I have been teaching Hypnobirthing for over 4 years and during that time, have continued my own self study and learning journey pouring everything into my detailed, comprehensive classes which are a full antenatal preparation and much much more than just Hypnobirthing techniques.
Recently, my practice has taken on a deeper dimension as a result of being asked to attend the births of some of my clients - an absolute honour and privilege which has deepened my love and respect for birthing women. This has led me on to train formally as a Doula and having completed the wonderful Doula UK accredited, Red Tent Doula Preparation course, I am in the final stages of my coursework and self study. Watch this space for more info on Doula services and if you would like to discuss the Doula support I offer plus bag yourself a bargain while I'm still in training, please do get in touch!
I learned about Hypnobirthing during my first pregnancy when it was recommended to me by a good friend who had experienced a wonderful 8 hour natural water birth. I did a Marie Mongan course and found it incredibly relaxing. I definitely feel that it helped me bond with my baby and my husband, as well as filling me with excitement and confidence for the birth of my baby. I ended up being induced as I was almost 2 weeks past my due date. This eventually led to a C-Section birth (not at all what I had planned), but I used the Hypnobirthing techniques during the labour and birth and they made a huge difference to the experience. My surges were intense but I can honestly say they were not painful and despite the unexpected outcome, I remained calm and connected, was able to breastfeed immediately, went home the next day and had a very quick recovery. Yet I still felt, (and still do feel - over 3 years on), a sense of regret - a nagging kind of feeling that what had happened was unnecessary and that the decision process had been taken out of my hands. This made me want to revisit Hypnobirthing and I trained to be a Hypnobirthing teacher with Katherine Graves. The birth of my second son was completely different to my first and although it also unfortunately resulted in an unexpected C-Section, (for what I feel were more necessary reasons),I felt in control and listened to and was therefore able to labour for longer using Hypnobirthing techniques which kept me calm and focused. This time around, I felt empowered enough to make decisions that felt right for me when things did not quite go according to plan. Although on paper, this birth turned out to be more complicated than my first, I felt infinitely better about the experience. There was no sense of regret or lack of control, just a strong sense that what happened needed to happen and my husband and I made the decision that felt right for us. Once again, the techniques ensured I was calm and connected and helped tremendously through my surges, but this time I had the added benefit of feeling totally in control of how things progressed. This made all the difference and is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable aspects of the course I teach.
Needless to say, I use what I learned during the births of my sons in my teaching along with my counselling experience (I have a Foundation certificate in Humanistic & Integrative counselling from BCPC). I am totally non-judgemental and non-prescriptive about how you choose to give birth. What matters to me is that you feel fully supported throughout your pregnancy and beyond which is why I also make myself available for as long as you need me after your baby is born. I truly am here for you.
I feel very privileged to be a Hypnobirthing teacher and Doula and share all I have learnt with parents to be. Hypnobirthing cannot promise the 'perfect' birth but I have experienced and seen the difference it makes.
I am here to help you achieve the best birth you can as well as preparing you for any unexpected challenges that come your way. You will leave me feeling confident, calm, excited about the birth of your baby and ready to deal with whatever is thrown at you. One of my favourite quotes from the late, great childbirth campaigner, Sheila Kitzinger is: 'Childbirth is one of the most important and powerful events in a woman's life - and yet many women look on it as an ordeal rather than a challenge.' Very few people would say birth is easy, but if we can change the conversation and approach to it, I truly believe we can ensure positive experiences for all women.