The Story Behind Bare Birthing
After discovering hypnobirthing during my first pregnancy, everything I thought I knew about birth was turned on its head. I immersed myself in the idea of positive birth and as a result had a truly wonderful experience bringing my daughter into the world. It made me realise, if only more people had access to the knowledge and confidence that I found on my journey, then so many more people could have birth experiences that they look back on with immense joy and pride.
I turned to my new network of amazing parent friends to see what they felt was lacking from their antenatal and postnatal support. I discovered how so many liked the idea of hypnobirthing, and did courses during pregnancy, but that they felt like they had 'failed' if their dream hypnobirth didn't become a reality. Like if they hadn't managed to 'breathe their baby out', if they ended up having intervention or a highly medicalised birth, that they hadn't "done it right".
I realised this was a flaw with a lot of the hypnobirthing information that is available out there - birthing people need to be prepared for their birth to be positive and empowering, however it ends up happening. Sure, that could be in a birth pool in your front room, but it could also be on the labour ward, in the MLU or a planned caesarean - it shouldn't matter. It is being informed, prepared, empowered, calm and confident that means your birth will be a positive one, not where or how it takes place. This is something I feel incredibly passionate about, and my mission is to provide as many birthing people as possible with the confidence they need to take control of their birth experience and make it a positive one.
I trained with the Calm Birth School, and am a certified Calm Birth School Instructor. I hope to complete doula training in the next year, as well as breastfeeding peer support training.
The word may conjure up images of nakedness... and that’s ok! We come into this world unclothed, and in birth we tend to lose all inhibitions that make us worried about our nakedness.
However I chose to call the business ‘Bare Birthing’ because I want to strip away all your preconceived ideas about birth. I want to lay bare the reality of the experience (in a good way!) and help you realise that you can do this. That your birth can be calm and positive, however and wherever your babies make their arrival.
It also nicely represents three of the main outcomes that I want you to achieve through taking my courses.