Hypnobirthing London - Teachers' Directory
I am anaesthetic midwife, which basically means that I am a nurse specialist in anaesthesia and a current student of midwifery. I have been calming mothers in the most terrifying situations of their lives for years, and have also worked with newborn babies and young children going through serious medical and surgical rough patches. For you, this translates as a mountain of practical knowledge and experience to help guide you and open up options for you and your birth. As a hypnobirthing teacher, I won't be invoking my medical training, but I use my skills and lived experience to deliver a pragmatic, gentle, eveidence-based and empowering course. I know that knowledge is power and I will pass mine on to you by the bucketload; and I have witnessed just how paralyzing fear can be, especially in childbirth, so I will teach you how to step out of anxieties, how to keep yourself calm (and each other!) and find your inner strength to discover just how much you are capable of. Questions and skeptics and enthusiasm are all welcome!
I have found my passion in working with countless new mums and had the honour of assisting many of them to bring their beautiful babies into the world. Through my practice in midwifery, I have seen firsthand the amazing effect hypnobirthing has on a labour and birth, and am passioniate about spreading the techniques!
A mother of three beautiful daughters, I have more than 25 years experience working as a nurse and health visitor - both in hospitals and the community. In recent years, my work has focused more on working with mothers, their partners and babies directly,antenatally and postnatally as well as to train health workers in areas of infant attachment and feeding challenges.I work as a doula in London and surronding areas. I am also trained in Mindfulness (meditation), Hypnobirthing, Thai Yoga Massage, Baby Massage, Life Coaching and Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) - and enjoy using these skills where appropriate for the benefits of my private clients. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to watch a mother’s confidence grow and her young family flourish
Hi, I’m Rachel, founder of Barefoot Birthing. Wife to an arsenal supporter, mum to an inquisitive daughter and a sleep-thief son (born 2017 by IVF and 2018). I'm a positive birth advocate, and a lover of lattes, music festivals, Grey’s Anatomy, a murder mystery, my slow-growing art collection, Leonardo DiCaprio, and a good softplay cafe (for my sanity).
My passion and deep-down belly-fire to share the incredibly logical, profound, and life-changing concept of Hypnobirthing led me to completing the KGH Teacher Training and the creation of Barefoot Birthing. I believe every new mum (whether it be your first or fifth baby) deserves to feel proud, healthy, empowered, and like the super-fricking-hero that she is. The Barefoot Birthing course will help you achieve this in a relaxed, friendly, open-minded, and hopefully funny (at times) atmosphere. I understand parents want to feel knowledgeable, prepared, and confident for labour and birth, and that is exactly what the Barefoot Birthing course is designed to do.
I'm Lara, I am a birth doula and a KGHypnobirthing teacher. I am also training as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having my son has been completely transformative, both because I am utterly besotted with him, but also because I found birth such a profound event. I would describe myself as a bit of a birth nerd, I'm completely fascinated by the science behind birth and how life-saving modern medicine in birth can be - but I'm also struck by how we have forgotten that our bodies know exactly how to give birth, like any other mammals, and that in forgetting that we have disrupted the hormonal dance in a birthing woman that supports her in achieving a natural birth. It is a human right for women to be able to choose the kind of birth she would like, of course medical situations influence our choices, but I strongly feel even when a woman has limited choices that these choices should be hers and should be supported. It was in understanding the physiology of birth and the rights of the birthing mother, that I decided to become a doula and a hypnobirthing teacher, so that I could support women to have the birth they want. I also think women are beyond incredible that our bodies are so powerful and gentle at the same time - basically women rock!
