May Langan - Brighton Hypnobirthing Teacher  Growing up as the third eldest of eleven children, the magic of pregnancy, birth and the early days of childhood has always fascinated me. From a very young age I was curious about birth and I have fond memories of supporting my mother during early labour at home and asking for the full birth story afterwards on her bed while she breastfed. My passion for babies and anything related began there.  My degree in Social Anthropology taught me a lot (as you might hope from a degree!) about the impact the diverse cultures and communities families operate within has on their experiences and behaviour. I wrote my dissertation on the medicalisation of childbirth, which studied and compared hospital and home birth in India, the UK and America.  Since then I have given birth to my own four lovely children. I am a registered hypnobirthing teacher having been trained by Katharine Graves to obtain my RCM accredited Hypnobirthing Diploma. I have also received a LEAARC approved Breastfeeding Specialist Diploma and I support new mothers with feeding on the postnatal ward at Brighton Hospital. Spending time with mothers in the hours following their births has helped me understand the huge impact a positive birth can have not only during labour itself, but on the whole journey ahead.  Each of my pregnancies has come with its own complication, from pre-eclampsia to major placenta praevia, from obstetric cholestasis to gestational diabetes. The midwife at my last birth described my obstetric history as ‘colourful’. Hypnobirthing teaches the importance of language and this midwife’s choice of wording was such a refreshing change from the high risk and medical terms I had previously been labelled with.  My first birth was induced and my second was a planned c-section. I had heard of hypnobirthing but made the (wrong) assumption it was just for people planning an unmedicalised birth. That’s a shame because I know now what difference it could have made. It wasn’t until my third pregnancy where I was keen to give myself the best chance of a VBAC that I felt hypnobirthing was worth a try. Goodness, am I glad I did. Not only did I feel in control and calm during labour, it gave me the tools to navigate the twists and turns in my pregnancy I could have otherwise panicked over. It also helped me keep my cool during a lengthy induction with my fourth birth, also a VBAC.  Following my experience I feel passionate about sharing hypnobirthing with other parents, whatever their plans or however colourful their pregnancy or journey there has been. Because it doesn’t matter if you give birth at your kitchen table or on an operating table, if you have support from a doula or a doctor, you CAN have a positive birth and hypnobirthing always makes a positive impact.

May Langan - Brighton Hypnobirthing Teacher

Growing up as the third eldest of eleven children, the magic of pregnancy, birth and the early days of childhood has always fascinated me. From a very young age I was curious about birth and I have fond memories of supporting my mother during early labour at home and asking for the full birth story afterwards on her bed while she breastfed. My passion for babies and anything related began there.

My degree in Social Anthropology taught me a lot (as you might hope from a degree!) about the impact the diverse cultures and communities families operate within has on their experiences and behaviour. I wrote my dissertation on the medicalisation of childbirth, which studied and compared hospital and home birth in India, the UK and America.

Since then I have given birth to my own four lovely children. I am a registered hypnobirthing teacher having been trained by Katharine Graves to obtain my RCM accredited Hypnobirthing Diploma. I have also received a LEAARC approved Breastfeeding Specialist Diploma and I support new mothers with feeding on the postnatal ward at Brighton Hospital. Spending time with mothers in the hours following their births has helped me understand the huge impact a positive birth can have not only during labour itself, but on the whole journey ahead.

Each of my pregnancies has come with its own complication, from pre-eclampsia to major placenta praevia, from obstetric cholestasis to gestational diabetes. The midwife at my last birth described my obstetric history as ‘colourful’. Hypnobirthing teaches the importance of language and this midwife’s choice of wording was such a refreshing change from the high risk and medical terms I had previously been labelled with.

My first birth was induced and my second was a planned c-section. I had heard of hypnobirthing but made the (wrong) assumption it was just for people planning an unmedicalised birth. That’s a shame because I know now what difference it could have made. It wasn’t until my third pregnancy where I was keen to give myself the best chance of a VBAC that I felt hypnobirthing was worth a try. Goodness, am I glad I did. Not only did I feel in control and calm during labour, it gave me the tools to navigate the twists and turns in my pregnancy I could have otherwise panicked over. It also helped me keep my cool during a lengthy induction with my fourth birth, also a VBAC.

Following my experience I feel passionate about sharing hypnobirthing with other parents, whatever their plans or however colourful their pregnancy or journey there has been. Because it doesn’t matter if you give birth at your kitchen table or on an operating table, if you have support from a doula or a doctor, you CAN have a positive birth and hypnobirthing always makes a positive impact.

