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Meg Riddington (read more)
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My name is Meg, I'm a KG Hypnobirthing teacher living in Brighton.

When I'm not teaching hypnobirthing I work as an NHS community midwife, which allows me to support births on a regular basis, something which I absolutely adore.

I first witnessed the power of hypnobirth a few years ago, and was astounded at how calm and relaxed both parents were during their labour and waterbirth. It was incredible to sit back and watch the magic of birth unfold unhindered before my eyes. More recently I was at a beautiful homebirth with a KG Hypnobirthing couple. The birthing mother was so relaxed and comfortable that she spent most of her labour out in the garden, bouncing on a trampoline with her young daughter! Despite having already attended a hundred or so of births, I was amazed at how easily this family laboured and just had to find out how this was possible.

I chose to train with KG Hypnobirthing, founded by Katherine Graves, world reknowned hypnotherapist who brought hypnobirthing to the UK. She has developed a course that is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, recognising the depth of its content, and its value to expectant parents. I loved every minute of the training and couldn't wait to share the knowledge and skills with expectant parents.

Before training as a midwife I undertook a Biology and Psychology degree at Cambridge University. I developed the skills to analyse research studies, and this passion continues today through midwifery - I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest research and sharing evidence with the couples I work with. Coming from this background, I can really see that KG Hypnobirthing works through sound scientific understanding of the psychology and physiology of birth.

​I am passionate about supporting all types of families, whether you are a single parent, part of a couple or family network, or wish to have a close friend as your primary birth support.

Sally Reason (read more)
Location: Brighton, Hove and Portslade
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Jackie Whitford (read more)
Location: Lewes, East Sussex
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Kim Craig (read more)
Location: East Sussex
Phone: 01273 305703
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The journey that brings me to HypnoBirthing has evolved over the past 30 years and has been beautiful and exhilarating as well as difficult and frustrating at times.

The births of my own children were wonderful and.  However, I often look back and am struck by overwhelming gratitude as, by luck rather than design, I recall how, with little planning or intervention, I managed to have 3 uncomplicated and relatively short labours.   

This was not the case for many of my friends.  I soon began to ponder on what had happened and how things could have been so different.  I began to look into the physiology of birth and read about how birth could be affected by fear and Adrenaline.  I read books by Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent and Frederick leboyer and began to formulate my own ideas of how it might be possible to bring children into the world more gently.

After attending over 10 births, as a friend and supporter, I was told about a movement of women who were supporting women in childbirth as a profession.  This was a complete light bulb moment for me as I was already training to become a Medical Herbalist and realised that combining both disciplines could be complementary.  I decided to train as a Doula attended 2 different training courses (one with one of my birthing heros Michel Odent). That was in 2002.

Since then I have had 2 more children, finished my degree (which took me much longer than the original 4 years) and raised a family.  Although I was unable to commit myself to attending many births over that period I was always involved in one way or another and the passion never left me.

And then one day in Autumn last year I happened to hear an article on Woman's Hour about Hypnobirthing.  I was entirely enthralled and set about finding out everything I could.  It was as if this had been the thing I had been looking for all these years.  

I trained with KG at the end of the year and immediately coached 2 of my friend's children through their labours and a friend having twins at 50.  So far the couples I have worked with have found Hypnobirthing transformational and I am so excited to bring this birthing method to pregnant families.

My Qualifications:

BSc Hons Phytotherapy - University of Wales

Doula - Kasandra Clemens

Doula - Michel Odent

KG Hypnobirthing - Katherine Graves

Kate Morgan (read more)
Location: Brighton, West Sussex
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Danielle Lindsay (read more)
Location: Polegate and Eastbourne
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I am a mum of two beautiful boys, and had a successful and positive HypnoBirth with my second son. I am also trained as a Homoeopath and Reflexologist, both of which are extremely beneficial to pregnancy, labour and birth. I decided on becoming a KGHypnoBirthing practitioner as I originally wanted to train to become a midwife, after training for a year under the nursing and healthcare pathway focussing every aspect on midwifery and birthing. I decided to change direction, away from University. However, it is still my passion to empower women to experience birth in the way that is the most natural and gentle as possible. My belief is that hypnobirthing parents have the power to be positive and calm and can achieve the best birth experience and journey. 

Laura Batten (read more)
Location: Brighton and all surrounding areas
Phone: 07970 797068
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I'm Laura - wife to Leigh, mum to 6-year old Joshua, and I'm a qualified KG Hypnobirthing Teacher living in the Preston Park area of Brighton. I passionately believe that women and birth partners benefit so greatly from physical and emotional preparation for birth. I love Hypnobirthing because it gives you the logical and practical tools you need to have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience, and enables you to trust your body completely. Hypnobirthing also celebrates how important birth partners are, giving them a wonderful role in the birth and the preparation.
 
Whether you're wanting the most natural and positive birth that you can have, or you're anxious about how birth might be for you (for the first, second or third+ time round!) I can adapt the course to your needs. It's a genuine joy to help parents navigate the emotions and perceptions around birth and teach them how to have a truly positive experience which is calmer and empowering; however and wherever your baby arrives.
 
In addition, I feel privileged to support parents who have experienced pregnancy loss in the past. Any loss can impact on how you might feel about a subsequent pregnancy and birth, so I'd be really happy to chat to you about how Hypnobirthing and pregnancy relaxation can help in that situation.
 
