Jayson in 1995 and Jonathan in 1999, and then later finally carried a baby to term, birthing Matthew unmedicated in 2002. After having assisted childbearing women for 17 yrs., Debbie chose to hire a doula to assist her in her first biological birth. After Matthew’s birth, she turned to her doula (even before the placenta was delivered) and said, “Claire, next time let’s do HypnoBirthing®!” Debbie knew there was a more comfortable way to birth her babies and two years later,using HypnoBirthing® techniques, she comfortably birthed her 4th son, Benjamin. As she did with Matthew, she turned to her husband, Jay, and said, “Gee, that was so fun! Let’s do it again!”
In 2006, Debbie arranged for Marie Mongan, founder of the HypnoBirthing® Institute, to come to Salt Lake City and do a practitioner training in March 2007 and brought the HypnoBirthing® program to IHC (Intermountain Health Care), teaching from 2007 until June 2011. Her personal beliefs were fully expressed in the HypnoBirthing® philosophy which she readily embraced, always believing that she and all women had everything they needed to birth their babies gently, comfortably, and well. After completing the HypnoBirthing® practitioner course, her 5th son, Eran, was delivered at 33 wks. via cesarean after special circumstances. Though it was not the comfortable, calm, gentle vaginal birthing experience she had envisioned for her son, she used her HypnoBirthing® techniques to breathe love and life down to her baby and her experience made her even more passionate about the HypnoBirthing® program.
Teaching HypnoBirthing® has brought her a great deal of joy and satisfaction in her efforts to create a gentle birthing experience for both women and babies and instill in women a confidence in their birthing bodies and of birth’s perfect design. Debbie returned to the bedside of laboring women as a doula (professional labor companion) in 2010 after completing certification requirements through DONA International and has maintained her certification. Debbie chose to step aside from IHC in 2011 after 23 yrs. of service and employment to teach independently so she can more fully offer the ongoing support that the HypnoBirthing® program advocates as well as provide doula services to her clients and facilitate her clients’ birthing desires and philosophies rather than hospital protocols and procedures. There is nothing so heartwarming and rewarding as participating in the miracle of childbirth! Gentle births create gentle beings!
Affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute.