Why I became a practitioner
As an antenatal teacher and doula I am always looking for ways to a) help women find a pathway to their inner strength for labour and b) help parents find their inner confidence for childbirth and parenting. When I came across Natal Hypnotherapy I found what I was looking for. Natal Hypnotherapy techniques are simple and easy to learn. The feedback from couples (from mums and their partners) who have used Natal Hypnotherapy has been quite mind blowing.My core beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth
I am passionate about helping women and their partners to have a good birth experience, one full of good memories, where the experience of meeting their baby fills them with happiness and pride. A good birth experience is empowering and can transform a womans life. Not only that, a good birth experience is beneficial in the transition to parenthood and leaves parents emotionally strong and ready to care for their new baby. Whether natural or medicalised, all birth experiences, with the right approach, can be a positive experience. Women benefit greatly from good support during labour. Understanding the process of birth through antenatal education and having coping mechanisms in place helps women to find their inner strength. In addition the support and care of a good birth partner helps women to have an easier and shorter birth experience. Natal Hypnotherapy is a great way for a woman and her birth partner to prepare for labour, together they can learn skills to cope with labour and birth. The techniques learned in Natal Hypnotherapy are skills for life, that can be called on during parenthood and life in general.My experience of working with pregnant women and my personal experience of Natal Hypnotherapy
Having had 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and been involved in antenatal education since 1987, I have always had a passion for the whole birth process and a wealth of knowledge from which to draw.
As a birth doula since '94 and 106 births to date, I never cease to wonder at the miracle of it all.
I taught NCT antenatal classes for over 20 years. As a Gentle Birth Method Practitioner & Reflexologist I have been able to work with women with fertility issues, ongoing pregnancy treatments and personal care during labour. A combined package giving consistent tailor made sensitive support to thousands of women.
Having qualified as an NH practitioner in June '12, I am fortunate to be able to add this to my list of skills. Feedback from my classes
"This course should be on the NHS. All expectant parents can benefit."
"A must for all couples. A very bonding experience - empowering for both the mother and the father - better than any NCT or postnatal class I have ever attended. My little girl was born in 58 minutes! (from 3cm dilated to her being placed on my tummy). Her arrival was an amazing experience - I tell her she was born with love. I felt in control throughout the whole of my labour and much more knowledgeable about my body and what stage I was act. My little girl and I acted as a team - and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
"As a worried expectant father, I learned so many ways to help my wife - as well as building my confidence to deal effectively with the medical team at the hospital
"Fantastic course, so pleased we came, I would recommend it to everyone, it should be compulsory for all pregnant women, their partners and midwives. There was a wealth of information that was really useful especially the tools for birth. "
"It was very well structured and very informative to someone who was very sceptical at the beginning. The key parts for me were the breathing control and giving me the confidence to support my partner. The trainer was very good, very clear, was not judgmental and encouraged questions - the delivery of course was excellent."
"Thanks for a great 2 days. It was really useful for me to understand about the phases of birth and how to deal with the medical team and being given an important role in the whole process. I particularly enjoyed the hypnosis sessions and felt very comfortable asking any questions and talking about my fears"
"Understanding the physiology in plain English was great - it made me realize how natural it is and that relaxing is going to be far more beneficial than panicking"My related qualifications & Associations
DipHE Antenatal Education University of Bedfordshire
Certificate in Health Science: Childbirth Companion (Doula) NCT & Worcester University
NCFE Award in Nutrition and Health
Supporting Couple Relationships
NCT License to Practice
NCT Breast Feeding Peer Supporter
2008 Antenatal Teacher Training
2009 Breastfeeding Peer Support Training
2012 Doula Training
2014 Natal Hypnotherapy Training
2014 Supporting Couple Relationships
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