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Why I became a practitioner
I've been helping families to prepare for the arrival of a baby since 2010 in various different ways - teaching antenatal classes, as a breastfeeding counsellor and as a birth doula. I used Natal Hypnotherapy myself to great effect during the pregnancy and birth of my third child, who was born in 2017. Since having had such a positive personal experience with it, I found myself recommending Natal Hypnotherapy specifically to birth doula clients who were interested in hypnobirthing. When the opportunity arose to train to teach this highly effective way of preparing for labour and birth to other families, I jumped at the chance!
My core beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth
I believe that pregnancy and birth are an incredibly important time in life - for the one bearing the child, for the surrounding family and the child themselves. For the vast majority of people it's a straightforward process, when supported effectively, but as with all things in life, for some people it's a bit more complicated. Whatever the circumstances, family set up and health or otherwise of the individual, I strongly believe that everyone deserves compassionate care to support them to make the very best decisions when bringing a baby into the world. Feeling that you understand the processes of birth and learning how to make informed choices within the UK maternity system really helps you to feel involved in your care, helping you to come out of it stronger, both personally and as a family. I believe that using Natal Hypnotherapy as preparation for birth can be a key part of this.
My experience of working with pregnant women and my personal experience of Natal Hypnotherapy
I've been working with pregnant people and their families since 2010. Between 2010 and 2013 I taught a different type of antenatal class and since 2013 I have worked as a birth doula, supporting all kinds of births at home and in hospital. I was also a breastfeeding counsellor with one of the main breastfeeding support charities between 2011 and 2017 which often involved support in pregnancy with feeding choices and preparing to welcome a baby into the family.
When I was pregnant with my third child in 2016, I decided to use Natal Hypnotherapy as part of my preparation. I was a bit slow coming round to the idea of hypnobirthing, but having seen doula clients I'd supported using it to great effect, I decided to try it for myself. I really liked the Natal Hypnotherapy approach, which is warm, practical and down to earth. I found the relaxation mp3s invaluable during pregnancy and a long early phase of labour when I was finding it hard to switch off. My third birth was the best experience of them all for me, and the immediate post partum period felt much easier than either of my other two and I feel that Natal Hypnotherapy played a big part in that for me.
Add any feedback from Natal Hypnotherapy classes you have run
"We did the Natal Hypnotherapy course with Kris. We thought it might be weird doing it over zoom, but it worked really well and we found the relaxation techniques really helpful. I would 100% recommend doing Natal Hypnotherapy with Kris; I feel my labour would have been a very different experience if we hadn't done it, and it helped me manage what could have been quite a stressful situation. I didn't find labour to be particularly painful (just intense), and I quite enjoyed it - not something I thought I'd say! - and it was definitely the hypnotherapy that shaped that experience. I had a forceps delivery with no pain relief, so can definitely say that it works! "
"As a father I found the Natal Hypnotherapy course from Kris to be both educational and relaxing. It is interesting to learn about the process of birth and for me that removed a lot of fear from the upcoming event. It also helped me see my place in the birth and helped me understand what I could best to do support my birthing partner.
Kris is a great coach and clearly experienced as both a birthing instructor and a parent. The course was delivered in a fun and light way for such a serious subject and her expertise easily shines through which left us both more comfortable at the end of the course. I cannot recommend Kris and Natal Hypnotherapy enough for anyone going through the wonder of bringing a child into this world." RL 2019
My related qualifications & Associations
Paramana doula preparation days Oct 2013 facilitated by Lilliana Lammers and Michel Odent
Recognised birth doula with Doula UK since 2015
Member of Nurture Sheffield since 2014