When I became pregnant with my first baby in 2011 I was very keen on having a natural birth. but I had no idea how to achieve the birth I wanted. I went along to standard antenatal classes and, while I learnt a lot about the drugs I didn't want to take and made some lovely friends I was left with very little information on how to achieve the sort of birth I did want. I dismissed hypnobirthing the first time as too hippy and too pricey.
The birth I had was not what I had imagined (you can read all about it here) and I spent months trying to unpack exactly what had happened and how I could have done things differently. Every person I spoke to who had experienced a more positive birth had done hypnobirthing, honestly it got pretty annoying! When I was pregnant for the second time I decided to train as a teacher, having not yet had a my own positive birth, but fully convinced that hypnobirthing was going to make the difference! I'm now a mum of two boys, Stanley and Gus. Gus's birth was the birth I'd hoped for first time – drug free and in the water – and hypnobirthing made it possible.
I bloody love my job! it’s an amazing thing to spend time with people at such a special point in their lives. Helping them to feel equipped, prepared and excited for the day their baby is born is one of the most best ways I can think of to spend my time. I'm also an accredited Breastfeeding Counsellor and so in essence spend my days talking about how amazing women are! They've become my favourite subject!
Ray (real name Rachel but even her nan barely calls her that) currently teaches group hypnobirthing classes in Margate and private classes all over Kent. You can contact her directly on email@example.com or 07738180193
Before I was a hypnobirthing teacher I was a childminder and studying at university. I loved childminding as I worked with amazing families and wonderful children. I got to stay at home and see my little boy grow up. But after taking hypnobirthing classes with Kent Hypnobirthing and witnessing the hugely positive and life changing effect that they had on me I knew I had to become a teacher! My experience has shown me the powerful impact that the classes, practise and application have. My second experience of birth was totally opposite to my first. My first birth, which was a very medicalised birth filled with intervention, left me feeling disempowered and very distrusting of my body. I could not believe how a natural birth could ever be possible for anyone. My second birth was incredibly healing, the relationship I have with my body, mind and the people close to me have been altered so positively.
The classes meant I approached my birth in a totally different way. Hypnobirthing was such an amazing thing for both me and my partner. It was a vital part of the natural birth of my daughter. You can read about Esther's birth here. Afterwards I told everyone I possibly could about my experience and realised that I wanted to be able to teach it too. I was so enthusiastic about it I had trained to become a teacher by the time Esther was 3 1/2 months old! Ray asked if I would like to join Kent Hypnobirthing - so here I am!
My passion for birth has been lifelong (I come from a huge and very open family) but it became much more passionate after Esther's birth.. I teach to help future mums and dads find their own power and strength. Labour and birth is truly incredible when you learn to trust your instincts and release all fear.
Sophie currently teaches group hypnobirthing classes in Faversham and private classes all over Kent. You can contact her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07815 055990
I live with my husband Jon and our two boys (George, 4yrs and Kit, 6 months) near Maidstone and I’ve a step daughter who’s 21 yrs old. George’s birth was far from amazing, ‘gruelling’ I think my husband described it as. So when I fell pregnant for the second time we took hypnobirthing classes with Ray. We went on to have an amazing birth, a truly awesome birth with our second son Kit – you can read my birth stories here.
The experience was so powerful and emotional, I knew I wanted to help other parents achieve this for their births. Ray invited me to join her and Sophie at Kent Hypnobirthing so I did! Before I had my children, I was a Police Detective investigating serious crime. It sounds like a huge leap to hypnobirthing and in some ways it is, although my previous job was based on evidence and I’ve found hypnobirthing to resonate with that, it is logical biology! The difference is now I’m coming into people’s lives at an exciting, very special time.
Christy currently teaches group hypnobirthing classes in Maidstone and private classes all over Kent. You can contact her directly on email@example.com or 07809 112690.