My name is Emma. I am a Hypnobirthing mum and qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner. I have 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. I now teach the course Hypnobirthing by Jenny Mullan, accredited by The Royal College of Midwives and the Human Givens Institute. 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 I have found fascinating and which has 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 from my garden studio in Potten End after completing my training as a baby massage instructor with IAIM in 2017.
My Hypnobirthing Story
I gave birth to my first son without the benefit of hypnobirthing. It was a traumatic birthing experience, resulting in an emergency caesarean section; an experience that I didn’t want to have to go through again. I went into birth naively thinking that ‘I’d be fine because so many women do it!” I didn’t 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 and so I ended up being unable to cope with the length and intensity of the labour. I heard about hypnobirthing courses through friends and so when I fell pregnant again I decided to enrol. It was the best thing I could have done! Thanks to the hypnobirthing course, I 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, using fear release techniques that I learnt on the course. 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 with our baby.
I felt so elated by my hypnobirthing experience, that I decided to help other expectant couples achieve the same by becoming a Hypnobirthing Practitioner. I feel privileged to have helped over 150 mums-to-be and their birth partners achieve a good positive 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 – see what people have to say.