Why I became a practitioner
Both of my boys were born before the advent of Natal Hypnotherapy and although the breathing and relaxation techniques I learned in NCT classes made a difference and I was fortunate to have fantastic support each time I now know that using hypnosis would have prepared me better had things turned out differently.
I have taught NCT Antenatal classes for over 20 years and also teach women and their partners in NHS classes at a local Hospital. Increasing numbers of these women have been using Natal Hypnotherapy CDs and without doubt many of them have had uncomplicated and positive experiences. A number of them have suggested to me over the years that I should train to use birth hypnosis techniques - now here I am! My core beliefs surrounding pregnancy and birth
Birth is a natural, instinctive process.
Birth should not be about fear and dread but should be a time of joy and expectation.
A positive birth, no matter how it was achieved, leaves a new Mother feeling happy, calm and confident. For her partner, helping her to achieve that gives them a sense of being involved and the belief that they can make a difference sets them up to be equally happy, confident parents. My experience of working with pregnant women and my personal experience of Natal Hypnotherapy
Women and their partners are surrounded by negative accounts of birth from the press, film and television and also from what their friends and families tell them. Fear is a powerful emotion and gets in the way of instinctive birthing, increasing adrenaline and therefore making complications much more likely to set in whilst Natal Hypnotherapy techniques dispel fear and provide a tool for managing the birth process, keeping the labour hormones flowing.
Breathing and relaxation have long been an important feature of my past teaching and I am really excited to be able to focus on and further develop this practical approach with the addition of hypnosis techniques in Natal Hypnotherapy workshops.
I feel very privileged to be able to work with people at such a key time in their lives as they embark on the journey towards parenthood and look forward to being able to help many more using these proven techniques. 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
NCT Antenatal classes for over 20 years
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