My name is Emma. I am a Hypnobirthing mum and qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner with a big passion for teaching hypnobirthing. Having experienced it myself with the birth of my second son, after a traumatic birth experience first time round, I can see what a huge difference good preparation, tools, techniques and a supportive and prepared birth partner can make to labour and birth.
I trained in the original birth preparation programme, the Mongan Method, with the HypnoBirthing Institute in 2014 and then went on to train with Jenny Mullan and the Hypnobirthing Training Academy in 2016, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. The course that I now teach is Hypnobirthing by Jenny Mullan.
I love teaching this course because it brings the latest in scientific findings and a deep understanding of the mind body relationship and its effect on birth. In addition to my hypnobirthing training, I spent time in 2017 training with Trevor Silvester, the founder of The Quest Institute for Cognitive Hypnotherapy, which broadened my knowledge of hypnotherapy, neuroscience and the mind-body relationship.
In 2018 I was very excited to start offering 5-week baby massage courses, completing my training as a baby massage instructor with the world renowned IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) in 2017.
I gave birth to my first son without the benefit of hypnobirthing. It was a traumatic birthing experience, that I didn’t want to have to go through again. Unfortunately, I didn’t really prepare for the birth except by listening to a hypnobirthing CD which helped me to stay relaxed during my pregnancy but didn’t teach me specific techniques for the birth. I ended up being unable to cope with the length and intensity of the labour and in the end I had to go for an emergency caesarean because my baby was in distress.
By the time I fell pregnant again, I had heard about hypnobirthing courses through friends and so decided to enrol. It was the best thing I could have done! Thanks to the hypnobirthing course, I was able to learn the techniques that I needed and I also was able to release the fear I had from my first birthing experience and from stories others had shared with me, and prepare for my second son’s birth feeling confident, positive and calm, without any anxiety or stress. I loved the emphasis that the course placed on the active role of the birthing partner, as it enabled my husband and I to prepare for the birthing experience together. The classes taught us new techniques and tools that helped me to achieve deep relaxation during labour and birth. I gave birth to my second son instinctively, calmly and in control of my body. My husband took an active role in the birth, which bonded us both with our baby. It made me feel so elated, that I decided to help other expectant couples achieve the same by becoming a Hypnobirthing Practitioner.
Since 2015, I feel extremely privileged to have helped over 190 mums-to-be and their birth partners achieve a calmer, easier birth experience through hypnobirthing. Some mums have described the breathing techniques like an anaesthetic and others have described how the hypnobirthing helped them to stay calm and in control.
In 2019, I started supporting the charity Women and Children First – www.womenandchildrenfirst.org.uk who work in some of Africa and Asia’s poorest communities to help mothers survive pregnancy and childbirth, using long term sustainable solutions. The work is proven to reduce the possibilities of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth by up to 50%. Babies deaths are also reduced by 33%. Since 2001, the charity has reached 12 million people in 13 countries and saved over 6,000 lives. One example of how the charity has helped people is Teddy’s story – a young mother in Uganda who learnt about the signs of malaria through the charity at a women’s health group, which saved her life as she was able to receive treatment before it was too late. £2 of your 4-week hypnobirthing course fee goes towards this worthy cause.