Before I became a mum I had no idea what birth would be like, what I might want from a birthing experience and was ignorant to my choices. Thinking I would cross those bridges when I got there, I carried on happily with married life.
When the time to start a family came, we struggled to get pregnant. Seeking help we saw a consultant and tests confirmed that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
PCOS a affects millions of women in the UK and is varying in the degree to which it inhibits women’s cycles and ability to have babies. It does not prevent every woman who has it from getting pregnant, but it can make it a lot harder. I was fortunate that a few appointments later I was pregnant.
Although getting to this point had been difficult, it made me look in depth at how our bodies work. I started to understand how amazing our bodies are, and how little the average woman probably understands about her reproductive system.
Now pregnant, this thought process led onto the next paths we were about to travel, pregnancy, birth and caring for a new born. I, like so many mothers, wanted the best for my baby; for me, this meant a safe, peaceful journey into the world.
I started to wonder how much the average person actually knows about how birth works, aside from the discouraging stories mothers tell about labour being agony and the media portrayal of every birth being an emergency of some sort. I had no reason to believe my body would “fail” at the time of birth but equally didn’t know how to achieve a calm natural birth either, so I was excited to find Hypnobirthing.
After completing the parent course and then enjoying a relaxed, safe birth for my baby, (read Alfie’s birth story here[coming soon]), I couldn’t stop telling people about the wonders of Hypnobirthing.
Inspired by everything I had read and learned, I now love all things pregnancy, birth and baby related. I feel proud to see parents looking forward to the birth of their baby with excitement and confidence and know that I helped them achieve that.
The sessions that followed were enlightening. The birth education we received meant we were able to make an informed decision about our birth choices. The fear release, an integral part of the course, enabled us to let go of apprehension and replace it with positive affirmations. By our last session we were prepared for an amazing birth experience.
When the day came our anticipation was met with reality.
After our sons birth I found myself talking to people more than ever about Hypnobirthing and the techniques that enabled us to achieve a positive birth experience. I was met with lots of blank expressions, questions of what is Hypnobirthing, and lots of comments about having to be a certain type of person to get on board with it.
Speaking so passionately about how every woman, baby and dad could gain from Hypnobirthing relaxation techniques and birth education, no matter what their background, it was no wonder people suggested I teach it.
With food for thought I decided there would be no greater job satisfaction than to hear positive birth stories from clients, for them to feel the exhilaration of birth and know they will carry that feeling with them forever. It is a great privilege to be a part of such a wonderful time in couples lives and it soon became clear that helping them attain this wouldn’t feel like work at all!
Wanting to help every women achieve the best birth for her and her baby, and encouraged by my husband, I trained to be a Hypnobirthing teacher.
I now enjoy spending time with expectant couples, talking all things pregnancy, birth, baby and Hypnobirthing. It’s an even greater feeling if I’m invited to meet the little ones afterwards.
I believe that whether it’s your 1st, 2nd, 3rd baby, whether you’re planning a home or hospital birth, to have all or no pain relief in labour, to breast or bottle feed, to adopt kangaroo care or not, we can achieve the best for baby and you.
- A Hypnobirthing Mum!
- DipHB (Katherine Graves qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner) RCM Accredited
- MHbA (Member of the Hypnobirthing Association)
- Birthlight Trained Aquanatal Yoga Teacher
- NHS Volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
- Baby Wearing Peer Supporter
- Member of the Federation of Antenatal Educators – FEDANT National Registration Number 12771