Hypnobirthing London - Teachers' Directory
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.
Hi, I am Karen.
I come from Scotland where I began practicing as a midwife 33 year ago. I am passionate about preparing women for a positive birth experience and supporting them through the post-natal period. For this reason, I teach hypnobirthing and also offer a range of complementary therapies.
To read more, why don’t you go to my “About me” page at Hypno-Baby.co.uk
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.
I have worked with children and families for most of my adult life and have been a hypnotherapist, psychosensory therapist and a master trainer for the past 7 years.
I do a great deal of work training school and children’s facilities staff as well as parents.
The work I do with parents ranges from those trying to become pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth to bringing up their children. It’s my passion and my whole life has been about finding out more about what makes us happy, healthy humans.
My husband and I have 3 daughters and 2 sons between us and we currently have 8 grandchildren.
When I fell pregnant in 2017 with my firstborn son, I was determined to try and make the most of those precious 40 weeks and to rejoice in the amazing miracle my body was creating. At about 13 weeks pregnant I came across The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill (included as part of all Magnificent Mama courses) and it genuinely changed my life. I read it cover to cover and from this point on, had a completely different outlook on my pregnancy and birth. My thoughts on my birth plan completely changed, I became very curious about Hypnobirthing and the prospect of an enjoyable birth, and I was determined to learn more. I undertook a Hypnobirthing class and it confirmed that this was the route I wanted to take. For the first time, I felt excited about giving birth. I felt in awe of what my body could do, I felt confident! My first choice was no longer a birth that was 'calm' because I was full of drugs. I now wanted a connected and positive birth, managed only by the power of my mind and body. My birth, my choices.
I became as informed as I could, I practised my Hypnobirthing techniques as often as possible and when my labour started I was so happy and excited! I went on to have a wonderful, calm birth experience and I'm sure that Hypnobirthing played a huge part in this. I’m eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to learn these invaluable techniques and I’m now choosing to spend my life on a mission to help other pregnant women achieve the best birth for them.
I attended a Hypnobirthing course in the lead up to the birth of my little girl two years ago and experienced the most wonderful calm and quick birth - something I didn't think was possible!
Since then I have been singing the praises of Hypnobirthing to everyone I know so I decided to take action and study to be a KGH teacher so I can empower and educate other mothers to have positive birth experiences.
With a previous career in PR I aim to spread the word as much as possible - everyone deserves to hear about Hypnobirthing, to be fully informed of their choices and to have an empowering birth experience. I personally don't know how any one gives birth without it!
A mum to a lovely little girl-eager to spread the word on Hypnobirthing.
A mum to a lovely little girl-eager to spread the word on Hypnobirthing.
I am a midwife with 13 years experience and a mum of two home hypno water babies. I'm madly passionate about empowering women to have a positive birth experience. Throughout my career I have witnessed the benefits of hypnobirthing time and time again. There was no doubt that when it came to having my own I was definitely going to be using it.
Having a baby is one of the defining moments of a couple's life and arguably THE defining moment of their parenthood, after all the birth of a new baby brings with it the birth of a new mother and father.
Throughout my degree and masters I have focused on supporting the natural physiology of pregnancy, birth and breastfeding not working against it. I view pregnancy and birth as a normal (if remarkable) event in a woman's life. There is a multitude of evidence to support that this approach not only results in better outcomes for mothers and babies, but also that mum's are more satisfied with their maternity experience. However, in the risk adverse, overly medicalised culture our maternity services operate under today this requires an active not a passive approach both on the part of the maternity staff and also the parents.
In my experience the (not so) secret formula for having a positive birth is confidence (self belief), taking ownership of your birth (knowledge to make informed decisions) and a strategy for keeping calm and comfortable (hypnobirthing). I teach all of this in my classes and also include essential information on early days with your new baby.
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.