Hypnobirthing: Having an Empowering Birth

Hello! I’m Kiran - an antenatal and baby massage teacher and I’m very excited to be bringing my hypnobirthing classes to Southcote from April!

A bit about me before I tell you more about my classes…

- I have a PhD in social & child psychology

- I also work as a behavioural scientist in the civil service

- I love dogs! (but sadly, no, we don’t have one!)

- I have two small children who keep me very busy and very tired!

- I started my business during lockdown…

…What a strange time to start up a face-to-face business, right?! Ever since having my first baby in 2017, I’ve been obsessed with the power of women’s bodies to be able to grow, birth and nurture a brand new human! Over the past 4ish years I’ve had multiple friends, family members, friends of friends and almost strangers ask me for some sort of advice or support in relation to one of these things - usually cloth nappies (I love them!), breastfeeding, or parenting woes. So in May 2020, when I gave birth to our daughter during the first national lockdown, I found myself with nothing better to do other than support people online at all hours of the day. Being on maternity leave with nothing to do, nowhere to go, nobody to see and knowing that so many other parents were struggling with a lack of support was the moment that made me realise that supporting and empowering parents through birth work was my calling (cheesy, but true!).

First, I trained up as a baby massage instructor with the IAIM, and got my classes up and running just 2 months before returning to work full-time in the civil service - eek! I’d never run my own business before so I had a lot to learn and do, but it’s been incredible and Thursdays are my most favourite day of the week because I teach two classes in a row and I end the day tired, but full of love from watching parents lovingly interact with their babies.

I then trained as a breastfeeding peer supporter, because I was already supporting friends through breastfeeding, so I thought why not make it official?! But most recently, I have trained as a hypnobirthing teacher. After having a traumatic first birth, I ended up with severe birth trauma and anxiety during my second pregnancy and needed all the support I could get. We decided to invest in a hypnobirthing course and it was truly life-changing. It was healing, supportive and empowering, and it turned out to be a really lovely thing to do as a couple! I can truly say that without hypnobirthing, my 2nd birth would have ended up much the same way as my first. However, this time around, I was calm and in control throughout the labour (even when there were twists and turns along the way), my husband knew how to be a supportive birth partner and keep me in my zone and feeling powerful (instead of standing on the side feeling helpless like the time before), and I felt like superwoman (I’m even glowing like one in my post-birth pics)! Plus it really helped with my anxiety and I still use the tools today to help with my mental health and stress levels.

I want every woman to feel like superwoman after their birth and I know that it’s possible. It’s not all about natural, pain-free, drug-free births at all. It’s about removing the fear, uncertainty, anxiety and lack of control from birth and instead feeling calm (no matter what happens), supported, informed and empowered. Every birth can be a positive birth.

My course will cover all you need from your antenatal education

  • Birth physiology

  • Reasons for interventions such as induction and your options

  • How to stay comfortable during labour

  • Hypnobirthing techniques (it’s not just breathing!)

  • How and why to write a birth plan

  • The role of the birth partner (and how to be a good one)

  • 4th trimester prep

  • Plus, you’ll have my support right up until your birth and you’ll have met other parents-to-be who may just form part of your parenting tribe!

Bookings are now open for the following group courses at Southcote:

Sunday 12th, and 19th, Saturday 26th June, 9:30am-1:30pm

I also offer one-to-one sessions and bespoke courses tailored to your needs (e.g. caesarean births, refresher courses). If you’d like to find out more about my pregnancy relaxation classes, or baby massage classes, visit my website or get in touch via social media @kw.mother.nurture.

P.S. Towards the end of this year I’ll also be training up as a Doula (the dream job!) so watch this space!

I really look forward to hearing from you!

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