Meet Zina Aghdasi, CLC, CLEC, HBCE
Zina Aghdasi is a certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Practitioner, Lactation Counselor and Educator, and mother of three. She is the sole proprietor of Boston HypnoBirthing, offering childbirth classes, lactation services, and support groups in the Greater Boston Area; and 'Tot Milk,' where she exclusively provides lactation counseling and education locally and internationally.
In addition to completing the Mongan Method HypnoBirthing Practitioner Training, the University of California San Diego's Lactation Educator Counselor Program, and the Healthy Children Project Lactation Counselor Program, based on the World Health Organization/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counseling curriculum, Zina is well versed in physiologic approaches to pregnancy and birth, natural birthing, the evolution of lactation, the physiology of milk production, and the biocultural aspects of breastfeeding and early child-rearing. She is dedicated to providing families and medical professionals with evidence-based knowledge on pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and maternal-child health and development. She is currently completing prerequisite courses for health professionals at Johns Hopkins University.
With her first pregnancy in 2011, Zina found that her award-winning obstetrician practiced a heavily interventionist style of medicine and had a startling cesarean rate. Worried that her healthy pregnancy would culminate in unnecessary interference or end in a cesarean with no medical justification, she switched to the only freestanding birth center run by midwifes at 35 weeks pregnant, giving birth naturally to a healthy baby boy a few weeks after. Two and a half years later in 2014, she gave birth to her daughter en route to the birth center on the side of a road, an unexpected but equally beautiful and empowering birth experience aided by the knowledge and techniques of HypnoBirthing. Most recently In late August 2016, Zina gave birth to her third child at home while her other little ones were sleeping, in the company of her husband and midwives.
Zina is a member of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding USA, and the International Childbirth Education Association, and was recently featured in Boston Voyager Magazine as one of Boston's hidden gems.