I am a mother, a primary school teacher and a passionate believer in the power of Hypnobirthing. I don't see Hypnobirthing as some sort of strange birth tool, rather a complete antenatal education that goes far beyond what you might expect. We live in a world where birth is presented in a negative way. It does not have to be like this and if you can give yourself some time to prepare and relax in the lead up to birth, and understand the amazing systems at play, you will have a much more empowering experience. I am a compassionate, empathetic, and approachable person and I simmply want to help families have wonderful birth experiences! That is why I trained to teach and if you let me, I would love to help you.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Please visit my website www.empowermentrooms.com for more. At The Empowerment Rooms we believe every woman has the right to feel like a goddess at each stage of her journey through pregnancy, birth, motherhood and career transition. After all, it's an AMAZING thing she's doing. We believe she should be informed in her decision-making, and supported in those decisions, whatever they may be. We believe that every partner and family member should feel empowered when supporting their leading lady and be given a tool kit to effectively do so. We believe that all women should be afforded sacred time, to connect to their body, reflect on their experiences and to be able to share their stories with pride. The Empowerment Rooms welcomes them all with an open heart. We can't promise you a perfect experience of pregnancy, birth or parenthood, but we can help you achieve an empowered one. As well as being a qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner, I am proud to be a Doula, having trained with the incredible Kicki Hansard at the BirthBliss Academy. love to share pregnancy, birth and parenthood information on my Instagram - please check it out during your commute, when you're hiding in the loo from the kids or wherever you may be! @empowerment_rooms Thank you so much
I am a mother to two little girls, Jorja and Jazmine. I have always wanted to be a mum, so to find out I was pregnant after our honeymoon was a blessing. At 5 months pregnant, a mum I met shared her birth story with me which left me in dread at the thought of giving birth. Luckily for me, another mum I met told me about hypnobirthing and was adamant that I try it. I thought what have I to lose, and I started to do some research into what was hypnobirthing. I read a lot about it and I loved it so much it became my bible throughout my pregnancy. My husband and I attended a hypnobirthing course as I felt it was important that he was also prepared for the big day. Like any man, he was doubtful and did it only because it was important to me.
The testimonials I read, I truly believed they were made up and there was no way a birth like those were possible. It was only after the birth of Jorja that I suddenly realised that all these stories were actually true and a birth experience that made you feel like super woman was actually possible. I had a water birth with Jorja, not because it was part of my birth plan but because the midwife I met just before her shift finished suggested that I try it. It was the most amazing experience and I will treasure it forever.
Being pregnant for the second time, I worried about how it would go and wondered if everything would work out as well as the first. I gave birth to Jazmine on my birthday and in the same pool as Jorja was born in. To have another water birth with no drugs or intervention is a testament to the power of the body, mind and hypnobirthing.
Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher but ended up working in finance. After two positive birth experiences, I've decided I want to help other women prepare themselves for one of the best experiences of their lives, take away any fear or doubt that they may have and give them the tools to enjoy the wonderful gift that is giving birth.
I am a certified Katharine Graves hypnobirthing practitioner, a qualification which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. I am a professional member of the Hypnobirthing Association. My aim is to work with each couple to help them achieve whatever birth plan that is right for them. This includes the use of pain relief and where and how you choose to give birth.
I am a trained and qualified cognitive behavioural therapist, counsellor, doula, KGHypnobirthing teacher and reiki teacher/trainer.
I have worked in the U.K and Australia for 12 years, working in private practise, holistic health centres, charities and the National Health Service (NHS).
After having my son and finding KGHypnobirthing such a strong support for me in pregnancy and during my birth, I wanted to become a KGHypnobirthing teacher and provide this gift to other parents.
Hypnobirthing produces effective, more stress-free childbirth to the mother and baby through the use of hypnosis methods to create relaxation. Our teachers are here to teach and support you, so that you can achieve this relaxation during your birthing for you and your baby.
We have teachers throughout Central London and Greater London, which means that wherever you live in the capital, you should be able to find someone who can support you and teach you hypnobirthing techniques for when you give birth. Each of them has been trained and assessed by us, so you can rest assured that whoever you choose, you will receive the best levels of support possible. If you wish to join a course with Katharine Graves she teaches once a month at St Thomas' Hospital. You can find out more details about her London Hypnobirthing classes here.
Our Core Principles
Each of our teachers also adheres to our code of practice, embracing ethics and best practice when teaching natural childbirth techniques, to enhance birthing for mothers. We also ask them to promote hypnobirthing and natural childbirth, if they do not do so already, to help make it a more widespread choice for a mother and to become more widely understood, generally.