Hypnobirthing West Sussex - Teachers' Directory
I am Steff McQueen, a mum, KG hypnobirthing practioner and currently training to be a midwife at the University of Surrey! I developed an interest in hypnobirthing in 2010 after the birth of my daughter, Evie. I didn't know anything about hypnobirthing at the time, however had a wonderful midwife who enabled me to believe in my body and my mind during birth and I have never felt so confident in myself (something I was not expecting at that moment in time!)
I am extremely passionate about reducing the negativity and fear surrounding birth and about educating women of their choices, empowering them during pregnancy and birth.
It would be a pleasure to teach you during your journey.
I worked for 4 years in a Buddhist meditation and yoga centre where concentrating on your breath and relaxing your mind and body were the focus of every day. I also trained and worked as a counsellor for several years.
For the last 8 years I has worked in local Children & Family Centres working with families. I became a mother in 1992 and again in 2015....so only a slight age gap! Having heard about hypnobirthing, it seemed ideal. We had been running the fertility treatment marathon for 8 years with all it’s steep hills and u-turns when I finally became and stayed pregnant. I had huge anxiety and panic about ‘everything being ok’ and relaxing felt impossible. Gradually the ‘up’ breathing and scripts helped me loosen up and feel more calm.
I have the three best jobs in the world. Wife, Mummy and KG Hypnobirthing instructor (in no particular order!). Each of my jobs has it's own unique set of challenges and I couldn't love any of them more.
Having had cancer at 18 I have spent a LOT of time in hospitals and as you can imagine a lot of those experiences have been less than pleasant and left me feeling helpless. (Let me assure you, I am FAR FAR from helpless!) When I found out I was pregnant I started to search for something that would give me back some power and control for the birth of my baby, something I felt in my heart ought to feel natural and instinctive.
Whether by luck or judgement I came accross a KG Hypnobirthing class and I made the leap to book in (a little cautiously, half expecting to have incense and crystals waved around me). From the very first session I knew I had made the right choice (even my husband was convinced!!!) and from that moment onwards my passion for the KG Hypnobirthing method has continued to grow. When my son decided it was time to make his way in to the world, the tools I'd learned from KG hypnobirthing kept me calm, in control and helped me make rational and informed decisions when thing didn't go as I had envisioned them.
I didn't have the "perfect birth", but we had exactly the right birth for us. This empassioned me even more to help expectant parents understand that birth is not one size fits all. Birth (and parenthood) when in the hands of the parents without fear or undue influence is, in my eyes, just like love. It's not the same for everyone, it might not happen exactly as you anticipated, it's not always the easiest thing in the world and probably isn't 100% perfect; yet somehow it is exactly right for you. This is the message I want to spread and what I want to set families on the road to acheive for themselves.
I am a mum and have three children and also a teacher and an experienced hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing teacher and Doula. I have a passion for helping people and love helping expectant parents to overcome their fears and to give them tools to create as calm, confident and relaxed birth as possible on the day. It is such a positive and joyful aspect of my work and it is wonderful to watch you on the course, become empowered and knowledgeable parents. I work from a studio just South of Chichester and will sometimes, travel to other areas of west Sussex and Hampshire, particularly if I am your Doula as well as Hypnobirthing teacher.
My name is Shirley and I live in Fernhurst in the border of the three counties West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire. We have three daughters. Two of these were hypnobirths. My third birth was at home and the most amazing experience I have ever had. I realised the importance of understanding the birth process and how to work with your body will enable you to have a positive birth experience.
Birth and children are my world! I also run world music and movement classes for babies and toddlers called Yo Baby.
I run a local Positive Birth Movement Group, a local Home Birth Support group where we lend pools for a donation, I am a Reiki Master and currently training in Indian Head Massage and as a ABM Breastfeeing Counsellor.
I am so passionate about spreading the Hypnobirth word, giving birth is a life changing experience. By practicing Hypnobirthing you are also learning new skills for life that you continue to use after your baby is born.
Here is my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HypnoBabyoDoula/
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