hypnobirthing with us

let us prepare you, your partner and your baby for the best possible birth for you - informed, empowered, confident

Huge congratulations on your pregnancy! Late 2012 I was in your shoes (if your shoes are hideously practical flats because heels just aren’t worth it any more). Pregnant, and freaking out because no one, literally NO ONE I knew, had anything positive to say about giving birth. Except that at the end of it I would have a lovely bundle of cute, and it (the pain, the loss of control, the undignified nudity and terrifying vulnerability) would all be forgotten. Great.

So I prayed to a God that I don’t believe in, and googled furiously until “Hypnobirthing” popped up, and I was intrigued. Not totally convinced, but it held more appeal than an epidural. It was worth a go.

You can read the full story of my experience here Welcoming Louis (Eggle, Loubags, Bagsy, Louis Pig, Piglet) and the tale of number 2’s arrival here Welcoming Rory, 8lb 11oz but it’s safe to say that it put me firmly back in control, and there was no going back- I was, and still am, hooked.

I cannot comprehend how anyone gives birth without it. My mission is to minimise this occurrence, and to empower as many women (and their usually sceptical partners) as I can reach.

despite what you've heard about hypnobirthing...

WE WILL NOT promise you a pain free, euphoric, orgasmic, cinematic, yet entirely silent birth. We won’t tell you to rule out any other resources (euphemism alert: I’m talking DRUGS). We will leave you feeling like you probably won’t need them. Most of our clients don’t. But whatever you do is up to you. Birth can be unpredictable, and a healthy dose of good luck is part of the cocktail of anyone’s dream birth.

WE WILL provide you with the tools and support to birth like the woman you are.

To make choices you are happy with. To be treated like the boss, rather than a bewildered, vulnerable wreck needing to be rescued. To understand how your body works, how your mind gets in on the act, and how YOU CAN create the optimal conditions for a comfortable, efficient labour. To make it a team effort (don’t laugh, seriously). To stack the odds in your favour.

We’ll invite you to join an online community of local super mamas, and monthly meets to stay connected and continue to support you into motherhood- #ittakesavillage after all.

SO. It all sounds very desirable (hopefully or else I've not done my job very well).

But what does it actually involve? What do you get for your precious time and hard earned money?

Here’s hypnobirthing in a nutshell (or rather, here’s hypnobirthing with us…)

Education

-How our attitudes towards birth have evolved through history

-How the body works in labour- physically, and more importantly, hormonally

-How your state of mind impacts on the process

-The optimal environment for a comfortable birth

-How to make choices about intervention that you can be satisfied with

-How to prepare your mind, your body, and your baby

Toolbox

-3 simple, effective breathing techniques to support a calm and comfortable labour

-spine-tinglingly good massage technique for your partner to apply to increase endorphins (your home brewed pain relief)

-relaxation techniques to quickly access (with practice) this optimal state for labour

-fear release technique to allow your existing concerns to be overcome

-birth plan support- what choices you have, what to consider, how to communicate it

Inspiration

-You’ll see some lovely births. Gorgeous ones. Some quiet, some loud. Some home, some hospital. In and out of water. Normal couples, like you, applying what they’ve learnt and rocking an empowered experience.

-We’ll tell you some stories from our own alumni too- not all go to plan, but they share a common assertion that hypnobirthing saw them through.

And some more…

Since training to teach in 2013, I have been gobbling up information, evidence based research, experiences and ideas about labour and birth, and the course is getting fuller and fuller as I can’t resist looking to share with you a bit of everything I know. More recently, as Chloe has joined me, the course benefits from her midwifery knowledge and experience too.

I’ve also got an excellent network of local providers on speed dial, all of them hugely invested in supporting growing families. If I can’t help you with something, I know someone amazing who can. These heroes run little sessions for us when demand is there, or pop along to cake clubs to share their wisdom to support you.

We are growing our network in Upminster- if you run a great service or offer fantastic treatments that would benefit the families we work with, get in touch with Chloe (chloe@doitlikeamother.co.uk).

We want you to have it all-access to as much information and support as you could wish for. We want you to look back and know this is the best choice you made. #goals

Sound like a plan?

Have a look around the site to learn more about how we can support you, and to read experiences generously shared by some of the families we’ve worked with. Any Qs, just ask. (email keri@doitlikeamother.co.uk for Southend queries, or chloe@doitlikeamother.co.uk for Upminster queries)

To check out dates and book your space, head over to the Courses page.


