Positive Empowering Realistic
I have been a midwife for over 20 years and have dedicated my career to empowering women through their childbirth journey. Over the years I have learned that, when preparing to have a baby, there are certain factors that can have a profound impact on a woman's birth experience.
Most important of these is the way you approach labour – in short ‘where your head is at’. Feeling informed and emotionally in control creates a positive mindset, however, approaching childbirth from a place of fear can negatively impact your birth experience.
So here's the good news - Women can have a positive birth experience regardless of how they actually give birth – even if it isn’t the ‘perfect’ natural delivery they planned for.
The key is giving time and head-space to prepare for birth – we all need to learn and practice how to relax! Each pregnancy is different and it doesn’t matter how many babies you’ve had - antenatal preparation is valuable and necessary.
I never forget how lucky we are to have fantastic NHS maternity services in the UK. Everyone involved in a couple's care wants the best possible outcome for them. My classes are designed to compliment that care and I work with couples either in one to one consultations or small, exclusive groups.
I am wary of traditional hypnobirthing techniques that avoid discussions about 'pain' or interventions, because I know that isn’t realistic. Life throws us curve-balls sometimes - as we are all experiencing at the moment for sure!! Sometimes things don’t go the way you hoped or planned. That's why I'm delighted and excited to be a Wise Hippo Instructor. I teach The Wise Hippo birth preparation programme and my clients can access a wealth of resources and support including videos and MP3s.
I created Best Birth to put couples front and centre in antenatal education as they prepare for the birth of their baby. By combining my years of midwifery experience and the The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, I am able to give contemporary, relevant and empowering birth preparation classes that focus on having The Right Birth on the Day.