Why I became a practitioner
As a mother or four and an NCT teacher I have met many parents who approach birth with fear and trepidation. My training and my own experiences of birthing mean that I understand how important it is for a woman to feel safe, calm and confident during birth. Having encountered Natal Hypnotherapy through my NCT clients I have been really impressed by the way it helps them achieve a calm empowering birth. As a Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner I feel I can really make a difference to the birthing experiences of women in my area.My core beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth
Feeling safe, calm and confident can make birthing an empowering experience
Being able to relax and 'let go' allows birthing to take place in optimum conditions
Having a well prepared and confident birth partner greatly increases the mothers ability to relax and cope.
A positive and empowering birth (no matter how it is achieved) is a wonderful start to parenthood.My experience of working with pregnant women and my personal experience of Natal Hypnotherapy
In my work as a NCT teacher I encounter many women who approach birth consumed by fear. I have tried to help them come to terms with the birth process and supported them to have the birth they feel able to achieve. I have recommended using the Natal Hypnotherapy CDs and been very impressed by the results. Those women who used the cds regularly became much more confident about their ability to birth their babies and often went on to achieve the kind of birth which they had never previously thought possible.
However, women and partners who did the Natal Hypnotherapy workshops seemed to get additional benefits. Meeting with a practitioner allows a woman to explore her hopes and fears surrounding birth in a totally supportive environment. Meeting a woman who has had her own positive and varied birth experiences helps to increase her belief in a woman's body to birth a baby. Any questions she has can be addressed in a calm and safe environment.
But it is not just the birthing mother who gains from the experience. Indeed, the effect on their partners can be incredibly powerful. The workshops allow partners to discover how their own fears can detrimentally affect the woman's experience. In the Natal Hypnotherapy workshops the birthing partners learn the skills they need to support the birthing mother effectively. It is not necessary to be in an ongoing relationship with the birth supporter to gain a huge amount from the workshops but I have noticed that the process seems to have a very positive effect on many couples and it is a joy to see how they come to embrace the idea of birth as something which will strengthen their relationship rather than be simply endured.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 & AssociationsI run Hypnobirthing Classes, Antenatal Classes and Natal Hypnotherapy Classes for the following postcodesI run Hypnobirthing Classes, Antenatal Classes and Natal Hypnotherapy Classes for the following areasPeople also come from the following areas for my hypnobirthing classes, antenatal classes and Natal Hypnotherapy classesPeople also come from the following areas for my hypnobirthing classes, antenatal classes and Natal Hypnotherapy
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