 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

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

 CHLOE MURTON - COURSE COORDINATOR & SPECIAL PROJECTS  I'm Chloe and I'm mainly in charge of coordinating all of our group hypnobirthing classes, which take place across the UK, and ensuring everything runs smoothly. I also work alongside Siobhan on all of the new projects, helping bringing the ideas to life. I also do various other bits such as organise the giveaways that run on our social media channels and update the blog with all of the wonderful positive birth stories that we receive.  I've got a toddler called Sadie who likes to keep me on my toes and I’m currently pregnant with my second baby! My husband and I did the hypnobirthing course with Siobhan when pregnant with Sadie, having heard only good things about it. I had the most wonderful birth and Sadie was born in the birth pool at my local birth centre. I am a BIG believer in the power of hypnobirthing! I always remember how people expected me to be very anxious as a first time mum but I honestly felt so calm and relaxed in my pregnancy and I put that down to what I learnt on the course.  We live just outside of London but I'm dreaming of a life by the sea. I'm all about eating the best food and dreaming of gin (drinking it when not pregnant! Ha!).

CHLOE MURTON - COURSE COORDINATOR & SPECIAL PROJECTS

I'm Chloe and I'm mainly in charge of coordinating all of our group hypnobirthing classes, which take place across the UK, and ensuring everything runs smoothly. I also work alongside Siobhan on all of the new projects, helping bringing the ideas to life. I also do various other bits such as organise the giveaways that run on our social media channels and update the blog with all of the wonderful positive birth stories that we receive.

I've got a toddler called Sadie who likes to keep me on my toes and I’m currently pregnant with my second baby! My husband and I did the hypnobirthing course with Siobhan when pregnant with Sadie, having heard only good things about it. I had the most wonderful birth and Sadie was born in the birth pool at my local birth centre. I am a BIG believer in the power of hypnobirthing! I always remember how people expected me to be very anxious as a first time mum but I honestly felt so calm and relaxed in my pregnancy and I put that down to what I learnt on the course.

We live just outside of London but I'm dreaming of a life by the sea. I'm all about eating the best food and dreaming of gin (drinking it when not pregnant! Ha!).

 
 Rachel Penn - London Hypnobirthing Teacher  I'm Rachel and my Hypnobirthing journey began in 2015. I was deeply cynical when I initially heard the term ‘Hypnobirthing’ but I figured I had nothing to lose. After 3 lessons I became a total convert so much so that I decided to train as a Hypnobirthing Teacher.   What I learned was entirely based on logic and evidence. The simplicity and the common sensical biology converted my husband and the calming relaxation along with the pragmatic advice turned me. That was it. We became positively evangelical about it. "WHY ISN'T EVERYONE DOING THIS?" we cried. Yes, we were THAT couple. I fervently believe that everyone should have access to a course and that is why I trained.  I have practiced Hypnobirthing when birthing both my children and I can honestly say I have the fondest memories of both labours. I have never felt so empowered and I put this down to Hypnobirthing. I really believe in it’s power, I have seen and experienced it’s benefits and I think every pregnant woman should have access to it. It shouldn’t be exclusive.   I studied at The University of Sussex and Goldsmiths, University of London. I am a fully qualified teacher specialising in Literature and Theatre. I am also a registered Hypnobirthing Practitioner having trained with Katharine Graves and completed the Hypnobirthing Teacher Training Course, which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).   I am so excited to be part of the The Positive Birth Company team!

Rachel Penn - London Hypnobirthing Teacher

I'm Rachel and my Hypnobirthing journey began in 2015. I was deeply cynical when I initially heard the term ‘Hypnobirthing’ but I figured I had nothing to lose. After 3 lessons I became a total convert so much so that I decided to train as a Hypnobirthing Teacher.

What I learned was entirely based on logic and evidence. The simplicity and the common sensical biology converted my husband and the calming relaxation along with the pragmatic advice turned me. That was it. We became positively evangelical about it. "WHY ISN'T EVERYONE DOING THIS?" we cried. Yes, we were THAT couple. I fervently believe that everyone should have access to a course and that is why I trained.

I have practiced Hypnobirthing when birthing both my children and I can honestly say I have the fondest memories of both labours. I have never felt so empowered and I put this down to Hypnobirthing. I really believe in it’s power, I have seen and experienced it’s benefits and I think every pregnant woman should have access to it. It shouldn’t be exclusive.

I studied at The University of Sussex and Goldsmiths, University of London. I am a fully qualified teacher specialising in Literature and Theatre. I am also a registered Hypnobirthing Practitioner having trained with Katharine Graves and completed the Hypnobirthing Teacher Training Course, which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

I am so excited to be part of the The Positive Birth Company team!