Hypnobirthing West Sussex - Teachers' Directory
I'm a mum of 4. I had my first baby in 2001 and that's when I became fascinated by pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. I had assumed that it all just happened as nature intended but that's not quite how things went.
Then I saw friends having birth experiences that left them feeling traumatised, they struggled with breastfeeding and often didn't get the support they needed to overcome the challenges they faced. I didn't understand what was going so wrong, so I started reading and became involved with groups that support pregnant and new parents.
But I wanted to do more, so I started training as a Breastfeeding Counsellor after the birth of my second baby. I went on to become an Antenatal Teacher and KG Hypnobirthing Teacher as well.
I have worked with parents-to-be in both individual and group settings. I have supported parents in a wide range of situations, including twin pregnanices, pregnancies after a traumatic previous birth experience, IVF pregnancies, single parents and same-sex couples.
When I was first pregnant, I was utterly terrified of giving birth – I am a total baby when it comes to pain and I over-worry and over-think everything (you can imagine what pregnancy did to me!). I always had to be in control of situations to feel safe. Fast forward 8 months and after doing extensive research and learning Hypnobirthing I felt calm, confident and in control by the time I went into labour. I still felt a bit nervous, but I felt WAY MORE excited. I had a really positive birth with my daughter, even though it didn’t go 100% to plan. Now I’m a qualified Hypnobirthing teacher, I am so passionate (and a bit obsessed) with helping women have the positive and empowering birth they deserve, for themselves, their partners AND their baby. No matter how their baby is born.
My name is Vicki and I am a primary school teacher and hypnobirthing practitioner. I am also the proud mum to two hypnobirthing babies. Before falling pregnant with my first son, I think I had the view that birth is painful and something to be feared. However, early on in my pregnancy I started to challenge these views and this is when I came across hypnobirthing. The more I read the more it began to make sense to me. Having grown up on a farm I was so used to seeing animals give birth and began to question why it is any different for humans than any other mammals. I excitedly signed up for a hypnobirthing course with my partner. After the first session exploring the history of birth and the science behind it, I was hooked! I left each session with a 'lightbulb' moment and was talking about hypnobirthing to anyone who would listen. My partner began quite sceptical, however we left each session more and more excited to practise the skills we were learning. I felt like the relaxations helped me to connect with both my partner and my baby. I no longer felt afraid to give birth - something I never thought I'd say. Three years on, and two positive births later, I decided to train as a KGHypnobirthing practitioner to help other couples to have a positive birth experience. Hypnobirthing is now listed on the Worthing hospital maternity notes as one of the methods for pain relief therefore hopefully more and more women are hearing about how to change their births. Hypnobirthing just makes sense to me. It is simply listening to your body, understanding the physical process and using relaxation techniques to release fear. I would love to work with you and thank you for visiting my page.
I received my Midwifery degree with distinction in 2011 from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen before moving to London to work in a large maternity unit. The majority of my time was spent within the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit facilitating mostly waterbirths before caseloading my own antenatal women in the community. Fed up of city life I then relocated to village life, firstly in Surrey and now settled in Lindfield (West Sussex). With the move came a new job in in the surrounding community providing antenatal care, postnatal care, homebirths and antenatal education sessions to the women in my care. I qualified as a KG Hypnobirthing instructor in early 2017 after witnessing women using the techniques in labour. I was astounded at how calm, relaxed and confident they were for their own birth and it inspired me to try and provide these tools to the other women in my care going forward. I have also since used these skills for the births of my two children, Euan and Iris. I found that these skills were key to me achieving relaxed and positive birth experiences, even with the need for a medical induction with my first birth.
In my spare time you can either find me on long walks with the kids accompanied by my busy Border Collie Pippa or tending to my chickens in the garden. I can't wait to meet you all and support you on your very special journey.
I bet you’re thrilled you’re going to have a baby.
A bit nervous too?
Don’t worry - that’s completely normal and soooo not your fault.
The way modern society talks about birth is unhelpful at best and at worst, enough to make you scour the internet for ways to get out of it.
The bad news is that there isn’t a way out. The good news is it doesn’t have to be scary, messy, excruciatingly painful, and something you have no control over.
There is another way.
I’m Rachel - Hypnobirthing Teacher, and mum of 3. I’m here to guide you to a calm birth.
If you want to know how, then grab my free and insanely practical guide on the 5 unexpected things you must do to prepare for your baby’s birth … It’s time to start to feeling excited and confident you can do this. Head over to www.baby101.co.uk and get yours now.
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