Welcome to my website, here I explain what I do. If you would like to know more about any aspect of my work, please do ask me.
Registered Midwife: I work as a Registered Midwife and am familiar with labour ward and birthing centre care. I support many water births. I qualified as a Midwife in 1993 in London after working in acute Nursing.
I have worked with student midwives at UWE and Plymouth university's on the topic of managing stress in a birthing environment.
I work at the Pregnancy Partnership in Bristol.
Hypnobirthing Practitioner: I qualified in 2003 and have been teaching it since. It is an amazing approach and makes transformational changes ,see the testimonials page for more. I run workshops for groups and work 1:1 as well in Somerset.
Hypnotherapist: I have been Hypnotherapist since 2008 and work with Men and Women with any phobia , anxiety or unwanted habit. I work a lot with Women who have recognised their birth left them feeling traumatised, and we manage this during the following pregnancy or whenever it becomes apparent memories are difficult, and relationships have altered.
I have also worked successfully with fears of flying, driving, going outside, spiders and for support during treatment for cancer, and other reasons for hospital admissions.
I also run workshops for qualified Midwives on managing stress at work.
I have worked with Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson, world leaders in the field of birth affecting babies and family relationships, and who run the BEBA clinic in California. I have expertise with difficulties surrounding bonding and attachment and welcome any enquiries.
Specialist Advisor National Council of Hypnotherapy: I am available to offer guidance and support to Members working with any childbirth query.
Founder Taunton Birth Forum: I set this up in 2010 and runs monthly, click here for details on the speakers and contact me if you would like to hear anyone speak.
Writer: I have a monthly page in Juno Magazine and write on aspects on birth from my perspective.
Relaxed Parenting covers the South West: Bristol, Somerset, Devon and Dorset and is the areas specialist for pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.
You are a midwife, assisting at someone else's birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: "We did it ourselves!" The Tao Te Ching
Why is relaxation so important to maternal
and fetal wellbeing
and lifelong health?
Professor Vivette Glover has been researching maternal stress
and anxiety at imperial college, London.
Click here for more information on
the effects of stress on the
developing baby and role of placenta.