Hypnobirthing Gloucestershire - Teachers' Directory
I was a midwife from 2011 until November 2017 where I am now able to dedicate my full attention to hypnobirthing and hypnotherapy. I was a midwife for 6 years on the community for the NHS and also as an Independent Midwife working for a Social enterprise. This was my passion knowing I could offer the 1:1 care to all parents. I will return as a midwife in time however for now I can concentrate on empowering parents to achieve the birth they so wish.
Previously I was a police officer in Merseyside I have transferable skills to offer each parent I come into contact with and to know you are in good hands is going to increase your enthusiasm to know more about the ways in which Hypnobirthing can empower you.
Now concentrating on the holistic path my aim is to offer parents the opportunity to experience the amazing techniques that come with Hypnobirthing.
The experience and expertise I can offer will empower you to make those all important decisions about the care pathway you wish to include for your own birth experience. To offer the time to a parent and their birth companion, to listen to their needs and to make them aware of the choices they are able to make is all incorporated within the KG Method.
I am a practising midwife with a wealth of experience in all birth settings (home, birth centre and obstetric units).
Whilst I have had the privilege of attending hundreds of births, what strikes me most is the difference I observe in women who have practised hypnobirthing compared to those who haven’t. These women tend to have calmer, quicker and more comfortable experiences, whether the method of birth is a caesarean, instrumental or a normal delivery.
I want to help bring these positive experiences to women and in 2017 went on to complete the Katherine Graves hypnobirthing course (accredited by the Royal College of Midwives). I provide these antenatal courses in the South Gloucestershire area, surrounding Wotton-Under-Edge.
I would love to teach you Hypnobirthing!
I work as a Doula, assisting mothers and their partner during birth. I have years of experience helping mothers have the best birth possible. I will also be training as a midwife.
I have experienced Hypnobirthing first hand as I birthed both my children at home in water using Hypnobirthing. I can show you how it works!
I trained at the University of Westminster (Nutrition – Complementary Therapies Degree, 2004). I later trained with Elena Tonetti, founder of ‘Birth into Being,’ a pioneer of waterbirthing promoting trauma-free birthing worldwide. I have since worked in health, specialising in HypnoBirthing.
Message from Stina
Firstly, congratulations! Growing a sparkle of life inside you is nothing short of a miracle (a cliche but then most truths are). My job is to remind you of how capable you are and to support you in your journey.
About me – I’m half English half Norwegian. I love being with my 6 year old boy, Bluey and my 2 year old girl. Watching a child evolve, becoming self-aware and conscious, is fascinating. They are so funny. More on Bluey's birth later…
I love nature.The ultimate for me is being in my cottage in Norway. I grew up visiting it every summer by the sea. It is made of red wood, has no hot water and the toilet was a hut in the bushes! Being there without doubt, taught me to be resourceful. I remember fishing for crabs, swims before breakfast and peeling potatoes by the sea with my grandmother.
I love the switch from thinking to being – to be reclaimed by nature. The relief of being part of something greater – like during birth.
I think this connection with nature helped me during Bluey’s birth. I trusted that if we can grow this baby inside us without conscious effort, then that instinct must birth it too!
Bluey’s Birth – September 2011
I birthed Bluey at home, in water, assisted by two wonderful independent midwives (Phoenix Independent Midwives).
Bluey took 19 hours to say hello. When he was born we tried to make the transition as gentle as possible. We rubbed his chest and feet to stimulate his first breath – no tube stuck down his throat or harsh towel rubbing. He then suckled immediately and my goodness what a beautiful, bizarre feeling that was. It felt like “oh – that’s what my boobs are meant for!” – and wow did he guzzle!
Having Independent Midwives meant I didn’t have to stress about unnecessary protocols. I could take my time and, like having a doula, I thrived in knowing they would be with me throughout. Continuity is essential during birth. Knowing you have a familiar face with you through one of the most profound events of your life is invaluable.
One word about the Epi-No – (short for ‘Episiotomy – No thank you!)’ Its a small, deflated rubber balloon that you gently inflate inside you to stretch the tissues – and help reduce tearing. You start after 37 weeks. This and massaging a simple, fragrance-free oil (like sweet almond oil) in and around the perineum can make such a difference to its suppleness. Although using it in the days up to my due date – (me: “oh I can’t do this – I need to get to 10cm and I can only get to 8!), his head was 14cm (off the chart) and weighed a whopping 9 1/2 lbs / 4.3kg, it MUST have worked because I didn’t tear. I still can’t believe it. It definitely works. Look it up online. Its worth every penny if you want to buy it, otherwise I offer it as part of my doula package (Milton sterilizing tables included!!).
I am a full time accredited hypnotherapist specialising in womens health and wellbeing including fertility and childbirth.
Before training as a hypnotherapist I lived and worked in Singapore where both my babies were born, and while living there I worked as a doula and childbirth educator, helping many couples through the life changing experience of becoming parents.