I have had a passion for all things pregnancy and birth for many years, and it's very special to be joining couples at such an important time in their lives to make birth the best it can possibly be. Please do get in touch if you have any questions at all, and congratulations on your pregnancy!
Ana Prieto-Blanco (read more)
Location: Central Hove
Phone: 07800757671
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Hello! I’m Ana, a trained KG Hypnobirthing teacher and mother to our happy daughter Eva. I became passionate about all things pregnancy, birth and maternity during my daughter’s pregnancy – which is when I discovered hypnobirthing. She was a hypnobirthing baby and, although I knew the birth wasn’t going to be straightforward, hypnobirthing made it a wonderful experience for me, my daughter and my husband. It was so empowering that I changed from my career as a scientist to become a full time hypnobirthing instructor.

I’m bilingual Spanish-English and so can offer the course in Spanish, if that suits you better.

Becky Spicer (read more)
Location: Worthing and surrounding areas
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I have the three best jobs in the world. Wife, Mummy and KG Hypnobirthing instructor (in no particular order!). Each of my jobs has it's own unique set of challenges and I couldn't love any of them more.

Having had cancer at 18 I have spent a LOT of time in hospitals and as you can imagine a lot of those experiences have been less than pleasant and left me feeling helpless. (Let me assure you, I am FAR FAR from helpless!) When I found out I was pregnant I started to search for something that would give me back some power and control for the birth of my baby, something I felt in my heart ought to feel natural and instinctive.

Whether by luck or judgement I came accross a KG Hypnobirthing class and I made the leap to book in (a little cautiously, half expecting to have incense and crystals waved around me). From the very first session I knew I had made the right choice (even my husband was convinced!!!) and from that moment onwards my passion for the KG Hypnobirthing method has continued to grow. When my son decided it was time to make his way in to the world, the tools I'd learned from KG hypnobirthing kept me calm, in control and helped me make rational and informed decisions when thing didn't go as I had envisioned them.

I didn't have the "perfect birth", but we had exactly the right birth for us. This empassioned me even more to help expectant parents understand that birth is not one size fits all. Birth (and parenthood) when in the hands of the parents without fear or undue influence is, in my eyes, just like love. It's not the same for everyone, it might not happen exactly as you anticipated, it's not always the easiest thing in the world and probably isn't 100% perfect; yet somehow it is exactly right for you. This is the message I want to spread and what I want to set families on the road to acheive for themselves.

Hannah Gawad (read more)
Location: Bexhill on Sea
Phone: 01424 893904
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After such an amazing hypnobirth, and experiencing first hand the enjoyment and confidence that undertaking the hypnobirthing course gave me, I decided to retrain to teach KG HypnoBirthing. I trained in London under Katharine Graves on her course accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives.
Bob Bees (read more)
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex
Phone: 07874001911
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I am a fully qualified Hypnobirthing Teacher and Hypnotherapist. I specialise in pain control and anxiety and teach 7th Path Self-Hypnosis. I am also an advanced Brainworking (BWRT) practitioner, which means that I use the very latest non-hypnotic techniques to overcome fears and phobias by re-training your neural pathways. Some mothers (and fathers) have other 'deep rooted' issues concerning birth which hypnotherapy and BWRT can help solve. The process is designed to clear up any mental 'blockages' and prepare you for an exhilarating and calm birthing process.
Kemi Johnson (read more)
Location: Central London
Phone: 07947 453593
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I am a mother of 2 grown up and amazing sons. I am also a midwife, a KG Hypnobirthing Practitioner and a Positive Birth Movement Facilitator. My family are kind enough to allow me plenty of time and space to indulge my passion for all women and their families to have THEIR best birth possible. I have recently moved to East Sussex and work in both London and Sussex-wide. I love my vocation and love to share.

Debbie Tidey (read more)
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
Phone: 07792395609
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My name is Debbie Tidey. I am a mother of 2 and have personal experience of deep relaxation and self hypnosis during birth. My births were both normal vaginal birth but they were two very different experiences. I am a birth and post natal doula, registered with Doula UK, an antenatal educator, registered with FEDANT, and last but not least a KG HypnoBirthing teacher, taught by Katharine Graves and registered with the Hypnobirthing Association. I will also be a fully qualified and accredited Hypnotherapist in early 2015.  My journey to supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, birth and early parenting was inspired by my wonderful experience of having a Doula present at my second birth. I have always worked closely with families and babies but after such an empowering experience with our doula, I became passionate about birth. I have a strong passion to support women and couples through whatever choices they make and however their labyrinth of birth unfolds.
Tamara O'Hara (read more)
Location: London's Southbank and Brighton & Hove
Phone: 07886784331
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An experienced, successful and professional psychotherapeutic counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist Tamara O’Hara Bsc Hons, Dip Hyp CS (HS Acc), Adv Dip PC, (MCS Acc) she is a member of The Hypnotherapy Society, The Counselling Society as well as the Hypnobirthing Association.
Natalie Robins (read more)
Location: Brighton & Hove
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I became a Hypnobirthing teacher after my own birthing experience left me with a passion for positive birth and a desire to help as many women approach birth in this exciting way. My aim is that my classes help to foster a safe, supportive environment for couples to explore their feelings, hopes and fears surrounding labour, birth & early parenting.
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