Hypnobirthing Cambridgeshire - Teachers' Directory
My husband and 2 teenage daughters have lived in the growing community of Cambourne for the last 17 years. I began training 13 years ago with the NCT to become a fully qualified antental and postnatal facilitator. I run courses in and around Cambridge weekly and have good links with the local hospital and am involved in the local Maternity voices committees.
Along side this, I have worked as a birth and postnatal doula for 10 years, supporting many families through pregnancy birth and their early parenting experiences; trained wtih BabyCalm and the school of Babywearing and have completed lots of online learning modules with the University of Warwick.
I am keen and excited to be running hypnobirthing sessions to offer parents a more comprehensive and postitive pregnancy and birth experience.
I have 15+ years experience as a Maternity Nurse, doing what I learned in my original family: when women support each other, the results are simply miraculous.
Passionate about your super power of growing a baby inside you and birth it safely. KG Hypnobirthing is the training that gets you to connect with that inner wisdom and results in an amazing birth experience.
I also specialise in infant feeding support and will be there for you antenatally, after the birth and beyond.
Having grown up in a large family, as the middle child of nine, I scarcely recall a time when I wasn’t surrounded by babies or pregnant women. It seemed natural for me to follow suit. I started my family young and was blessed with five children, and now a brood of wonderful grand-children.
I always knew that I wanted to be a midwife. However, when I left school, it was routine to train as a nurse before specialising in midwifery. For many years I balanced a career in nursing with bringing up my children. In due course, with support from my kind, patient and supportive husband and my then teenage children, I qualified a with a degree in midwifery in 2007.
Becoming a midwife has been the best choice I ever made.
For the last ten years I have worked in a busy maternity unit in Huntingdon. I currently manage a large community caseload with regular shifts on the labour ward. I am fortunate enough to have been present for the birth of hundreds of babies, with each woman’s birth story being unique.
I support women throughout their pregnancy and see them at home with their new baby afterwards. Ensuring women and their partners are well prepared for labour, giving birth and beyond is an invaluable and enjoyable part of my job.
I have been a nurse and midwife for over 40 years making the move into education 5 years ago. I am currently a senior lecturer in midiwfery at Anglia Ruskin University and still work clinically as a midiwfe at Peterborough City hospital. I have been passionate about the promotion of normal birth my whole working life and was instrumental in creating the midiwfe led unit at Peterborough with a fellow midwife. Whilst it won't promise you a perfect birth KGH offers strategies that can help empower women and their families to take control of their pregnancy, labour and birth.Within hypnobirthing there are many techniques and strategies that are equally useful for dealing with the stresses and strains of everyday life. My other great passion is holistic therapies. When not working I have my own buisness which offers a wide variety of treaments from massage to bridal hair and make up.
I started my family young and had three lovely children within 5 years of each other. Working outside of nursing, my first experience of midwifery care was that given to me with my son. His labour was long and difficult, being a 9lb 6oz baby and in a tricky position (back to back). The attitude of the midwife made me feel unsupported, vulnerable and totally freaked out by the labour, environment and midwife! Therefore I relied on the use of pethidine and an epidural.
Eighteen months later, I found myself in the labour room again. Although this time I was terrified as I was haunted by the memory from my labour and birth of my son. In contrast, I had a lovely, supportive and caring midwife who made me feel in control of my labour. She instantly relaxed me and I progressed quickly, requiring only gas and air. I believe that I progressed quickly and coped better with the birth of my daughter because of the positive atmosphere in my labour room.
I remember both labours well but for completely different reasons! Comparing the two births, it is clear that my experiences were heavily influenced by the attitudes of the midwives. Their attitude and ethos directly affects the atmosphere in the room, mental state of the woman and her memory of the event. My second daughter came along 4 years later and, again with a positive and effective midwife, I progressed rapidly and had another positive experience. Throughout my training, I have since learnt that safe, positive environments and a feeling of empowerment of the labouring woman increases the production of Oxytocin-the 'love' hormone that helps labours to progress. I believe strongly in the importance of a safe labouring environment and know from my own experience how detrimental it can be if this environment is not in place. This has been demonstrated time and time again throughout my career.
Despite my initial negative experience of midwifery care, it had had a profound impact on my life as I developed a strong yearning to change women's experiences and be a midwife myself. When my youngest was 5, I started my journey to become a midwife. In 1999 I started my nurse training and progressed on to midwifery training, a route that took four and a half years to complete. I trained in NHS hospitals, alongside many different types of midwives - some good and unfortunately some not so good! I have worked in a range of NHS hospitals - big and small, in a variety of different positions, encompassing both the hospital and community setting. Throughout my career, I have been able to witness a wide range of practices which has continued the development of my ethos of providing my women with safe, positive and empowering support. However, I often felt restrained by the time and financial constraints of the NHS. I sometimes felt a woman had another question to ask in clinic or the couple wanted me to spend 'a little longer' with them. Unfortunately this was always a fine balancing act as I often had other women to attend to.
Whilst working as a midwife, I have developed an appreciation for 'normal' births. It is important that women know their options and have the choice as to how their labour will progress. I believe interventions should only be used when completely necessary and births should stay as natural as possible, whilst ensuring the safety and comfort of both mum and baby. I have worked hard to ensure that women who have had interventions with previous labours are aware that they can have further births without these as long as all is well with both mum and baby.
Ashley is a yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher teaching in and around the Cambridge area. She is a birth and postnatal doula as well as a Hypnobirthing teacher.
I practiced as a midwife for 30 yeras, gaining immense knowledge and experience. Now after sharing many births, and mentoring many students both in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, I have decided to follow a different path. Having trained as a Hypnobirth Teacher in 2012 I was so inspired to inspire as many couples as I can showing them that they can achive a positive calm and relaxed birth experince. I am starting up a new "Positive Birth Group in St. Ives Cambridgeshire.
I have a daughter who is a Medical Student, and a son who works for Cambridge University in the Sports Department.
I also work as a certified Baby massage Instructor and teaching small groups of friends in their own home, and ilarger groups in my local Tesco Community room on a weekly basis - 5 week courses, and new for September is a "Daddies & Me ", class on a Saturday.
I have studied a "Shiatsu for pregnancy and labour" module through my wonderful teacher Suzanne Yates in the London School of Shiatsu Do.
I have enjoyed practising some specific Shiatsu techniques with pregnant women who are at the very end of their pregnancy and are in the Induction process in Hospital. By stimulating the specific acupressure points in the body, & giving a foot massage, this can help support, and encourage contractions/surges in the Latent phase of Labour, and thereby reducing the amount of drugs that is sometimes necessary in a hospital environment.
Since discovering Hypnobirthing myself, I would like to support you on your journey to achieve the very best positive birth experience.
To become a recognised member of the KG Hypnobirthing, all of our practitioners have been through an assessment in order to determine their expertise and professionalism. Once it is established that they meet our high standards, they are then invited to join.
Each member is skilled in at least one of the different methods for teaching hypnobirthing to expectant mother and is firmly committed to natural childbirth wherever possible. They have also signed up to our code of conduct, which requires they use best practice at all times and promote natural childbirth and hypnobirthing whenever they are able to.
Hypnobirthing has long been acknowledged as an effective method of childbirth as it is beneficial to both mother and baby. KG Hypnobirthing continues to increase understanding of how it works, thereby making it a natural choice, and we have more information about hypnobirthing here.