Yorkshire based Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond
Offering Hypnobirthing, Antenatal Workshops, Birth Truama Support, EFT and Starting Solids – Weaning Workshops
Hi, I’m Steph…
Lover of cake, a good cup of tea and the sea. My happy place. Oh and the big one, I am also a trained hypnobirther and therapist.
I believe that every woman should be able to find a useful, authentic message about the options they have to birth their baby and beyond. I think women find their power when surrounded by other supportive peers.
If you are reading this, starting to anticipate your own birth and wonder how it will unfold…Know that just as every person is different, every birth is your personal experience and one that should be embraced without fear. We are constantly barraged with messages telling us to be scared, that our body is built to fail and our instincts are wrong. My work is about giving you the information you need to actually understand your wonderful body and plan for your birth experience, so that ultimately you feel in control and powerful and have an experience that is a positive one. What I am offering you is the opportunity to learn practical techniques to use to beforehand and on the day so you feel amazing rather than just winging it.
Beyond your birth I want you to feel powerful as a parent. If you are reading this holding your gorgeous newborn, I’m sure you’ve realised just how deafening the external noise can be. As helpful as friends and Grandmas and Aunties are trying to be, things change, we learn more and sometimes you just need to talk to someone who is unbiased and ready to listen to what you are thinking.
Are safe spaces for you to ask lots of questions and spend some quality time focusing on you. Whether you are completing your hypnobirthing course and we are chatting all things birth, or you are sat with your baby on your knee starting to think about giving them food for the first time, I want to provide you with lots of reassurance and ideas to make the information work for you.
I want you to leaving feeling informed and confident. I want you to have your questions answered and know what reputable sources are out there if you want more reading. If you are starting to feel scared about the next step, out of control or tired of hearing other people’s conflicting opinions or birth horror stories (which are only making you feel worse!) you are in the right place.
Being a parent is a big deal, you want to get it ‘right.’ And because of this, it often becomes really overwhelming. Let us work through the good, the bad and the ugly of all the information out there so you can find clarity and ditch the sense of doom.
Check out the blog, get social on Facebook and try out some of the techniques to find out what is right for you to make your birth experience and beyond something that you remember fondly
I’m pregnant…Hypnobirthing though, does it actually work?
Good question. Here’s the low down – Hypnobirthing uses lots of relaxation techniques and focus exercises to allow you to keep your attention on the wonderful experience of childbirth rather than feeling scared and frightened that your baby is exiting your body! At times having a baby has become a sterile, isolated experience; you see friends and family disappear through the doors of the maternity unit only to hear horror stories of the evils they faced once in there.
Research shows that when we fear an event, our body responds with the fight, flight or freeze reflex. This sends a cocktail of hormones into the body, signalling stress and fear. A mother’s innate instinct is to birth her baby into a safe and calm environment, so this fear inhibits the natural birthing process and you start working against your body.
Know that you should be in the driving seat, your birth is all about you. And hypnobirthing teaches practical ways for you to stay calm and relaxed to work with your body, so that you feel completely comfortable and ready to trust your instincts and therefore have a more positive experience. Your body knows what to do and part of the process is learning to trust this.
I am also a realist and I am passionate about women knowing all their options. Epidural is not a forbidden word…I am not advising you must forgo all medical support and give birth in a cave (Unless that’s your thing!) What I am saying is the more information you have about your options and the whys behind those options, the better prepared you are and therefore the less scary the experience becomes.
For the record for the births that I’ve known that have utilised a C-section, parents have reported that hypnobirthing still really helped them and allowed them to remain calm and focused during the birth. Winning! And secondly: generally, the mothers I work with don’t need lots of pain relief and medication, because they are totally owning all by themselves.
Free Stuff to Start Building Your Positive Birth
Start using the power of relaxation during your pregnancy. Designed for you to listen as you fall asleep, this track helps you tune into your body and let any sore or tense spots melt away. Practice makes perfect, so start to incorporate this into your routine. Relaxation is a wonderful way to start listening to your body and let go of that cortisol.
Online Taster Session
Pregnant? Start Here…
There is no right or wrong time to start hypnobirthing or antenatal sessions. The general rule of thumb is the earlier you learn, the more time you have for practice; therefore, the more confident you will become in using the techniques and the more natural it will feel. People generally start sessions around the 24 week mark because you’re pregnant enough that your birth starts to feel a little more real, but not so pregnant that your diary is still flxeibl and you have lots of time to practice. I started working with one mum 4 weeks before she was due to give birth and she still reported brilliant results, so it depends completely on the person.
Hypnobirthing Group Workshops
Pregnant? Terrified? Completely baffled by all the different bits of information out there? Perhaps you’ve heard rumours about the mythical women who actually enjoyed their births but unsure how this is even possible?
I am the sports psychologist for birth. Join this full antenatal course designed to equip you with everything you need to know for a positive birth. Focusing on letting go of any birthing fears, building your confidence, relaxation techniques and practical stuff you can do to have the experience you want.
Hypnobirthing 1-1 Workshops
Feel like you would prefer a little more of the personal touch? How about the full hypnobirthing course delivered directly from the comfort of your own home?
1-1 workshops are a lovely way to really get to the bottom of your particular fears and anxieties about birth. The sessions are devoted to you, so we can focus on your birth plan and practicing lots of techniques to support you through your birth experience. A lovely way for you and your birth partner to complete the sessions together, you will leave feeling confident and excited.
Birth to Baby Antenatal Course
You feel ok about giving birth…but what about the next bit? What are you supposed to do with a baby and who left you in charge?
This is an opportunity to talk through all things baby. Feeding, sleeping, routines, attachment, building a relationship, manging your relationship as you transition into Mum and Dad. You will leave feeling confident about the next steps
New Baby? This Is For You….
Well done Mumma. You have birthed your beautiful baby and are probably now completely overwhelmed with how much that was just the first step! You are doing an amazing job. Here are some of the other bits I run to help you find your feet
Is your baby 3-6 months old? Are you starting to think about weaning? Feeling totally clueless and unsure where to start?
Then this is a perfect workshop for you. If you are unsure if your little one is ready, want to know the difference between baby led and purée weaning, what’s safe to give your baby, what you should avoid and lots of ways to help your baby become a confident eater…come along to the Starting Solids, Weaning Workshop jam packed full of information.
Friendly and informal, with babies very welcome, you will leave feeling confident and ready to go.
Post Birth Support
You birthed your baby and it was fine. Or maybe things didn’t go the way you hoped and now you are feeling let down and disappointed?
Maybe you’d even describe your birth as really difficult or traumatic and thinking about it brings up big emotions.
I am here as a safe space for you to open up to and talk. It’s nice to be heard and I am here to be here for you. Drawing on my experience as a therapist and hypnotherapist, we can work through your feelings, use some relaxation techniques to help you work through what you are feeling