More About the Author
In 1984, Giuditta Tornetta experienced a painless childbirth, delivering her daughter at home, with the support of a midwife, meditation, and hypnosis tools. This riveting experience inspired her to dedicate her life to helping women obtain a painless and natural childbirth. Today Ms Tornetta has written "Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth" and can be reached at www.joyinbirthing.com
"The author in her doula practice incorporates pre- and perinatal psychology principles with matter-of-fact assertiveness, and basic p&p premises are authoritatively conveyed throughout the book. This might be the most interesting book yet on a doula's life, and we have to thank Giuditta for having shared with us such deep stories of her own voyage into motherhood and her doula practice." Joel Evans MD is an integrative OB/GYN, director of The Center for Women's Health in Stamford, CT, author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, and the newest member of APPPAH's Board of Directors.
"Pregnancy is a beautiful balance of life, love and spirit and Giuditta reflects that perfectly in her gentle book. What a lovely way to prepare for your new life ahead." Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, creator of the book/DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block
"Painless Childbirth is filled with heartfelt, practical and scientifically accurate information. It helps women expect the best - and then create it." Chirstiane Northrup MD best-selling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"In my pediatric practice, I have witnessed the wonderful work that Ms. Tornetta's does with my families. In her book Painless Childbirth she empowers mothers to begin parenting their child while in the womb. I love her work! Jay Gordon MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School
"Every woman expecting a baby should read this book. Additionally, maternity caregivers, be they doctors, midwives, nurses, who meet the woman as she faces this immense transformative event will gain more understanding of their power to help or hurt the woman in this vulnerable state of releasing her baby into the world. Support people, partners, and doulas will also benefit by having a greater depth of knowledge of the potential of their roles and how to provide the appropriate support as they travel on the journey of birth with the woman. Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW Perinatal therapist, researcher, co-founder of Doulas Of North America, and author: Your Amazing Newborn, Bonding, The Doula Book, When Survivors Give Birth
In 1993 Giuditta Tornetta received a certification for Hypnotherapy. In 1995, she was initiated in Transcendental Meditation and harnessed both experiences through her work as a Doula. She has worked in hospital labor and delivery rooms, and home environments, attending and assisting with hundreds of births. Ms. Tornetta is a certified birth and post-partum doula, a certified lactation educator, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, and a certified shiatsu therapist.
Giuditta practices clinical hypnotherapy and a method of natural childbirth that uses hypnotic techniques to reduce stress and fear during labor and delivery, alleviating pain and making the birth experience positive and enjoyable. She also teaches infant mental, emotional, and cognitive health and development.
She focuses on infant mental health and pre-post birth bonding, where she uses guided meditations and visualizations to help women communicate and empower their babies before birth. As a lactation educator and postpartum doula, Ms. Tornetta helps couples settle into a natural routine once the baby comes home. Through education, compassion, practical as wells as emotional support, Doula Giuditta teaches new parents how to decipher the newborn's vocal and body language.
Ms. Tornetta is a member of Doulas of North America (DONA), of the Doula Association of Southern California (DASC), and a volunteer with Operation Doula Care, an organization created in response to the life-changing events of September 11th, 2001. Its primary purpose is to provide free Doula support to the pregnant wives of the United States military. Giuditta Tornetta received certification from UCLA as a Lactation Educator and is a member of the Breastfeeding Task Force in Los Angeles, a non-profit organization dedicated to making breastfeeding the cultural norm in Los Angeles. She is the founder of DWLA (Doulas of West Los Angeles), a non-profit sub-group of DASC (Doulas of Southern California www.dascdoulas.org)
Giuditta Tornetta's passionate approach to life, and her accomplishments as a Doula, writer, workshop leader, entrepreneur, and performer, have made her a popular speaker. Television appearances include TLC Property Ladder (birth expert), Newborn Rescue (pilot for Discovery Channel) and she has been a regular guest on TLC's successful series "Bringing Home Baby."
She has been a guest of several radio stations and was recently featured in the popular radio show "Community Focus" on K-Mozart, 105.1 FM, in Los Angeles, on Contact Radio with Gina Cloud, and The Rolanda Watts Show - Greenstoneradio.com.
She has been featured as a guest at Whole Children Expo with Anna Getty, Kaiser Permanente Hospital 's "Women & Children's Health Service Line Operation Team Meeting." She is a regular speaker at Whole Foods Supermarket--national retail chain--and Wild Oats--a health-food supermarket chain. She has been a key speaker at WRS (Women's Referral Services), presenting to over 250 members at a time, and at Emerge (a women-in-business association) and has hosted lectures for parenting groups all over the country.
She resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs --Tony and Amore -- amid photo albums of the many new mommies and babies she's coached through life's most precious and powerful transitions, including her own two experiences with son Azzurro and daughter Natascia.
Ms. Tornetta is a contributing editor for Los Angeles Family Magazine with her monthly column "Ask Doula Giuditta", Las Vegas Family Magazine, the Wet Set Gazette, and Sheknows.com. She has published over 100 articles, in the United States as well as in the U.K. Excerpts from Painless Childbirth have been published by Mother Magazine in the U.K., and Mothering Magazine in the US. Doula Giuditta was the host and editor of "Natural Living" and "Pediatrics," two popular web pages dedicated to natural living and parenting at bellaonline.com (one of the largest websites devoted to women).
Ms. Tornetta runs monthly workshops and lectures on such topics as Natural and Painless Childbirth, Conscious Procreation, Moon Cycles a Rite of Passage, The Joy of Birthing, and The Joy of Menopause.
For speaking engagements please contact Giuditta Tornetta at 310-435-6054 or visit www.joyinbirthing.com