Birth (Recognised since September 2010)
Lives in: Cheltenham GL50
Local info and availability:
Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire
Natal Hypnotherapy Birth Preparation Teacher, Birth and Post Birth Doula, Bach Flower Remedies, EFT, Advice on eczema, Five Tibetan Rites, Maternity Nursing
My interest in childbirth began with the arrival of my own children, a daughter in 1997 and a son in 1999. Thanks to reading books by Dr Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger and Grantley Dick-Read and attending pregnancy yoga classes with Kaye Mellor in Oxford, my whole impression of childbirth changed. Armed with this new, positive and inspiring information I looked forward to my deliveries with anticipation. My daughter arrived without intervention at Chipping Norton Cottage Hospital within 6 hours and my son, in the front seat of our car, at high speed, on the way to Chipping Norton! This was no coincidence. From then on, I have wanted to share the tips I learnt with every pregnant mum I have come across. I have tesimonials from many of them, hugely grateful for this information. Key information and the right support, allows you to have the best birth possible, for you. I feel passionate about this…
I truly believe that the process of a well managed birth can enhance a woman’s belief and confidence in herself, even if intervention is needed. The knock on benefits of this for her and her family are far reaching. Having had two children of my own, with the benefit of wise and insightful advise, I know the fundamental difference it makes. My commitment is to share it with you, either at your house, or mine or over the telephone; whatever suits you. I would remain available over the phone, as much as you need, to ensure that you feel calm and prepared for your baby’s birth. I would attend to you at the birth and offer moral support afterwards. As I have my own family I would not be able to move in as mothers help.
I attended my doula training with the world famous obstetrician and lecturer Dr Michel Odent which was a huge privilidge…we learnt so much. One of my greatest joys in life, is sharing this crucial knowledge with women and seeing the relief and fascination on their faces. I am also a qualified Natal Hypnotherapist and trained under Maggie Howell, herself an increadibly inspiring and accomplished birthing teacher. The skills I have aquired through this training allow me to help both expectant parents. When they both feel confident and informed it helps massively to allay any fears they have. Fear and adrenalin are the enemy and the sooner they are banished the better, not just for them, but especially the baby. I also have considerable experience with the Bach Flower Essences and EFT. Both can play their parts in the birth process but also the long term, helping to maintain harmony and calm within the family.
I have experienced hospital births, both natural and with intervention including epidurals, ventuse and forceps; also of VBAC births and water births. I am well placed to attend births at the John Radcliffe, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Chipping Norton, the Horton in Banbury and Swindon.