Hypnotherapy - Preparation For Birth .
It is always a privilege to work with women during their pregnancies and help them prepare for the birth of their babies. I am very joyful to be involved in such an amazing and miraculous field of work.
hypnosis and positive visualisation, together with relaxation techniques and the use of special relaxation CD’s to use in-between sessions.
This process allows you to learn wonderful relaxation techniques and self-hypnosis. This simple but powerful combination, together with listening to the hypnobirthing tracks allows you to relax deeply, promoting the wonderful hormones that prepare you to follow your own intuition, tune into your body and choose the birth you want. Hypnosis also allows you to let go of any fears or worries in a gentle and supported way. In addition, beautiful visualisations are used to focus on all the positives, enhancing the connection with your baby, whilst emabling you to be calm and in control.
These sessions give you time to talk about your very special time and to receive all the support you need. Discussions about how best to prepare for labour, including best positions to adopt, questions to ask, birth plans, exercise, nutrition, pelvic floor exercises and perineal massage, together with any other concerns you have, can all be included.
The Birth of Ethan Lance, at 8lb and 2oz!
Following the traumatic birth of our son 5 years ago both my husband and I were extremely scared. I adore being a Mum and never thought I would stop at one child. Therefore, it was a massive decision to decide to have another child. I had heard about hypnobirthing from a friend and thought it was worth a try. The hypnobirthing left me feeling positive about my pregnancy. I found myself feeling anxious so religiously listened to the hypnobirthing tracks Nikki provided for me. Hypnobirthing gave me to tools to remain calm between contractions and this contributed to me having such a quick labour. Hypnobirthing helped me immensely through the early stages of labour and throughout my pregnancy. I really would recommend it. Thank you Nikki! Kirsty Ledbury, Gillingham
The Birth of Ottillie, at 8lb 6oz!
“I chose to try hypnobirthing because my first birth left me fearful and worried. Having weekly hypnobirthing sessions with Nikki was the best preparation I could have done for the birth of my daughter.
Hypnobirthing changed the way I felt and thought about birthing. I had a better understanding of what was happening to my body physically and how a positive mental attitude could help make birthing an empowering experience.
Thanks to a calm and focused mindset, my birth was exactly what I wanted it to be, even though things didn’t go ‘according to my original plan’. An induction was my biggest fear. So when I was told that I needed one, it was the hypnobirthing techniques that Nikki taught me which made the two-day wait in the hospital easier to deal with.
In the birthing room I willed each contraction knowing I had the breathing techniques to cope with each of them. In the moments of delivery the midwife said I was really controlled. I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect birth.
Nikki’s hypnobirthing sessions played a major role in making the birth of our daughter the best experience of my life. I would highly recommend Nikki as a hypnotherapist.”
I have enjoyed working with many women during their pregnancies over the years. I completed an in-depth training with Louise Keet a few years ago and more recently have completed some wonderful training with Heidi Armstrong. I incorporate and enjoy immensely using breath work, visualization and Traditional Chinese Medicine into my reflexology treatments to wonderfully support both mother and baby..
Pregnancy is a time of great hormonal changes and this often stirs up emotions such as fear and apprehension. Reflexology encourages deep relaxation and gently brings balance to the body and mind, leaving you feeling calm and helping you to prepare for the birth of your baby. Treatments also help to raise your energy levels which allows you to cope better and to feel more in control at this exciting time.
Maternity Reflexology aims to help:-
Allowing you to look forward to the birth of your baby and the wonderful changes about to start in your life.
In the later stages of pregnancy the treatment will focus on relaxation and preparation for birth. Treatments can help with preparation for labour and simples techniques and routines can be given to do between treatments. Please also see hypnobirthing above for preparation for birth.
Two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour
(1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour and (2) improved quality of sleep in post-natal women
(1) VALIANI M ET AL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310
(2) LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186