Hypnobirthing East - Teachers' Directory
My name is Michelle Pearson, I am based in Homerton in Hackney, East London 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 Hackney, Walthamstow, Forest Gate, Stratford, Leyton, Stoke Newington, Islington and beyond!
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.
I decided to extend my knowledge as a yoga teacher specialised in pregnacy by becoming an KGHypnobirthing teacher. I offer the mum-to-be a peaceful time to reinforce the knowldege about her body, pregnancy and birth, achieving confidence, calm and serenity, creating a healthy pregnancy and subsequently a wondeful birth experience for her and her baby.
I'm origallly from Mexico and have been based in London for the last 16 years, where my yoga practice and personal development journey started.
I gained my Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher certification in Thailand with Lorraine Taylor, focusing on female bodies and energies. I hold a Yoga Alliance US accreditation (RYT200). I furthered my teacher training becoming a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Restorative Yoga Teacher with Judith Lasater, where my passion for creating nurturing spaces for mothers to be was awaken.
I'm the founder of the women's circle: "Journey Into Motherhood", an intimate gathering where mums to be are invited to share and express their emotional experiences through pregnancy, taking time to slow down, connect within and journal what pregnancy and their babies are unfolding for them.
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 live in East London with my husband, Emerson, and our two children, Hudson and Harper. I grew up in the beautiful, wide open spaces of Montana and then moved to sunny California to get my BSc in human biology from the University of California, San Diego. I moved across the pond to East London in 2013. I love it here-the creativity, the diversity, the community. Both of my children were born here using Hypnobirthing, which gave me a lot of comfort and confidence throughout my pregnancies and births. In a time of uncertainty, I appreciated the clearly laid out practices and how transformative it was to learn about our amazing bodies-that I shouldn't be afraid to do something our bodies have been doing for hundreds of generations. Many women experience pain free births, could I not try to do the same? I realised it would take work as I didn't already believe in the possibility of a comfortable birth at the time. Both births were empowering and incredible, and one was even pain free (both natural, and both big babies!). In addition to teaching Hypnobirthing, I teach yoga as well. I'm lucky that my work consists of teaching things that I have felt the true benefits of, and my passion for what I teach drives me to keep learning and refining what I share with others.
I have always found women, pregnancy, birth and babies awe-inspiring and I believe bringing a brand new little person into the world is one of the most amazing things a woman can do. I believe in your innate capacity to birth and care for your baby; you are powerful! It is my absolute pleasure to care for mums and babies and my job is to encourage you to know your own strength and capability, that which is there in all of us. Every woman has the right to feel safe, relaxed and cared for and this enables the best possible birth experience and helps with the early attachment process. I also believe every woman has the right to choose how and where she births her baby whenever possible; I support your decision, be it a home birth, birth centre or hospital. So, a bit about me...I love my job! It is a real privilege to support families on such a precious journey. I love being outside in the sunshine, reading a great book with a ridiculously huge skinny caramel latte (and the odd cake here and there...). I enjoy my "me-time" and I also love to spend time with my wonderful friends going for dinner (Fondue night, dinner parties at mine, Mexican, Diner... I'm not a foodie, honestly) and also relaxing with my wonderful partner of eight years, Steve, at home, and spending time with my family. I may be getting old as I've really got into going for a slow walk everyday lately and looking at the trees (I never thought I'd see the day!) Oh, and I love a good box-set and my wild vice is...wait for it...aromatherapy candles. Whoooooo!
My inspiration to become a natural childbirth educator/Hypnobirthing teacher comes from my own birthing experience. After my wonderful, natural, pain-free and drug-free Hynobirthing experience, I wanted my friends and fellow women to experience the same joy and bliss of natural birth. I did my diploma in HypnoBirthing from the Hypnobirthing Centre UK (the KG method) accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, UK. I am a science graduate with a Masters Degree in Applied Microbiology which helps me understand the biology behind birthing. I also hold a Diploma in Nutrition. I hail from the corporate world of scientific publishing like Thomson Reuters & BioMed Central (Springer). I am well aware of the corporate culture; the work life and personal life balance for parents-to-be. I have designed my courses to accommodate these practical challenges of the day to day living. I am working hard to ensure every woman across the globe is made aware of this calm, safe, comfortable and delightful birthing experience for herself and her baby.
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