Owner and Certified HypnoBirthing™ Practitioner
and twice over HypnoBirthing™ Mummy!
I teach The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing™ which is the longest running community dedicated to using hypnosis in childbirth. It was founded in the United States in early 1989 by Marie “Mickey” Mongan, who is a licensed counsellor and former dean of a small women’s college. The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing™ is the pioneer and leader in birth education with hypnosis. Several decades and thousands of classes later, HypnoBirthing™ is the most widely used childbirth hypnosis program in the world. Today, there are HypnoBirthing™ practitioners in 46 countries around the world who are helping women become aware of the benefits of calm, instinctive birthing for themselves and their babies. In the UK HypnoBirthing™: The Mongan Method has not been registered, so instead of using the ® symbol ™ is used. As a result of this, there are many people in the UK offering HypnoBirthing™ courses, but the Mongan Method is the original method and we believe it is still the best!
I trained as a HypnoBirthing™ Practitioner in 2013 and I am affiliated and regulated by the original HypnoBirthing™ Institute. I am a highly qualified birthing professional distinguished through education, experience, motivation, and dedication to the principles and philosophy of HypnoBirthing™ and mother-directed birthing. I must continually meet the requirements as set down by the Executive Board of the HypnoBirthing™ Institute, together with submission of class reports and class evaluations from clients. In addition to this each year I must re-apply for my certification from the Institute through evidence of continued professional development, ensuring that I am up to date with all current practices. Please check my listing on the Practitioner Directory on the official HypnoBirthing™ Institutes websites: www.hypnobirthing-uk.com – official UK site www.hypnobirthing.com – official US site
"And also a twice over HypnoBirthing™ Mummy which is why I have such empathy with my mums. Both my births were amazing and I put it all down to HypnoBirthing".
For me what I love about HypnoBirthing™ is that it’s about changing your mind-set about pregnancy and birth, challenging assumptions; and igniting your curiosity to learn more about your birthing choices; about empowering women to make their own informed decisions; and ultimately, about being an active participant in this amazing phase of their lives, which will no doubt have a huge impact in the rest of it. I believe that every woman deserves a beautiful, calm, and relaxed labour and birth, just as I experienced, so here I am offering classes!
Setting up Calma Birthing HypnoBirthing classes and teaching HypnoBirthing™ was not something I had ever imagined I would be doing, with a background in Property Law, but without a shadow of a doubt I cannot imagine a more full filling and worthwhile existence that has become a love and a passion for me being able to help empower other couples to have a calm and comfortable birth, just as I experienced. I am lucky to live in the beautiful spa town of Cheltenham located on the edge of the Cotswolds, with my two gorgeous (and exhausting!) boys, who are my inspiration, I am a full time mum and I am also a twice over HypnoBirthing™ mummy, which is why I have such empathy with my mums!
All Mongan Method HypnoBirthing™ Practitioners display a Gold Seal on their websites. The Gold Seal guarantees that I am fully approved and certified by the original HypnoBirthing™ Institute, which means you can have the security of knowing that I will teach you the official HypnoBirthing™ – The Mongan Method programme, in a format that ensures you have the best chance of achieving a wonderful birth with all the preparation designed to help and support you.
After being on a journey of several failed pregnancies, I decided very early on in our first son’s pregnancy that I wanted as safe, calm and relaxed birth as possible for him and us. I was convinced there must be a different way to the stressful scenes usually shown on television for example programs like OBEM, which I am sure you all watch! That’s when I discovered HypnoBirthing™ through a friend and just understanding how your birthing body is designed to work opened my eyes hugely, and it also showed me that it was a real team effort.
Ever since I experienced my own two beautifully calm, and relaxed natural births in 2013 and 2014 using HypnoBirthing™ I can truly say it was the most wonderful experience of my life, and I felt so empowered that I knew I had to share these amazing skills and philosophy with other expectant mums and dads-to-be. So I trained in HypnoBirthing™, and became a fully qualified and registered HypnoBirthing™ Practitioner in 2013.
I am happy to say that I am one of the 70% of HypnoBirthing™ mums that didn’t need any form of pain relief, not even gas and air, and I can say hand on heart that I enjoyed both my labours and births.
Childbirth is one of the most empowering things a woman can ever do – there is nothing that even compares to that feeling of giving birth to your baby, there are no dress rehearsals and HypnoBirthing™ helps ensure that those memories, that will last a lifetime, are positive and empowering ones.
I love my job, and feel extremely lucky to meet so many amazing couples and share in their special journey’s!