5 years ago – I would have laughed if you’d have told me I’d be supporting families to prepare for birth and their babies

For those who have known me for a while will probably know the story of how something just clicked for me the day Charlotte was born.

What clicked was that I had finally found what I wanted to do, I wanted to become a hypnobirthing teacher, a birth worker, someone who could support families to start to feel more confident when it came to birth.

Before I fell pregnant with Charlotte, I spent most of my life feeling anxious about something – whether it was something to do with my health, work or making sure that I was pleasing others.

I often look back and really ask myself the question – was it really the hypnobirthing that made such a difference to my life.

And the fact is. Yes. It did.

It helped me to really begin for the first time to explore things from my own point of view, tone down the other voices I had in my mind for so long.

The fact that much of the things that I learnt and continue to learn about the way that our mind and body work as one, how we really can influence how we feel within our mind was the most empowering thing I’ve every experienced.

I was in control of how I felt, and if ever there was a time where I felt anxious, scared or nervous – I knew now that it was important to acknowledge it, lean into it.

On the day Charlotte was born, so was I – my whole perspective of myself completely changed.

I had grown a baby, I had birthed a baby and despite what some would class as a few hiccups along the way (a preterm baby and a hospital transfer in labour), I was able to hold my own and stay firmly in control throughout my whole birth experience.

I knew for the first time that I could control my mind much more that I had previously believed to be true. This feeling, which to me felt so overwhelmingly important yet hidden in plain sight is the reason why I chose to do what I do today.

Through my own experiences of using hypnobirthing in 2 very different scenarios, using breastfeeding and amazing 4th trimester support to help me to heal from a more challenging 2nd pregnancy – I’m more passionate than ever to support families to do what works best for them and their babies.