Hi, I’m Jackie. I live in Crystal Palace, South East London with my partner and our two children.
I first came across Hypnobirthing around 8 years ago when I discovered, with elation, that I was finally pregnant for the second time. Whilst I was of course delighted, I was not looking forward to the birth at all.
A friend told me about Hypnobirthing – something I’d never heard of. I did my research, attended a course and then spent the rest of my pregnancy relaxed, feeling in control and having tools to hand to turn to if I had a wobbly moment. I even dared to look forward to the birth!
My daughter’s birth was calm, and whilst it was not a walk in the park, I would say it was pretty easy, comfortable and just amazing. I felt like Superwoman afterwards 😀 I felt on top of the world and the whole experience could not have been more different compared to my first birth.
Before completing my Hypnobirthing course I had no idea that birth could be this way.
My experience made me become very interested in all things birth, and amazed at how well Hypnobirthing works. I decided to train with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) as an Antenatal Instructor, gaining a Level 5 Diploma in Antenatal Education in 2012 via the University of Bedfordshire. I then went on and trained as a Hypnobirthing Instructor with Katharine Graves.
I love delivering both courses and love working with parents at this amazing time in their lives. Whether it’s your first, second, third or beyond pregnancy – the techniques you practise work at keeping you feeling calm, relaxed and clear headed. Take a look at our testimonial page to read some lovely birth stories direct from the parents themselves –
My passion for getting the message ‘out there’ about women’s choices around their babies’ births is what inspired me to write my book ‘I’m Expecting a Baby: Your guide to the process, facts and options for pregnancy and childbirth’ which is available via Kindle or paperback here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NCMIQVK
Hypnobirthing is about creating a positive birth where you feel prepared for whatever turn your birth takes on the day. You will be knowledgeable about what will be offered to you as you near the end of your pregnancy and during labour and know where to get more information and support if required. Whilst we most certainly focus on the type of birth you want, we also chat about any ‘what if? scenarios leaving you feeling fully prepared whether you choose to have your baby at home, in a birth centre or on the labour ward.
I am fully insured, a member of the NCT and the Hypnobirthing Association.
In addition to all things pregnancy and birth, I am also a Reflexologist with 13 years’ experience, specialising in Fertility and Pregnancy Reflexology and running Baby Reflexology courses for parents.