At the moment I prefer to work with couples one to one or in small groups. Please don't hesitate to contact me to find out more.
I am passionate about all things birth and parenting. I truly believe it is possible for women to have a better birth experience and that they should be given proper support and informed choice in their pregnancy and birth.
I am a fomer Product Development Manager for a blue chip company and I found Hypnobirthing after the birth of my first child. I recieved a post dates induction at the end of my otherwise healthy pregnancy which resulted in a highly drugged and medicalised birth. I was left feeling particularly traumatised and reached out to a hypnobirthing teacher for support. When I fell pregnant with my second child I vowed to be fully informed and well prepared for my birth so I completed the course practice and this time approached the birth with confidence and calm. Unfortunately I developed a rare condition of the placenta which resulted in a C section at 35 weeks. However my Hypnobirthing practice was invaluable, it helped me approach my surgery without fear, know how to make the best of my situation and bond with my son after birth. I bounced back quickly and harboured none of the ill feelings I had towards my first birth expereince. I was exactly the way it neede to be and I call it my 'beautiful c section'.
I want couples to know that their birth does not need to fit a certain mold to be a wonderful experience. I will support them regardless of their birth plan, but I often find that after they complete the course and dealt with their fears they do achieve a comfotable and natural birth.
Please contact me to book your free consultation.
My name is Kate, and I am a practising midwife working in Gloucester Hospital where I had all three of my children. I originally trained as an antenatal educator and then went on to complete the KG Hypnobirthing training which is a hypnobirthing course accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.
My name is Mary Harris and I trained with Katherine Graves in London. I came to hypnobirthing through Yoga; having specialised in teaching pregnancy yoga for over 25 years I wanted to take this work further. I originally trained as a nurse (SRN) which included some midwifery. I have always felt a great affinity with pregnant women and babies, and have been fortunate enough to experience giving birth to my own three children which included two home births. I now have the joy of six wonderful grandchildren. Since working with KGHypnobirthing I feel I have so much more to offer women in the field of pregnancy and birthing, and I have seen what a difference KGHypnobirthing makes to parents and their babies.
As a midwife I have had the privilege to be part of women’s birthing experiences for over thirty years. In this time my focus has always been to empower women and their partners to happy birth memory. I have been teaching Hypnobirthing for six years now and Hypnobirthed over 500 couples, each and every one have found their inner strength to follow their natural instincts whether that be through normal birth or through assisted birth. Hypnobirthing prepares you for whatever turn your birthing take, it will inspire you, it will motivate you, it will instil in you the belief in yourself as a woman, the power of choice, self determination and ultimately an empowering, fulfilling experience. My career has been varied, from being a community midwife to being involved in the planning and the opening of the Midwife Led Unit at the Liverpool Women's Hospital I then went on to manage the unit for two and half years before going to the US. In the US I taught natural childbirth, breast feeding, parenting classes to both couples and professionals. In addition to my work in maternal health I was also an associate lecturer at Liverpool University and was involved in the clinical education of medical students, nurses and student midwives. I have spoken at conferences both here in the UK and in the USA, delivering topics from Midwife Led Care, to Post Partum Depression. I have a Masters Degree in Biomedical Ethics, a BA(Hons) in Health Studies/Health Promotion, Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Qualifications. Most importantly I have two grown children of my own and two beautiful grandchildren. I currently have the pleasure to work as a senior manager at One to One Midwives.
As a practicing midwife, I use Hypnobirthing as a powerful and practical tool for supporting positive birth. I believe passionately that birth makes a huge difference to women, babies, families and communities. I know that women have the capacity to birth well, on their own terms and in their own way.
I decided to complete Katharine Graves' hypnobirthing training after attending women who had wonderful hypno-births, and hearing other midwives' tales of beautiful, calm births where women were using hypnobirthing.
"My name is Fiona Maynard and I trained in KG Hypnobirthing with Katharine Graves at the HypnoBirthing Centre in London. Over many years I have built a reputation as a skilled Hypnobirthing practitioner. My greatest joy is empowering mothers and fathers to reach their goals by helping them conquer fear and develop confidence. Many of my couples have found that KG Hypnobirthing relaxation techniques are so powerful that they can become life skills long after the birthing experience!
All our teachers have trained and been assessed in the KG Hypnobirthing Teacher Training comprehensive course. As well as being tested on the training they have received, we look at how they perform using these skills, the amount of experience they have subsequently built up, and, finally, the level of professionalism they demonstrate. These factors are essential to promoting good practice within the field of natural birthing techniques and hypnobirthing particularly. We also ask our teachers to sign up to our code of best practice to demonstrate professionalism and ethical behaviour at all times.
Hypnobirthing, which helps create a more stress-free and therefore more relaxed birth for mother and baby, is a growing area within the field of natural birthing methods, as understanding increases with regard to its effectiveness and organisations such as ourselves advocate its use.