I feel passionately about teaching hypnobirthing to expectant mothers and birth partners because I was once in your situation and I know how much value this technique can add to making birth a wonderful experience for mother, baby and partner.
Choosing someone to work with to support you in preparing for the birth of your baby is a decision that should be based on trust, confidence and respect, and ultimately you should feel safe working with that person. In order to tell you a bit more about myself, below I have highlighted some of the experience and qualifications I have so you can feel confident in my ability to help prepare you for your baby’s arrival.
I have been there and done it – 3 times!
When I first heard about hypnobirthing I admit I was a bit sceptical although it didn’t take me long to sign up as if there was even a small chance of having a calm, positive and empowering birth then I didn’t want to risk missing out on this! I have had three wonderful births with my children – Hollie, Bethany and Jack – but also found the hypnobirthing techniques extremely useful during pregnancy and following birth. Hypnobirthing provided me with the knowledge, techniques and strategy that made me feel prepared and confident about going into labour and giving birth.
With a background in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health, I have worked extensively with people living with a range of psychological concerns.
I have provided high-volume, low-intensity mental health interventions to people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety using evidence-based principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I have been lead coordinator at a GP surgery’s counselling team and providing integrative counselling to patients experiencing a diverse range of problems including relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence, mental health issues and bereavement. Within these roles I have experience of liaising and working with GPs, primary healthcare teams, voluntary organisations and have amassed 100’s of hours working directly with clients in either a group or individual setting.
I now work in the School of Medicine at a Sydney based university studying the impact of childbirth education on birthing outcomes for mums and babies. The psychological and physical health of new and expectant mums is now the primary focus of my work.
Leading up to the birth of my daughter Hollie I felt a mixture of emotions that swayed between excitement at meeting my baby and fear of the unknown. When I thought about the impending birth I tried to dismiss negative thoughts that had built up in my mind due to stories people had told me or from what I had seen on TV or movies with the belief that “it would be fine, woman have been doing this for centuries, it’s the most natural thing in the world!” Yet I had nothing other than these few simple thoughts to help me get through it. In all other aspects of my life if I was about to do something for the first time I would prepare for it, educate myself and formulate a plan – this was what I needed for giving birth!
Hypnobirthing provided me with the knowledge, techniques and strategy that made me feel prepared and confident about going into labour and giving birth to my daughter. And what a wonderfully empowering experience it was! Hollie was born into a calm, positive and joyful environment. The skills I gained from hypnobirthing were useful not just during the birth but also during pregnancy and in motherhood and I used them with great success in having two more beautiful births with my children Bethany and Jack!
Before embarking on a hypnobirthing course I never would have dreamt that giving birth could be so empowering and enjoyable – women everywhere need to be given the opportunity to experience this truly magnificent experience!!!