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Hypnobirthing Lancashire - Teachers' Directory


Leanne Newsham (read more)
Location: Preston, Lancashire
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Hello, my name is Leanne... I am a qualified KGH teacher, Hypnobirthing Mama & founder of The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co.  I am an advocate for informed choice during birth and for supporting all women to have the best child-birth for them.  

I founded The Lancashire Hypnobirthing Co because I am passionate about coaching women to have positive and empowering birth experiences - whether you are a new mum, second time mum or tenth time mum! Whether you choose to birth at home, in hospital or a birth centre and whether you are having a water birth or a c-section.  HypnoBirthing is for ALL births and I can’t wait to meet you to talk about yours!

Karen Colquitt (read more)
Location: St Helens, Wigan.
Phone: 01744894380
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I  have two grown up sons who are now married  and 3 grandchildren. I became interested in hypnobirthing when my daughter in law became involved with hypnobirthing to help her with her second pregnancy.  I was able to witness how hypnobirthing helped her and how calm and relaxed she was.


I was fortunate to undertake the KGH Hypnobirthing diploma and assisted the local NHS maternity service to develop a service for the pregnant women in the Wigan area.


I saw at first hand how women enjoyed the sessions with their partners and who they reported their positive birth stories.

I am looking forward to leading more sessions with women to meet their individual needs.


I am able to offer

   one to one sessions in the comfort of your own home

   group sessions

   Special “BabyMoon” sessions  at local Spa

   Talks to local groups

   Mother and baby and pregnancy events

Michelle Bromley (read more)
Location: East Lancashire
Phone: 07931214574
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I have 3 children and have worked in famiy support all my adult life. I have been a Doula since 2011 and set up as a not for profit in 2014. I have recieved various pots of funding in order to provide support to all families.

Jennifer Higgins (read more)
Location: Aughton, Lancashire
Phone: 07379988653
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Hi, I'm Jennifer, based in Aughton, Lancashire, mum to two small children and very flexible with my 1-2-1 sessions. I was a qualified midwife until just after my second child when I realised I wanted to assist women achieve a more positive birth exerience through birth preparation and hypnobirthing having experienced it myself.

Both of my children were born at home using relaxation and hypnobirthing techniques and I believe in choice, respect and options.


Lyndsay Cockcroft (read more)
Location: Lancashire
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I currently work as a registered mental health nurse with 20 years experience in the NHS. I am a fully trained KGH Hypnobirthing teacher with Level 3 Education & Training Certificate.

I have specific interest in Mindfulness & perinatal mental health.

I am a mummy to 3 wonderful unique boys.

I can remember from a very early age always being interested in pregnancy, birth and Babies. When I researched about Hypnobirthing I could see it was without doubt the best way a Pregnant lady can go into the birthing experience being informed, empowered and believing in herself. 

I along with my business partner Hayley Speight shared the same passion & after hours of talking and dreaming about setting up our own business ‘Breathe’ we embarked on the KGH Hypnobirthing course and we are successfully delivering KGH Hypnobirthing courses in and around Lancashire As ’Breathe’.



Lyndsay Cockcroft (read more)
Location: Lancashire
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Fran Hodson (read more)
Location: Newlands
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I am a hypnobirthing Mum! I found hypnobirthing and undertook a course after a traumatic first birth experience. My second birth was calm, I was confident and it was an enjoyable experience, everything I had hoped for. The experience I had has inspired me to want to help other parents to be to be fully informed of their options, choices and to equip them with the skills used to hypnobirth.

I am a qualified KG Hypnobirthing Teacher the training I have undertaken is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives .

My professional background is that of Paediatric Nursing with over 10 years experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, with a particular interest in peri-natal mental health, infant mental health and parent-child attachment.

I am a fully qualified First Aid Trainer Assessor. Training delivered is verified by the FAA First Aid Awards Ltd and the training provider are regulated by Ofqual.

Hayley Speight (read more)
Location: Preston, Lancashire
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I am a fully trained KGH teacher as well as a practicing Mental Health Nurse, with a passion for all things pregnancy, birth and baby!

I am a mum to my 20 month old little boy and the co founder of Breathe. Since having my little boy, i have become fascinated with pregnancy and birth and hope to be able to support others to have a fantastic experience leading up to as well as into parenthood.

Our company advocates a healthy mind having a huge impact in all areas of your life and that knowledge is power!! We both believe that although you are parents, you are also still your own person and are eager to make a supportive community for parents across Lancashire! Inclusion of partners in everything that we do is also really important to us, as they often get overlooked, especially during pregnancy and birth!

Please visit our website and social media and say hi!!

Instagram: @breathelancashire

Facebook page: breathelancashire

Bev Partington (read more)
Location: Bolton
Phone: 07434734759
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After 37 years as a practising midwife, I remain as passionate as ever about promoting birth as a natural and very special event. I have recently retired so have been able to channel my skills and experience in helping ‘soon to be mothers’ like you best prepare for birth. Experience has taught me a mother’s body is perfectly designed for birth, yet mothers have a tendency to work against it. I believe KG Hypnobirthing is the perfect way for me to empower you with knowledge and skills to help you achieve the best birth for you.

