About Us.

Who are we?

We are Christy, Laura, Cath and Katy. With ten children between us we’re pretty well set to tell you what a huge difference hypnobirthing makes (we all have given birth with and without it).  Having these techniques in our birthing toolbox revolutionised our experience no matter how we birthed our babies in the world.

 

Christy

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I live with my husband and our three children (George 7yrs, Kit 3yrs and Josselyn 2yrs) in Bredgar (Between Sittingbourne and Maidstone) and I’m a ‘step Mum’ to a wonderful woman who’s 22 yrs old and Nanny to her daughter, Baby Grace! George’s birth was far from amazing, ‘gruelling’ I think my husband describes it so when I fell pregnant for the second time we took classes with Kent Hypnobirthing. We went on to have an amazing birth, a truly awesome birth with our second son Kit.

The experience of birth with hypnobirthing was so powerful and emotional, I knew I wanted to help other parents achieve this for their births. The Kent Hypnobirthing girls invited me to join them so I trained with Katherine Graves Hypnobirthing in London, training which is approved by the Royal College of Midwives.

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 and very special time.

Complimentary to the antenatal classes, I am a Closing the Bones practitioner. It’s a beautiful nurturing and relaxing massage and ceremony for post natal women, descended from the ancient traditions of Ecuador, to close the hips and the circle of pregnancy and birth. You can book this gorgeous massage for yourself or as a gift for someone here.

I currently hold group classes in Bredgar and Faversham and private classes all over Kent. The classes are informal, fun, packed with info about birth and your choices, and they’re relaxing (that’s the ‘hypno’ bit). Bring your birth partner, the classes are for you both - they have such an important role and I can show them how to connect with you and your baby during birth.

So if you want to banish the fear, get informed and know how to take control and achieve the best possible birth for you, book on a class now.

You can contact Christy directly on christy@kenthypnobirthing.com 

 

Katy

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I live in Folkestone with my husband Jim and our three children. After two  births that left me feeling shocked and out of control, I was keen to find another way during my third pregnancy. I discovered hypnobirthing and, despite my skepticism (could these techniques really make birth a positive experience for me? ) practiced throughout the final months of my pregnancy. I was rewarded for my commitment with a surprisingly calm and confident birth. This experience transformed the way I felt , not just about childbirth, but about myself and my body.

I want every woman to have a positive birth, to be prepared with a good understanding of her body and of the amazing things it can do. I want every couple to be prepared for the birth of their baby, empowered with the information they need to make the choices that are right for them . I trained as hypnobirthing teacher so I could share the techniques and tools that I found so life changing . I am a fully accredited breastfeeding counsellor and have been supporting breastfeeding mums locally for 6 years , working with hundreds of new mothers in that time. My passion is to see mothers supported in their own communities, antenatally , in the early days with their baby and throughout motherhood. It’s time for a revolution in the way we invest in the people who are bringing up the next generation!

Katy teaches group classes in Folkestone alongside private classes all over Kent. You can contact Katy directly on katy@kenthypnobirthing.com.

Laura

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Hey!! My name is Laura and I live with my husband and 2 wonderful and wild daughters (with another baby on the way!) in the gorgeous seaside town of Broadstairs. By day I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, working with a whole array of difficulties from anxiety to depression to trauma. I love my job and it’s an absolute privilege to help people when they most need it, offering the tools and techniques to support them on their road to recovery.
When I fell pregnant with my first daughter I was lucky enough to have a fantastic pregnancy but was pretty naive to all things pregnancy and birth related. In hindsight I was totally petrified about the whole thing and decided to bury my head in the sand (which was obviously not the best way to deal with it!) At the end of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with a fairly rare liver condition called Obsteric Cholestasis, I was told that both my unborn baby and myself were at risk if we didn’t take an induction at 37 weeks. At this time I had little idea what an induction process looked like and chose to follow my midwife and consultants advice without question. Throughout my induction I felt hopelessly out of control both physically and mentally. 
When I fell pregnant for a second time I was petrified of repeating the initial experience and when talking to others I discovered ‘hypnobirthing’. It all sounded a bit ‘fluffy’ to me but I thought I’d give it a shot and hope for the best. As soon as I was introduced to the principles of hypnobirthing I was sold, it just makes physiological sense and much of the basics resonated with my CBT practice. I dived right in practicing the techniques and I soon felt empowered to have a positive birth and I felt totally in control. I was weirdly excited to birth my baby and what I experienced was a calm, incredible labour.
I’m now trained as a Hypnobirthing Instructor (with the wonderful Calm Birth School) and will be working with the fabulous ladies at Kent Hypnobirthing. I can’t wait to start supporting other women and their partners to feel less scared and confused about the options and more empowered in what can be the most incredible experience.
This isn’t about having a ‘pain free’ birth, this is about shifting a perspective of fear associated with birth and about encouraging women to think about the options available and help them decide what is best for them in order to have a positive birth experience.

Laura teaches group classes in Broadstairs and private classes all over Kent. You can contact Laura directly on laura@kenthypnobirthing.com

Cath

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My name is Cath and I am mum to my gorgeous 2 year old little boy. I worked as a registered mental health nurse for sixteen years in UK and Australia and have loads of experience supporting people with a range of issues such as anxiety and stress.

When I fell pregnant with my son, I knew I wanted to practice the techniques that fit so well with my knowledge of the mind-body connection and how important it is to stay calm and relaxed during birth. Being informed and having a positive approach to my labour gave me the tools I needed to enjoy a calm and peaceful early labour as well as maintaining my control during a more challenging delivery.

Since having my own baby using The Calm Birth School hypnobirthing technique, I decided I wanted to support other women to have a positive, empowering birth experience.

I truly believe any woman can use hypnobirthing to enhance her birth and stay strong during the most amazing experience of her life. By having a deeper understanding of your body, the birth process and how you can stay in control before and during labour, you will be prepared for the birth of your baby.

I teach group classes in the Herne Bay/Whitstable/Canterbury area. I also offer individual classes all over Kent and I can come to your home to teach you and your partner how to have a calm, positive birth. You can contact Cath directly on cath@kenthypnobirthing.com