Lorraine Berry's profile
I qualified as a midwife in 1998 and I have always been commited towards helping women and their families acheive a good experience of pregnancy and birth. As my practice has developed I have become increasingly convinced that the way a birth is experienced has an impact reaching far beyond the first few days of sleepless nights and nappies - Families and women whose experience has been positive appear more confident in their parenting abilities and better able to deal with the challenges that lie ahead, proudly recalling how they managed to acheive a wonderful birth for their child. My personal challenge is how to help women and families acheive these positive outcomes.
During my first pregnancy, I became aware of Natal Hypnotherapy and began using the techniques early on, although I will admit to being uncertain as to whether or not it would work for me. On my last working day before maternity leave, I was present at the labour and birth of a first time Mum. She was incredibly calm and quiet, her partner offering exactly the right support at the right time without being prompted or asked. Just after the baby's head crowned, the woman opened her eyes and smiled at her partner. Then she gently birthed her baby. I went away from that birth thinking - that's how I want birth to be for my baby. I carried the image of that birth in my head as I continued with Natal Hypnotherapy for the remainder of my pregnancy. When I started to labour, I was not conscious of choosing to use Natal Hypnotherapy during the birth - it was something that just happened naturally and subconsciously. I am absolutely certain that the techniques enabled me to acheive the birth I had dreamed of.
My personal experience of using Natal Hypnotherapy totally convinced me that this was something that all Mums could benefit from. I subsequently cared for a number of women who had also used the techniques and, although varied in outcome, they are unanimously positive in their praise for the courses. I was also delighted that the research supports the beneficial effects Natal Hypnotherapy can have. Clearly, becoming a Natal Hypnotherapy Practitioner was a natural continuation in my ambition to help families have birth experiences that they can recall with pleasure and pride.
Women's amazing intuition and ability to know how to birth their babies instinctively should be protected and respected