My Hypnobirthing Philosopy

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In my early twenties I was a birthing partner for a friend, we attended the NHS antenatal classes and we didn't really think anything else was needed. Everything went well but I felt more scared than I anticipated and in hindsight I realise I wasn't particularly helpful; I really didn't know what to say or do. This experience and my own very different birth experiences have really shaped how I am as a birth professional as I know the importance of birth partners/dads on  my course and I appreciate . Now when I'm asked to be a birth partner for a friend, I love every second and feel honoured to be part of an incredibly important event in their lives.

When I gave birth to my daughter at Watford General, I was blown away how powerful hypnobirthing was; Even when I was on traige for hours and then moved to the delivery suite where I didn't want to be. It inspired me to train as a Hypnobirthing teacher, to get involved in the Positive Birth Movement and enter the birth world which really has become my world.

More recently gave birth to my son in my living room at home and it honeslty was the most empowering experience I've ever had. You can read his full birth story here
As a hypnobirthing practitioner, I think it's really important that I am up to date with what is happening with maternity services in Hertfordshire so I attend Maternity Services Liaison Committee and am in contact with midwives who work locally. I regularly attend training courses to ensure that I am offering the best possible support, I'm looking forward to going on a Spinning Babies Course in November. I also host Positive Birth Movement meetings (free support groups for pregnant woman) on the 4th Monday of each Month. 
 
I can't get enough of helping couples prepare for birth, I get to know them at one of the most exciting times in their lives, which is such a privilege. It's such an amazing feeling when I hear their birth stories and (when I'm really lucky) meet their babies! 
The Hypnobirthing Book
by Katharine Graves  
Free 1st chapter