Hypnobirthing Cornwall - Teachers' Directory
My name is Jem, I am a working mum to one crazy, wonderful little girl and wife to a surf junky family man. I qualified in KGH in 2017 after having an empowering and profound experience birthing my daughter in 2015 using Hypnobirthing. I am passionate about sharing the knowledge and tools with other mums to be, to offer them the same wonderful experience of birth.
I have been a practicing Social Worker, specialising in fostering and adoption, for 10 years and have worked with children for over 12 years
I offer one to one KGH training in the comfort of your own home, so you and your partner do not have to travel at a time when you are already very tired or take time out of your already busy lives. I offer flexible courses, in the evenings and weekends so neither of you need to take time off work or have to find additional child care for your other children. The course can be completed one evening a week, over 4 weeks or over 2 full days at a weekend. I work with you to find the most convenient and relaxing option for your individual circumstances.
My journey into Hypnobirthing began in 2014 when we found out we were pregnant. My friend was also pregnant but was suffering from a lot of anxiety due to the fear of birthing her child. She asked us to join her on a Hypnobirthing course, and give her moral support as she tried to convince her scientist husband that it was not just some 'mystical mumbo jumbo'. At this point if I am honest I was also highly skeptical about Hypnobirthing too, and thought it all sounded too good to be true.
The course was so much more than we hoped it would be, providing an alternative perspective on birth that differed greatly from the extreme images on TV and in films. After the four week course we continued to listen to our relaxation scripts, and practiced getting into the relaxed 'zone'. This gave us something special and shared to do together as a couple, in preparation for welcoming our child. It gave my husband a really important role and included him more fully in the birthing journey.
Towards the end of our pregnancy we felt confident and relaxed, and so made the decision to have a home birth. We were now excited, not frightened, and felt privileged to have the opportunity to experience birth. Our friends felt the same and they too opted for a home birth. It was quite miraculous to see my friend convert her anxiety into excitement through the process of Hypnobirthing.
Both my friend and I had beautiful, calm home births without any pain relief, and without any fear or anxiety during the on set of labour. Our husbands were both fully present and a vital part of birth.
My friends second labour was a little less straight forward and she was induced two weeks early. Despite this she made use of all her Hypnobirthing tools and had a calm, quiet, drug free birth in hospital. Needless to say her husband is now a believer!
We moved to Cornwall in February 2017, looking to get out of the rat race of London and give our little one a beach filled childhood like we had both enjoyed. I quickly met lots of wonderful women, through toddler groups, many of who were pregnant with their second child. It became apparent that there were very few providers of Hypnobirthing courses in Cornwall so I set about becoming a teacher so I could offer women the same opportunity, knowledge and hopefully the same calm birthing experience as we had.
I am an experienced midwife who has worked both independently and within the NHS. I currently practice as a community midwife in the West, so I have first hand knowledge of the current issues and practice within our local maternity service. This enables you to feel fully informed about your options and choices, and how to ensure you will feel well supported during your labour and birth within the maternity unit or at home. I have experience of supporting women to birth their babies using hypnosis not only when things are progressing smoothly but also when additional support is required such as induction, which enables me to give you a fully rounded antenatal preparation.
Having grown up with a mother who taught childbirth to thousands of women, I have always believed that birth is a natural, normal and very precious thing.
I trained in Hypnobirthing the Mongan Method in 2008.I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner.I have also trained and qualified to teach the Katherine Graves Method of Hypnobirthing and The Wise Hippo Birth Programme.
I love the work that I do, I’m passionate about helping women to have the best possible birth for them and their baby.I have found that bonding between parents, baby and siblings is easier and helps to empower the new parents to trust their judgement as they begin to find their way on the journey of parenthood.Babies tend to be calmer and trust more easily.
I am a member of the Warwickshire Pregnancy and Birth Network and have many contacts in the field of Birth and therefore have access to a real wealth of knowledge about birth and the way it plays out in Warwickshire.