In 2014, I gave birth to my first child. I had attended an NCT class and the antenatal class at hospital and although I was still scared of giving birth, I believed that the process would be painful but that was just the way it was. I was scared. And this showed in the lengthy labour I had. My body didn't want to do this, I wanted to escape, I struggled to birth my baby. I was left in shock, adamant that we would not be having another child, but instead we would get a dog.
I loved being a mum, and as the first year went on, I knew that I didn't just want one child. So, my thoughts turned to how I could get though labour next time. When I fell pregnant again, I had settled on the idea that I would have an epidural so I couldn't feel anything. Talking about this with friends, the idea of hypnobirthing was mentioned. I hadn't really heard much about it, and to be honest, I thought it was a bit 'out there'. But having heard so many positive things, I knew it was worth a try.
Anyway, the birth of my second child was amazing. Having attended a hypnobirthing class for 4 weeks and practiced at home, I had a totally different labour to my first. I was in control, I was calm, I knew my body could do this. I felt empowered. My husband felt useful! It was life changing. So much so, I knew I had to help others achieve the amazing birth I experienced.
If you are feeling scared, I’ve been there too. But I know it doesn’t have to be this. Let me help you achieve this.
Prior to becoming a hypnobirthing instructor, for many years I worked in schools, and I am a qualified primary school teacher. After having my second child, we decided that I would stay home to raise our boys, returning to teaching once the boys were older. After experiencing hypnobirthing, I knew it was something I wanted to help others achieve, so I decided to train in the Calm Births course.