Frequently asked questions

Hypnobirthing

When should I start Hypnobirthing classes?


It is recommended to book your course to start when you are approximately 20 weeks pregnant as this will give you enough time to practice the relaxation techniques and absorb the information from the course in readiness for your labour and birth. However, we are able to support you no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, as long as you feel that you're ready.




Is Hypnobirthing only useful for those planning a natural birth?


The techniques taught in the course are suitable for all types of birth; whether it be natural or caesarean or whether it be at home, birth centre or labour ward. Hypnobirthing will help you to feel in control of the situations you face and decisions you're making during pregnancy and childbirth, regardless of the setting and method of birth.




Does my birth partner need to attend the course?


Your birth partner plays a key role in your preparation for birth and during labour and it is therefore important that they attend the classes if they're able to. However, if they're not able to attend, the Hypnobirthing course can still make a huge difference for you and your birth. Please get in touch to see how we can work around your specific situation.




What is KGHypnobirthing?


KGHypnobirthing is a complete antenatal education programme that supports you and your birth partner to explore, empower and discover how calm, confident and positive your baby’s birth can be. I have personally been trained by Katharine Graves, the founder of KGHypnobirthing, to deliver a course that has been created in response to what mothers, their partners and babies need and developed over time to maximise its effectives. The course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. For more information, click here




What is Hypnobirthing and how does it work?


Hypnobirthing is a preparation technique that aims to give pregnant women a positive view of birth and instil the belief that childbirth does not have to be painful. The aim is a shorter, more comfortable, easier labour, with less need for intervention or pain relief. The idea behind hypnobirthing is that pain in labour is a fear response and that it can be avoided by learning the right techniques. Women's experience of pain can vary in intensity but fear, tension and anxiety can worsen it and hypnobirthing teaches how to control these factors. Hypnobirthing can have a different impact on different people in different ways. I see it as the perfect combination of small things that can make a big difference for your pregnancy, labour and birth.





Sleep Support

Why do I need a sleep consultant?


The truth is, you don't. All of the methods I use in my sleep plans can be found somewhere on the internet. However, what you don't get from trawling through endless online forums is the huge level of dedicated support offered through the various sleep support packages. I am here to take the guesswork out of the process and give you confidence that you are training your child to sleep in the most optimum environment and working towards the best routine possible. Sleep consultants are a bit like detectives; we look at all of the finer details surrounding your child's routine and come up with a solution that will suit your child and your family. My job is to help you to teach your little one to go back to sleep easily upon waking so that they can reach that all important duration and level of deep sleep.




How does the sleep support process work?


The process begins with a free 15 minute discovery call which will allow me to learn more about your family, the sleep issues you are facing, and the transformation you are looking to achieve. This could simply be sleeping through the night, but also includes things like having a date night, going out for an evening with your friends and also being able to share the load of parenthood more equally with your partner. If we decide to work together following the initial call, I will then ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire which will give me all of the information I need to create a bespoke sleep plan tailored to you and your family. Upon completion of the questionnaire, we'll then have a 60-90 minute consultation to discuss the sleep plan, walkthrough the "do's and don'ts" and answer your all important questions. Once you feel ready to get started, you will implement the sleep plan with my ongoing support. As a minimum, we will be debriefing 3 times a week during a two week consultation period. This will allow us to track progress and make adjustments to the sleep plan as necessary.




How long will the process take?


The main support package covers a two week period, which gives us enough time to iron out any issues that may arise along the way. During this period, we will see a dramatic improvement in night sleep. Naps can be a little bit trickier and can take longer. If we haven't quite cracked the nap routine over the initial two week consultation period, I will help provide you with an "emerging" sleep routine which should come together over the subsequent few weeks. Consistency is key and sticking to the plan will have the best outcome for you and your family.




What is sleep training?


Sleep training is the process of teaching your child to fall asleep, and stay asleep, by themselves. Night waking is completely normal for both children and adults. As adults, we have the ability to go back to sleep easily when we wake at night. However, babies and children can often struggle with this skill and can wake up at the end of a sleep cycle (does 45 mins seem familiar?) Sleep training methods can vary hugely and the number one question I get asked is... will my child be left to cry it out alone for extended periods of time? The simple answer to this is absolutely not. My sleep training plans always involve a level of support from the parents during the process, which can vary depending on the choices made by the family and the situation they are faced with. Our aim is to achieve the best possible sleep for your child, whilst supporting them as much as possible through the process.




What are the benefits of deep sleep to my child?


Anyone who has been around an overtired child knows that sleep can massively benefit their general mood and enjoyment of their daily activities. Adults who experience sleep deprivation often report symptoms such as poor memory, slurred speech and even binge eating. When we sleep, much of our physiological activity slows down; for example, cardiovascular activity, body temperature and breathing. However, some very important physiological activity actually increases as we sleep, such as cell repair and digestion. The most important increased physiological activity, especially in babies, is immune system recharge and growth. Sleep is actually very important to the overall health of both children and adults. Prior to sleep training my daughter, we found that she was consistently dropping down in the weight percentiles every few weeks. As soon as we helped her with sleep, she was feeding much more effectively and efficiently, which resulted in her healthily climbing back up that percentile chart.





Breastfeeding Support

When will breastfeeding support be available?


I am hoping to launch this service by the end of 2021





General

What qualifications do you have?


Professionally, I am a qualified chartered accountant and have worked in Financial Services for over 10 years. Having held various managerial positons throughout this time, I have taken great pride in coaching and supporting the development of my teams. Becoming a mother really changed my outlook on my career and I realised that not only did I want to mentor professionally, I wanted to support parents through one of the biggest transitions of their lives.

During my second maternity leave and the COVID-19 pandemic, I focussed my efforts on qualifying as a KGHypnobirthing Teacher and completed the Baby Sleep the Night Foundation training course. I am extremely proud of my achievements and I am thoroughly enjoying the positive impact I can have on parents and families through this work.




What payment methods do you accept?


I currently accept payments by bank transfer or PayPal. Payment plans can be set up on a case by case basis, please contact me for further information.