Meditation in an uncertain world: The Calm Birth® Program

It is close to impossible to function out in American society without being bombarded with messages of uncertainty.  One could easily assume many of theses messages have the intent to cause fear which will then drive behavior.  This creates a roller coaster ride of fear and stress.  You do have a choice.  In life, all that we can truly control is our reaction to stress.  The practice of meditation is a way we can choose how we react to stress and free ourselves from the paralysis of fear and uncertainty.  For over 40 years now, researchers at the Harvard Medical School have conducted experiments on how meditation affects stress and health.  A few of the clinically proven benefits of meditation include: lower blood cortisol levels, increase in circulation, lowered blood pressure, fewer hospitalization and has been endorsed by the National Institute of Health as an effective pain relief method for chronic pain sufferers.1-6

The Calm Birth® techniques are awareness-based meditation practices that have been used for centuries around the world.  Robert Bruce Newman, the founder of Calm Birth®, has brought these practices specifically into pregnancy, childbirth and parenting for the first time in the U.S.   These practices use progressive neuromuscular relaxation, as well as traditional sitting meditation practice, to guide a person to discover their inherent state of calm awareness.  Both of these meditation practices have been proven effective at Harvard Medical School.  The Calm Birth® classes I offer are two hours long, one night a week for three consecutive weeks.  This time frame allows you to learn the practices in a group setting and start your own practice in your daily life.  It is helpful during the first few weeks of forming a new habit to have support and guidance.  As well as effective practices for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, the Calm Birth® program has been endorsed as a method of conscious conception. is a wonderful website to visit to read further information and testimonials of the Calm Birth® Program.  You will find class registration and more on my website.





 Info on Ellie:

Ellie Ott

My bachelor’s degree is from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in biology, with a topical minor in health psychology. My fascination with the human body led me to explore the mind/body healing philosophy. I earned my certification as a massage therapist and health educator at the National Holistic Institute in Berkeley, CA in 1997.

While working as a massage therapist, life brought us (my husband and I) the excitement of children, entrepreneurship and living overseas.

Since returning to the U.S. in 2006, I have earned my certification as a childbirth educator, doula and Calm Birth® meditation teacher. I feel the magnificence of a woman just continues to grow throughout her life. I am humbled by the brilliant teachers who have entered my life, particularly the females who have helped me to find my own inner strength and well being.

I have over 15 years of experience in health and wellness as a certified massage therapist, childbirth educator, doula and Calm Birth® instructor. I also currently teache classes privately and at hospitals throughout the Twin Cities in addition to providing doula services across the Metro Area.

It is my firm belief that we are in the era of self-care and I am honored to be able to share what I have learned on my journey in an effort to be of assistance to others who are committed to self-empowerment through varied forms of education and support.



1 D. Orme-Johnson, Pschosomatic Medicine 49 (1987): 493-507.

2 Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan, The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1997).

3 J. Kabat-Zinn, L. Lipworth, R. Burney, and W. Sellers, “Four year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of chronic pain,” Clinical Journal of Pain 2(1986): 159-173.

4 H. Cerpa, “The effects of clinically standardised meditation on type 2 diabetics,” Dissertation Abstracts International 499 (1989): 3432.

5 R. Davidson, J. Kabat-Zinn, et al, “Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation,” Psychosomatic Medicine 65 (2003): 564-570.

6 Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan, The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1997).

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.