Anne Ferguson and Aileen Larson make up the Bywater Birth team. We are birth junkies who love empowering families to make their birth and postpartum experience a positive and joyful one. We offer Hypnobabies classes, breastfeeding classes, placenta encapsulation services and birth doula services.


Anne Ferguson, HCHI, CD(DONA), APPAC

Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for visiting my website!  I live in Eden Prairie with my husband Chris and our two wonderful sons. I am a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, a Certified Birth Doula and a Certified Placenta Arts Specialist with APPA.

As a Hypnobabies instructor, I teach childbirth preparation classes to expectant parents.  Hypnobabies is a comprehensive childbirth class, plus an amazing collection of medical hypno-anesthesia techniques that empower Moms to have faster, easier and more comfortable births. 

As a certified birth doula, I attend births at hospitals all across the Twin Cities and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.  I am also able to support you at one of our local birth centers, or for your planned home birth.  I have been serving birthing families in this capacity since March of 2011.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with friends and learning about nutrition and wellness.

My hope is that every woman be informed and educated so she can make choices that will help her have the birth of her dreams. I believe birth is a natural, normal process that should be looked forward to, not feared.  I also believe all women can benefit from doula support, no matter what your preferences for your birth, whether you hope for a low-intervention birth, plan to use medication or even if you are planning a surgical birth.

I also have extensive training and experience in supporting women who are breastfeeding. I can offer you assistance in getting breastfeeding off to the best possible start after birth, and I’m also available 24/7 for phone or email help for as long as needed.  I feel incredibly lucky to be able to combine my passions for birth and breastfeeding as a Hypnobabies instructor and doula.

Aileen Larson, HCHI, HCHD

Hi!  I'm Aileen Larson and I'm a mother, birth doula, Hypnobabies Instructor, and placenta encapsulator.  I'm also a Co-Leader of Twin Cities Attachment Parenting International.  I love babies, birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, and helping families to hit their stride after a new baby arrives.

When I had my third baby, I asked Anne to encapsulate my placenta & the results were AMAZING.  With my first two children, I had suffered from low milk supply, but after a few days of taking my placenta pills, I woke up in a puddle of milk and have had TONS of milk since then.  Additionally, after the births of my first two children, I suffered from postpartum depression, yet with my third baby I thrived. I attribute this change in my mood to consuming my placenta.

I love teaching Hypnobabies to couples because it is not only a comprehensive childbirth education program, but it is also the best hypnosis-for-childbirth program I have found.  I used the program with my third birth (thanks for being my teacher & doula, Anne!) and the results were amazing.  I felt empowered, relaxed, and supported by my partner. My husband reports that he felt like we were truly a team and that Hypnobabies helped him to be more involved in our third baby's birth. In my work as a hypno-doula, couples using Hypnobabies tell me that they feel prepared for birth and that they have great birth experiences.

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