KG Hypnobirthing is a complete in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during pregnancy and birth.

Hypnobirthing Gloucestershire - Teachers' Directory

Fiona Maynard (read more)
Location: Cheltenham Holistic Centre
Phone: 01242 584140
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"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!

Giselle Failes (read more)
Location: Wotton-Under-Edge and surrounding area
Phone: 07854510028
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My name is Giselle, I am a practising Midwife (BMid) and a qualified KG Hypnobirthing practitioner (DipHb(KG)). I was introduced to hypnobirthing as a student midwife and my interest has developed throughout my midwifery career. Despite what the name suggests, hypnobirthing is not stage hypnosis or hippy nonsense! I have found that the KG hypnobirthing technique encourages evidence based information, healthy scepticism and taking responsibility and control over your own birth.

I have found that women who practice hypnobirthing in pregnancy tend to have calmer, quicker and more comfortable experiences, whether the method of birth is a caesarean, instrumental or a normal delivery.

I provide these antenatal courses in the South Gloucestershire area, surrounding Wotton-Under-Edge.

Lara Strangwood (read more)
Location: Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon
Phone: 07803432292
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Hi, I'm Lara. I am a mum of two and a community midwife. My passion for hypnobirthing started during my midwifery training when I completed a dissertation on 'fear of childbirth' and the effects that hypnobirthing can have in instilling confidence in women and their ability to birth. I have been a midwife for over 6 years and I am passionate about empowering women and their family. Prior to midwifery, I was a spa therpist, specialising in holistical therapies. During this time I learnt the importance of breathing techniques to aid relaxation and the importance that this can have on the human body both physically and mentally. Outside of my worklife, I am a wife and mum to two wonderful children who are my world.

Fern Mawson (read more)
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I'm a registered midwife with a passion for holistic education for women and their families. As a midwife I understand the importance of educating women and their partners about pregnancy, labour and birth. I enjoy empowering couples to make informed decisions about their care, explaining the risks, benefits and alternatives in order to support them in whatever choices they make. This passion for educating and empowering women inspired me to train as a KGHpnobirthing teacher.

 I support women to give birth wherever, whenever and whatever way that might be. I hope to use my skills and knowledge as a registered midwife to promote the KGHypnobirthing philosophy to help women let go of any fear, assumptions and preconceptions of birth and through practice, build their confidence so that they can simply let their body do what it’s designed to do and give birth calmly, confidently and positively. 


Amy Derham (read more)
Location: Swindon
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My name is Amy and I am a qualified KGHypnobirthing Teacher and KGHypnobirthing Mum to a beautiful daughter, Clara.

I am truly fascinated by the miracle of childbirth and the incredible natural power that all women possess. I passionately believe that every woman deserves a calm, confident birth and to feel in control. I also believe that partners should feel confident in playing an active role in supporting their loved one through labour and birth.

I discovered KGHypnobirthing following my sister’s experience of two very different births, and the incredible difference that KGHypnobirthing made to her experience of the second pregnancy and birth.

I must admit, both my husband and I were initially sceptical as it was a very different view of birth to what the movies/television had imprinted on our minds. However, the evidence, logic and scientific evidence-based information provided made so much sense to us.

The birth of my daughter was an amazing experience and to me the true power of KGHypnobirthing was clear. From that moment my passion for KGHypnobirthing grew and I decided I wanted to share this amazing program with others.

I trained with Katherine Graves’ Royal College of Midwives accredited teacher training course and can’t wait to share the amazing journey that is KGHypnobirthing with you.

Romilly Douglas (read more)
Location: Birmingham
Phone: 07884188567
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Michelle Pearson (read more)
Location: Stroud and surrounding area
Phone: 07821883263
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My name is Michelle Pearson, I am based in Stroud, Gloucestershire and became a fully qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner in 2006,  training originally with the American Mongan Method and then updated my training with the more UK based KGHypnobirthing.  I have helped hundreds of couples achieve a calm, comfortable and gentle birth for themselves and their babies in East London and am now in the Stroud Valleys!

I became interested in birth after having my own two children, Ella and George who are now officially grown-ups - time has flown! My first pregnancy was thrilling, I loved being pregnant and feeling all the amazing changes taking place in my body. Ella’s birth was at home, eight hours long and although a good experience, compared to many, it was intense from the start and I didn’t really have the understanding or the tools to support myself and so it took a long time to recover physically and emotionally.  Leading up to my second birth I felt more fearful - would I be able to do it again?  It was another home birth but this time much quicker and with my body’s previous birthing experience, I was able to let go and feel the power of my body. I felt exhilarated and so proud of myself after George’s birth.

At that time, I began to realize how fearful we as women can become as we get closer to giving birth. I wanted to find a way of helping more women feel empowered and confident in their body’s natural ability. I began to dream of working in the birthing world and to be able to help women, their partners and babies have a more positive experience at this life changing time. (my grandmother was a midwife in India - perhaps it's in my genes!)

One day, whilst working in my job as a Production Manager on a women’s magazine, a chance conversation with a colleague and friend, led me to find out about Hypnobirthing. It’s philosophy and common sense approach reflected my own instinctive feelings of how birth could be and soon after I found myself training to become a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. Since then I have helped hundreds of couples have calm, confident, positive birth experiences. 

I am committed to continuously updating my skills by attending birth workshops, courses and lectures.  I have also trained with Michel Odent known for his role in promoting natural birth and water birth.  I completed my Doula training with 'Developing Doulas' in 2013 and became a recognised Birth Doula with Doula UK . I hold a Practitioner Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnosis and NLP.

Hypnobirthing Gloucestershire

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.

More about Hypnobirthing here. 

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