Pregnancy

Our Services

We offer a wide range of midwife-led services, so you can choose the right support for your needs.

Mindful Birth Course

Everyone can benefit from taking a Mindful Birth course.......

Including birth partners! First time, second time, third fourth time parents, pregnant after loss, solo, LGBTQ+ parents, planned c-section abdominal birth, planned home or hospital birth… literally anyone.We are proud to say that our course materials are fully inclusive of all paths to parenthood and backgrounds. 

Mindfulness

Take time to learn self care

Hypnosis

Feel a sense of calm and control

Infant feeding

Find feeding support from birth to 6 months old

Find out more detailed information about each service below.

 
Pregnant Woman and Partner

Antenatal Classes

Individually tailored to you:

  • The course is usually split over 4 x 2 hour session OR 1 x 6 hour session (normally one Sunday a month) 

  • This is an interactive, practical course, where we discuss all things relevant to you and your needs

  • The ideal time I recommend to begin the course is from 26-34 weeks (However if you want to join earlier or later that is ok too!) 

There’s lots Included:

  • A Mindful Birth Group® course companion Workbook

  • 6 Mindful Birth Group® MP3 audios to download

  • Access to the exclusive monthly ‘Postnatal Preparation’ live Zoom sessions to prepare you for the practical and emotional side of your recovery

  • Access to the antenatal baby-prep videos on baby feeding & baby sleep to prepare you for the newborn day

  • Mindful Beginnings Goody Bag! Full of lots of treats for mum to be!

  • Affirmation Cards

  • Unlimited Ongoing support via phone call, text or WhatsApp all the way up until you give birth! Things may change during pregnancy, so I always get great feedback about this feature of support!

 

Course Content:

  • The mind-body connection and how your brain impacts your birth (yes really!)

  • Understand why you may have deep rooted fears about birth and how to overcome them - the power of mindset

  • What’s in your control and how to let go of what isn’t

  • Physiology of birth - the science behind how your uterus works to birth your baby and the hormones that facilitate this process

  • What happens during birth - stages of labour

  • Foolproofing your environment

  • Breathing and deep relaxation techniques to keep you calm and focused

  • Birth Place options

  • Pain relief options non medicalised and medicalised

  • Optimal Positioning and how baby moves through the pelvis (biomechanics)

  • How to make confident, informed decisions that are right for you and your baby even with unexpected turns

  • Language and birth

  • The Induction process

  • Caesarean birth

  • How your birth partner can feel confident and supportive

  • How to write your birth preferences

  • The importance of the postnatal period and recovery

Prices £250 for group course £300 for individual course

Couple Expecting Baby

Abdominal Birth Course

Specifically for those having a planned/elective 'c-section' aka caesarean birth. 

All my courses cover abdominal births, however if you are having a planned abdominal birth this course is for you! This course is normally a one day 6 hour session (often one Sunday a month) but can be split over 2 or three session if wanted. 

People often don't associate hypnobirthing with abdominal births however hypnobirthing is the key to a calm, mindful and positive abdominal birth. What you need to know above everything, is that hypnobirthing is just as useful & effective for an abdominal birth as it is for a vaginal birth.​

What will you learn?

  • What happens during a planned abdominal birth

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  • Specific breathing technique to help you to relax during pregnancy and the birth (and beyond!)

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  • Visualisation techniques to help you to relax throughout the process

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  • Controlling the controllables- what is in your control and when you need to trust the process

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  • A very gentle and highly effective massage technique which will stimulate the production of the body’s natural pain relieving hormones- still very important for planned abdominal births

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  • What happens in spontaneous labour – just in case!

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  • How to write your birth preferences & share them with your medical care providers

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  • Your birth partners important role and how they can support you throughout the birth

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  • Recovering from an abdominal birth – practical and emotional things to prepare and think about

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What's included?

  • A Mindful Beginnings goody bag full of lots of lovely surprises for the mum  to be. 

  • A Mindful Birth Group® course workbook

  • 6 Mindful Birth Group® MP3 hypnosis audios to download

  • Relaxation anchors

  • Pack of affirmation cards

  • Lots of birth support materials such as birth preferences sheet, bag checklists, birth partner checklist & more

  • Access to The Mindful Birth Group® monthly live 'Postnatal preparation' zoom sessions​​

  • ​Telephone, whatsapp and email support from me from time of booking until the birth of your baby.

Prices £250 for group course £300 for individual course

Breathing Meditation

Mindfulness

Self Care

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to the present moment and being aware of any thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise, without judging them or trying to change them. This type of moment-to-moment awareness can counteract our tendency to live life on autopilot. Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more, help understand ourselves better and help our brains to think about things differently.

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness during pregnancy can help to… 

Reduce the fear of labour, decrease the use of pain relief, lower the risk of prenatal & post-natal depression and promote a strong bond with baby. 


Being able to relax rather than tense up during a contraction helps your body manage labour better. Many antenatal classes cover relaxation and breathing techniques, and it’s good to find out about these whatever you decide to do when you go into labour.

Mindfulness is low cost, low-risk, and easy to learn. 

Getting help and support for anxiety can help reduce physical and psychological symptoms, and provide you with coping methods to help manage your feelings so they no longer feel overwhelming.


Mindfulness can help you to use the skills and techniques needed to feel less anxious and more prepared. 

By learning mindfulness skills as part of the childbirth education, expectant mothers can reappraise the upcoming birth as something they are empowered by and ready to handle.

Mindful sessions are £35 each, or £100 for three sessions.


Interested in finding out more? Contact us below. 

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Hypnosis

Clinical Hypnosis in pregnancy

Clinical hypnosis is becoming increasingly popular in helping women to feel a sense of calm and control in preparing for a more comfortable and positive childbirth experience.

Self-hypnosis, visualisation and deep relaxation techniques can empower you, helping you to prepare mentally and physically for your experience. This provides you with a positive expectation and a belief in the natural ability of your body and mind, to birth your baby and cope with the experience well.

Practising self-hypnosis, visualisation, relaxation and breathing techniques can support you in nurturing and caring for yourself and your baby, and in focusing on your desired outcome.

We can also offer clinical hypnosis for:

  • Stopping Smoking

  • Needle phobia

  • Fear of childbirth

Price varies depending on individual needs. Please get in touch with me to discover how you could get the most out of hypnosis.

Interested in finding out more? Contact us below.

Newborn

Gemma's Mindful Infant feeding

For all your feeding needs, from birth to 6 months old

  • Feeding Workshop - 2 Hours, £60 per couple (max 6 couples per workshop). Covers infant feeding methods, advice, guidance and support.


  • A home visit (for 1 hour, up to a 25 mile radius of Desborough), and 2 follow up telephone calls, £40.


  • Hourly rate of £35, up to a 25 mile radius of Desborough.

If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch.