Hypnobirthing Cumbria - Teachers' Directory
My name is Emily and I am the mother of a wonderful son. I am a qualified hypnobirthing teacher with a diploma in Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing (KGH), which is accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.
I first came to hypnobirthing whilst I was pregnant with my first. I wanted a home water birth and so a hypnobirthing course seemed like the sensible thing to do in the hope to achieve this and I did. I had a very calm, relaxed, quick birth in water at home without any pain relief (except for the water ~ I just never felt like I needed any), even though my baby boy was completely back to back.
During the course, before the birth of my baby, I found that I had a real passion for birth and I just couldn't read enough about it. This passion continued after my son was born and so in my eyes, the next step was to train as a hypnobirthing teacher myself, in the hope that I could help other women achieve the birth that they want and that is RIGHT FOR THEM!
Hypnobirthing is more than just positive thinking and breathing exercises ~ it is a complete in-depth antenatal course. It enables a woman to work with her body, which is designed to give birth. It releases the fear and negativity that she has been programmed with from an early age (from dramatized T.V births for example or stories from family/friends or even possible from a personal negative birth experience) and replaces it with calm confidence for the birth of her baby. It covers labour and birth preparation and provides women with the knowledge to enable them to be confident in their choices rather than making decisions based on fear. It teaches relaxation techniques to help achieve a calm, comfortable and often drug free birth.
Hypnobirthing is a wonderful asset to facilitate a natural birth however, it is also extremely beneficial to any kind of birth, wherever and however that birth happens. It is also beneficial to baby as the hormones the mother produces are passed on to the baby. If mother is relaxed, baby is relaxed which is especially important in labour. It also helps facilitate breast feeding right away and generally makes for a more chilled out baby afterwards as they are already accustomed to relaxing while the mother relaxed.
For many people, the word 'hypnotherapy' conjures up strange images of stage hypnotists apparently making people cluck like a chicken or eat an onion thinking it's an apple. In fact, hypnotherapy is merely the use of words used in a more focused and positive way to help people let go of some of the negative ideas they have acquired in life. It aims to induce deep relaxation (if practiced regularly) which is all hypnosis is - an induced state of relaxation! We all go into a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday (particularly when we are falling asleep and waking up) and so we know it is nothing to fear, we can not be made to do anything we do not wish to do. In this state of deep relaxation, the beneficial suggestions about birth, are able to penetrate straight into the subconscious enabling a more positive view on labour and birth.
Fathers often come to the class unwillingly and a little bit skeptical, though once they have started, they see it is logical, that it is based on science, anatomy, psychology and common sense and they go away having really enjoyed the course and being the best advocates for the method.
By using the tools, such as breathing techniques and positive visualization, language and affirmations for relaxation taught in the hypnobirthing classes, a birthing mother can easily enter into a state of deep relaxation or self hypnosis. In this state of deep relaxation, the birthing muscles are able to work as they are meant to in an efficient and effective manner.
My name is Janet Naylor. I have over 35 years experience of working with pregnant women and their birth partners. I am a mother of 3 grown up children and have personal experience of self hypnosis during my own births (Hypnobirthing). I am a midwife. I have given birth at home and in hospital. In the 1980's I was truly inspired by Dr Michel Odent and Ina May Gaskin. Together with my own experiences this lead me to become a doula accredited by Michel Odent. I later trained as a midwife. As a doula I worked in the North West of England.I have a strong passion to enable and support mothers (and partners) to have a positive birth experience.
In my role as a doula and midwife I have been priviledged to have witnessed many calm and beautiful births unfold, many using self hypnosis or Hypnobirthing. I have been fortunate to have observed many water births, home births,and hospital births, including VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).
For over 30 years I have supported and empowered women and their birth partners to make informed choices regarding their labour, birth, feeding and early parenting. I currently work within the NHS as a midwife in a midwifery led unit and in community.
I originally trained in The Mongan Method (USA HypnoBirthing). I am now also practising The Katharine Graves (KG) UK Hypnobirthing. I teach 4 classes or a more condensed course over 2 separate days. I understand that people have busy lives, so as far as classes go, I can be flexible to accommodate your individual needs, either in a small group or on a one to one basis,
In addition to my Hypnobirthing teaching role I work privately as a midwife, doula and maternity reflexologist, offering -
Antenatal care and support
Birth attendence and support
Postnatal care and support
I offer private Antenatal Classes in groups, preparing for labour and birth, helping you to do a birth "plan or preference sheet", role of the birth partner and much more. I also offer One to One in your own home at dates and times to suit your busy lives. In addition to this I offer sessions to prepare for when your baby is born, which include breastfeeding and the postnatal time ie life with your new born, early parenting, bonding, parenting roles, what is normal, changing nappies,bathing baby etc.
Please contact me to discuss your personal requirements and my availability.
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