Hypnobirthing Gloucestershire - Teachers' Directory
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 Branding Product Development Lead 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 ws 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 to save my sons life. 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
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.
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