I am professional in my approach, trustworthy, warm and friendly (so I’m told!). I will support you from first contact on enquiry, throughout pregnancy and for the first month after birth. I will provide you with a chance for birth reflection within my support period, both as a positive means of birth recovery and as a celebration. We will also have fun along the way

I hold both a teaching and counselling qualification and have extensive experience in teaching Antenatal Education, Active Birth and Relaxation, along with providing De-brief, Birth Reflection and Breastfeeding Support.

Please don't hesitate to ring me should you have any questions at all,  or wish to discuss a tailor made session.

Kati Edwards (read more)
Location: Manchester
Phone: 07967622884
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I have been helping women who are seeking better birth experiences since 2012. I am a KG Hypnobirthing Trainer as well as a practitioner. I have a strong focus on helping women to be as relaxed and in control as possible when they give birth as well as enabling birth partners, usually Dad, to be the best possible birth partner they can be they so they know what to do to be helpful.

I am also an doula (professional birth partner) which is really helpful when I’m teaching KG Hypnobirthing because I have a good understanding of how the maternity system works and how best to help you navigate it.


I have appeared on BBC1, BBC Family and Education and BBC FiveLive helping women who have previously had traumatic birth experiences to experience better ones. 

I have spoken at birth conferences both nationally and internationally about enabling positive  birth experiences.

I am also a ‘Hypnobirthing mum.’ I used the techniques to birth both of my children to have calm unmedicated physiological births and this is helpful when hating the information because I’ve actually done it!

Learning to put yourself into deep relaxation using self hypnosis is the fastest and easiest way to help you stay in control during your baby's birth.

If you invest in my course, we'll be practicing some deep relaxation so you'll be able to access your innate birthing wisdom.

You'll gain an understanding of the evidence base as well as our current maternity system and how to work with it in a way that's right for you.

Should you be interested in working with me, please do get in touch. In the first instance, we can chat to see if we are a good fit for working with each other and we can go from there.

With Love and Super Birthing Vibes,

Kati x


Emily Sheppard (read more)
Location: Carnforth, Lancashire
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My name is Emily and I am the mother of a wonderful son. I am a qualified hypnobirthing teacher with a diploma in Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing (KGH), which is accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.

I first came to hypnobirthing whilst I was pregnant with my first. I wanted a home water birth and so a hypnobirthing course seemed like the sensible thing to do in the hope to achieve this and I did. I had a very calm, relaxed, quick birth in water at home without any pain relief (except for the water ~ I just never felt like I needed any), even though my baby boy was completely back to back. 

During the course, before the birth of my baby, I found that I had a real passion for birth and I just couldn't read enough about it. This passion continued after my son was born and so in my eyes, the next step was to train as a hypnobirthing teacher myself, in the hope that I could help other women achieve the birth that they want and that is RIGHT FOR THEM!  


Hypnobirthing is more than just positive thinking and breathing exercises ~ it is a complete in-depth antenatal course. It enables a woman to work with her body, which is designed to give birth. It releases the fear and negativity that she has been programmed with from an early age (from dramatized T.V births for example or stories from family/friends or even possible from a personal negative birth experience) and replaces it with calm confidence for the birth of her baby. It covers labour and birth preparation and provides women with the  knowledge to enable them to be confident in their choices rather than making decisions based on fear. It teaches relaxation techniques to help achieve a calm, comfortable and often drug free birth. 

Hypnobirthing is a wonderful asset to facilitate a natural birth however, it is also extremely beneficial to any kind of birth, wherever and however that birth happens. It is also beneficial to baby  as the hormones the mother produces are passed on to the baby. If mother is relaxed, baby is relaxed which is especially important in labour. It also helps facilitate breast feeding right away and generally makes for a more chilled out baby afterwards as they are already accustomed to relaxing while the mother relaxed.

For many people, the word 'hypnotherapy' conjures up strange images of stage hypnotists apparently making people cluck like a chicken or eat an onion thinking it's an apple. In fact, hypnotherapy is merely the use of words used in a more focused and positive way to help people let go of some of the negative ideas they have acquired in life. It aims to induce deep relaxation (if practiced regularly) which is all hypnosis is - an induced state of relaxation! We all go into a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday (particularly when we are falling asleep and waking up) and so we know it is nothing to fear, we can not be made to do anything we do not wish to do. In this state of deep relaxation, the beneficial suggestions about birth, are able  to penetrate straight into the subconscious enabling a more positive view on labour and birth.

Fathers often come to the class unwillingly and a little bit skeptical, though once they have started, they see it is logical, that it is based on science, anatomy, psychology and common sense and they go away having really enjoyed the course and being the best advocates for the method. 

By using the tools, such as breathing techniques and positive visualization, language and affirmations for relaxation taught in the hypnobirthing classes, a birthing mother can easily enter into a state of deep relaxation or self hypnosis. In this state of deep relaxation, the birthing muscles are able to work as they are meant to in an efficient and effective manner.