What we’re talking about on Instagram
  • This is EXCITING. Our clients will now receive 15% off @ettaloves ✨ And have you ever seen such a gorgeous muslin? They support babies’ sensory development and they feel SO GOOD.
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I’ll be doing a Facebook live soon with Jen to learn about how these creations came to be ❤️💕
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Terms- collection from @do.it.like.a.mother_hq or Jen @ettaloves (central Leigh On Sea).
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Clients- DM me for how to access discount. .
We love to give you added value gals, tell us what else would make your day and I’ll call it in. .
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #ettaloves #muslingame #sensorydevelopment #babylove #newborn #fourthtrimester #babyshower #bumpgift #bumpdate #hypnobirthing #community #supportsmall #shopindependent #collaborate #leighonsea #chalkwell #southend #essex
  • Yesterday I saw my husband, and hundreds of others- young, old, fit as a fiddle, terminally ill, optimally kitted out and in fancy dress- run a marathon.
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I stood cheering my head off, enchanted by the achievement despite being weighed down by an enormous toddler in the pouring rain. The inspiration was thick in the air, and the rain couldn’t wash that magic away.
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This morning, my lovely friend Gemma @theseashack called me out when I told her, “I couldn’t even run a mile”. More than that, she told me even though she’s run 6 miles up to now, she knows she COULD take on the big M. .
She owned her potential, claimed her power, and stopped me in my limiting tracks like ✨❤️💫🙌🏻🤩👏🏻 because who are we to say what we could not do before we’ve tried? To deny the possibilities available to us, and box ourselves into our existing experience is a waste of our potential- a trap that I wouldn’t fall into for my biz, and yet there I was re my physical capacity.
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It’s ok if I never run a marathon- it’s ok if I never even try, because it’s not important to me, and it may not be to you. But what IS important to you?
In what ways would it serve you to challenge your beliefs about what’s possible for you? Where do you wish you could dare to dream? .
An empowered birth, a positive experience of mothering, a thriving business that reflects your purpose, fulfilling friendships, free use of your voice... whatever it is, notice that it starts with you believing it’s available to you. Until then, you could never do that. You’ve simply got to change your mind to begin... 💕💪🏻💫
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #theseashack #mindsetiseverything #mindsetofgreatness #womeninlens #womeninbizz #womeninbusinessrock #womeninspirewomen #motheringlikeaboss #mothering #possibilitiesareendless #infinitepossibilities #thinkbetter #thinkgreater #positivebirth #birthpositive #birthbetter #bettterbirth #yesyoucan #friendship_goals #gratitudeattitude
  • This is me having a good think. Love a good think. Sometimes, despite all the energy I devote to my personal growth, I find myself fricking weary.
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Weary of the resistance to change, or acknowledgement, weary of the ego driven responses to the big problems, and the resulting power struggles, weary in the face of the scale of the work to be done and the apathy surrounding the issues.
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Then I remember- I’m not alone. I love to think about how I can change the world for my kids and everyone else’s, it’s incredibly motivating, although sometimes it can feel SUCH a responsibility. 
It’s such a relief to connect with souls who see things the important things the way you do, and who are speaking UP. .
So if you’re feeling the weight of all you know, look around. Who can you be shoulder to shoulder with? Your purpose (and mine) is to make a contribution- you don’t have to do it all. .
Feeling solidarity with @chloe_do.it.like.a.mother @birthbetter @positivelybirthing @intheclubmidwifery @lionheart_hypnobirthing @tellmeagoodbirthstory @motheringmattersuk @embracebirth_ 
this week ✨
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Thanks you beauties for inspiring me to keep speaking the truth💪🏻💫
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📷 @photography_by_petra .
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  • Language matters in ALL areas of our lives, but when it comes to birth, when we are feeling vulnerable and primal, the effects can last a lifetime. .
It’s not unusual for second time Mums to share with me something that was said to them first time round that either lifted them or wounded them.
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I’m so on board with this #everywordcounts campaign from @birthbetter 👌🏻✨
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Head over to their feed and join in with the campaign and make birth better. Reinforce the value of the brilliant words you’ve heard, share what you wish they’d never said. .
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #makebirthbetter #birthbetter #betterbirth #birthrights #positivebirth #birthpositive #feminism #tellmeagoodbirthstory
  • "I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world,” — Malala Yousefzai
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#internationaldayofthegirl2018 #internationaldayofthegirl #internationaldayofthegirlchild .
#feminist #feminism #girltalk #thegirltalk #malalayousafzai #malala #equality #education #empowerment #connection #raiseyourvoice #useyourvoice #useyourvoiceforgood #womeninspirewomen #mindsetofgreatness #strongertogether #mothering
  • It’s crazy how limited we can be by our conditioning. We find ourselves with a passion, and we assume the only ways to channel that energy are the ways everyone else is doing it. .
How freeing to realise that there are literally no rules. It’s been a privilege to see that realisation unfolding in someone I hugely admire this week.
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Seeing her notice that the status quo is not working FOR HER, seeing that her impact could be exponentially bigger if she let go of “normal ways of doing things” and going for it.
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Gals you can do whatever you like. It’s your life- no one is coming to rescue you.
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #doitfortheprocess #purposedrivenlife #purposedriven #womeninspirewomen #mindsetiseverything #mindsetofgreatness #speakup #speakyourtruth #liveyourtruth #alignment #beyourbiggestfan #beyourbestself #doityourway #womeninframe #womeninbizz
  • One minute you have no plans for the New Moon. Next thing you know you’re gonna be having dinner with @chloe_do.it.like.a.mother ready to receive inspiration for your future endeavours ✨❤️ ta universe. .
Check out Chloe’s livestream in our community group (link in bio) delivering today’s FREE MINI ANTENATAL CLASS with Sarah from @escanutrition 👌🏻 mega midwife + fab dietitian = great content on nutrition in pregnancy. .
What you up to tomorrow eve all? Whatever it is, set those intentions under that moon 💫
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📷 @photography_by_petra .
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #womeninspirewomen #mindsetiseverything #mindsetofgreatness #values #midwifelife #leighonsea #upminster #essex
  • I cannot get enough of @mariannewilliamson right now. This little snippet is giving me all the feels.
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I’m not thinking of mistakes like forgetting to buy avocados 🥑🤦🏻‍♀️ (devastating as this is).
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I mean when we act or speak in ways that don’t align with our values. We may feel shame, we may hate ourselves a bit, and that just keeps us from getting back on course.
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Allow yourself to mis-step in the way you would give your child permission to learn along the way. “That didn’t feel good, let’s choose another action next time”. These huge opportunity for growth in our moments of uggghhh 😔😳 choose to embrace the lesson and get back to who you really are- a fricking gorgeous expression of perfectly imperfect creation. .
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #doitfortheprocess #womeninspirewomen #mindsetofgreatness #mindsetiseverything #values #alignment #rememberwhoyouare #mindsetiseverything #mindsetcoach #womeninbusinessrock #purposedrivenlife #purposefulliving #learnandgrow #winorlearn
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