Prior to founding HypnoBirthing of Connecticut in 2007, Cynthia Overgard was a corporate executive and Professor of Finance at UConn. She first experienced HypnoBirthing in 2005 when she water-birthed her 8 lb. 14 oz. son, and again in 2009 with her 9 lb. 7 oz. daughter. Both births were natural and lasted only 3 and 5 hours, respectively. The simplicity and beauty of her babies’ births gave her the passion to dedicate herself to educating and supporting others through safer, evidence-based, informed birthing.

Today Cynthia is among the most featured childbirth advocates and experts in global media, with her articles published in print-media in more than 70 countries. Her podcast, Down To Birth, has achieved nearly millions of downloads, placing it among the top .5% of all podcasts in the world. Cynthia has taught HypnoBirthing classes to more than two thousand couples from around the US via her live, interactive online classes.

Cynthia's First Birth Story:
Taking Charge of Giving Birth

The story of Cynthia’s first birth has been published internationally in various print media between 2007 and 2020, under the the original title Off Her Back and, later, Taking Charge of Giving Birth. Some of those publications include Mothering magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness, and a textbook called Opposing Viewpoints: Childbirth. It’s the story of a once-uninformed, overwhelmed woman who channeled her anxiety into educating herself, advocating for herself, and later firing her obstetrician, hiring midwives, and facing her fear of natural childbirth using HypnoBirthing. In the end, she birthed her 8 lb. 14 oz son in exactly three hours from start to finish, and four years later, her 9 lb. 7 oz. daughter during a planned home birth with midwives Amy Romano and Cynthia’s co-host Trisha Ludwig. This is the story that prompted Cynthia to leave her corporate career and become a childbirth educator and advocate.

Cynthia's Second Birth Story: Lessons in Trust

In this episode, Cynthia shares the extraordinary story of her daughter’s birth. This personal narrative delves into the pivotal role intuition and self-trust played throughout her conception and pregnancy with her daughter. You’ll learn of some unexpected challenges they faced, and you’ll hear about their unconventional attempt to reposition their breech baby head-down.