HYPNOBIRTHING & PARENTCRAFT
Hello Baby is all about you and what you want when you give birth to your child. Whether it’s your first or fifth baby, I will help you achieve your natural birth goals through practising self hypnosis and calming techniques to focus your mind and bring strength when you need it most in labour. Not only do I offer hypnobirthing workshops but I also give lessons in parent craft to help you through those first few nerve wracking days after bringing baby home.
Giving birth is beautiful and should absolutely be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear and I’d love to teach you how.
HELLO, I’M CAROL AND THIS IS MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER FAITH WHO I DELIVERED TO THE WORLD ON TUESDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER 2008
Needless to say it wasn’t just a happy coincidence that I had the absolute privilege of delivering my Granddaughter, Faith (spot the scrubs!). I have been a Midwife for almost 40 years and have delivered more babies than I could ever possibly count; including my other five grandchildren whose births were all equally as special as Faith’s. I still practice as a Midwife and have worked in the community with women and their families at home for the past 17 years. Having experienced all types of births, I became a great believer in a woman’s natural strength and ability to birth a child with very little intervention or pain relief. The power a woman possesses in labour is incredible and watching expectant mothers harnessing this power by trusting and believing in their bodies and minds has always been so incredibly amazing to me. Because of this I began my training in hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing.
I am very proud to say that I am now not only an experienced Midwife, but also a Validated Hypnobirthing Practitioner with the Association of Hypnobirthing Midwives; accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.
It’s important to note that although I am a practising Midwife, my role within Hello Baby is a Hypnobirthing practitioner and as such I am unable to advise you on any individual concerns relating to your pregnancy and as such I am duty bound to refer you back to your GP, Midwife or maternity unit.
I look forward to meeting you soon and helping you to welcome your very own little person into the world
what is hypnobirthing?
HYPNOBIRTHING IS A TRIED AND PROVEN METHOD THAT GUIDES AND PREPARES A WOMAN TO GIVE BIRTH IN A PEACEFUL, CONTROLLED AND EXTRAORDINARILY BEAUTIFUL MANNER
As you probably already know, hypnosis is a state of deep mental and physical relaxation that enables you to focus intensely on a thought or feeling whilst blocking outside distractions. In this relaxed state the mind is more open to suggestions that change our beliefs and behaviour. When a woman prepares for childbirth with hypnosis, these suggestions aim to replace fear and expectations of pain with confident expectations of a safe, gentle, even comfortable, birth
I aim to make each workshop a relaxing, informal and educational expericence, whilst gaining a true understanding of your hopes and aspirations for birth. It’s very important that you have your birthing partner with you, whoever that may be, as they are an integral part of your hypnobirthing success!
I recommend that you should start your workshops somewhere between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy. This allows you enough time to continue your practice after the workshops have finished right up until the big day. To ensure that you are completely comfortable in the session I would suggest that you bring with you a yoga or exercise mat, pillow and a birthing ball if you have them
7 -9pm in Comber
The group session allows you to meet with other couples, learn together, share your experience and make new friends.
A maximum of 3 couples are permitted to attend the session to ensure each person receives the required level of attention.
Three sessions complete the course.
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MIX AND MATCH SESSIONS
TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW AND
I’LL ADVISE YOU WHAT YOU NEED
Choose from hypnobirthing, why and how it works.
Writing your own scripts, key words and affirmations ♥ Pregnancy education ♥ Massage and breathing techniques ♥ Fertility relaxation ♥ Mindfulness ♥ Supporting your partner, what can you do to help? ♥ All requests considered
Or ….the full works!!