Elizabeth Morrissey (read more)
Location: Rossendale, Lancashire
Phone: 01706 225347
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I come from a background in therapy and hypnotherapy. My hypnobirthing skills were initially developed by practicing successfully on family members! I (and they) were so impressed with the results that it is now my mission to ‘spread the word’. I believe passionately that a calm positive birth is not only a great experience for you, as the mother, and for your birth partner, but ultimately the best introduction to the world for your baby.
Jennifer Scholes (read more)
Location: Merseyside
Phone: 07903117772
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 Hello I’m Jenie and I am a fully qualified KG Hypnobirthing practitioner, birth and postnatal doula. I am also a mummy to two gorgeous little girls who I birthed using hypnobirthing (once in hospital and once at home).

I want to help other mummies be to have a positive experience of birthing their baby so they can look back on the time feeling positive and empowered.

I am based in Southport but cover South Lancashire and Merseyside.  I offer private hypnobirthing courses in the comfort of your own home and groups.

I also offer pregnancy relaxation courses and stand alone sessions at Massage Therapy Rooms by Aimee, Birkdale as well as various workshops throughout the year.

I have a passion for helping families achieve a positive birth experience and offer support as a birth and postnatal doula (bump, birth and beyond support).

I have completed the full KG Hypnobirthing Practitioner training which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and I am a member of the Hypnobirthing Association which is FEDANT (Federation of Antenatal Educators) approved.  I have completed the Developing Doulas Birth and Postnatal course and am a mentored doula working  towards becoming a Recognised Doula with Doula UK.

I have also completed multiple Rebozo training courses, Closing the Bones and attended the Aromatherapy in Childbirth course which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.  I am also a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter for Breastfeeding Support Sefton.


KG Hypnobirthing Teacher Training Course – Royal College of Midwives Accredited

Developing Doulas – Birth and Postnatal Doula Training Course – Doula UK Approved

Rebozo Training – The Rebozo Element/ The Doula Element Training

Rebozo Training – Selina Wallis – Magical Birth and Unlocking Birth

Aromatherapy in Childbirth – Royal College of Midwives Accredited

Aromatherapy Hand Massage - Day Course

Rebozo Online Early Adaptors Course - Ongoing Learning - Sophie Messager

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter - Breastfeeding Support Sefton

Closing the Bones Training- Sophie Messager


Janet Naylor Cumbria and Lancashire (read more)
Location: LA9
Phone: 07815807693
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My name is Janet Naylor. I have over 35 years experience of working with pregnant women and their birth partners. I am a mother of 3 grown up children and have personal experience of self hypnosis during my own births (Hypnobirthing). I am a midwife. I have given birth at home and in hospital. In the 1980's I was truly inspired by Dr Michel Odent and Ina May Gaskin. Together with my own experiences this lead me to become a doula accredited by Michel Odent. I later trained as a midwife. As a doula I worked in the North West of England.I have a strong passion to enable and support mothers (and partners) to have a positive birth experience.


In my role as a doula and midwife I have been priviledged to have witnessed many calm and beautiful births unfold, many using self hypnosis or Hypnobirthing. I have been fortunate to have observed many water births, home births,and hospital births, including VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).


For over 30 years I have supported and empowered women and their birth partners to make informed choices regarding their labour, birth, feeding and early parenting. I currently work within the NHS as a midwife in a midwifery led unit and in community.


I originally trained in The Mongan Method (USA  HypnoBirthing). I am now also practising The Katharine Graves (KG) UK Hypnobirthing. I teach 4 classes or a more condensed course over 2 separate days. I understand that people have busy lives, so as far as classes go, I can be flexible to accommodate your individual needs, either in a small group or on a one to one basis,


In addition to my Hypnobirthing teaching role I work privately as a reflexologist, offering -

Pre conception and Fertility enhancement with Reflexology and Fertile Body Method of Hypnosis.

Reflexology in Pregnancy

Reflexology for all womens health and relaxatio


I offer private Antenatal Classes, preparing for labour and birth, helping you to do a birth "plan or preference sheet", role of the birth partner and much more at dates and times to suit your busy lives.

In addition to this I offer sessions to prepare for when your baby is born, which include breastfeeding and the postnatal time ie life with your new born, early parenting, bonding, parenting roles, what is normal, changing nappies,bathing baby etc.


Please contact me to discuss your personal requirements and my availability.



Eithne Clarke (read more)
Location: West Yorkshire/Lancashire/Greater Manchester
Phone: 01706 819023
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I’m a mother - I have four, now grown up, children. I am a qualified midwife, with a first class honours degree in Midwifery Studies,  and 18 years clinical experience – in hospitals, the community and in independent practice. I currently work as an independent midwife and as a doula (professional birth support). I  am qualified in a range of maternity complementary therapies. I am also a qualified hypnotherapist.


I came to Hypnobirthing through my work as a midwife. I initially trained in the Mongan Method 5 years ago, and I have also trained in Katharine Hypnobirthing. I am currently employed on a part-time basis as an “hypnosis midwife” working on an NHS/University of Central Lancashire clinical trial of the use of  self –hypnosis for childbirth.


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