Hello, I'm Emma, a Mother of two and a proud Little Birth Company Hypnobirthing practitioner.
My journey with Hypnobirthing started when I was pregnant with my daughter. I, like many women today, was incredibly apprehensive about giving birth. It is often portrayed in the media and among friends and family, that birth is not enjoyable, at worst is excruciating and at best is something which is to be uncomfortably tolerated in order to get your little bundle of joy. Women seem to have lost the confidence that their bodies and babies know what to do and that birth is a natural, everyday event (no wonder with such bad press!).
Not content with this being the manner in which my baby would be born, and determined that I didn't want a Hollywood style, dramatic birth, I started researching ways that that I could achieve a calm, enjoyable birth which I could look forward to. I came across Hypnobirthing and without a second thought, booked us on to a course.
As soon as we started the course we were both converted and after the first session I already felt far more confident and was telling everyone I knew how great birth could - and should - be. We practiced daily the simple exercises we had been taught and waited with excitement to welcome our baby.
Then D day came, 5 days before my 'due date', leading me to doubt whether I could possibly be in labour (this is far too nice surely!). But I was, and in the early hours of the morning our baby was born to two very happy parents in a completely relaxed environment, exactly as we had hoped for. This experience was definitely made possible because of the skills we learnt in our classes and the daily practice we did religiously. One of my first thoughts was 'other people need to know about this, it's amazing!'. So a few months later I traveled to Bristol to train as a Hypnobirthing teacher and since gaining my diploma I love being able to share these fantastic skills with expectant parents to help them have a wonderful birth experience too.
Recently I have been expanding my skills and have just been accepted on to a breastfeeding peer support training program, so I will soon be able to help new parents on their baby feeding journey. I have recently studied for a specialist VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean) course, so that I can support women with impartial advice, facts, figures and practical techniques to help them birth their babies how they would like and to make informed decisions as to what is best for them and their babies. And in October I will be attending an Aromatherapy for Childbirth course and will then be able to offer guidance for using essential oils during pregnancy, labour and birth.
I am also very excited to have moved over to work with The Little Birth Company and teach their course. This was a personal decision as I feel that I am very well supported by them and am therefore better able to support the families I work with.
If you would like to find out more about my own experience using Hypnobirthing techniques, you can read my birth stories here-