calm, natural, hypnobirths
I knew I wanted a natural, calm birth at home as soon as I got pregnant with Nella and I was very lucky to have Carol as my Midwife. From the first meeting I felt she was truly by my side, supporting me in my decision to have a home birth. Every time we spoke I felt calm, empowered and my choices truly respected. She encouraged my hypnobirthing practice and gave me some valuable tips for new visualisations. My daughter chose to come into this world on the day when Carol was on call. The best timing ever! From the moment Carol came into our house she helped me to feel calm and in control. Her presence was soft and motherly, she was saying all the right things to help me but mostly she was there for me – quiet, resepectful and supportive. There was an aura of peace and calmness about her which was exactly what I needed. My baby girl was born after many hours of beautiful calm and gentle birth. I was at home all that time with my partner, my 2 and a half year old daughter and my dog. I enjoyed every moment of the birth and would love to do it again. I never needed any analgesia as I didn’t feel any pain during the contractions, only pressure. Our minds and our bodies have amazing power if we only let ourselves unlock it with the appropriate tools and the right people supporting us. I highly recommend hypnobirthing techniques and to have Carol by your side to help unlock that power!!Kasia Patynowska
MY NAME IS ALY AND THIS IS MY SON ABE.
I AM A MUM OF THREE AND FIRST MET CAROL WHEN I WAS IN THE FINAL STAGES OF MY PREGNANCY WITH HIM
I had a complicated pregnancy with hyperemesis (extreme sickness) amongst other issues and as I have a heart defect there were concerns about the delivery of the baby . In my previous pregnancies I was able to have a water birth and really wanted this again for our third and final baby. At 37 weeks I was told I could go ahead with my natural delivery and I lived in the hope that no intervention was needed. When I met Carol at our surgery I felt immediately calm and so reassured that a natural birth was within my reach. She didn’t judge me for my breathing techniques and positive mindset. In fact she guided me and reassured me with tips on how to allow labour to take it’s course believing in myself and my body’s capability..
I am an impatient type and Carol kept encouraging me that every tightening was my baby coming, even if it was slowly!
Post birth I was delighted to have Carol as my midwife. I cried when she signed me off as I felt such a connection and help which I had never experienced in my previous pregnancies or postpartum days.
Having a soft spoken, experienced and caring midwife by my side meant the world to me as I fumbled my way through the early days of having three children in my care. For this I am forever thankful.
Such a blessing to have had Carol by my side.
I was anxious throughout this pregnancy following a high-risk pregnancy (hellp condition ) with my first child as you are well aware. I was also induced first time so not knowing what to expect giving birth this time added to the anxiety!
The relaxation and breathing techniques you taught me during the hypnosis sessions really helped me address my fear and helped through my labour. I can’t thank you enough and highly recommend you to anyone I know! I had requested an epidural on my birth plan however due to the circumstances it wasn’t to be… I am proud of myself as to how I was able to cope and stay relatively calm throughout labour and this is all down to you Carol! I find it hard to switch off but the relaxation was amazing during and after the treatment.Christine Graham
My name is Claire and this is my second baby, Alexander. I’d heard about hypnobirthing in my first pregnancy but if I’m honest I was a bit sceptical and never followed it up. The birth was traumatic and so when I became pregnant again I was determined to do all I could to have a normal labour and birth.
I’d been listening to a hypnobirth type CD for a few weeks by the time I had my first session with Carol. I found the CD relaxing, but having Carol in the same room just took it to another level! She really took her time before the session to talk to me and figure out what would work best for me which was perfect. It was in the morning and I had more energy all day than I’d had since before I was pregnant! It was amazing.
I had a few days of pre labour before Alexander was finally born and I know the hypnobirth techniques Carol taught me helped me to stay calm, focussed and relaxed at that time. I was even able to get two fairly good nights sleeps! The labour and birth couldn’t have been more different to my first. I planned to give birth at home (as I also had first time) and laboured there comfortably for around 8 hours, with no pain relief required beyond my hypnobirth breathing. Alexander was then found to be ‘back to back’ and so I transferred to hospital, where he arrived a very short time later. I would not have coped very well with this change of plan without the strategies I had already went through with Carol. She has such a lovely calm voice and this kept coming back to me!
The end of this pregnancy and Alexander’s birth were hugely positive experiences for me and I’d urge anyone keen to have the same to consider hypnobirthing with Carol.Claire McMinn