Keri Lincoln - Birmingham Hypnobirthing Teacher
I always wanted to be ‘Mum’! I grew up surrounded by babies and children as my Mum was an amazing childminder, I taught dance to toddlers, I worked as a nursery nurse and then I qualified as a yoga teacher with the idea of teaching children’s yoga eventually (maybe one day I will!)
However I focused on what yoga was doing for me, it gave me confidence that I had lost, it made me a happier and more positive person at a time when negativity and anxiety was starting to take over, it empowered me. I wanted to share this with everyone I thought would need it so I also trained in Pregnancy Yoga. Since 2013 I have loved teaching safe, strong and empowering classes. Providing women with not only a strong body to take on labour but a strong and positive mind too.
When I found out I was pregnant (strangely in a monkey forest in Bali whilst on another yoga teacher training but that’s a whole other story!...) I was beyond thrilled. I knew my yoga practice would provide me with a body prepared for labour. However, although I’m a pretty positive person - I had this fear of hospitals and I knew this would not help me achieve the labour experience that I imagined.
I knew I wanted to do hypnobirthing and persuaded my husband (who at the time, in his words, thought it would be a whole load of ‘mumbo jumbo’) to attend a course locally with me.
Well we both walked out of that first class completely amazed!!! It was all about the female body and how women’s bodies are designed to give birth... in my husbands words ‘well your uterus is incredible isn’t it?!’ He was sold. At the end of the course we both agreed that it was invaluable and we both believed that everybody should have access to this incredible source of information.
It wasn’t just me that left feeling empowered and ready for anything - it provided my husband with all the information he needed to know. It made him a massive and very important part of labour itself - and so he should be! Birth partners leave feeling just as informed, ready and empowered as the women giving birth.
Empowered; I feel like I’m over using this word but in my opinion it’s the perfect word to describe how hypnobirthing can leave you feeling.
I think I’ve always been a seeker of things that leave you feeling strong and positive. After finishing that course and still very pregnant, I decided to sign up and complete teacher training with Katherine Graves.
As we got closer to the birth I used The Positive Birth Company Digital Pack as a refresher - recapping, learning about our choices, watching and reading all different kinds of births taught me to stay positive no matter what - I was even ready and feeling excited about stepping into a hospital if I needed to. Yes it got me over the hospital fear too!!
Just so you know I had a strong, empowering and positive birth - it veered away slightly from my ‘dream, dream’ situation (I had made lots of ‘dream’ situations up in my head); I stayed positive throughout and I have never felt so powerful! I loved every second - so much so my husband is worried...
I can’t wait to share all that I learnt with you - I can’t wait to share the power of knowledge and I really can’t wait to share the power of positivity!!
Big love x