Teaching HypnoBirthing is not something that I ever imagined that I would be doing, having started my working life as a research scientist, but I am so happy to be where I am today, sharing my love and passion for positive birth and helping other pregnant couples to feel prepared, supported and empowered!
I wasn't aware of Hypnobirthing during my first pregnancy and after having a fairly negative birth experience, I was pretty anxious during the lead-up to the birth of my second baby. When I was 38 weeks pregnant, my husband’s colleague, a hypnobirthing midwife, loaned me a hypnobirthing MP3 to listen to while I fell asleep. Over the next few days, I was amazed by how calm I felt; I trusted that my body knew when and how to birth my baby, and I was sleeping more soundly than I had done in weeks! What’s more, I carried this confidence into the birth room, and I can honestly say that I did not once doubt my body’s innate ability to give birth. I am still astounded by the impact that this simple hypnobirthing script had on my birth experience as, up until this point in my life, I had always assumed that this just wasn’t “my sort of thing”.
Following George’s birth – which was amazing – I decided to retrain as an antenatal educator and on this journey I became really interested in birthing choices and women’s autonomy in childbirth. I started up a Positive Birth Movement group, and a few months later, I took my antenatal educator training a step further by qualifying as a HypnoBirthing™ Childbirth Educator with the Hypnobirthing™ Institute.